When I left Florida in the spring of 2007 on the Great American Road Trip, I harbored the romantic hope that I would find a special place I could not leave. Yes, to fall in love and settle down. But when you can live anywhere, the options can be over whelming. Almost every place has its charms and to choose one place to live is to exclude a world of other places.
But after almost three years of roaming across the amazing continent of North America, I’ve finally found a place I can call home – Fairfax, California.
It has a small town friendly feel yet a global outlook. It is nestled in and around tree covered hills near the Pacific Ocean forty minutes North of Golden Gate Bridge and Â San Francisco.
Fairfax, California (population 7,400 eclectic and open minded people) has solitude and stimulation, a yoga and meditation center as well as a honkytonk bar and jazz lounge, plenty of great food, including an organic food store. It has a cultural bias towards raising consciousness rather than dumbing it down. I’ve come to think of Fairfax as an intentional community with the facade of a small town.
I’ve explored the outer world in search of knowledge, adventure and inspiration. I found plenty of it. But now it’s time for the inner journey. To look within and explore the inner universe in this sweet and fertile place.
I’ve settled into a rustic cottage in the wooded hills – a short walk into downtown Fairfax. My new place is quiet, cozy and simple. I look forward to sharing it with friends and family.
My Cottage in Fairfax.
Yes, I know there is no paradise on earth since Eve and Adam ate the apple. But Fairfax is the sweetest most livable spot for me that I’ve found in our flawed and mortal world. I’ve already made some wonderful friends who I look forward to getting to know better.
People of Fairfax and Nearby
Fairfax has a sense of humor.
Perhaps as much as the natural beauty, it’s the colorful people and quirky character of Fairfax that makes me love it. This town also knows how to laugh at itself. Tune into “Fax News” online for facetious local reports and brilliant satires on new age life in the village of Fairfax. Some of my favorite episodes include a report on the local “New Age Economy” and a shocking report of a man involved with something called a “full time job”. Visit “Fax News” at http://www.faxnews.blip.tv
Fax News – Providing Fairfax and the world with self effacing humor and satirical news!
For more information on Fairfax, check out short documentary below – “Mayberry on Acid”. This short was screened at the annual Fairfax Documentary Short Festival, in which the entries are created within a two day period.
“Mayberry on Acid” – A twisted look at the town of Fairfax.
The Fairfax Village Network
For a more in depth look on the quirky nature of Fairfax, check out the local directory of services available for trade in Fairfax at the Fairfax Village Network. It lists over two hundred people offering such services as “Dolphin Energy Healer, Feng Shui Artist, Creator of Vortexes, Wiccan Priestess, Providing Space Clearing, Earth Acupuncture, Shamanism, Channel/Medium, Angel Communicator and of course “Life coach” . . .
Apparently there’s plenty of citizens available to unblock your chakras, realign your aura and heal your psyche. But who’s unblocking the clogged toilets and rewiring the houses rather than the neural pathways? For such mundane and terrestrial concerns check the local yellow pages.
Now that I’ve moved to town, I’ve decided to give back to my new community by creating my own profile on the Fairfax Village Network (see Digital Vagabond). I’m now available for consultations focused on empowering aspiring vagabonds to “Make the world their office and playground”. I’m currently offering a 100% discount off my normal $325 per hour virtual rate.
It’s been a long strange trip from the Midwest to Fairfax (see my “New Age Make Over” for details). But I feeling very at home in this funky wooded town. Come visit and let me show you this sweet slice of paradise lost.
We can dance our bliss at the dance center, swim in the ocean at night after steaming in a sweat lodge on the beach, build a bond fire in the woods during the full moon, relax in the hot springs in the mountains, or cross the Golden Gate or take a ferry boat from Sausalito and play in that adult amusement park known as San Francisco.
My new Backyard – Point Reyes National Seashore and West Marin
My new front yard – Funky San Fransisco Bay