This 110-acre intentional community started in 2007 by Ethan and Sarah Hughes is the only petro-free education and service center in the United States. Members read by candlelight, have no computers, bike into town and, when one of the 1,500-plus yearly visitors show up for free classes on permaculture and organic gardening, they’re picked up at the local train station in a horse and buggy.
“We live like kings,” Ethan says. “We’re homesteading, learning crafts, doing puppet shows, playing music, swimming in the pond, climbing trees and eating peaches off the trees. We’re living off the grid and we’re thriving. People who come here are happy. They’re following their dreams.
“At first, living in radical simplicity was reactionary (Ethan’s father was killed by a drunk driver, and while in college, he saw the devastation of an oil spill in Ecuador), but as I started biking and living in service and gratitude, my amount of joy, wonder, and love of being alive increased. My life became more full.”
The Possibility Alliance also serves as International Superhero Headquarters that, among other things, organizes an annual Superhero Bike ride where Zing (Ethan’s superhero name) and some 1,200 comrades with names like “The Love Ninja” and “Radiant X” spend a month swooping into towns dressed like superheroes to offer free community service.
Zing’s superheroes, that he calls a “peace service army,” have built a library, bucked hay, cleaned city parks, and given away goats, fruit bushes, seeds, soil, and compost. At last count, they’ve donated some 70,000 hours of free community service.
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