Menschen, die im Wald leben – moderne Einsiedler und Aussteiger - NIKIN EU

People who live in the forest – modern hermits and dropouts

Away from the family, away from every luxury, away from civilization - people who choose to live in the great outdoors and spend their time in the forest - that's possible!

Away from the family, away from every luxury, away from civilization - people who choose to live in the great outdoors and spend their time in the forest - that's possible!

Menschen im Wald

We at NIKIN know that trees and forests are essential for life on earth - that's why we are actively committed to the reforestation of forests worldwide. Since the emergence of humanity, more and more civilization has occurred - societies and systems have emerged that sometimes function better and sometimes function worse. Those that work better often have a serious effect on the health of people and nature. There are still indigenous peoples today who have not modernized but are happy with it and live in nature. That's why it's not surprising that more and more people are leaving our society and starting a new life, far away from civilization. But who are the people who live in the forest?

For what reasons do people retreat into nature?

There are many reasons why people retreat to the forest. One thing in advance, it is actually forbidden. Among other things, for security reasons. Nevertheless, the modern “forest people” are often left to their own devices. Because many of them are harmless. They withdraw gradually and voluntarily, for example because they initially live in and with the forest for work and gradually reduce their contact with “civilization”. Others see themselves as “guardians of the forest”, want to make themselves useful, remove waste and simply be left alone. Quite a few forest dwellers have experienced psychological or social problems in the course of their lives and have chosen the forest as a place of refuge.

Very few can be described as conscious dropouts who suddenly turn their backs on civilization. And they often don't stay for long - while the better-known forest dwellers in Switzerland can often go about their way of life undisturbed for decades and are, to a certain extent, tolerated.

It should also be mentioned here that there are of course people who live in the forest in order to hide there: because there are also so-called “criminal tourists” who are just passing through and want to attract as little attention as possible.

A life in the forest – romantic ideal?

How healthy or hard life in the forest is depends on the individual case. Frugal hermits sometimes get by without the benefits of civilization. Others find what they are looking for, put together their own wind and solar energy supplies and even have a telephone connection. It's all a question of attitude. Those who live (survive) in the forest for decades are usually quite healthy. Because everyday life involves a lot of often strenuous physical work, as well as a lot of abstinence from consumption. This can actually be good, especially when it comes to nutrition. And here you can state: only the tough ones come into the garden, or in the forest. Anyone who doesn't adapt well to life like their ancestors and doesn't take care of themselves will either give in quickly or even become seriously ill. Because life outdoors is not a piece of cake, nor is it a romantic commune.

How healthy is the distance from civilization?

The way of life and everyday life of modern forest dwellers is very different. Some of them are walking or were doing normal work. Just growing fruits and vegetables for daily needs takes a lot of time, as does collecting wood for your own needs in many cases.

Life in the forest does not exclude contact with civilization

Many “forest people” are not hermits at all – like the Swiss “Diesel-Sepp”, who liked to drink his beer in the nearby town. And many forest dwellers have a telephone and internet, but all in the solitude of the forest. Others, on the other hand, want to turn their backs on civilization and not even claim social benefits, like the group of forest dwellers who left just a few minutes' drive from Bern (Switzerland).

The forms of life are as different as the “forest people” themselves - although one can assume that not everyone who retreats temporarily or permanently under the trees is known. Who knows how many people live in the forest today and consistently avoid contact with civilization?

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Hi ich bin 16 Jahre alt! Und träume von einem Leben in der Natur! Am besten mit einer Gruppe die genauso denkt, (wovon es anscheinend genug gibt)

Robin

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