Help us build an artists' retreat in the hot spring desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, USA


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  • Description


    My husband and I are building an Artist Residency out of our fixer-upper property in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. We hope to eventually offer a stay in this Desert Oasis to musicians and artists coming to TorC for the inspiration of the desert and the healing hot spring water that runs under the downtown district of our town. Our property is a one mile walk to the hot-spring district.
    Truth or Consequences has a growing artist community and we are also touring musicians and would love our property to be somewhere musicians and artist can come to be inspired.
    We would like to have an urban farm with organic beds and a mini orchard and offer meals to our artists that are organic and locally sustained ... And in our big dreams we eventually want to be able to use the property for a live music concert series and small community gatherings, all with a view of Turtle Back Mountain, that we have the glorious honor of seeing right out our back door every day.
    PS. We have a newfoundland dog who is 10 and is a gentle giant at 140lbs.

  • 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

    Truth or Consequences is a very special little town, almost a step back in time, a smaller community, a diverse and artistic town, rich in history. It is historically a healing place because of the hot springs, our water is some of the most ph balanced hot spring water in the world and it used to be prescribed to people to soak every day for 20 days to cure almost anything.. It is also nestled in the heart of New Mexico where a few hours drive in any direction will take you to small towns and places that are sought after from around the world, Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands, The Gila National Forest, Lincoln, NM home of Jesse James, Silver City and more .. You will truly be nestled in the heart of the Wild West.. where cowboys, rednecks, artists, musicians, and everyone in between gathers at the same watering hole. An important thing to see in this modern time, that people of many backgrounds can come together and agree, especially over art and music.

    We will work together on projects and learn from each other, that is our biggest priority. We have learned unique building skills that are required for the desert, and are open to learn more from our guests the best practices for creating a space in a way that is sustainable, and earth friendly. The desert is a rich land, and we are always learning more about plants and wildlife, and weather systems that shape this land. We would also love to learn about other cultures and have guests that can teach us what they know as well, anything from how to help change our yard into a place where art and music are made and inspired, to how to cook a meal.. etc. I am a great cook and would be happy to teach paleo practices.. or we'd love to learn from someone how to cook vegan or vegetarian as well!

  • Help


    Carpentry ,Gardening , Building fences, an outdoor shower, picnic tables, shade structures, garden beds, plant care, plumbing, electrical, tree care, weeding ... lots of weeding, landscaping, burying water lines, installing water catchment system, general yard work and maintenance of property and buildings.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    only english, sorry

  • Accommodation


    1963 13 ft Vintage Aloha Camper with brand new AC/heater unit . A great fit for most unless you are over 6ft tall... sorry! Outdoor porta potty or we can put a sawdust toilet in your camper , use of indoor shower , but since it needs work, we suggest soaking in the hot springs as your bath every few days, and we will buy you a punch card to get your soaks started.
    We will provide continental breakfast, pack lunch and full dinner. Please let us know in advanced if you won't need a meal so we can plan accordingly.
    I cook mostly Paleo diet, and as organic and locally grown as possible.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Locally we have a wonderful local brewery that has live music every weekend, we have art galleries, yoga studios, monthly drum circles, and in the summers there is a farmers market every Saturday and a shuttle to the lake. There are hiking trails up Turtle Mountain , rock hounding is amazing.
    Surrounding and beyond.. Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands, The Gila National Forest, Lincoln, NM home of Billy The Kid, Silver City, Santa Fe, Roswell.. and more

    We are LGBTQ friendly and accepting of all life paths.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Elephant Butte Lake
Riverbend Hotsprings in downtown Truth or Consequences, NM
Live music in TorC happens every weekend, and sometimes more, listening rooms and house concerts in town feature touring musicians coming through our town :)
Rob's gate made our of recycled scrap pieces, Rob is a great carpenter with an artistic spin on everything he does.. :)
Me and Little Bear ( Triton) at the Lake
Another Live Music Moment at the Desert Archaic Gallery
A moment of rest after putting in a patio shade area
Elephant Butte Lake , 9 Minute drive from the Homestead :)
First project was a brand new roof! We will be recycling the old roof into structures around the property as the project goes on!
Your sleeping quarters :) 1963 Vintage Camper
Our Little Family
Our view of Turtle Mountain
The day we moved in... it's come a long way .. and has a long way to go :)

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