Right off the top I’d like to let you know who I am and what I bring to the table…
Hi, my Name is Dan Martin. In my late 20’s I quit an Aerospace career, got rid of my cookie-cutter suburban home, vehicles, boat, jet skies, burned my phone and belongings (and wads of cash) and left society. For the next 8yrs I lived off-the-grid, 100% self-sufficient, cut-off from society, not leaving my homestead once and not seeing or speaking with another person the entire time. There were no electricity or water lines; no internet, cell or emergency services; no clocks, alarm clocks, TVs or calendars; there wasn’t even a road to the property. I built my home from available materials and lived on caught rain water, hydroponically-grown produce and hand-raised livestock. I made my own ethanol, solar and wind power systems, alcohol still, furniture, dishes, pots and pans, even an indoor swimming pool, eliminating mortgages, bills, expenses or need for money or income of any kind.
I spent years preparing beforehand by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity throughout Latin America and by learning everything possible, receiving educations in Agriculture, Medicine and Engineering from various universities, while attending trade schools in heating/AC, electrical, and welding; as well as community workshops in woodworking, pottery, leather, glass working, and canning/preserving, and taking unpaid apprenticeships in masonry, construction, carpentry and metal working.
In 2010 I returned and moved to Mexico to form a non-profit that builds designed, small, self-sufficient communities, in order to provide immediate and long-term relief to victims of natural and man-made catastrophes/crises.
And having actually been ‘boots on the ground’ in places like Haiti after the earthquake and cholera outbreaks, New Orleans after Katrina, Japan for Fukushima, Detroit and Venezuela during their societal collapses and Mexico during the cartel wars, and with 3 published books and over 100,000hrs in the fi
Membership & Visitors
- Current members: 4
- Open to new members
- Open to visitors
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Or if you're 'really' interested, you can always come visit us! Email and tell us about yourself, fill out a quick questionnaire and let us know when you'd like to come and for how long. You are welcome to stay for just a few days to see how the community works, or you can become a working visitor. Working visitors are not officially community members but participate and are immersed in the community life as much as possible. Be prepared to contribute and assist in different ways in any ongoing projects. (There is no limit to the length of visiting periods, but if you're not contributing, you will be asked to leave.)