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My Next Speaking Engagement – Albany, Oregon August 3rd and 4th


Albany, Oregon – August 3rd and 4th

I’ve been keeping busy at my off the grid house in the mountains. Getting close to finishing my deck, and my next book is almost done – The Simple Life Guide To Financial Freedom, which I think is going to be a game changer for a lot of people. If you haven’t already signed up for my newsletter (click here) I highly recommend you do as that is where you find out about all my updates.

A quick update – be on the lookout for my new Podcast coming soon. I’ll keep you posted when it is live. People have been asking me to do one for years, but timing and a lack of consistent internet made it undo-able. If there are any topics you want me to cover, have any guest recommendations, or want to be a guest yourself just respond to this email (newsletter subscribers) or fill out my contact form HERE.

I’m excited to announce I just released my first audio-book for The Simple Life Guide To RV Living – you can get it by clicking HERE.

If you are interested in seeing me in person my next speaking engagement is coming soon. In addition to my presentations, I will be signing books at the event, and be available for questions. It will be at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon – August 3rd and 4th. I will be speaking and doing book signings on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday the workshops will be:

An Introduction to Primal Living and Eating: How to live a healthier and happier life


If you like expert advice, budget-friendly fitness solutions, and step-by-step actions you can take today, you’ll love Gary Collins’ transformational health and wellness presentation. No one in the health industry has Collins’ inside knowledge. (He served as a special agent for the Department of Health and Human Services and Food and Drug Administration). During this session, Collins demystifies primal, paleo, keto, low-carb, and high-fat diet plans, and he explains how to incorporate them into your health goals. He goes over common myths about health and weight loss that could be harming your well-being. And he breaks down basic exercises that beginners can perform. Learn how Collins’ techniques can transform your hectic lifestyle into a simpler, healthier existence!

I’m scheduled to speak from 10:00 to 11:00 am

My book signing will be from 11:00 to 11:30 am

Decluttering Your Life


Overwhelmed with unnecessary stress and piles of useless stuff? Exhausted from chasing ill-fitting definitions of success? Struggling to manage your daily to-dos while failing to make progress on what truly matters? Discover how to ditch society’s expectations and live by your own rules. Author and digital nomad Gary Collins has thrived since walking away from a stable, unfulfilling job to build a joyful, debt-free, and off-the-grid lifestyle. After teaching thousands of people to step off the burnout treadmill, he’s here to share the step-by-step process for living your dream. Collins provides realistic solutions to guide you toward a genuinely happy life. With straightforward, no-nonsense advice, he demonstrates how to overcome crippling frustration to reorder your priorities. The path to your new purpose will help you once and for all usher in a healthier, better way of living.

I’m scheduled to speak from 5:00 to 6:00 pm

On Sunday the workshop will be:

Start Your Journey on the Simple Life, Live off the Grid, and Change Your Health


Wondering if an off-grid lifestyle is right for you? Scared that it’ll be too challenging for you and your family to handle? Author and speaker Gary Collins literally wrote the book on how to transition to a life off the grid. After almost a decade of walking the walk, he’s sharing his successes and failures alike so you can live the simple life without missing out on creature comforts. As a former special agent for the Department of Health and Human Services and Food and Drug Administration, Collins brings inside knowledge to bear on the health industry. Using his techniques, he’s helped countless clients build a better body, and now he’s here to turn your wellness goals into a reality.

I’m scheduled to speak from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

My book signing will be from 4:30 to 5:00 pm

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Is It Possible To Have Too Much Free Time?


After dedicating myself for the last 5 years to building my off the grid dream house, I decided to hyper-focus on my business in 2019. I even went a step further, after realizing I had let my business slide during the last 2 years of my project, by deciding to work for a year straight. No vacations, no full days off just one year of pure dedication to getting my Simple Life message out and growing the business.


Two Free Webinars – Your Life, Your Legacy and The Fitness Journey


Recently I was interviewed for two free webinars – Your Life, Your Legacy and The Fitness Journey. I usually don’t participate in these, but I thought you (A Simple Life insider) could definitely benefit from some of the information provided. Plus, I do give my insights on living the simple life, living off the grid and primal health during my two interviews. If you are a new follower of mine and being a part of the simple life insider group this might be a way for you to learn a little bit more about me. The description and the signup links are provided below.


My Next Live Speaking Engagements – June 1st and June 2nd



Frederick, Maryland June 1st and 2nd

April was a hectic month with the release of my new book The Simple Life Guide To Decluttering Your Life (Click this link to purchase), and heading back to my off grid house for the next 7 months.

I’ll share more in my next post, but a little sneak preview – I’m in the editing phase of my next book The Simple Life Guide To Financial Freedom, which I think is going to be a game changer for a lot of people. If you haven’t already signed up for my newsletter (click here) I highly recommend you do as that is where you find out about all my updates.


Are You Willing To Endure Short Term Pain For Long Term Gain?


Just another Saturday working with many more to come!

As I have just released my third book, and the year isn’t even half way over I have been getting some questions primarily, “you are working really hard how are you living the simple life you describe in your teachings?” I will say that is a very fair question, and I have an honest answer, as always, no BSing in Gary land 🙂 Some people misconstrue The Simple Life, as a way of life that doesn’t require hard work, while some think you just hangout all day in your bathrobe waiting for people to feed you grapes. Luckily, most people who follow me are motivated to make a change for the better in their life and understand hard work is required. But there have been a some here and there squawking “oh the way you did it is really expensive I’ll never be able to afford that” or “I can’t do what you did” insert any of numerous excuses here. I will guarantee with that attitude you will not be able to live the life you want. I have a saying:

“It is much easier to criticize others and make excuses than it is to be creative and come up with solutions to your problems.”