An “off-grid” British couple is using crowdfunding to raise £100,000 (around US$132,000) to help make their dream come true of moving to Costa Rica with their two children, five-year-old Ulysess and one-year-old Ostara, to start what they call a “self-sufficient” way of life.
“We are inspired … to create a business, home and lifestyle which can show people that they don’t have to comply to the constraints of ‘the system,’” the couple wrote on FundMyTravel.com.
Our ultimate goal is to become self – sufficient, the way of making that happen is by moving to Costa Rica and buying a big plot of land where we can grow food, and have access to wildlife and nature in it’s natural state.
So far they have raised from donations only £245 (US$325) as of Thursday.
“We firmly believe that there are alternative parenting ways & you don’t have to conform to what’s expected. We have an all natural approach to parenting and are reaping the benefits,” write the couple who want to share their knowledge of off-grid parenting and expand on their experience by fully immersing themselves in a natural environment where they can become more self-sufficient.
On the website, they don’t say how they will be self-sufficient. But they detail their alternative parenting style which includes allowing their children to pick their own bedtimes.
Adele still feeds both children breastmilk, because they say it is a “great supplement, not just for infants,” and their older child “can decide when he wants to stop breastfeeding.”
They also refuse modern medicine, saying they use “lemon water if [they] have a cold and breastmilk is [their] cure for an eye infection!” Neither child has been vaccinated.
When asked about their lifestyle by the Daily Mail, Adele admitted they have seen criticism from many people.
“My mother has always been very supportive of us as a couple, helping us out over the years, but lately we have agreed to disagree over the way we are bringing up our children,” she said. “We accept other people’s choices and do not judge them, so why judge us?” Matt told the the Daily Mail.