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Sustainable Living Residencies

5.0(5 reviews)SuperhostMadrid, New Mexico, United States
Private room in earth house hosted by Amanda And Andrew
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1.5 shared baths
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Want to live off-the-grid in a tiny home? Get to know living with solar power, rainwater, and water conscious systems in a strawbale cottage that harvests the sun. Stay for a week or more and get sustainability training. Wireless internet too.

The space
This Strawbale Cottage is the first structure that we built at Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center, and we lived in it for four and a half years. Our favorite elements are the collaged earthen walls, the layered wood slab ceiling that reminds us of a beaver dam, and the special sunrise window. This structure was lovingly crafted out of earth from this site, salvaged materials, and straw grown and baled in Colorado. Living in this house informed our sustainability journey, and gave us a sense of abundance that comes with simple elegant design. The many people who have lived in it since have also fallen in love with the space.

We have designed our sustainable systems to make it easy to live consciously with our resources. Our whole site is a living system in itself; plants growing, water flowing, people working, the sun heating everything we need it to. We find it a great privilege to live within this beautiful land with it's rich history of ancestral Puebloan use. Usually people find renewal in how the essentials of life here feel so abundant. We find that it's easy to live on 5 gallons of rainwater a day. We smile with every solar cooked meal. The Sustainable Living Residency is an opportunity to live this low impact life and have a great time doing it. This is a place to grow one's intimacy with the earth and the rain and the sun. This is a place that can give you a life that revolves around the rhythms of the environment. And there's electricity and wireless internet so that you may carry on the life that you came from.

There is a lot to gain from a taste of this lifestyle, and it requires certain attention from the residents. For example, you will learn to only turn on lights that you are using, and to monitor the level of power in the photovoltaic system while you use your laptop on a long winter night. This place asks of you to pay attention to what you pour down the drain. Salts, solids, and products with sodium are limited in order to keep the plants in the greywater system healthy. In the winter you will notice that it takes a few hours of direct sun for the water to heat up. You will learn that opening and closing the insulated curtains is essential to keeping your space at a comfortable temperature, and you will be impressed with the comfort. If you want to know what it means to live off-the-grid in a conscious way, this is a great opportunity.

Guest access
There is an adobe bathroom connected to the strawbale cottage. This is potentially a shared space and may be used by others on site. There are locking doors opening both into the cottage and to the outdoors. It contains solar heated running water (depending on the weather), a composting toilet, and an earthen atmosphere with designs on the walls painted with homemade clay paints. There is an outdoor community kitchen with running water for using in the warmer months, high and low-temperature solar cookers, kitchen ware, a propane stove, and incredible views. In the winter, the propane stove is installed inside the cottage.

Other things to note
If you are interested in the Sustainable Living Residency, please find out more about us by finding your way to Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center's website.
We will also want to know about you and your experience with camping or primitive living, and your goals for your time on the property.
Want to live off-the-grid in a tiny home? Get to know living with solar power, rainwater, and water conscious systems in a strawbale cottage that harvests the sun. Stay for a week or more and get sustainability training. Wireless internet too.

The space
This Strawbale Cottage is the first structure that we built at Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center, and we lived in it for four and a half ye…
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Essentials
Carbon monoxide alarm
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Madrid, New Mexico, United States

We are in an off-grid area, a mile and a half down a dirt road, where the neighbors all wave to each other upon passing. There are neighbors, but getting to them is a hike. In fact, the hiking is the best part of our "neighborhood." You can hike 40 minutes into the funky artist village of Madrid to get a coffee, share a beer with some eccentric folk, treat yourself to a tasty meal, or to check out the quaint galleries.
We are in an off-grid area, a mile and a half down a dirt road, where the neighbors all wave to each other upon passing. There are neighbors, but getting to them is a hike. In fact, the hiking is the best par…

Hosted by Amanda And Andrew

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The first thing you will notice about us is that we are pretty into sustainability. We love living the life we have created here at Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center. We love the land all around, and we love sharing the joys of this life with others by offering this experiential opportunity. We also both enjoy a lot of time on our own to get lost in creative activities. Andy likes writing, playing guitar, making mead, and composting. Amanda is into native and edible plants, designing appropriate technologies, and creating inspiring spaces. We can also be fun loving and a bit silly. "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution" - Emma Goldman
The first thing you will notice about us is that we are pretty into sustainability. We love living the life we have created here at Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center. We love t…
During your stay
At the beginning of the residency we will give you a tour of the site, and show you how all the systems work. We will be available to answer your questions and provide training on using the solar cookers. We will want to hear about your goals for your time at Ampersand and give you the privacy you need. We want to support you in your journey towards sustainability and resilience in your own life, and will be around to discuss options and avenues. We can also discuss volunteer projects for your time with us. There are always ways to contribute to this place with one's loving care. The outdoor community kitchen is our community hub in the summer and you may end up sharing it with some wonderful folks.
At the beginning of the residency we will give you a tour of the site, and show you how all the systems work. We will be available to answer your questions and provide training on…
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No pets
No parties or events
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