Last weekend saw us take a road trip to Eldorado, just beyond the NSW border into Victoria.
It was named after William Baker setup there in 1840, based on the myth of Eldorado where the Spaniards believed in the upper reaches of the Amazon was a hidden city awash with gold.
The Off-grid festival we took part in lived up to its namesakes, being full of progressive people and stall holders with wonderful nuggets to offer. It was truly inspiring to meet so many people passionate about living in a more natural, sustainable way.
The general theme was empowering people to become more self-sufficient and downscale to a low-impact lifestyle. Values very close to our heart.
After setting up our stall we enjoyed the calm before the storm. Being the inaugural festival we had no idea what to expect in terms of turn out. Once the gates opened we were inundated with queues of people enquiring about our yurts.
Over 3000 people attended the day, an amazing turnout and a testament to the vision and hard work of organiser Kate Nottingham from Creative Collectives.
It was great to see such a range of alternative housing models, which also affirmed that we have a really unique product after hearing people say that our yurts look and feel like a really solid, livable structure as opposed to the other more temporary types they saw.
The question of sustainability is something that continues to get us thinking about new and better approaches to building. While our yurts offer people the opportunity to have no carbon footprint once they live in it off-grid, we would ideally like to make them out of increasingly sustainable materials.
Perhaps the find of the festival was discovering a product that allows walls to be made out of hemp rather than traditional cement. Other interesting offerings including means of recycling grey water and new fangdangled composting loos.
With two of us manning the stall it allowed for us to take turns checking it all out once the maddening rush abated. Now how to incorporate llamas into our vision of living more sustainably? Might have to combine the natural weaving tips with llama hair to make our own clothes!
Highly recommend the festival and hope to see some of you there next year.