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Tour a Sustainable Living Center

Los Cerrillos, United States

Experience hosted by Amanda And Andrew

90 mins
Includes drinks
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Come to our living laboratory for sustainable systems, and get a personalized tour. I can show you how our natural buildings were created with local and salvaged materials. I can explain how the 3 different hand built passive solar water heaters work, as well as the solar design of the buildings and other appropriate technologies. See our rainwater systems. We live here completely on rainwater, there is no well. I will show you our gardens and greenhouses that rely on the rainwater as well. Our site is always in progress. It's rustic, hand built, and saturated in intentional design. We will spend an hour touring and sharing models for sustainable living. I'd love to hear about your own sustainable projects as well. It's always fun brainstorming. I have designed all the systems on site and spent the last 15 years living with them and refining them. We start in the outdoor community kitchen and wander through the passive solar earthbag hybrid house that we built for ourselves. Access to the inside of the small strawbale cottages is variable as we may be hosting students and residents.
Other things to note
Remember it's a mile and a half down a bumpy dirt road to get to our site. 4wd or high clearance is preferred but usually not absolutely necessary. Stay in touch with us about wet road conditions.
Come to our living laboratory for sustainable systems, and get a personalized tour. I can show you how our natural buildings were created with local and salvaged materials. I can explain how the 3 different hand built passive solar water heaters work, as well as the solar design of the buildings and other appropriate technologies. See our rainwater systems. We live here completely on rainwater, there is no well. I will show you our gardens and…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Filtered Rainwater
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/ person
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Meet your host, Amanda And Andrew

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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Amanda Bramble is the director at Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center in Madrid, NM. She is a teacher of ecological restoration, organic agriculture, natural building, solar design, water systems, and permaculture. She designed and crafted the infrastructure of this living learning center to cultivate respectful and conscious relationships with the natural elements that support life. Amanda teaches at local colleges and educational organizations in New Mexico and has also offered consultations and presentations across the country.
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Where you'll be

See the spiral latching mechanism for the yurt skylight which also features bird nesting boxes, antlers and a basketball hoop. The solar dehydrator can hold 60 lb of cut up fruit at once. You will be amazed at how solar chimneys jump start the circulation in the morning. The cob earthen oven is darling and once fired, can cook for several hours. This small selection of handmade utilities illustrates the kind of ingenuity at Ampersand.

Rated 4.81 out of 5 from 21 reviews.

Cristina
February 2020
Amanda shared her personal experiences with sustainably coexisting with nature. We learned how Amanda and Andrew built their home maximizing natural resources. We also saw their workshop. Be sure to ask to see the worms.
Susan
January 2020
Despite the rugged roadway, this was a destination worth the effort. The transitions from yurt to straw bale to rammed earth along with the various elements utilizing both passive and active solar energy were easily comprehended object lessons. The scenic beauty of the natural surroundings was an added bonus.
Despite the rugged roadway, this was a destination worth the effort. The transitions from yurt to straw bale to rammed earth along with the various elements utilizing both passive…
Amy
October 2019
Lots of us nibble around the edges of sustainability. Amanda and her family/cohort have taken a deep dive. On the tour, you’ll learn basics; see creative, working alternatives to conventional methods of cooking, managing and using water, controlling erosion, and constructing for heat gain and retention; and witness ways to integrate sustainable practices. Amanda is an open and knowledgeable guide.
Lots of us nibble around the edges of sustainability. Amanda and her family/cohort have taken a deep dive. On the tour, you’ll learn basics; see creative, working alternatives to c…
Suzanne
October 2019
A wonderful opportunity to visit a well-established off-grid living system in the high desert where water is so scarce. Amanda’s knowledge and application of rainwater harvesting, gray-water systems, solar cooking, natural building, and other off-grid/low eco-impact techniques are inspiring and a pleasure to witness in practice. She was a great guide. I highly recommend visiting and hope more humans implement sustainable lifestyle practices like these!
A wonderful opportunity to visit a well-established off-grid living system in the high desert where water is so scarce. Amanda’s knowledge and application of rainwater harvesting,…
Kenny
September 2019
If you are interested in learning how it is truly possible to live sustainably in this age of climate crisis, then this experience is a must. Amanda is pretty much a self-trained engineer. She and her husband have figured out efficient water retention systems, human waste composting, and many other essential elements of a sustainable life in a dry high desert region. Amanda is extremely knowledgable and often has interns on site to help and learn. I was the only person there and truly enjoyed seeing how everything works, learning from Amanda and exchanging life experiences. We all need to learn how to live like this as far as possible. This is the only formula for continuing human life on this planet.
If you are interested in learning how it is truly possible to live sustainably in this age of climate crisis, then this experience is a must. Amanda is pretty much a self-trained e…
Chris
July 2019
Great time for my family. Amanda and Andrew are extremely nice and welcoming. Very inspiring and a great way to learn about living a sustainable life. Book a visit!

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Shoes appropriate for uneven surfaces, hilly pathways, and sun.

Bring your water bottle if you have one! You can refill here.