I am an artist and professor of art living in a small compound a few miles from beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. The compound, has served as an informal artist residency for 20 years. It is humble, but glorious. The place works by word of mouth and there is no charge - I simply ask people to leave the place "better than how they found it." For several decades this has served as a strong ethic that has kept the place open to artists, writers and musicians of many backgrounds in need of sanctuary. I am well-connected to the vibrant artist/music scene in the high desert.
The compound is comprised of a series of small buildings that are spread out and connected through a patio network. On the property is an earthdome (made with CalEarth superadobe construction methods) and a labyrinth. I recently made some changes in my life and will be based here more and so have some projects I can (and must) pursue to improve the space for myself and the others who enjoy it.
Help with Eco project
Travellers will learn about a unique and beautiful desert eco-system as abundant flora and fauna of the desert are all around. There are many ecologically friendly and knowledgeable people in the community, including many people active in healing arts, plant medicine and other alternative body work and lifestyles. One can learn a tremendous amount from the austerity and silence of the desert; but Joshua Tree also offers an active live music and recording scene as well as many artists, rock climbers, etc from all around.
There are always improvements to be made.
I am working on a new studio building and a permaculture plan.
English, transactional Spanish
Accomodation is basic - traveller will have a designated building (a large garage shed converted into a studio) with no heat or cooling, as well as a small cabin with heat and basic kitchen. Bathroom facilities are shared with an indoor shower/toilet as well as an outdoor shower and bathtub and a compost toilet. Should one wish to sleep under the stars (many do!) there are many other options for sleeping outdoors.
This would be perfect for someone/s with an RV or trailer they wanted to pull up and plug in!
Because of the distances (it is a rural area) it would be difficult to enjoy the area without a car.
We are on the eastern edge of the city of 29 palms - a bikeride from town (restaurants, shopping, etc) and 5 miles from Joshua Tree National Park (uphill!). There is a public bus in town that can take you into the town of Joshua Tree or as far as Palm Springs. There is an active live music and arts scene with activities almost every night. hiking is amazing and abundant - my place is situated between the national park and 3 recently designated national monuments - the latter are free to explore and camp in.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4 hours a day, 4 days a week