Intentional Community

Our Intentional Community

After careful consideration the board of directors of Cielito Lindo Ranch had voted to shut down our Intentional Community.

Our goal of sharing what we’ve learned about sustainability is still alive, though. So please, come visit our ranch and learn how sustainable living is withing anyone’s reach.


62 Responses to Intentional Community

  1. Karen Martin says:

    Are there children in residence? What do you do about schooling?

    • admin says:

      We do not currently have children in residence. However, we have lots of local people who home school, and we have a good nearby school as well (we’re not that remote).

  2. liezel says:

    I would like to speak to someone rwgarding your community and possibly visiting. My contact number is 0449576711.

    Regards, Liezel

  3. caroline jones says:

    where are you based? What is your address?

    • admin says:


      We are in southwest New Mexico, and are not near any cities or towns. We’re in the northern part of Catron County.
      I’m sorry, but our address is given out only on a need-to-know basis.

      Best to you,

      – Sam Palahnuk
      Operations Director

  4. Diane Richards says:

    I am very interested in your facility. What are the living arangements? You say $400 a month or $100 if the person participates in the work. I would love to do that. What would it entail? Does the price include utilties and what about cable and internet? How much does it cost for a 2 week trial stay? Pleaase send me all the information you can. Thankyou very much. Diane

    • admin says:

      Please do read through the visitors information–I think that’ll answer your question. For utilities–we have none! We make our own electricity with wind and solar power. We do not have cable of any kind. We do have Internet via a satellite (which runs off that solar and wind power). We have our own well. Living costs are pretty much for food, and to cover things such as fuel for vehicles and for maintenance around the ranch. Please email us if you have more questions.


      • Teresa ormond says:

        I so love all of this. I want to live totally off grid. Leave all this nonsense behind. I hate a phone, i love farming, my meat and milk goats, meat rabbits. And anything else to self sustain my family. But would want some land. We have 4.5 acres now. But what you are doing is awesome.

  5. Amanda says:

    Hello. Do you think you will set-up other communities in other locations. For example, would this type of housing be sustainable in Washington state? There isn’t too much sun but a lot more water. Would it run the same way or would there have to be some tweaking?

    • admin says:

      At this time we do not have plans for additional communities, but we’ll be happy to help you if you want to set up one or build your own house in Washington State. Much of what we do here would be applicable (Straw Bale houses do very well in the Pacific Northwest).


      • Elisa Breland says:

        Hello, I too am from Washington state, my family along with a few other people have bought some property in Eastern Washington where there isn’t much rain. Some of us are planning on cob houses, mine will start as a homemade yurt and end up as a circular straw bale, which will allow us to live in it while we’re completing the build.

        I have been trying to find the information on your site about your tip-up wet-clay building technology, can you possibly point me in the direction on your website where I might get more information? I will be pouring over your site for all I can learn 🙂

        • admin says:

          We’ve played around a little bit with light clay used in pallets. Light clay is where you dip your straw into a clay slip. You then stuff the light clay into a frame work. We used this with the bathroom walls to make 6″ interior walls since we didn’t want huge walls. Code in NM is to use 12″ to make an exterior wall for the insulation.

          The hard part with the light clay is that it dries HEAVY. So tipping up the pallets takes muscle. It works better to put the pallets in place and then stuff them with light clay and then plaster them.

          For more information on light clay, try these links:

          Our clay slip is clay (make sure you screen it first), into water until you have a “milk shake” consistency. Let us know if you need more information — you can email directly.



  6. Janet R. Boddy says:

    I am most interested in visiting Narara in the cooler weather (possibly Autumn) in order to suss out the possibility of moving to Narara Eco Village. My friends Andrew Olivier and Verena Mclean are already on your books and plan to move to you. Also my daughter Kate Madden. Once I have sussed out the possibilities of a move I hope that can make a decision as to whether to place a deposit and plan my future years with you. It’s a most exciting project and I am most impressed. I built my mud brick home in Eltham Victoria many years ago but am needing to make a move from here before too long. I have another friend who is most interested and investigating her possibilities. It’s a matter (for her) of consulting with her 25yr old son and 34yr old daughter. These are big decisions to be making for us all of course. I looked at the web site last year and have been dreaming of Narara ever since but had to delay visiting then.
    Kind regards Janet R. Boddy

  7. Patti Judd George says:

    Just had to write you a note to tell you that you give me pause for hope for the
    future of humankind. I know because I have lived it in bits and pieces, had a
    baby in Big Sur, Ca., 70 miles from town, goat and chickens and a good sized garden.
    I am 58 and am in the process of finishing something I must, but when I am done
    and free I WILL visit and see if you’ll accept an ‘old timer’. I really believe that this
    is the answer to much of the problems of the world: Co-living, sustainable AND
    helping to repair some of the damage already done. It is the only way to continue
    on, living a good life. Very best to all of you, Patti

  8. Amy Nilson says:

    I love the idea of what you’re doing, and would
    love to build a container home in northern AZ.
    I myself ( due to a disability) could not build one of these myself,
    do you know of contractors or groups that assist in making
    this kind of build a reality. Thank you for your response in advance-

    • admin says:

      We can’t recommend any contractors who do container homes. The best thing would be to search online or join a local group that does sustainable work.

      Good luck to you!

  9. Nancy says:

    I am very interested in the community. I am a proffesional chef and baker, a professor of music and am a young 65 ready to work for the good of a community in a sustainable, low stress financial situation. i have gardened extensively and lived all over the world in different situations.

    I am starting a new life and am very interested in the prospect.


  10. Al-Quiyamah Faiz says:

    Hello, I am interested about learning how to acquire a container home. I don’t know where to begin.

    • admin says:

      The first thing to do is figure out your budget, and if you want to build a container home or buy one already set up. Just like with any house, you’ll need land to build upon–or land to old the home. If building, you might want to work with an architect and/or a contractor–and it is good to have someone who knows building codes for your area. It’s possible to find both with “green” building experience. If you’re looking to buy an already made home, there are plenty of options–just start searches for “container homes.” You might want to visit a few, and also you will save on shipping costs if you buy local to the area where you plan to settle the container.

      It’s also a good idea to start making a list of your requirements. How many people will live it in? How much space do you need–how much space do you want to clean? What weather do you need to be ready to handle–snow, wind, rain? What will be your power source–are you going off the grid with solar and wind? All these play into your plans. But it all starts with plans and knowing what you want and need.

  11. Brittani Shelton says:

    What about dogs? I plan on finding an off the grid community very soon. I was planning on heading north but I’m having a very hard time finding a community online. My only delay is my dog.

    • admin says:

      We welcome well behaved dogs on the ranch. Do be aware that we are in an area with coyotes and rattlesnakes, so it’s important that dogs be very well behaved (so they come when called and don’t try to mix it up with other critters). If you would like to visit, please email so we can see about arranging dates. Thanks.

  12. Athena says:

    I have a a 17 foot self contained travel trailer I pull with my Toyota 4 Runner, but would love to build a Cobb house. What would be the cost if I lived in my travel trailer and worked in the community half of each day?

    My skills are Shiatsu Therapist, Piano teacher, veggie gardener, excellent vegetarian cook, know about building Rocket Mass Heaters and Cobb houses.

    I meditate, believe in The Law Of Attraction, am physically fit and enjoy bicycling, hiking, games of sport and board games, have 4 grown children, and 3 small grandchildren in Arizona.

    I also know a little bit about alot of other things and would love to share and learn in a community of like-minded people.

    • admin says:

      The best thing to do would be to come for a visit. New Mexico is not for everyone. We can arrange a visit and you can see the ranch, and then we can take it from there. Summer is a great time to visit for a few days or a week.


  13. Carolyn says:

    I am in the process of searching out a new way of life and came across your page. When I start my new journey, I will have a couple of dogs but I have my own smallish Class C RV. What is your policy regarding pets?

    • admin says:

      We welcome well behaved pets. We have two barn cats and two ranch dogs here already. This is an open area, so you want to make sure your dogs won’t run off to chase cattle or coyotes, and will come when called. And that they’re up on all their shots. It’s a great place for dogs to have fun!


  14. deanne sheehan says:

    How cold are winters in your area?

    • admin says:

      Weather is highly variable in New Mexico–lows can be very low, but they generally don’t last long. We’ve had -9 on the ranch, but it’s dropped down to -36 with our “dip” (we generally get a half hour to an hour of very cold chill right before sunrise). Once the sun comes up, temps can go up into the 60’s in winter. Snow is usually around a few inches, but drifts can pile up higher–and most snow fall from any storm is gone within a week or two. The snow melts bring mud–but a good snow means great grass and flowers in spring. Jan and Feb are our coldest months, but we start getting snow usually in October.

  15. Debbie Tyner says:

    I am also a person looking for a simpler lifestyle with like minded people. I am intetested in more info and possibly visiting the ranch. It sounds lovely. I do work very hard, have skills, creative. Thanks, Debbie

    • admin says:

      Please read our visitor guidelines on the website for more information.

      Also, it’s not a good idea to post your phone number online. You’re welcome to email us for more information or direct contact, but hold off on phone numbers.


  16. Cody miranda says:

    My girlfriend and I are ready to take a natural approach to life my girlfriend is pregnant and we want our child to be raised in a natural stress free environment and to be able to raise our child to appreciate life without technology and violence so we are very interested in a tour

    • admin says:

      Do read our visitor guidelines. Also, keep in mind we are 100 miles from the nearest hospital. And we use a lot of technology–we’re not Amish. Technology such as solar and wind power–and the Internet–are very helpful to us. If you would like a tour, let us know when you’ll be in New Mexico and please read our visitor guidelines.

  17. J. Hawley says:

    Is it possible to live there part time, like half the year?

    • admin says:

      We have no requirements on year-round occupancy. But we do ask all potential residents to come and visit to see if this area will suit them. Please do read our visitor guidelines posted on the website.

  18. alonzo says:

    Hello, have enjoyed reading your site so wanted to send a note. A supportive sustainable community working together speaks to my heart and very much would like to visit and speak with you all. I’m hard working and dedicated and welcome the opportunity to meet others willing to work together in a more simple way of being and living. May I come for a visit?


  19. Foy J. Oxendine​​ says:

    I’m interested in off the grid living. I’m disabled and I get my SSI each month. I’m a skilled carpenter of 30+ years and I’m sure I can design and help build cabins corals and so forth. I have been wanting to live this life for a long time and I have a green thumb when it comes to gardening

    • admin says:

      We have a document on the website about visiting the ranch–Just click on the visiting item on the menu.

      We do recommend folks come out for a visit–winter is not the best time for this, so plan the visit for late spring through fall. We only have camping for guests right now.

  20. Garrett J. Kline II says:

    I didn’t come acrossit would never any literature about firearms/ defense Goodness willing it would never be an issue just the same what stance does your community take on such matters? Also I may have missed it but if not, are you a carnivorous group or purley alternative diet organization?

    • admin says:

      We live in a hunting area, so we have no problems with having fire arms. However, everyone needs to use them responsibly. Also, this is beef country–it’s actually really tough not to have meat out here. We support local ranchers by buying local beef (and pig). But everyone is welcome to their own choices.

  21. Lisa martin says:

    I have a house in the uk that I will gladly sell to fund this project. I am a dog groomer (I have basic animal care) and I am a doula. My only concern is my 5 & 7 year old girls with regards to their education. I am not brave enough to home school them so would there be help in this area. Please send me info as I am ready to move tomorrow.

    Thank you for this great lifestyle,
    Kind regards,
    Lisa Martin

    • admin says:

      There are local schools nearby–elemetary and high school–however, I have no idea as to the quality of schooling. A lot of parents nearby do home school. Since we don’t have kids here right now I’m not sure what else I can tell you.

  22. rachelle says:

    Hello – Would i be an acceptable candidate if I am living in the Uk ? and I’m single ?

  23. otter says:

    I was searching for Prescott AZ when I found you all. Bless your project. Do you know of anyone here in Prescott doing a similar community? It appears NewMexico is the most progressive area, earthships, communal,etc…earth firstsers. We’re trying to cope with a more urban environment here, within safe cycling distance,on the fringes of the grid. Thanx

  24. Kathy says:

    I’m a professional who is looking to become an active participant in creating successful and self sustaining community. I’ve found myself continuously talking myself out of this dream, because of how conditioned I am in believing that I cannot exist without being part of the “normal” system.

    I would like more information, about the locations of these communities. I know of others who are also ready to create a life worth living.

  25. Gus says:

    I want to know if they are any properties available near London (United Kingdom) for off the grid living?
    Kind regards

  26. vincent and sheila says:

    please call us 413 475 2981

  27. vincent and sheila says:

    would liike more information please call us 413 498 2981

  28. Dan Nichols says:

    I currently live in Texas and have property in Minnesota, my birth state. Having traveled extensively as a 26 year military veteran I have a long time desire to participate in sustainable living. I sold my current place in Texas so will have nothing tying me down. Have receive my permaculture certificate, built elctric vehicles and lived in a self built geodesic. My skill sets in clude electronic, electrics, materials fabrication, carpentry, storage battery, biofuel manufacture and electric vehicles . I hope to apply to come by on a visit soon.

  29. Dan Nichols says:

    Seems that your only receiving guests for four month out of the year. That’s going to limit my options. Why no visits during some of the remaining less severe winter times.

    • admin says:

      Snow is not the big issue at the ranch–it is mud. We get a fairly mild winter, but the snows melt, leaving behind muddy roads and the ranch is off 11 miles of gravel/dirt road. If you don’t have the right vehicle, it can be difficult to navigate, and we’d just as soon make sure visitors can arrive safely.

  30. Dan Nichols says:

    Understand, We in Central Texas are no strangers to the that type
    of roadbase. Whar specific vehicles do you recommend. Saw your donation page..may be able to hrlp with a few items?

    • admin says:

      Any vehicle that handles dirt/gravel well is good here. So 4-wheel is best. Car or truck with good clearance. It all depends on if we have rain or not, and we have a little on the forecast.

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