The Good Life Lab is part spiritual and philosophical essay and part practical manual for living an uncommodified life in the waste stream to reclaim creativity. The author, Wendy Treymaine, and her partner, Mikey, left traditional jobs and lives in New York to live on a one-acre former RV park in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. There, influenced by Sufism and a desire to regain lost skills, Wendy and Mikey create building from rebar and papercrete, repurpose waste to make new things, brew their own biofuel, make and grow a significant amount of their own food and medicine from their garden or foraging, design ingenious inventions from scratch, and give away those plans to the world as a gift. While some may have the impression that living off the grid is isolating, Wendy and Mikey are part of a vibrant community in real life and through the internet that thrives on barter, shared knowledge, and favors.
The great majority of readers of The Good Life Lab will not take the radical steps that Wendy and Mikey took. Some may even question their sanity. Most, however, will find something to contemplate and take bits away to apply to their own lives.