Happiness Without Money? This Irish Community Proves It’s Possible

Mark Boyle, along with friends Thomas Smith and Jesse Pasteiner, is a living demonstration that people can thrive, not just survive, in a gift economy. In 2013, the trio founded An Teach Saor (Irish for ‘The Free House’) in County Galway, Ireland. Over the past year, they’ve turned what had been a neglected, degraded three acre plot into a permaculture demonstration site complete with 700 coppice trees, a nut orchard, a young forest garden, a no-dig vegetable plot, natural beehives, mushroom logs, rainwater harvesting, humanure compost systems, stone cottage and much more. The three have been running it collaboratively, along with whatever visitors, neighbours and WWOOFers may be passing through.

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