This Guy Lives Completely Off The Grid On A Small Canarian Island

When you love your­self, you´ll watch the sun­set like nev­er before

When you love your­self, you´ll feel love and want to give more and more

When you love your­self, you´ll hear the birds singing sweet­ly for you

When you love your­self, you´ll appre­ci­ate what your body can do

When you love your­self, the love for your­self will car­ry you through

This beau­ti­ful lines are the lyrics of the song my friend Riyaz wrote. This song per­fect­ly describes what is going on in his mind and what he learned in the past year since liv­ing com­plete­ly off the grid on the small­est Canary island called El Hier­ro.

Going there and liv­ing a life off the grid showed me again what life real­ly is about - not only a way of liv­ing but also a way of think­ing.

Riyaz is orig­i­nal­ly from Eng­land, now liv­ing for one year on the small­est of the Canary islands: El Hier­ro. For the major­i­ty of his work­ing life he was tak­ing care and help­ing oth­er peo­ple. He start­ed ques­tion­ing the exis­tence of so many prob­lems and the wars. He final­ly came to the con­clu­sion that the prob­lems were delib­er­ate­ly engi­neered and that his lifestyle and thought process added fuel to the sys­tem fire. He knew he had to be the change he want­ed to see and that the jour­ney has led him where he is now.

We only have on body so we should respect and love the one we have! This is one of the many lessons Riyaz learned on his jour­ney after he decid­ed to leave Eng­land and to make a change on his mind­set and life.

This lit­tle house was built by him­self only by reused (upcy­cled) mate­ri­als. It has a huge amaz­ing gar­den with lots of veg­eta­bles, fruits and trees. The piece of land he lives on was a gift from a local farmer who met him and was impressed by his vision of liv­ing a life like this.  How lucky!

What’s growing in the garden

A list from the greens he is grow­ing in his huge gar­den:

It’s sim­ply amaz­ing how good the veg­gies and fruits thrive in this gar­den and the pas­sion Riyaz is tak­ing care of them with. One day Riyaz brought me a straw­ber­ry from the gar­den and I swear I tast­ed heav­en­ly! It remind­ed me of the days I was a child eat­ing straw­ber­ries from the gar­den of my grand par­ents in Roma­nia. It was such a strong  flash­back.

At the same time I got sad because the straw­ber­ries (not only, also oth­er fruits and veg­gies) we eat now don’t taste like they did some years before at all. They com­plete­ly lost their taste and they are genet­i­cal­ly mod­i­fied and sprayed with all kind of pes­ti­cides. Oh boy, how sad isn’t it? I want to go back to the roots, where they had a taste and were real­ly healthy.

A normal day here 

By sun rise Riyaz usu­al­ly wakes up (I was sleep­ing until around 8 or 9 a.m.) and goes to bed at sun set around 21:30 to 22:00 p.m

As there is no elec­tric­i­ty there is not much to do after the sun­light is gone. Well, star­ry nights are still the best cin­e­ma if you want to stay up longer. We also slept on the beach because for me it was a lit­tle bit to cold in the house at night (the house is locat­ed in the moun­tains) and I love sleep­ing on the beach. We took enough food and water and took the bus direc­tion beach. From the bus we were lucky and hitch­hiked in a van direct­ly to the beach. (40 min­utes walk but with the car only 15 min­utes)

There Riyaz had left some blan­kets because he is spend­ing a lot of nights on this beach.

I loved watch­ing the waves all day, tak­ing pic­tures and hav­ing a swim in the nat­ur­al pools. And the best part: stargaz­ing while lay­ing in my sleep­ing bag on the beach, price­less!

After two days on the beach we had to return home to water the plants.

Cook­ing deli­cious meals with fresh veg­gies from the gar­den, hav­ing a walk with the dogs on the beau­ti­ful hills, play­ing gui­tar and singing were some of our activ­i­ties. Sim­ple and beau­ti­ful, just enjoy­ing where we are and what is around us.

Life like 100 years ago

Stay­ing with Riyaz in his sim­ple home was one kind of expe­ri­ence for me — I felt tele­port­ed like 100 years back in time. Liv­ing with­out run­ning water, a nor­mal toi­let or elec­tric­i­ty. Sleep­ing on dry pine nee­dles with one mice (even­tu­al­ly) and loads of oth­er insects in a room.

I have to admit the last part freaked me out because INSECTS.

The night can get real­ly cold here because the place is up in the moun­tains. But I got up with the most beau­ti­ful view: the green veg­gie gar­den, sun sparkling on the ocean with view to La Gomera island. How amaz­ing! Oh, and the fresh air I can tell you …

Com­post place

Love yourself first

One can hear it in his songs, one can see it in his self care and con­nec­tion to his body, one can feel it by talk­ing to him. He real­ly is respect­ing and lov­ing his body and for me this is such a beau­ti­ful thing to do. Every­one of us should love them­selves at max­i­mum. Because how do you want to love some­body else if you don’t know how to love your­self? You have to start with your­self first.

Treat yourself right

It is so impor­tant to do that. Healthy mind = healthy spir­it = healthy body.

Take best care of the body you’re in — don’t miss treat your­self and accept your­self as you are. Life is so much bet­ter when you accept your­self.

 Simple as that

I love being able to watch the bees in my gar­den, fly­ing from one flower to anoth­er, to swim with the fish, to play gui­tar on the beach, to lis­ten to the waves, to watch the stars all night and falling asleep where ever I feel com­fort­able.”

Won­der­ful isn’t it? My friend is liv­ing it, liv­ing his dream and he enjoys every pre­cious sec­ond of his time here on plan­et earth, because one can nev­er know if tomor­row he will still be here … So let’s make the most out of it!

You must be the change you wish to see in the world

The change in the world starts with you

So break down the walls and hold the world tight

Once again every­thing will feel alright

Love your­self and the uni­verse will take your hand

You will real­ize that we are one…all of us the sun the sun and the sand.

I want to end this post with the last sen­tences of his song — take a moment and think about it.

Riyaz, my friend, I know you are read­ing this, you are a won­der­ful human being.  May you be blessed and hap­py for­ev­er.





Wear­ing: Shirt by GREEN SHIRTS (100% recy­cled)


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