Saturday, July 17, 2010

Small is Beautiful!

Trathen Heckman is a friend of mine and he's featured on this video. I've met Jay Shafer and have been through his Tumbleweed home. It's very appealing to me.

It makes me wish I lived in a smaller house than the small one I live in. (With apologies for the intrusion of advertising from Cheerios on this otherwise advertisement free blog.)


8 comments:

neighbor said...

I met Trathen when I took a permaculture training course with Penny Livingston - great Daily Acts stuff he does and Petaluma sustainability activities are really exemplary (not sure if he's related to the Petaluma folks, but I know he works in conjunction). I've also known of Tumbleweed houses for many years (before Jay moved (back?) out to CA) though I've not met him or seen one in person. My inner gypsy/sailor wants to live like that :-)

I think too of building a cob "shed" and making it a house...
no land, no chance so far. Someday though.

Thanks for sharing!

Von said...

Keep dreaming, it can happen.

steven said...

dan - so cool! i've looked at similar setups with my thinking being based on providing living space for four - the size of my family. it gets more challenging but entirely possible. the other factor in my own case is living in a region where the climate fluctuates over a range of eighty celsius through the seasons. i look at the home i live in and we know that it has more than we need and then i wonder why. we're not concerned with image or prestige. hmmmmmm. i feel a life change coming on. steven

Delwyn said...

Hi Dan

our next home is going to be small - maybe not that small...but definitely compact with a Japanese element so that the spaces can be enlarged when necessary. I am pleased that I got rid of much stuff last move and this moving backwards and forwards across the ocean has made us realise that none of our belongings are important...and we are happy to release more 'stuff'...


Happy days

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Neighbor--

Yes, Trathen is based in Petaluma. Daily Acts is his gig along with Green Sangha. He's got an exemplary home (bigger than Jay's though) in West Petaluma with a "food forest" growing in his yard. He does a lot of conversion of landscaping to Permaculture and now restorative designs. I like his DIY approach and his "start small, amp it up, spread it around" approach to life.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Von--

Yes, the way towards this is to start now and do something. Dream and do. Do and dream some more. Start small. Amp it up. Spread it around.

Dan Gurney said...

steven, I have confidence that you'll do something wonderful. You already are. Look at the fact that you don't drive!! I'm proud of you. My kids, too. Both of my kids are car free!

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Delwyn. Yeah for you and Jim. I guess small is a relative term.

Sarah and I live in a house that's 14 times bigger than Jay's 89 square feet. I call our residence a "small" house, but compared to Jay's Tumbleweed home, our house in a rambling mansion. We do live, actually, in a very big place, much, much bigger than we really need to be comfortable. That's nice to know.

And I so agree with you: happiness is more a result of release than of acquisition. Why is that so hard for us in the west to understand??