Living in tiny homes, container vans, eco-houses with solar panels, growing your food, recycling water – sounds exciting, right? Well, you are not alone. Many people are fascinated by off-grid living. With its growing popularity, everyone who has access to the internet should have seen at least one of those cleverly constructed homes. So what are they exactly?
WHAT IS OFF-GRID LIVING?
Living off-grid is not a ‘new’ thing. Several families had already tried and succeeded at it, way before it was a trend on popular social media platforms, blogs, and vlog sites such as Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube. What makes it so popular and attractive nowadays is pretty simple – it answers how to live more self-sufficiently and environment friendly amidst the growing economic and ecological crises.
Off-grid living allows for a sustainable, cost-efficient way of life that only requires one’s commitment, industry, creativity, resourcefulness, and knowledge. At first glance, you’d think it’s that simple. But living completely off-grid entails a lot of consideration before coming up with a decision. You have to learn a new set of survival and technical skills to make it work. Luckily for us, the Off-Grid Living Festival in Australia allows us to know all this information and establish a connection with other people who share the same goal.
OFF-GRID LIVING FESTIVAL
“Take back your power! Get informed, get inspired, and get off the grid.” This catchphrase sums up the best, and the biggest sustainability event in Australia recently held on April 10th – 11th of 2021 at the Centennial Park, McGregor St Eldorado, Victoria.
The Off-Grid Living Festival offers a wide range of personalized exhibits, short talks, workshops, and engagements with personages from different walks of life, to educate and guide people as they embark on their journey to living off the grid.
The festival means to empower people to learn how to take control of their energy consumption. It also aspires to make a smooth transition to a more sustainable way of life, build new sets of skills, discover maintainable resources, and learn unique crafts that are cost-efficient and eco-friendly. It also tours its participants through different types of off-grid houses, tiny houses, and vehicles mainly featured in off-grid living.
WHAT’S IN THE FESTIVAL
Suppose you are an avid fan of off-grid living. In that case, you won’t dare miss the chance to witness this off-grid festival that brings together different kinds of people in a weekend of celebrating and exploring the ten fundamental aspects of living off the grid. These essential aspects are:
Sustainable energy – the festival features short seminars about setting up your off-grid home using a sustainable energy source such as solar.
Home and building – off-grid living comes in many forms. A person can choose from a wide array of off-grid houses depending on the space, the environmental conditions, accessibility of natural resources, family size, cost, and preference.
Alternative farming – living off-the-grid encourages alternative farming so that families can produce their food, making them more self-sufficient.
Bushcraft and outdoor living – is another excellent skill to learn that could help you provide yourself with necessities such as food, water, shelter, and fire.
Tools and handcraft – exhibits and mini-workshops allow attendees to study how to create necessary tools and handcrafts themselves. These tools can be pretty handy when living in the wilderness.
Homesteading – the off-grid festival also features talks about another lifestyle of self-sufficiency, homesteading, which educates off-grid living enthusiasts on how to produce and store their food and yield viable harvests that they can either make into products for home use or sale.
Health and Wellbeing – the festival also teaches health and well-being practices to the participants since living off-the-grid entails risks, especially that most off-grid houses are away from other households, making it difficult to ask for help in case of emergency.
Sustainability and Community – living off-grid does not necessarily mean that we have to live away from people. The festival encourages building a community among off-grid homes because, admittedly, we are stronger together. This festival also opens an opportunity to share personal experiences and best practices that others can use in their homes.
Family Fun and Entertainment – off-grid living also highlights family bonding and fun. The festival also helps attendees understand the value of fun and entertainment while living in an off-grid home.
With only a few bucks, the Off-Grid Festival promises a unique occasion where the participants get to meet personalities who were deemed experts in the various off-grid areas and learn from respected sustainable technology gurus, craftspeople, and innovative farmers. Despite the COVID restrictions, this year’s off-grid festival still managed to pull off such a unique and educational experience, properly observing the social distancing protocols and prohibitions. Hopefully, when the pandemic is over, more and more people will join and be educated to a self-sufficient, sustainable off-grid living.