[quote="masha, post:16, topic:225595"]
I live off the grid. We made the move recently from the city to about 30 acres of woods, stream, and a few semi-cleared patches of blackberries and sunlight. Right now, we live without electricity or plumbing in a 24' yurt (nomadic, mongolian dwelling). We are in the process of building a premanent house, clearing, planting huge gardens, and generally making our little piece of land into a proper homestead.
Honestly, it isn't as daunting as it sounds. We live very much "off the grid," tucked away in privacy at the far end of a dirt road, but we are only about 20 minutes from our parish, my gym (for showers right now it's essential), schools, hospitals, cafes, and the bustle of city life. You can find areas (they're more common than you'd think) where you can be both secluded and within range of everything you might want.
Obviously too, you don't have to go as primitive as we have. If you find a property that has some necessities on it already, it saves you the "extreme primitive" step that we are living right now. You'll still be off the gird and homesteading. We don't know too many Catholics living this way, but they are out there, and I've discovered, since moving onto our land, that the lifestyle is ideally compatible with Catholic family life. Doing so much with your hands, in connection with nature and the seasons makes me more in tune with the liturgical seasons and gives me a greater appreciation of God's hand in all of life. It's also a wonderful way to give children an understanding and appreciation of the mysteries of life and death as they raise animals to sustain your family and watch the world be reborn each spring.
I'm not sure if I answered your questions, but I'm usually online a couple times a week, so feel free to respond if you wanted something more specific.
Kudos to you -- you sound braver than I at this point! It sounds like you have it figured out and are making your living situation work until you can get into a more permanent house. Like you, we are thinking along the lines of living somewhat close to city or a bigger town. There are a few areas we have in mind already but are by no means locked into those at this point. We'd prefer that our house already have some of the amenities in place, but with a sustainable power source or two (not electric-powered) so that we wouldn't have to invest so much time and energy getting it to a point we'd consider livable.
You brought up a good point about doing things with your hands and how being so much closer to and part of nature and the cycle of seasons makes you have a greater appreciation for God's work. That is very appealing to us as we want to raise our children to understand and appreciate the totality of God, His church, the liturgical seasons, and how they are all interconnected.
I do have a question, though -- did you just find your place to live before finding out that there are other Catholics that are living off the grid or did you already know about that before you decided to move? Did knowing this influence your decision in where to live?