Entering Eden brings great contrast
to the American Dream life strived for by most people in the U.S.
I am often asked how difficult this life is for me at the
being that it is so different from the “norm”.
In fact, it is a lifestyle very close to my heart and reminiscent of my childhood days when life was simple, our family was not in a rush, and our daily activities had true purpose.
Feelings about childhood:
I consider myself privileged as a child, not because we had lots of money
(as some would consider privileged to be)
because we did not,
but because we were so blessed with our
relatively free existence in contrast to most.
Besides having a mountain of our own in which to explore,
and immersing ourselves in creative play of our own choosing,
we also grew up learning skills that would serve us a lifetime.
We were not under constraints of HOAs or city codes,
we were not entertained by daily immersion
at shopping malls,
movie theaters and restaurants
as were many people who lived in the city.
We were supported in our lifestyle
by others who also understood the joys of living simply
according to one’s own inspiration.
We were not caught up in “keeping up with the Joneses”,
but did what we did because it
benefitted us and our community,
not because we had to to meet some predetermined parameters
of how we were to be.
My dad was an extremely creative man, an inventor and overall quite a genius.
He also, among many other things, was the
real estate agent,
He shared with us his well-rounded knowledge and skills
and put us to work helping with matters of productive importance
for the well-being of our family.
The four of us kids cared for our animals,
helped with our garden,
sold fresh hand-made wreaths and Christmas trees we cut while thinning our forest.
We often shoveled feet of snow by hand,
put shingles on the roof,
helped at his job as an electrician,
worked in his wood shop,
and our summers were spent on the endless task of
cutting, chopping, splitting and stacking wood for the winter.
My parents spent very little money on our necessities.
Nearly everything at our house was used and reused,
made by hand or traded/bartered.
We closed the biggest part of our home in the winter
so the smaller part was easily heated with the wood we procured all summer long.
For many years we washed our clothes with a ringer washer
and hung them out to dry on the line.
We used very little electricity,
sometimes even using oil lamps to play cards together in the evenings.
We intentionally made a very small amount of trash
(we had to haul it away ourselves),
and we used our kitchen scraps for a compost pile out in the gully.
My mom made a lot of our clothing,
including our underwear and prom dresses
and we wore hand-me-downs from our siblings.
Sometimes we would get purchased articles of clothing
before the school year began.
We picked wild berries to make jam,
baked our own bread,
and made our favorite ice creams out of snow.
We made almost all of our food from scratch often cooked on the wood burning stove,
our produce was fresh from our garden,
eggs from our chickens, ducks and geese,
and we thrived off the meat from our chickens and pigs,
as well as wild game we received from our neighbors who hunted.
Fresh milk from our neighbor’s cows was a staple
as well as the butter we churned from the rich cream on top.
We drank cold, fresh mountain water from our well
and were conscious to preserve it.
When the well water was low or the pipes were frozen,
we used the little green outhouse with the moon in the door out back.
We were extremely conservative with our bathing--
the cleanest child getting the first go at the 3-4" of water
we drew for all our baths.
My dad would often spray us down with the hose in the yard
when the weather was warm
and in the winter we sometimes melted snow to wash our hair.
One of our favorite pastimes was swinging in the huge
swing tied high between the two towering trees
in the front yard.
We built forts and had picnics out in the woods,
we would sled and make snow angels in the
snowy days of winter,
and in the summer slept under
the stars and the rustling leaves of the aspen trees.
We made our own board games,
our own clothes for our dolls,
danced to our parents small collection of records
and created our own obstacle and putt putt courses
from free and recycled materials.
We made up most of our own games
and hand-crafted gifts for
birthdays and Christmas.
Some of our greatest pleasures came from
simply playing in the woods,
running through the culvert,
sledding and making snow forts,
and creating houses for the water skippers in the creek.
My parents moved us to the mountains
to get away from the city life.
They weren’t big consumers though didn’t completely escape the life of spending money.
They did purchase some things at grocery stores about once or twice a month
as we did not grow 100% of our own food.
Until I went to town for high school,
a trip into town was almost
always a scheduled event and
our outings to restaurants were a rarity.
My parents paid taxes though my dad questioned their validity
and was aware of their voluntary nature.
We celebrated holidays
my parents eventually bought a tractor,
and purchased tools for an extensive workshop.
Our neighbors, though most were miles away,
acted like a real community--
babysitting each other’s children,
having ice cream socials,
square dances and pancake breakfasts together.
When someone was in trouble or needed help,
help always arrived.
We supported each other in ways people do
when they care about each other
and even during floods and fires and times of crisis when we felt isolated,
we knew we were never really alone.
We didn’t call our life sustainable.
We didn’t call it anything.
It was just life.
Life After School:
When I graduated from HS I let go of my simple life in the mountains
for a life in the city.
I chose to have a 9-5 job.
I went to restaurants,
and other forms of entertainment.
I worked man corporate jobs,
including title companies and law firms,
also teaching aerobics and catering.
I indulged in vacations around the world,
I drove porsches,
spent weekends in ski resort condos and country houses,
took many personal trips in private planes
and danced the night away on a regular basis.
I still continued to mostly buy the things I needed at thrift stores,
not because I couldn't afford shopping mall prices,
but because I didn't want any of the copious brand new items off the shelf
like everyone else,
and the second hand items had so much more character to me anyway.
My 9-5 job supported my lifestyle
and I was adept at choosing a lifestyle that supported
what I was taught was for my well-being.
In between my childhood and my awesome life at the
Garden of Eden,
I melted into what most would call a "normal" life...
following the rules,
doing what was "right",
and taking the non-confrontation path.
I did what I thought I was "supposed" to do,
played the role of a consumer
(though not to the degree of my peers),
and jumped through all the hoops
when I was told to jump.
I fell in love with a man whom I stayed married to for 25 years.
We traveled extensively,
took occasional helicopter journeys,
made two beautiful babies which I had in hospitals,
bought this large home for our small family,
put up a white picket fence,
and though our life together was far from “normal’,
there were aspects of our lives that fell in full alignment
with what I perceived to be a somewhat common existence.
I had insurance, cable tv, a house alarm system.
Our household had 2 cars and 2 televisions,
we mowed our field, and followed unreasonable city codes..
We used central air in the summer and central heat in the winter
as well as our fireplace and wood burning stove.
We harvested the wood from our own land to burn,
but generally used it as a secondary, not primary, source of heat.
Though I had a garden and chickens,
I still bought a lot of my food at grocery stores.
I drove the metroplex multiple times a day
and traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad
to facilitate my children’s love for competitive swimming.
We did our own from scratch home cooking.
I drank coffee out nearly everyday
and ate dinner out a couple of times a week.
I did still love to shop thrift stores,
I still didn’t keep up with the Joneses,
and I didn’t make my children attend school or go to church.
I used natural products,
stretched and moved my body,
walked barefoot on the earth and spent a lot of time in nature.
The majority of our entertainment we provided ourselves.
Our home was the home for parties and holiday dinners,
for singing and dancing, and celebrations.
We were also the home for extended stays from friends and family
and foreign exchange swimmers,
as well as for children in trouble,
and people trying to find their way.
We had a comfortable amount of money
so I could purchase whatever I wanted,
and though I was frugal I did a fair amount of shopping.
I got to stay home with my kids who also got to stay home with me
so our time was our own
and we chose everyday what we wanted to do.
My husband supported me in the being with the kids
as well as financially,
and my passion for artistic expression.
I got up to alarms only when I decided it was important to do so
(which was at least 5 days a week
to get my kids to swim practice which was important to them).
I had no rush hour,
no mandatory daily grind,
and nothing to spend my time on except my own magnificent life.
I loved reusing and recycling in my art and all areas of my life.
I loved creating a homemade life
and challenging myself to rethink the sustainability of other realities
such as education,
health and relationships,
especially the relationship with myself.
I lived a relatively free and sustainable existence
in comparison to most everyone I knew,
all the while feeling there still was something not quite right
that I felt disempowered to do anything about.
I grew up believing and continued throughout most of my adult life to believe
that the two things one had to do in life were
marriage and driver's licenses,
and car registrations were part of my life.
My heart would race when a cop would follow me,
even though I was a "law abiding citizen".
The authoritarian nature of governmental agencies
kept me in line as I always averted conflict
and situations of confrontation.
I remained very complacent about my rights
as I was raised to believe they were privileges.
I had a relative "normal" reaction
to the outside influences on my life I didn't agree with,
which was to abide as seamlessly as possible
so not to waste any more time than necessary
dealing with situations that didn't feel good.
I don’t think I was ever really asleep, as they say.
I always believed that many things in life seemed too complicated to be the way.
I believe I went with the ebb and flow of life
as I tested the waters of what others told me
and what I discovered was true for myself.
I believe my high level of creative juices that have always been inflow,
my constant connection with nature
and growing up with natural home grown foods and well water
instead of chemically treated water
have been large contributors to maintaining a high level of awareness.
growing with them and reconnecting with what was truly important in life
was also a true gift from the Universe,
keeping me focused on bettering myself
and the world around me,
and made me question things I never questioned before.
I believe all this questioning put me in alignment
with a major event that without a doubt changed the game of life for me forever.
Once I met
my whole world turned upside down
and I was shaken to the core in all aspects of my existence.
Everything I thought I knew about life,
including freedom and sustainability,
was nothing in comparison to what he had to share.
Life here at the
feels so much like home to me
because of my upbringing.
Though neither my sustainable mountain childhood life
nor my life pre
were the full spectrum of sustainability that is lived at the Garden of Eden.
I was already unschooling my children,
but had little experience with a
day-to-day out-of-the-box life of another being who grew up
When Quinn and I got together
he opened my eyes to question myself about my life.
Even some of the most simple things that in retrospect seem so small at the time,
were actually quite big when one considers
“the way one does anything,
is the way one does everything”.
We stopped buying food at grocery stores
and expanded my garden,
building LOTS of our own soil from harvested resources.
I let go of my life insurance,
and mowing the field.
I turned off the heat and a/c,
doubled up on showers
and made all my trips in the car really count.
and electric bills went way down,
and lots of other things I spent money on became
unimportant and non-existent.
I questioned my thoughts on relationships,
how I spent my time,
and my energy.
I even questioned how and why I brushed my teeth.
All these things and way more have been the
foundation on that which we have built our lives at the GOE.
Quinn’s awareness continues to expand
and as it does he reveals new and
profound upgrades to our existence
that make us more abundant,
more aware and
Here are a few of the tangible sustainable realities
which are norms here at the GOE,
true to Quinn’s vision:
● Our garden is a one-of-a-kind
hand-crafted work of art.
Thousands of hours of love filled,
hands-on manpower have been invested in making the soil from the ground up
with all the ingredients destined for the landfill,
but alchemized by us into deep rich soil
in which to grow our plants.
Excepting the irrigation lines,
everything in the garden is made from free,
used or recycled materials,
including the trellises we make from our own living bamboo fence/forest.
Each successive year’s crop is funded by the harvest our own seeds,
many of which even plant themselves,
making for an expansive garden with lots of variety.
●We harvest our fruits and veggies to share with our greater community,
feed (and house) people from all over the world,
giving them free food fresh from our garden
and turned into a high vibe cuisine.
We make our nutritious food from scratch without recipes
but with whatever ingredients we have on hand.
our catering events,
our homeless feeds and
all our Uber Dank Pantry items on the wood burning stove,
rocket stove or cob oven
which we built ourselves out of ingredients from our own land.
●We are fluid in the art of fermentation,
and preserving from our harvests.
We are adept at making vinegars and kombucha and other highly beneficial foods and beverages.
and delivered to us.
We accept, free of charge,
loads of mulch
and wood which tree companies would otherwise pay to dump into the
We get our gym workout by
and stacking this free wood
us warmth all winter
as well as wood for all our cooking needs.
●We have City water
as we live in City limits.
Our main source of outside water for irrigation, showers, outdoor kitchen dish washing, etc. is done with water from our well.
All our hot water for showers and dishes inside is all
produced by the wood burning stove which quadruples as our heat source,
our surface cooktop,
and our brick warmer for a cozy, hot bed warmer in the winter time..
●We do wash our clothes in a washing machine, though we hang them out on the line to dry instead of using the dryer,
picking the most appropriately weathered days for drying.
●We use very little electricity.
This month for 12 adults and 2 children our total electric bill was $35.00.
●We use our kitchen scraps for enriching our compost pile. Any waste received from farmer’s markets, breweries, etc., goes to our compost or our chickens.
●We spend very little money on our necessities.
We give focus on consuming less,
rather than trying to make more money to pay for larger consumption.
Nearly everything at our house is used and reused,
made by hand or traded/bartered.
●We curtain off the biggest part of our home in the winter so the smaller part is easily heated with the wood we procured all summer long.
●Most of the packaging and other “trash” removed from the products we receive is either washed and reused, repurposed, or recycled.
We use recycled containers for feeding the homeless,
preparing to-go packages of food leftover from our epic feasts,
making bottle bricks,
or many many other uses.
With abundant availability of these reusable items,
we can easily create many sustainable projects.
●We share our
unwanted clothing with other community members.
●Many donations come through we get to
share with the homeless.
●We sport our new seasonal Epic
Threads clothing line
●We have many designs
for our own clothing line of unique,
● Every day, all day long, we play.
● We do exactly what we want to do.
● We have no jobs here or on the outside of our gates.
Our community stays in flow as we all have our gifts and talents
which we immerse ourselves in fully,
and share with each other.
●We are not at all caught up in “keeping up with the Joneses”.
●We do not purchase food at grocery stores but rely on our prolific garden,
our preservation skills, donations we receive or trade/barter.
●We do not seek to be entertained at shopping malls,
movie theaters and restaurants.
●A trip outside the gates of the GOE are not daily occurrences.
We enjoy our lives here so much that it is a rarity we have reason to go out.
Most of our friends really love being here
so they come to us to help out with our projects,
to get inspiration for making sustainable changes in their own lives
and to have conscious conversation with people who are rethinking everything.
●People often just ask to come be a part of our lives so we are living
with people whom we perhaps have never even met before.
●We come from all walks of life,
from all over the globe,
of all ethnic
and socioeconomic backgrounds.
●We are supported in our lifestyle by others who also understand the
joys of living simply
according to one’s own inspiration.
● We spend our every day with people we truly love and care about.
●We immerse ourselves in creative play,
learning together and from each other skills that will serve us a lifetime.
When we have conflict or frustrations,
we are reminded how much we love each other and how truly simple life is.
One of the biggest gifts we receive is the remembrance Quinn evokes within us
to take responsibility for our own feelings
and to dedicate ourselves to conscious communication and evolution.
● We come together specifically to raise consciousness,
to tune into the vision of the New Paradigm,
and live it!
● We live this way because it benefits us and our community.
At the GOE...
...there is no school,
no right, wrong,
good or bad,
have tos or shoulds or musts.
We experiment with anything we feel passionate about,
honoring each other,
and are here for each other
as we create a sustainable life together.
We get up when we wish by inspiration,
as we have no rush to get out of bed for work,
and no where to have to be.
We live with passionate dedication to our purpose
consistent with our values.
In my everyday life I am blessed to thrive
on beyond organic food grown in soil
I have nurtured with my own bare hands,
and on homemade feasts sustainably harvested and prepared.
I create hand-made art,
turningtrash into treasure
snuggled up by the fire,
blissfully staying up as late as I wish
because all the time I have is my own.
of my greatest enjoyment of the things I choose to do to honor myself
and in turn also be in service to those around me.
provide sound healing ceremonies
and educational opportunities
to those who have interest in a holistic life of sustainability.
I wake up everyday next to the man of my dreams
and share my every moment with people who love and care about me.
I am learning to question everything,
to stand up solidly for the things I believe in,
and stand my ground when others wish to take away the free life
I have chosen for myself.
I am pushing the limits of societal norms and
I give my entire life to usher in a whole New Paradigm
that debunks the life of stressful survival
most of us have grown to know.
I have acknowledged fears that have had me controlled all my life,
fears I have based my life upon,
and fears that keep me limited to a
small spectrum of possibility.
I have recognized that things I once thought I knew
were only limitations
and have kept me from truly being free,
which also do not contribute to a sustainable reality.
I am now free in ways I have never been free before
and the perspective from which I live has much more potential than I
ever fathomed possible.
I am living this awesome life at the
Quinn and the implementation
of his vision of the New Paradigm.
I have also embraced the challenges of facing my own inner demons
and discovering my true self,
feeling safe in the arms of unconditional love.
Quinn provides me constant support to stand in the purafire
and examine my perspectives,
and regardless of my dysfunctions he unwaveringly
holds my hand
and my heart
when I lose my way.
Even the love we share is a sustainable love...
no requirements to be someone we are not...
no need to be someone or behave in some way just to make
each other feel good about our relationship or ourselves...
no need to limit ourselves and put conditions on each other that restrict or control or manipulate for our own self-preservation.
Quinn has shown me not only the benefits of
a healthy and sustainable relationship with him,
but also a healthy and sustainable relationship with myself.
He continues showing me that a real sustainable life
is based on unconditional love for myself
which then naturally leads to unconditional love for others.
The more I become aware of myself and acknowledge,
accept and attend to changing that which does not serve me,
the more love grows within me
and the more love I have to share.
I am grateful
Quinn pushes my buttons when they need to be pushed
so I can move beyond my comfort zone.
Through him I continue to experience
the greatest example of human potential I have ever witnessed
and he is leading the way to an even more powerful existence through his vast awareness.
Through Quinn I have become aware that sustainability...
is not just something tangible
that can be seen on the outside
like repurposing, reusing and recycling...
...but also about every facet of our lives
including our relationships,
how we educate ourselves
and our children,
the housing we choose,
the food we eat,
the way we parent,
how we interact with our government.
Most of all sustainability has its foundation in what goes on on the inside
--where I am with myself
and where I am coming from with what I do.
My scope of sustainability has grown
and I see the importance of making it a priority,
as anything else is a distraction and a waste of life energy.
Quinn has been a catalyst for this awareness,
and I live in gratitude for the vast and juicy broader spectrum of possibility he brings to the table on a silver platter,
continually delivering up a
helping after helping,
of sustainable goodness right to my front door.
And he not only offers this to me as one of his life’s partners,
but he offers this to everyone he meets.
It’s who he is
and it is his gift.
He gives it liberally
and he gives it
if it is difficult to live this life,
the answer is relative.
Honestly, procuring wood for heat
growing food to feed hundreds,
using composting toilets
And taking 65 degree well showers--
the physical work--
is nothing in comparison to the real work.
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And being honest and true to the self.
Loving and honoring the self,
living true to one’s own principles and values,
especially when the world around us shows us we are not deserving.
I sincerely feel that the realities
Quinn has implemented here at the
He continues upping our game to a full-spectrum sustainable life,
and I feel an even grander and more expansive version
of thrival awaits!
I believe sustainable communities
are the wave of the future,
as people will perhaps begin to see
that a sustainable life has great payoffs
and activates the domino effect,
perpetuating its own existence.