About us


We are a family originally from Chicago that has chosen Uruguay as the place we will settle and raise our kids. Patrick (b. 1985) and Ashley (b. 1985), Isabel (b. 2013) and Vivian (b. 2016) have 9 acres in the beautiful Uruguayan countryside in between Nueva Helvecia and Playa Fomento. Our land is 2 hours (by bus and ferry) to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and 1.5 hours (by bus) to Montevideo, Uruguay. We are looking to share our knowledge, skills, resources, and much more with people looking to accomplish similar goals.


Here are the details: We have 9 fertile acres, a traditional well, and an old ruin on the property (pictured above). We just recently paid to have electricity brought in from the national electrical grid. We are planning to move to our land permanently Dec 7. 2016. We intend to buy and live in a shipping container home, and to slowly renovate the ruin into a usable building. We would like others looking to live simply off the land to consider settling nearby to us so we can build a network.

If you’re interested, get in touch with us via email:

Ashley: ashleycolby@gmail.com

Our hope is to build a world community of people looking to settle somewhere beautiful, safe, and easy to emigrate to. We are open to all ages, nationalities, etc. We are a family with young children, but would love to develop a community that represents all ages. We imagine a little village. One where we have our own individual homes/land and lifestyles, but can share resources and live in community with one another. Get in touch if you share this dream!

See more pictures of our latest visit to our land here.

P.S. We are also open to building a human ecology field school. See info about that here:



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