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Several years ago, I sold my conventional suburban house (and conventional suburban life!) in the GTA in favour of something different… something really different! And ever since I have been in gradual transition from being a City Mouse to a Country Mouse, learning about renewable energy, woodlot management, growing food & flowers, living in harmony with the natural world, and navigating the pleasures and challenges of living off-grid.

The Organic Gardener – Fun times with cherry tomatoes.

I worked at a major public college for 25+ years as a Counsellor, spending most of that time specializing in career development, vocational assessment and educational planning. It’s been a super-interesting career, and pretty amazing to think of having provided guidance to thousands of students of all ages and life stages over the years. But I have always been pulled toward nature and sustainable living, and the call kept getting louder so I decided it was time to practice what I preach to clients: set a goal, take action, and seize opportunity when it arises!

neil_teddyThere’s been no looking back and zero regrets… getting outdoors and using my hands has been a new spark of motivation after many years sitting indoors doing primarily mind-work. There is still lots to learn about being a Country Mouse, but this property and this rural off-grid life has become established enough to open it up to others who may appreciate it, and Off-Grid Retreat was born.

I like to describe myself as a linear left-brain thinker with many intuitive right-brain interests and values. Guests will find that the practical details have been well attended to (e.g., housekeeping, safety, maintenance, and a great breakfast 🙂 ) but that there is also a welcome place for the spiritual, aesthetic and esoteric here. This place and space is one of hospitality, peace and good vibes. I hope you will be pleased with your choice to stay here.

~Neil

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