“Happy, Simply”: A Self-Sufficient Home

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What’s it all about?

This class will explore the idea that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

d’Arcy Lunn will talk about his own project ‘Happy, simply‘: a sustainable lifestyle model and education project promoting simplicity, sustainability and self-sufficiency. The end product: two ‘tiny houses’ built for less than $10,000!

What will we cover?

  • The components and a holistic approach to a happy, simple life – where the ideas came from and the practical application of simplicity – where less is more and just enough is plenty.
  • The “Happy, simply” homes – how you might organise yourself and/or a community to build a 10m² home. This involves considering design, materials, building and resource consent, water capture, renewable energy, bio-compostable toilet, edible garden, transport and community participation.
  • Take-away ideas and the practical application of simplistic, self-sufficient and sustainable living practices – it will be a matter of laying it all out on the table for people to choose, adapt and modify what is useful and practical to them.
  • A look at the Happy, simply homes built in both Aotearoa New Zealand and Adelaide in 2013 and 2014.

Who will be teaching?

d’Arcy Lunn is enriched and enthusiastic about simple living. ‘Happy, simply’ came after 19 years and over 90 countries of learning and experiencing that less can be more (when you get to choose it). For him the project and this workshop is about sharing the learning he has received from his experiences with the world’s poorest and apply them in the developed world, where we can choose sustainability, self-sufficiency and simplicity and be richer for it. Check out his blogFacebook page and even a video from ABC online.