Kathryn & Michael are creating Happiness, Health, Confidence, Light, and Love
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patrons

How do we not merely pursue happiness, but rather create and sustain happiness, health, confidence, light, and love in ourselves and in the world?

For us, it's through writing, video, photography, and everyday discovery we're sharing here with you, as a way of connecting more meaningfully with this temporary experience we call being human. That, and active advocacy for a few interdependent causes that we have worked to improve over the past decade. Among those are unconditional Basic IncomeOpen Source Land for Hackable Housing, and developing cultural narratives and practical policies that cultivate a sustainable, flourishing post-automation anthropocene (society), in general.

Our TurtleTrekkin.Life is also an experiment in hacking retirement by traveling, trekking, and teaching from the tiny-tiny homes on our backs. 🐢🐢 

So, hi, we're Kathryn & Michael. Thank you for reading this far! Our experiment began back in February 2012, by downsizing from sticks-n-bricks housing to an RV named Pearl. She was a beautiful, large, luxurious turtle shell, but after five years of learning and understanding what the "full-timer" RV lifestyle is all about, we decided to downsize yet again to even more portable shells. As of January 1, 2018, all of our worldly belongings will fit into our backpacks.

In the meantime, November 1, 2017 marked 30 brief year that we've been trekkin' together. Yes, it's been ginormously great, horrifyingly horrendous, and everything in between. Remember that song, Beautiful Disaster? So we asked ourselves, with all the transparent honesty we could muster, "Was it worth it? What would make the next 30 years worthwhile, if we continue onward, together?" Beyond our personal story, we began wondering how do people inter-adapt to a world where the legacy processes and institutions that promised fulfillment and security have failed individuals, at a staggering collective scale? How do we model new micro-behaviors that might scale toward adaptive, sustainable, systemic resilience and robust human flourishing? 

Like a mobius strip, we seem to live in a world that inter-exists from both internal and external perspectives, the quantum-level and cosmic-level are both empty in nature and interdependent in expression, as are compassionate interpersonal micro-behaviors and international (and soon interplanetary) public policies. Sound too fancy or complicated? That's okay, through Michael's writing and Kathryn's photography, we will work  to create an art of ideas that is as simple as possible in exploring both the natural and non-symbolic worlds. Simple as possible, but no simpler.

Turtle Trekkin' is also a deeper experiential exploration of all these topics and questions, as well as similar questions that we hope you might share with us, along the way. But it can't be a drag, man! We gotta' lighten up, even as we trek through the heaviness of these trying times on Earth. So, first and foremost, we hope that our trek will deepen the conversations and relationships with you, our friends, soon to be friends, and family, who have sustained us through all these years. We hope that this last leg of our journey through life can help to lighten and brighten your days, too, the way your light has illumined ours.

The Great Sea Turtle is our totem as we trek through time and terrain with just our turtle shell backpacks across waves, winds, and wherever. We hope you enjoy tracking our trek as much as we love sharing the adventure with you. We're so excited and grateful to you for empowering this epic journey of living Life in the Slow Lane.

Living simply and deliberately doesn't have to be boring! We'll show why and how that's true, through photos, videos, experiences, people, products, local destination discoveries, and more, as we seek to find and follow the dharma to our next home, wherever that may be. As we grow, our vision is to share dramatic and immersive 360-degree, virtual reality, and augmented reality experiences with you, to deepen the sense of wonder and oneness that is this ever changing world.

We want our journey to be your journey, and vice versa. We want this to be an interactive adventure and enlightening walking meditation for all of us. We want to experiment with creating lifestyles that are themselves works of creativity and art, painted by the everday events of so-called mundane existence. Supramundane! Sound too deep and philosophical? Don't worry, it's all about lightening up (especially when our packs are 40 or 50 pounds, and we're pushing 60!) so we'll be focused on the gorgeous greatness of Gaia and Going Beyond.

We can't possibly do this without our Patreon Saints -- you -- so thank you for being the water beneath our wings! Amituofo and ¡Adalante!

___
P.S. You can also encourage us just by setting up your own Patreon, using this link. Thank you! Finally, we prefer to correspond in blog comments in order to better build community, but our Gmail address is exactly what you think it would be, if needed.
Tiers
Hatchling
$1 or more per month
  • Happiness, Health, Confidence, Light, and Love!
  • Full access to our Patron-only blog with topics ranging from anthropology to astonomy, zoology to zoroastrianism, and everything in between.
  • $1 is our most important level! To achieve a sustainable Basic Income consisting of $1 pledges would be the highest possible success for our experiment. We appreciate every level as you are able, especially in the early going, but the compassionate and active intention to co-create a world that works for everyone is what means the most to us!
Shelley
$5 or more per month
  • Full access to our Patron-only blog.
  • Access to TurtleTracks  RSS feed.
Tiny Carapace
$8 or more per month
  • Instant access to our Discord server.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Carapace
$10 or more per month
  • Discord server Bronze Role upgrade.
  • Monthly Patron-only live chat.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Tiny Tortuga
$13 or more per month
  • We'll leave the light on.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Tortuga
$20 or more per month
  • Free hugs.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Tiny Terrapin
$34 or more per month
  • Your name in the credits of all our videos.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Terrapin
$50 or more per month
  • Discord server Silver Role upgrade.
  • Your name in the credits of all our videos.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Turtle Power
$89 or more per month
  • 20-30 minutes on your personal Turtle Topic. Video will be public, but you get to define what it's about.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Happy Honu
$100 or more per month
  • Discord server Gold Role upgrade.
  • 20-30 minutes on your personal Turtle Topic. Video will be public, but you get to define what it's about.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Small Sea Turtle
$144 or more per month
  • 20-30 minutes each on two of your personal Turtle Topics. Videos will be public, but you get to define what it's about.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Sea Turtle
$200 or more per month
  • 20-30 minutes each on two of your personal Turtle Topics. Videos will be public, but you get to define what it's about.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Great Sea Turtle
$233 or more per month
  • 20-30 minutes each on two of your personal Turtle Topics. Videos will be public, but you get to define what it's about.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Flat Earth Turtle
$377 or more per month
  • Monthly personal Turtle Talks on any topic, by voice.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Earth Turtle
$500 or more per month
  • Discord server Platinum Role upgrade.
  • Monthly personal Turtle Talks on any topic, by voice.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Wandering Wind Turtle
$610 or more per month
  • Monthly personal Turtle Talks on any topic, by voice OR video.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Whispering Wind Turtle
$987 or more per month
  • Monthly personal Turtle Talks on any topic, by voice OR video.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Wind Turtle
$1,000 or more per month
  • Discord server Diamond Role upgrade.
  • One Limited Edition hand-made TurtleTrekkin pendant keychain.
  • Plus, 10% goes to charity.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Small Sky Turtle
$2,000 or more per month
  • Tell us where to trek next.
  • Plus, 20% goes to charity.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Sky Turtle
$5,000 or more per month
  • Tell us where to trek next.
  • Pluse, 30% goes to charity.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Space Turtle
$10,000 or more per month
  • Discord server Vajra Role upgrade.
  • Wow! You've really made the big time and you've chosen to help us do what we do?! That's freakin AMAZING! At this level, we're confident that mostly you'll want us to just keep being who we are, and we pledge to do that!
  • Plus co-produce and co-direct special projects or events that you believe will further the mission to alleviate human suffering.
  • Plus, 50% goes to charity.
  • Plus all previous rewards, of course.
Includes Discord rewards
Turtles All The Way Down
$15,000 or more per month
  • We love you, but are you kidding? You still want MORE rewards? There actually is a point at which the money itself -- not just the love of it -- does indeed become the problem. 
  • Thank you for off-loading some of that problem on us, we really do appreciate, even as the previous statement holds true.
  • That's why we give 75% of everything at this level to charity and may give even more of it away in the future.
  • Extra evenflow.
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
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  • Our next goal is to improve content and begin growing a modest community to the point that we can eek by in the so-called real world of shoe-string budget world-packing travel, and one day send ever increasing amounts of income to various causes and charities, with your help in choosing them.
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How do we not merely pursue happiness, but rather create and sustain happiness, health, confidence, light, and love in ourselves and in the world?

For us, it's through writing, video, photography, and everyday discovery we're sharing here with you, as a way of connecting more meaningfully with this temporary experience we call being human. That, and active advocacy for a few interdependent causes that we have worked to improve over the past decade. Among those are unconditional Basic IncomeOpen Source Land for Hackable Housing, and developing cultural narratives and practical policies that cultivate a sustainable, flourishing post-automation anthropocene (society), in general.

Our TurtleTrekkin.Life is also an experiment in hacking retirement by traveling, trekking, and teaching from the tiny-tiny homes on our backs. 🐢🐢 

So, hi, we're Kathryn & Michael. Thank you for reading this far! Our experiment began back in February 2012, by downsizing from sticks-n-bricks housing to an RV named Pearl. She was a beautiful, large, luxurious turtle shell, but after five years of learning and understanding what the "full-timer" RV lifestyle is all about, we decided to downsize yet again to even more portable shells. As of January 1, 2018, all of our worldly belongings will fit into our backpacks.

In the meantime, November 1, 2017 marked 30 brief year that we've been trekkin' together. Yes, it's been ginormously great, horrifyingly horrendous, and everything in between. Remember that song, Beautiful Disaster? So we asked ourselves, with all the transparent honesty we could muster, "Was it worth it? What would make the next 30 years worthwhile, if we continue onward, together?" Beyond our personal story, we began wondering how do people inter-adapt to a world where the legacy processes and institutions that promised fulfillment and security have failed individuals, at a staggering collective scale? How do we model new micro-behaviors that might scale toward adaptive, sustainable, systemic resilience and robust human flourishing? 

Like a mobius strip, we seem to live in a world that inter-exists from both internal and external perspectives, the quantum-level and cosmic-level are both empty in nature and interdependent in expression, as are compassionate interpersonal micro-behaviors and international (and soon interplanetary) public policies. Sound too fancy or complicated? That's okay, through Michael's writing and Kathryn's photography, we will work  to create an art of ideas that is as simple as possible in exploring both the natural and non-symbolic worlds. Simple as possible, but no simpler.

Turtle Trekkin' is also a deeper experiential exploration of all these topics and questions, as well as similar questions that we hope you might share with us, along the way. But it can't be a drag, man! We gotta' lighten up, even as we trek through the heaviness of these trying times on Earth. So, first and foremost, we hope that our trek will deepen the conversations and relationships with you, our friends, soon to be friends, and family, who have sustained us through all these years. We hope that this last leg of our journey through life can help to lighten and brighten your days, too, the way your light has illumined ours.

The Great Sea Turtle is our totem as we trek through time and terrain with just our turtle shell backpacks across waves, winds, and wherever. We hope you enjoy tracking our trek as much as we love sharing the adventure with you. We're so excited and grateful to you for empowering this epic journey of living Life in the Slow Lane.

Living simply and deliberately doesn't have to be boring! We'll show why and how that's true, through photos, videos, experiences, people, products, local destination discoveries, and more, as we seek to find and follow the dharma to our next home, wherever that may be. As we grow, our vision is to share dramatic and immersive 360-degree, virtual reality, and augmented reality experiences with you, to deepen the sense of wonder and oneness that is this ever changing world.

We want our journey to be your journey, and vice versa. We want this to be an interactive adventure and enlightening walking meditation for all of us. We want to experiment with creating lifestyles that are themselves works of creativity and art, painted by the everday events of so-called mundane existence. Supramundane! Sound too deep and philosophical? Don't worry, it's all about lightening up (especially when our packs are 40 or 50 pounds, and we're pushing 60!) so we'll be focused on the gorgeous greatness of Gaia and Going Beyond.

We can't possibly do this without our Patreon Saints -- you -- so thank you for being the water beneath our wings! Amituofo and ¡Adalante!

___
P.S. You can also encourage us just by setting up your own Patreon, using this link. Thank you! Finally, we prefer to correspond in blog comments in order to better build community, but our Gmail address is exactly what you think it would be, if needed.

Recent posts by Kathryn & Michael

Tiers
Hatchling
$1 or more per month
  • Happiness, Health, Confidence, Light, and Love!
  • Full access to our Patron-only blog with topics ranging from anthropology to astonomy, zoology to zoroastrianism, and everything in between.
  • $1 is our most important level! To achieve a sustainable Basic Income consisting of $1 pledges would be the highest possible success for our experiment. We appreciate every level as you are able, especially in the early going, but the compassionate and active intention to co-create a world that works for everyone is what means the most to us!
Shelley
$5 or more per month
  • Full access to our Patron-only blog.
  • Access to TurtleTracks  RSS feed.
Tiny Carapace
$8 or more per month
  • Instant access to our Discord server.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Carapace
$10 or more per month
  • Discord server Bronze Role upgrade.
  • Monthly Patron-only live chat.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Tiny Tortuga
$13 or more per month
  • We'll leave the light on.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Tortuga
$20 or more per month
  • Free hugs.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Tiny Terrapin
$34 or more per month
  • Your name in the credits of all our videos.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Terrapin
$50 or more per month
  • Discord server Silver Role upgrade.
  • Your name in the credits of all our videos.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Turtle Power
$89 or more per month
  • 20-30 minutes on your personal Turtle Topic. Video will be public, but you get to define what it's about.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Happy Honu
$100 or more per month
  • Discord server Gold Role upgrade.
  • 20-30 minutes on your personal Turtle Topic. Video will be public, but you get to define what it's about.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Small Sea Turtle
$144 or more per month
  • 20-30 minutes each on two of your personal Turtle Topics. Videos will be public, but you get to define what it's about.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Sea Turtle
$200 or more per month
  • 20-30 minutes each on two of your personal Turtle Topics. Videos will be public, but you get to define what it's about.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Great Sea Turtle
$233 or more per month
  • 20-30 minutes each on two of your personal Turtle Topics. Videos will be public, but you get to define what it's about.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Flat Earth Turtle
$377 or more per month
  • Monthly personal Turtle Talks on any topic, by voice.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Earth Turtle
$500 or more per month
  • Discord server Platinum Role upgrade.
  • Monthly personal Turtle Talks on any topic, by voice.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Wandering Wind Turtle
$610 or more per month
  • Monthly personal Turtle Talks on any topic, by voice OR video.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Whispering Wind Turtle
$987 or more per month
  • Monthly personal Turtle Talks on any topic, by voice OR video.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Wind Turtle
$1,000 or more per month
  • Discord server Diamond Role upgrade.
  • One Limited Edition hand-made TurtleTrekkin pendant keychain.
  • Plus, 10% goes to charity.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Small Sky Turtle
$2,000 or more per month
  • Tell us where to trek next.
  • Plus, 20% goes to charity.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Sky Turtle
$5,000 or more per month
  • Tell us where to trek next.
  • Pluse, 30% goes to charity.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Includes Discord rewards
Space Turtle
$10,000 or more per month
  • Discord server Vajra Role upgrade.
  • Wow! You've really made the big time and you've chosen to help us do what we do?! That's freakin AMAZING! At this level, we're confident that mostly you'll want us to just keep being who we are, and we pledge to do that!
  • Plus co-produce and co-direct special projects or events that you believe will further the mission to alleviate human suffering.
  • Plus, 50% goes to charity.
  • Plus all previous rewards, of course.
Includes Discord rewards
Turtles All The Way Down
$15,000 or more per month
  • We love you, but are you kidding? You still want MORE rewards? There actually is a point at which the money itself -- not just the love of it -- does indeed become the problem. 
  • Thank you for off-loading some of that problem on us, we really do appreciate, even as the previous statement holds true.
  • That's why we give 75% of everything at this level to charity and may give even more of it away in the future.
  • Extra evenflow.
Includes Discord rewards