Reflections on

The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living

Life is a single Whole. In the end, nothing in this world is separable from anything else. You and I are who we are because of everyone and everything that has come before us. And everyone and everything that comes after us will bear the trace of who we have been: what we have thought, what we have said, and what we have done. The past is our heritage, the future is our legacy, and the present is our moment of truth.

We have been born into a world that is fast-changing. Never have so many men and women lived upon the earth. Never have men and women taken so much from the earth. The planet is groaning under the strain of our demands. Glaciers are melting, rivers turning toxic, rubbish heaping up, species vanishing — all so that we may keep up a way of life that gives us happiness. But are we really happy?

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne and Mikey Sklar set out to find a state of happiness that could not be bought with dollar bills. They let go of the corporate ladder and planted their feet on solid ground. By trial and error, with faith and vision, they built a new life, a life of work and play and celebration under the vast desert sky. Their fascinating book, The Good Life Lab, tells their story.

The dervishes of old were known for their patched robes. When their robes tore or wore out, rather than buying new ones, they patched the ones they had. In time, like Joseph’s famous cloak, their robes became quilts of many colors. Wendy and Mikey have made the whole of their life a patchwork robe. For all with eyes to see, that priceless dervish robe is a manifest sign of the bounty that is forever.

– Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

Click here to read an article adapted from Wendy Jehanara Tremayne’s new book,
The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living.

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan’s reflections were originally published in The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living (c) Wendy Jehanara Tremayne.

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne was a creative director in a marketing firm in New York City before moving to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where she built an off-the-grid oasis in a barren RV park with her partner, Mikey Sklar. This gallery depicts Wendy’s lifestyle as a homesteader and shows hands-on living in action!
Images by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne