10 Off-Grid Communities That Are Waiting for Eco-friendly Residents

Living off-grid seems to be a dream only for idealist but these communities below will throw that theory out of the water. Why live off-grid alone when you can build a future with a community? The off-grid communities in this article offer rentals, long term stays, tours and even volunteer work for free board. If you’re planning on living eco-friendly with a community, this is the article for you. Start planning your trip to one of these destinations today!

Eco-Friendly, Off-Grid Communities

(International)

1

Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge

 Skinnskatteberg, Sweden

Located in central Sweden, on the shores of a pristine lake, you’ll find 12 charcoal huts built under a canvas of mud and greenery. Kolarbyn is a primitive hotel initially built to preserve Sweden’s 400-year-old tradition of charcoaling communities. This place has all the basics like:

  • Meals are prepared over a fire
  • Gathering your own water from a spring located on site
  • Floating saunas
  • Lake on site
  • Inflatable mattress with a sheepskin blanket
  • Fireplace in each hut
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking trails
  • Remote location

Check them out here: Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge


2

Finca Bellavista Treehouse Community

piedras Blancas, Costa rica  

This treehouse community is on the more “posh” side of off grid living. The 600-acre property is deep within the Costa Rican forest and is equipped with:

  • Hiking trails
  • Swimming holes,
  • Hanging bridges
  • Ziplines
  • Nearby beaches
  • Surfing
  • Hand-built state-of-the-art treehouses
  • Carbon-neutral homes with drinkable water and plumbing
  • Gravity-fed filtration system
  • Yoga classes
  • Movie nights
  • Meals are shared with residents the open-air restaurant
  • 80% of the food for meals is grown onsite

Check them out here: Finca Bellavista Treehouse Community


3

Matavenero

 El Bierzo, Spain

This off grid community is a holistic self-sustaining lifestyle nestled in the mountains of northern Spain. Now Matavenero is home to around 60 people and its equipped with:

  • A free school
  • Community garden
  • Sauna
  • Village bar
  • Bakery
  • Library.
  • The community shares a single computer and one social media account
  • Visitors are welcomed for up to two weeks without a reservation

Check them out here: Matavenero


4

Ecovillage Torri Superiore

 Liguria, Italy

This 14th-century village is made up of one multilevel, labyrinthine stone structure with more than 150 rooms, nestled in an Italian hillside. The building is stunning maintains 20+ permanent residents where they:

  • Share meals in the communal dining hall
  • Help out on multiple farming projects
  • Enjoy the local Mediterranean beaches
  • Walking through the medieval villages
  • Hiking trails through the foothills of the Ligurian Alps

Check them out here: Ecovillage Torri Superiore

5

Earthship Community

Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A.

This Earthship community has more than 70 structures that are not only sustainable but are literal works of art. Each Earthship is built with recycled materials and produces enough water, electricity, and food for its residents to remain self-sufficient. More than 130 people live in the Greater World Earthship Community, but visitors can experience this way of life through public rentals. Earthships are equipped with:

  • Bathroom
  • Running water
  • Local Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Electricity powered by solar panels

Check them out here: Earthship Community


6

Asante Gardens

 Pahoa, Hawaii, U.S.A.

On the Big Island of Hawaii sits Asante Gardens, a permaculture farm and ecovillage. Located on Kilauea volcano’s slopes this place is equipped with:

  • Tropical forest to hike
  • Fruit trees including avocados, coconuts, mangos, and more (over 150 species in total!)
  • Yoga classes
  • Dharma practice
  • A fully awesome vegan meal plan
  • Basic amenities

Check them out here: Asante Gardens


7

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

 Rutledge, Missouri, U.S.A.

At the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, the community of about 60 residents is busy truly changing the way we see the world. Started in the late ’90s by a group of Stanford and Berkeley grads, it’s founded on principles of sustainability, with its own internal economy and system of self-governance. This village is equipped with

  • Eco friendly sustainable houses
  • Wind turbines
  • 280-acre property
  • Hiking in the woods, hills around the river creeks
  • Swimming ponds

You can join the two-week visitor program here and study permaculture or natural building. Check them out here:

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage


8

Tinkers Bubble

 Somerset, England

Tinkers Bubble is a small almost entirely self-sufficient community of tiny houses and thatched huts in England’s West Country. The group is based off of a shared philosophy of living off the land and eschewing fossil fuels. Chores are divided amongst the residents, which include harvesting apples from the orchard to make juice, collecting honey from the hives, or washing clothes by hand. If you choose to volunteer and live on site, those duties will be yours too. You’ll find these features at Tinkers Bubble:

  • Partial basic amenities
  • Communal meals
  • Classes about permaculture and sustainability

Check them out here: Tinkers Bubble


9

Scoraig

 Wester Ross, Scotland

This off grid living community is located on a tiny peninsula in the Scottish Highlands. It’s only accessible by a ferry or a five-mile walk from the nearest road. The community offers:

  • Solar and wind Energy
  • 40 croft houses
  • A six-student school
  • Local  swimming
  • Local fishing
  • Frequent Northern Lights shows
  • Basic amenities

Check them out here: Scoraig


10

Freedom Cove

 Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

This 500-ton floating art project is the work of Catherine King and Wayne Adams, who live here with their two children. This family fishes for their dinner and they grow their own produce. Unfortunately, you can’t live here, but you can visit via a boat charter. Browning Pass offers boat tours of the artist studios, gardens, and sustainable living quarters. This amazing home features:

  • A Two-story home
  • Dance floor
  • Lighthouse
  • Four greenhouses
  • Studio
  • Half-acre garden
  • Art gallery

Book a tour here: Freedom Cove

If you live in a sustainable community or are looking for one, make sure to drop us a comment!

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