Our First 15 Amazing Days Off Grid

We finally moved onto our forever off grid home, it’s been an adventure already! We’re in the middle of a forest, untouched by man, all natural and beautiful. It’s the perfect place for this nature witch. We’re currently camping out in a tent until we get our winter home up which will be temporary. We’re building our permanent home next spring. This is all very exciting as I’ve never built any building before. The hubby has and is a great teacher. We have a nice little camp set up here. We have the tent we’re sleeping in, a tent for storage, a fire pit, wonderful outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower, outdoor bathroom, a rain water system, big ass generator and a stage built with drums under a hanging tarp. Cant live in the woods without drums!!! We have all we need to build from here!

I had to temporary take a break from my Love of Lotus Apothecary stores. I was going to try to keep them up while we were clearing woods and setting up. That was an idea I did not thing through! My stores are on vacation for another 2 weeks. I don’t have the time put into making products and a lot of my tools are in storage right now. I also don’t have a place to make products that I feel I can get clean enough. Cleanliness is very important to me when I’m creating products for my fellow Gods and Goddesses, physically and energetically. As far as the energetic aspect, Gaia keeps the energy out here balanced, peaceful and loving. My own energy takes a bit of preparedness before I make anything. I meditate, get myself in a calm, loving state then make products. I will not put “dirty energy” onto anything I make. I don’t believe dirty energy is going to be a problem here.

It’s been a lot of physical and mental work to get his place to our liking and will take even more. I’m not minding it at all. This is such a wonderful learning experience that is feeding my hunger to be closer to nature and live more traditionally. I’m feeling more self sufficient which is inspiring me to become even more self sufficient. I’m looking forward to every challenge, set back, mistake and the lessons that come from them. It’s so exciting to put book smarts into real life action. Knowing how to do something is one thing, actually putting that knowledge into action is another. This brings to mind Robert Kiyosaki’s theory on fake teachers. A fake teacher is someone who teaches what they don’t do. An accounting teacher who never worked as an accountant, someone teaching real estate whose never sold anything, etc. This makes sense to me, why would I want to learn something from fake teachers? Experience has no replacement.

Spiritually I’ve grown tremendously in the short time we’ve been here. It’s almost effortless. We have a very old and wise White Oak Tree on this property. We’re also very close to the Cherokee National Forest. The energy from this tree is amazing, it’s old, it’s wise, it’s ancestor. I plan on doing some research as I feel this land and this beautiful tree has some history. The energy of the tree and my intuition are telling me to explore this, there is something sacred about this tree.

As I explore this beautiful piece of earth, I get excited to see the medicinal, culinary and magickal plants Gaia has blessed us with. I see food and medicine, plant spirits and energies all around me. Of course everything here will be wild harvested with respect and for population growth of the plants. I can’t wait to get some of these beautiful plants into Love of Lotus Apothecary. I started some herbs and food in containers. Next spring we’re planting in the ground and creating a permaculture paradise. I chose permaculture because it’s gardening nature’s way. It’s not only gardening but living nature’s way. Small things like the direction our house faces, recycling grey water, buying and producing as little waste as possible, etc all play a role. Everything has a system and is recycled. Gaia recycles everything. It will take some work for a the next 2 years however, once it’s established, it will take care of itself for the most part. I’m looking forward o this journey as I know it comes with so many lessons straight from Gaia.

Being out here has had a profound effect on my physical health. I knew I would feel great as camping in general does that to me. This is different. When we were in the rental, I woke up with a headache and swollen sinuses every morning. It would go away when I would go to the patio and breathe the fresh morning air. I don’t get that here. I wake up feeling refreshed after sleeping well through night. I wake up feeling a clear mind, energetic and ready to create a wonderful day. I feel my body, mind and spirit effortlessly grow stronger. I feel the energies of this beautiful forest, the nature spirits are all around me, I’m hearing my guidance more clearly and I just feel a connection. She put us here for a reason. That reason is my life’s mission, why I’m on this planet in the first place.

The first fifteen days off grid have been challenging, strengthening, connecting, a huge learning experience and just beautiful in so may ways. There’s a lot to do and I’m looking forward to doing it. I will blog about our progress as we walk this blessed path. Our next big project will be our winter home as we’re preparing for the colder months. I have learned to cut wood, I actually enjoy it! I do plan to make my first attempt at an outdoor winter garden. I have a small container garden started already and, of course, microgreens. Gotta eat the greens all year long, their so healthy.

Do you have newbie off grid advice or experiences? I’d love to hear about them. Comment below

Thank your for taking the time to ready my blog, I greatly appreciate you.

Published by Rainie Dae - Love of Lotus Apothecary and Farm

Merry Meet! I'm a Herbalist, Farmer and Nature Witch in beautiful East Tennessee. I live in the woods with my husband and 2 dogs where we are growing our off grid homestead and herb farm. I love wild harvesting medicine and food as well as making traditional foods and medicines. Being off grid, I'm mindful of the energy we use and what we are doing to the land we all depend on. I do my best to be as sustainable as possible. We're not perfect however, we're always improving! I value my fellow humans, my local, national and worldly communities. There's nothing better than seeing someone get healthier, happier and more empowered to help themselves. Healing isn't just ingesting a concoction or rubbing cream on the skin, it's so much more than that. As a healer, I can't deny that education is part of the healing. I'm of the belief that man made chemicals are responsible for the rise in dis ease. I've seen amazing changes in my health myself after eating mostly organic and Non-GMO. Due to my research and personal experience, I do not allow any chemicals or GMO ingredients in Love of Lotus Apothecary and Farm products. It makes no sense to me to put man made poison or franken plants in Mother Gaia's medicines. When I'm not being a foraging herbalist, I love hiking, swimming in nature spaces, spending time with loved ones, cooking, growing plants and meditating. I love rocking out behind my sexy ass drum kit and spending time with loved ones. Your time is greatly appreciated. Merry Part, Rainie Dae

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