People, Living Outside, With Less Rules

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People, Living Outside, With Less Rules

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We have been slowly shedding the rules and regulations of being normal.  We started homeschooling in 2006.  We went off grid in 2007 and built our own little house.  It was rewarding taking care of ourselves a little more.

Our family grew and so we downsized a little.  In 2011 we moved a little further away, built a smaller house with less automatic features and tossed our mortgage.

With no school schedule and no mortgage we are free to spend a lot more time living outside.

Follow us as we share our adventures, building projects, home school endeavours and life stories.

Horse back in the alpine

People:  We are a family; one handsome man, one georgouse wife and 5 terrific girls. We’re also friends; offgridders, trappers, gardeners, hunters, craftsmen and even the odd “Townie”.  Some are crazy, some are amazing and some are hilarious.

Living Outside: Off grid and in the woods.  With trees and birds and creeks and animals.  Our time is spent building and developing our homestead, hunting, fishing, gardening, beekeeping and generally seeking adventure.  We spend a lot of time in the woods and in the mountains on foot, on horseback and on quads. We play around with a lot of fun and simple building methods such as straw bale walls and living roofs.


With Less Rules:  Freedom 35 Baby!  Being debt free is better than it sounds and homeschool is way cooler than it sounds (can someone please come up with a better name?).  We heat our house with wood and cook on a wood cookstove. We’re powered by solar and collect our rainwater, so the weather is always in our favour. We love our composting toilet. We are continually amazed how doing our “utilities” a little different has saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars.  This, combined with a wee little house has allowed us to shed our debt and eliminate regular payments for power/gas/water etc.  With no school schedule we can be a little nomadic, hunt on horseback in the rocky mountain foothills, volunteer in Guatemala, or spearfish on the Baja.

rose at the river with horses

We’d like to share our stories with you.  Check out our latest blog post or our weekly off grid adventure video on our Gridlessness youtube channel.


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32 thoughts on “People, Living Outside, With Less Rules

  1. Found you on You Tube. Really enjoy the videos. We’re on the same path in my family, homeschooling and going off grid. Wish we had started sooner, but I travel a lot for work and we’ve had to put things in place slowly. Finally getting there.

    • Thanks Jay. It took a few years but we have a bit of a groove going now and love the freedom that homeschooling affords. Going off grid has provided the kind of challenges and opportunities that makes life fun. Let me know how it goes and feel free to bounce ideas of me if you want. Jeff.

  2. Hi Jeff

    Me and my partner have been reading your story and your life sounds amazing, I’d do it in a heartbeat but my partner is more careful/logical/sensible. We both wonder if you have to work at all, I know you are self sufficient but surely you will need some money for replacing broken household items or for clothes etc, how do you earn money for these sorts of things? We live in the UK and land is so expensive here, so we are not in a position to ever have any of our own land, what advice would you give for a couple starting out on the road to gridlessness?

    Kind regards

    Kate and Steve

    • Hey Kate, I worked full time when we first bought the land. I still work, but not as much, and we don’t have the pressure of debt payments. We moved to a part of BC with the cheapest land so we could afford it. I’m not sure how it works in the UK but could you “rent” some space from a farmer or other land owner? if you build a small/cheap/simple house then there is less risk if you have to move off the property.

      • Love following your blog and videos! How much would you say you spend on average each year? What do you do for work that allows you to live so remotely?


        • Keith, we travel for work in the power generation industry so it doesn’t really matter where we live. I’m not sure I could give you a very accurate estimate of our expenses but I would suggest that almost any income/lifestyle would work once you’re debt free.

    • Hi Kate and Steve, We are English and moved to Bulgaria to be able to buy outright and have land to keep horses. We have 1.4 acres here and two other run down properties along with our main house. Take a look here while the UK is in the EU you can buy here from as little as 3 or 4 k GBP (it will need total renovation), the only caveat is in reality you will need some income from somewhere for bills etc.

  3. What exactly do you do for a living and/or to make money? We live off grid and home school as well but are having trouble find a way to make money at home.

    • Dasha, The key for us was to be debt free. To do this we bought cheap land and built a small house. With no debts to pay for, the rest is up to you. We work a lot less and are not tied down like we used to be, but we still work.

  4. Hi Guys! Wow, love your blog and YT Channel. Our minds have slowly been changing towards off-grid lifestyle. We have a home we are renovating right now and hope to find some cheap land once we can sell it. We love BC, we tree planted up near PG and towards Huston the first spring/summer we were married! Is there a website with government land for sale or did you buy privately? Thanks!
    The Robert Family

    • We just watched for the right kind of land and bought privately. we kept our eyes open across the province and this area had some of the most semi-remote properties for a reasonable price. Good luck with your search.

  5. Hi Guys
    Found you in YouTube and let your setup, looking for something similar my self. Be interested to hear about your house/property and if you required permits to build the cabin. Also if you still have full / part time to support your living needs.
    Hope to hear from you soon
    Kind Regards

    • Hey Gavin, we didn’t apply for any permits here and I don’t think it would have gone well if we had. We don’t work full time like we used to but we still work sporadically.

  6. Hi, Just came across your YouTube Channel, its excellent. We have made the conscious decision to begin the journey of moving to a more rural area and using the land to live as much as possible. We are in the UK, so its quite expensive to find land. Your surroundings are beautiful, what a pointer to Gods glory. I noticed your Music was Christian based, are you guys Christians? Do you find Nature is a great way to connect with God?

    Its one of the main reasons we want to move to the countryside!

    All the best, keep up the good work!

    • Ell, I’m glad you enjoy the channel. I definitely feel closest to God in the outdoors, it’s beautiful and fascinating and humbling all at once.

  7. HEY GUYS!

    Just came across your videos on youtube, very cool! love what you guys are doing and are about. Really love the country you guys are living and hunting on. Where abouts are you guys located? looks like amazing hunting!

  8. Couple questions. Is it legal to live off grid in bc? We’re currently close to Toronto and are looking to get off grid. Looked at northern Ontario but it seems it might be illegal.

    Where in bc are you and where would you suggest to look? I need mountains!!! And I garden a lot! And I need my chickens and goats.

    We’d love to come visit you to get inspired! Your living our dream!!!

    • Tamarah,
      I’m sorry to hear that you are having troubles moving off grid in Ontario. We haven’t had any troubles here in BC. If you need mountains, animals and good soil for gardening, BC sounds like a good fit for you and your family! Maybe you’ll have to do a road trip and check it out. 🙂

  9. So inspiring! We went to the same care group in Abbotsford for a little while. You’d probably remember my brother and his wife, Jeff and Sarah? So excited to see how you live. We love watching your YouTube videos. We have 4 boys which we home school also. So amazing it has been for our family. We started in 2012 and love it. We also live in Central BC. Many blessings to you!

    • Joyce,

      Good to hear from you! It sounds like you and your family are doing well and are having a great time with homeschooling! Say Hi to Jeff and Sarah for us, unfortunately we seem to have lost touch with them. I’m glad that your enjoying the videos. All the best to your family and blessings for a great New Year.

  10. Hello everyone, just found your YouTube channel and Blog and really enjoy it. Also your videos are really well put together. Speaking from a Dad’s perspective (not to discount Rose’s role), I must commend you Jeff. That’s a big family and off grid too. Inspiring! Beautiful area you are in, I absolutely love our province.

    My family has an off grid cabin here in the Gulf Islands and coincidentally mine is powered by a 5kwh Li-ion battery. Unfortunately, due to poor quality cells my battery has basically died after about 7 years. I noticed you guys have a Lithium setup, can you tell me where you got yours from? I have not seen anyone else here in BC with Li-Ion for off grid use. Thank you, hope you are surviving this cold snap!

  11. HI,

    Just found your site today ….. really interesting.

    I’ve looked on YouTube and your WordPress site but no luck in finding more information ….

    Can you explain the how’s and step’s you took to do this in a chronological order and what the actual costs are?

    Dave C

    • Dave,
      We have had a few people ask about the same questions. Maybe we should put together a video explaining how we did this…

  12. Hey there. I stumbled upon one of your videos. My husband and I are looking to gain some more knowledge on living off grid. We are located in the lower mainland of BC. Our hopes are to raise a family off grid. Watching your video and seeing your story has given us much hope that it is possible. I am wondering if you would be willing to chat with us? 🙂

  13. Just found your channel! We are in Texas just wondering if going to Guatamala is an annual trip? We are a Christian family and we thoroughly enjoy your sense of financial freedom.

    • Hey Keri,

      Guatemala has been an annual trip for us in the past 3 years, and we hope that it will continue that way! Blessings to you and your family.

  14. If yall ever need company from Texas, Ive got a husband who is ready to become your next brother, he has the beard, trout bait, and and desparate for outdoors, since Texas is all mostly private land.

  15. Hey Keri, thanks for the comment. I’m glad that your husband is enjoying the videos and is a fellow bearded hunting brother! We gotta all stick together. lol

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