In April 2011, I arrived on the Big Island, Hawai'i and spent two weeks traveling and immersing myself into a lifestyle connected to nature.
During two of the nights, I stayed in an intentional organic, permaculture community in Pahoa on the East side of the island and met the amazing 11 members who value sustainable practices, holistic childrearing, and consensus decision making.
We enjoyed greens and fruits fresh from the gardens, eggs layed on site by the resident hens, and solar showers using rainwater catchment which was then heated by the sun. The electricity came from solar photovoltaic panels, the housing was built on-site by the members, and the toilets consisted of either peeing in the pineapple trees, or using the home-made composting toilet. In the morning, the roosters were the alarm clocks, and the warmth of the rising sun was a welcomed friend.
I thoroughly enjoyed living in direct contact with nature, and a slower-paced, more thoughtful and conscious way of living.
Here's a photo of me on "laundry day" after placing my washables and soap into the top-loading device and using the agitator to clean the clothes.