“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

– Oscar Wilde

Living the dream.

We believe that life should be about living the dream, not dreaming about living. We seek to live simpler, consume less, and focus on what really matters. For us, it means living as sustainably as possible in a way that does not require trading too much of our time for money while doing the things we love. We find that time in nature is a great way to silence the mind allowing time for some reflection and contemplation. Ultimately it is about freedom.

Our journey towards simple self-sufficient off-grid living

Not being trapped by convention and living a life with fewer possessions is about freedom. Freedom to be. Freedom from the pressure of social norms. Freedom from being owned by material things. This pursuit of freedom is ultimately about happiness and it is the result of a personal journey we like to call a life reboot. A re-evaluation of priorities and choices in life. Bottom line—we got one life to live and we want to make sure we live it well.

Off-grid homestead

For years we lived a rather nomadic lifestyle, hiking across the world, but with the coronavirus putting an end to global travel we have chosen New Zealand as our base. While we still love to explore, we are also ready to put down some roots. Lots and lots of roots. We have always tried to live a passionate and authentic life, now we also want to create more space for reflection and creativity. To slow things down a bit and to feel a sense of contribution and belonging, both to the land and to the community. So we finally decided to follow that dream and buy a piece of land on the rugged West Coast of New Zealand. Somewhere to park up the bus and live off the land.

While it is a very daunting task, the potential rewards are massive and we are super excited! We are eager to learn all about composting, growing vegetables, baking, preserving, keeping chickens, generating energy, crafting… well, the list is nearly endless. We share a deep desire to go our own way, to integrate into the rhythm of the natural world, and to be free rather than to conform to social norms—this dream is our ticket to freedom!

“If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.”
— Tony A. Gaskins Jr.
Karma is a nomadic storyteller, designer, orchid nerd, long-distance hiker, and off-grid bus lifer and homesteader from Gothenburg, Sweden. Thru-hikes: Kungsleden 2016, Te Araroa 2016-17, The Skye Trail 2017, Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) 2018, Norway to Spain 2019-20. Currently building an off-grid homestead on the West Coast of New Zealand/Aotearoa.

Nothing like a complete burn-out to help you put things into perspective.

My need for a reboot came after years of chronic stress which led to a work burn-out which left me unable to function for over a year. I needed a pause to reflect on how I ended up here and, above all, to ponder all the big questions in life and it forced me to do a lot of soul-searching to find myself again.

The road to recovery was long, but once I cracked the code it happened very fast. It was when I reconnected with nature and started hiking. Coming home from my first long-distance thru-hike I knew that I would never be the same. While I knew that I could never return to my previous way of life I still questioned the sanity of nonconformity.

Can you really just quit conventional life and choose to live differently?

Since walking woke me up I decided to just keep on walking and see where it would take me. Halfway through a 3000km tramp spanning the length of New Zealand, it happened! I finally knew who I was and how I wanted to live my life! The things I once thought I wanted before was no longer important. I could not for the life of me figure out how we allow ourselves to end up trapped in the rat-race. I just wanted to be free and happy!

Karma - Blue Lake New Zealand

Coming back from this physical, emotional and mental crash has been an incredible journey. Having my entire body pull on the breaks also made me reevaluate my priorities in life. I feel grateful. Grateful for the awakening and grateful for the chance to take a different path.

Being immersed in nature for long periods of time can heal even the most frazzled minds, like mine. Finding a partner to share this love of nature and adventure with is truly amazing! I feel very fortunate.

Scott is a nomadic free spirit climber, mountaineer, craftsman, and off-grid bus lifer and homesteader from Christchurch, New Zealand. Favorite missions: Mount Aspiring 2015, Mount Rolleston 2016, Sarek National Park 2017, Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) 2018, Norway to Spain 2019-20. Currently building an off-grid homestead on the West Coast of New Zealand/Aotearoa.

Minimalism pretty much means not to have too much because you actually don’t need it, and if you are like me don’t want it.

So what is stuff?

Stuff is stuff and it doesn’t matter so much what it is, but rather, what purpose does it serve in my life and do I need it or not.

I like keeping things simple so the less stuff I have the more freedom I have. This doesn’t mean I can’t have nice things, it just means I make a thoughtful choice of what I want in my life.

So I really enjoy knowing the stuff I have is really important to me. It brings me joy and serves my daily needs. I love knowing I have everything I need today. I am quite content.