Want to learn how to become more self-sufficient and live in the company of nature, away from the commotion of city life? Many choose this alternative lifestyle because of its mental, physical and spiritual benefits.
There’s no better way to learn living off-the-grid than by taking a course. Taking one of these courses, like the one offered by Azhen Sanctuary, teaches you about living in nature, community spirit, and developing a sense of self-sufficiency.
Many sanctuaries are also owned indigenously, giving you a chance to learn about indigenous beliefs and practices and interact with the elders of their community.
However, not knowing how to live amid nature can cause problems unless you are well-equipped to deal with them. But what do these courses teach, and how can they help you? Read on to find out.
Building a rocket stove
A rocket stove is a heating device that uses biomass fuel to create high temperatures. It works by using the heat from an open fire to ignite small pellets of wood or other solid biomass, which are then burned in a chimney-like design. Rocket stoves are made of recycled materials and are easy to build, use and maintain—and they’re highly efficient at generating heat.
Making composting toilets
Composting toilets is a great way to reduce waste and save water. They use very little water (often just a few cups per flush), which is vital in off-grid living where access to clean water can be limited.
Composting toilets also doesn’t require buying additional products like toilet paper or cleaning supplies since everything will eventually compost into the soil. You will also learn about human waste toilets, including humanure, septic incineration, and compost.
Finding & Buying Land
You’ll learn how to find, buy and finance land. You will also know what questions to ask yourself before purchasing, including whether you have enough money. Can you afford the taxes and insurance and the cost of living there? It includes your utilities, water and sewage systems, solar power system and other equipment needed for your off-grid lifestyle.
Land design and layout
It includes things like laying out the land, determining the size of your property, what it will take to build your dream home, and planning for future expansion. Other things included are regenerative land design methods, knowing your land design zones, land zoning, and the land assessment process.
Growing food and related things
You’ll learn how to grow your food and related stuff, such as soil building, composting and producing a variety of herbs and vegetables. The course teaches you about the different aspects of food security, including the main pillars of food growth and the various land and aquatic animal options for grazing, microclimates etc. Your diet will completely change as you start eating what you grow yourself, most of which will be organic and, therefore, very healthy.
One of the vital things you learn at a sanctuary offering an off-the-grid course is the concept of sustainability. Sustainability means living and producing food in a way that doesn’t deplete the earth’s resources.
Planning your infrastructure will include handling water sources like wells, earthworks, and water catchments and power sources like solar, wind, and micro-hydro.
These are some things that an off-the-grid course offered by off-grid sanctuaries or retreats such as Azhen Sanctuary can help you with. While such a lifestyle is excellent for you, it’s essential to know the basics of living by yourself and becoming self-sufficient, and that’s where these courses come in handy.
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