I entered Taos, New Mexico and continued through the middle of town and over the Rio Grande Gorge into the wide expanse of the mesa. I looked down at my cell phone and noticed that the screen displayed a request to update the time zone. This struck me as being very strange, since I had only traveled two and half hours away from my casita. I was still in New Mexico and clearly had not crossed into another time zone, but the cell phone error was my sign that I had indeed entered a new world. Coming up quickly on the horizon, I saw what some people might describe as a city you would only see on Mars. I knew immediately that this was the Greater World Earthship Community. This was it! Freedom! Off the Grid Green living at its finest! The New Mexican’s Bohemian dream had come alive in this ground breaking community that was developed on “uninhabitable” land by the creator of Earthship Biotecture, architect Michael Reynolds.
This was not my first rodeo at the Earthship Community. When I first moved to New Mexico in 2005, I quickly discovered this remote land of Earthships by chance while driving with my boyfriend of the time from Taos to Ojo Caliente. I immediately told him to stop the car and let me out. I have been enthralled by the beauty, style, and concept of the Earthship ever since. Soon after that day I managed to spend the night in the Studio Earthship, an older model that still exists as a rental today. Now eight years later I was lucky enough to spend the night in the Lone Tree II Earthship, a one bedroom Global model that is the latest in Earthship design. This was the apex of my eight year love affair with this Off-the Grid living fantasy.
I entered the community and arrived at the Earthship Visitor’s Center. Immediately, it was clear to me that I was not the only one who moved to New Mexico seeking a new way of life. The community was filled with people living in Earthships that use water from the sky; electricity from the sun and wind; and are fully capable of growing their own food inside their own homes. I stopped into the Visitor’s Center and met Hillary, who I later learned is an accomplished potter. I introduced myself and she immediately had me sign my life away. Soon after, I found myself following Hillary down a dirt road towards my dream home for the night.
The pictures of this absolutely gorgeous and miraculously functioning Earthship that was built in 2013 speak for themselves. There are banana trees growing inside this house. Enough said right? But beyond the obvious, there were a few highlights worth mentioning. The indoor garden bed looks beautiful lit up at night and I found a small frog hopping along enjoying the tropical greenery. Priceless! I was more than pleasantly surprised at the extremely comfortable temperature of the house both day and night. The temperature dropped down to freezing the night I was there and the only source of heat or cooling is solar and fresh air. No fireplace folks, only genius engineering! Walking out of the front door of the Earthship the morning of my departure I was stunned by the beautiful sunrise and the wide expanse of land against the backdrop of the Taos Mountains, part of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. To top it off, I was able to take home a beautiful mug handcrafted by the greeter/ potter Hillary that I met the morning of my arrival. The mug sports a picture of the Earthship as a reminder of this very special place.
The Dream is Alive! If you want to experience it go to www.earthshipbiotecture.com