Gary Collins

The Simple Life


Gary Collins’ unique background includes military intelligence service and work as a special agent for the State Department Diplomatic Security Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Food and Drug Administration. His expert knowledge provides much-needed perspective on simple living, health, nutrition, entrepreneurship, self-help, and self-reliance. He holds degrees in exercise science, criminal justice, and forensic science. Raised in the High Desert at the basin of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in a rural part of California, Collins now lives off-grid part of the year in a remote area of northeast Washington State. The other part of year he spends exploring in his travel trailer (with his trusty black lab, Barney). Collins considers himself lucky to have grown up in a small town, experiencing fishing, hunting, and everything outdoors from a very young age. He has been involved in organized sports, nutrition, and fitness for almost four decades, and he’s also an active follower and teacher of what he calls “life simplification.” In addition to being a best-selling author, Collins has taught at the university level, consulted and trained college-level athletes, and been interviewed for his expertise by CBS Sports, Coast to Coast AM, the RT Network, and Fox News. His website and book series (The Simple Life) blows the lid off conventional life and wellness expectations, and it’s considered essential for every person seeking a simpler, happier life.

Gary will be speaking at the Texas, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Kansas Fairs


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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.
Modern Homesteading Natural Health

Available In:

Texas, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Building and Energy Stage
Maryland, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Mother Earth Living Stage
Oregon, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
Pennsylvania, Friday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined

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.
Modern Homesteading

Available In:

Maryland, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage
Oregon, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Mother Earth Living Stage
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined

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!
Real Foods Natural Health

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Real Food Stage
Maryland, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage
Oregon, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Grit Stage
Pennsylvania, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage