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Category: Homestay
Host ID: 86435
Region: Mountain

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Last Updated: June 29, 2018

Learn How to Build a Hobbit Home!
Come join us on an adventure in exploring the versatile uses of Cob building (sculpted adobe), solar, Sustainable electrical, plumbing, roofing, building with recycled materials, Cordwood design, teepee construction, horticulture and more, in a breathtaking and lush high desert valley setting, surrounded by mountains and within walking distance to the Rio Grande River and 266,000+ acres of National Monument land!
This Summer 2018 season, we will be building a very artistic 2-story Cob and Cordwood Cottage that resemblances a mushroom!
Building skills are not necessary, but an eagerness to learn and a good work ethic is important!
Live like the Cowboys and Settlers of the Great West lived while learning the art homesteading, natural building and sustainable living! Many nearby day trips and daily adventures will take you back in time. We also have lots of resource books at your fingertips for you to learn in-depth about sustainable living. Learn about the local tribal history, mysticism and folklore over the fire and under the fishbowl of stars after a fulfilling day`s work!

Work Requirements: We are primarily focused on the construction of the cob cottage, but there will be plenty of opportunities for other creative activities and projects, as well. We are somewhat flexible with the work schedules if we receive proper notice and we expect no more than 6 hours of work/day, 5 days/wk in trade for 3 hearty meals/day and accommodation, if available and needed.

We are a short drive from charming mountain towns and fun things to do, but we are NOT in walking distance to any sign of civilization! MUST HAVE YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION
Nature surrounds us and the active bird and animal life, sunsets and stars are the best entertainment!
We are currently offering a quaint 1-room vintage camper trailer that fits 2 people, with a basic kitchen and toilet for "#1".
We can also accommodate volunteers that have RVs, campers or wind-resistant tents or other accommodations that you supply.

Please be mindful that you would need to be prepared for some chilly nights...even in the summer. Access to water, kitchen, outdoor firepit, grill and compostable toilet for all. It`s not exactly "roughing it", but it isn`t "glamping either". We take weekly trips into town for showers (not as much of an issue in this arid climate), but in the warmer months, we can provide an outdoor sun shower. We love to cook healthy and hearty meals, and can be somewhat accommodating on dietary restrictions. All meals on work days are provided!
We enjoy exchanging stories and jamming out by the campfire at night and have lots of games, books and horseshoes to keep us entertained in the downtime. Trips to nearby Questa, Taos, Red River and occasional day trip excursions will make this the best summer of your life!
Endless hiking excursions, fishing in the nearby Rio Grande and lovely lakes, off-road adventures and occasional music, cultural and art trips are offered. This is an artist`s paradise!

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