Landscaping in the Land of Enchantment. New Mexico, USA


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    The earth bag home is built!

    It's on to landscaping, finish plastering the earth bag retaining walls, rock walls, and finishing touches to make this place really shine.

    Ours is a high-vibe environment — drug- and alcohol-free — with music, storytelling, yoga, chi gong, meditation, and the like welcome.

    The house we built is small, and becoming more beautiful as each step gets completed. It's an artist's home, built and designed on a small budget, with much creativity.

    Much gratitude to Kenny, our maverick builder. He's built several sustainable homes, and even a school in Nepal — from earthships to traditional adobe, and his now-favorite, earth bag. We hope to welcome him back for some weekend workshops in the future. For now, he's on to his next gig, so I'm counting on the Workaway community to rock it.

    This place, Miracolo (pronounced me rah´coe low), is an off-grid home within Taos County NM building permit codes — the first earth bag building to go through the whole system and get signed off!

    Women and men of varied skills are welcome. Previous building experience is not required — being good natured is. A willingness to handle a shovel and move some rocks is par for the course. If you have building, landscaping, or gardening skills, please mention them when you write. We encourage the learning environment to go both ways. With just a 5-hour work day, there's plenty of free time to explore the area.

    We're located in the high desert just north of Taos, New Mexico. The Rio Grande Gorge is a short walk — I call it my back yard — with two natural hot springs in the close distance. The night skies are amazing, the Milky Way highly visible most nights. The Taos valley is surrounded by mountains, and there are great hiking trails, and day trips in every direction. The town of Taos is about a 20 minute drive. It's known for its arts and multi-cultural locals, with the Taos Pueblo dating back more than a thousand years. For a small town, it has a variety of attractions: art galleries, a great music scene, local theater, museums, a coffee culture, several good restaurants, and the great outdoors. Our back yard is part of the Rio Grande National Monument.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    For me, the one who lives in the house we've built, the best thing about this project is the people who have come together. I'm amazed by how these beautiful people are thanking me for this opportunity to help me build my house. I thank them! Of course, I understand how they are benefitting by learning and sharing in this community. People who didn't know each other before, joined together through a common interest and passion in sustainable living, become fast friends if even for a day. We are all learning so much about building, and about ourselves.

  • Help


    We would ask that you join us in the tasks of building walls, moving rocks in creative ways, and help keeping up camp & house. There are plenty of tasks that don't need much experience, yet, if you come with carpentry, plastering, water irrigation installing, or other skills, please let me know as that might change the project plans. Landscaping is on the agenda. Also fine alias coatings to the interior adobe walls. Creative landscape ideas that cost little dollars are welcome. An ability and willingness to work with a shovel and do what needs to be done is great. Volunteers are offered breakfast, vegan or vegetarian lunches and dinners. With short 5-hour days there is time to enjoy the nearby hot springs, swimming, and Taos.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    We have spots for camp tents, a flat place to park a van or small camper. There's a camp fire ring, and solar showers. We would ask that you bring your own towels, only biodegradable soaps, work gloves, work shoes, sun hat/protection, and creativity. Your musical instruments and voice are welcome.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in a very unique place. Taos has been a destination, for artists, seekers, and finders for generations. The natural beauty is undeniable. There's a quirkiness here that is well accepted and appreciated.

    The Taos Peublo is one, if not the, oldest still inhabited villages in North America. Its architecture is pretty much the same as it was a thousand years ago. Definitely a recommended outing.

    We look forward to sharing our beautiful corner of the world with you.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Interior mudding
Exterior plastering

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