Ten Lessons For Living Off Grid


Ever since American author Henry David Thoreau wrote his timeless masterpiece Walden people have been trying to emulate the simple way of life that he documented. Esther Emery and Nick Fouch are two such people that have been living the dream since 2013 in their remote mountain home with their three children. The couple share ten lessons for living off grid that they have learned over the years in the video above.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. — Henry David Thoreau

Ten lessons for living off grid mentioned in the video:

  • Solar power is easier than you think.
  • Plants can’t grow without soil.
  • Water runs downhill.
  • Carrying water is the worst. The literal worst.
  • Batteries run out.
  • Bears like trash.
  • Firewood is a ton of work.
  • Yurts are better at cold weather than they are at hot weather.
  • Temporary is longer than you think.
  • You can do things you didn’t know you could do.

To learn more about the couple a short documentary was produced about the pair in early 2015 by Seeker Stories which you can view below.


Walden is Henry David Thoreau’s account of the two years he spent living in a small cabin he built in the woods next to Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. The book roughly follows the seasons of the year, and uses the seasonal changes as a framework in which to talk about wealth, money, academic study, nature, and spirituality.