Experience living off the grid in SW Colorado, USA



 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    We live on an 83 acre off grid ranch in a beautiful valley looking out at the la Plata mountains of SW Colorado.

    We have hosted a few Permaculture convergences, Earth skills workshops, and earth perspective teachings. We have a growing spaces dome all year garden, a hoop house, raised beds, and some eco friendly farming happening, as well as dairy goats and laying hens. We have horse drawn wagons as well.
    Our animals include 5 horses, chickens, 2 goats , cats and dogs. I make goat cheese when milk is available. There are 3 yurts on the property, a main residence, a two room bunkhouse and a barn.

    Our immediate need is help with winter caretaking of our animals, caring for the greenhouse dome, ranch maintenance and possibly some time with my 99 yr old mom. She has many stories to share and loves to sketch.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn to care for the animals - horses, goats, chickens, and livestock guardian dogs on a eco friendly farm. Learn from the elderly about her New England history and culture while looking out the the La Plata mts of SW Colorado. You will have the opportunity to participate in traditional ceremonies and a weekly drumming circle.

  • Help


    Just the ability and desire to help on any of the projects above with minimal direction from Gary or myself.
    No smoking on the ranch.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I taught French and Spanish for many years. I enjoy speaking them when the opportunity arises.

  • Accommodation


    Woodstove or propane heater in Bunkhouse or Yurt.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are 30 minutes from Mesa Verde National Park and the same distance to Durango. Canyon of the Ancients is an hour drive. We are 45 minutes from New Mexico and 4 hrs from Taos and Santa Fe and 21/2 hours to Moab , Utah.

    No smoking on the ranch.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We are off grid but have plenty of space to park a motor home which has its own power. Water is easily attainable.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 911194866783

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