We are still rookies at subsidence living and have so much more to learn than to teach. Here is a collection of proficient teachers and sources of inspiration that have helped us reimagine a more balanced relationship with our environment and all beings that exist within it.
Books for Inspiration:
One Straw Revolution -Masanobu Fukuoka
Aptly also called Zen and the Art of Farming. An inspiring argument for passive farming.
Irresistible Revolution – Shane Claiborne
Why my faith is a big motivator for efforts towards environmental and societal change.
Need for a New Economic System – John Scales Avery
Why the exponential economic growth model is unsustainable and dangerous, plus a new way forward.
Walden – Henry David Thoreau
The simple living bible that still holds so much truth for today.
Last Child in the Woods – Richard Louv
How losing nature and the ability to feel and understand wildness is hurting our children.
Bringing it to the Table – Wendell Berry
Why food matters so much.
Walden Labs – an incredible resource for moving towards self-reliance. Inspired by Thoreau’s Walden Pond. DIY Energy, Food, Shelter, Water.
reddit/sustainability – I could dig for hours of inspiration on here. Great resources, unending questions you’ve probably asked yourself, and most importantly – dialogue.
Mr. Money Mustache – We religiously followed his early bloggings and he kept us pumped up about radically reducing spending and paying off debt. Debt is a huge hurdle to self-sufficiency.
The True Cost – This documentary gives a great introduction to the brutal realities of fashion today and also touches on the unhappiness that it brings to consumers. A great reminder to shop secondhand.
Generally Badass People Doing Great Things:
My Plastic Free Life – Super practical, helpful ways to reduce plastic waste. Start here.
Raptitude – On fully embracing life and experimenting with it. He’s also a fantastic writer.
The Frugal Farmer – An entertaining variety of posts all about self-sufficiency.
Happen Films – A blossoming film series with inspiring stories about simple living.
Reformation Acres – Great resources on starting and digging into a homestead by a down-to-earth homesteading mom.
TO READ List
Here Goes Nothing by Kendra Broekhuis
An Introverts Reckless Attempt to Love Her Neighbor
Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomo
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne
Active Hope by Joanna Macy
Hidden Life of Trees
It All Turns on Affection by Wendell Berry
The Modern Natural Dyer by Kristine vejar
The Four Agreements and The Mastery of Love & The Voice of knowledge all by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day
The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hahn
For the Time Being by Annie Dillard
Please send us your resources and we’ll continue to add to this list.