Aquarius Nature Retreat

Last updated: November 2, 2012 (3 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Aquarius Nature Retreat

(Vail, Arizona, United States)

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Started Planning: 1981
  • Start Living Together: 1985
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: Jerry Kubias
  • Phone: 519 915 1868
  • Address:
    9984 E andrada Rd
    Vail, Arizona, 85641
    United States
  • This Community is Re-forming

    Aquarius Ranch

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Arrange visits well ahead of intended date. For visitor’s safety, as well as our own, give us enough information to check out the basic facts. Bring everything you will need. If you are familiar with burning man festival, observe the playa behaviour. Leave no trace.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:


Community Description:

Aquarius was an ecovillage at the 4000-ft (1300m) level in Rincons, 40 miles east (3/4hour drive) of the million size Tucson. National park is our neighbor to the north. We respect the environment, commune with nature and its flora and fauna–a sharp contrast to the urban environment and its pollution, crime and congestion. We preserve the purity of our acreage by using natural rock to blend structures into the mountain. There are no power lines to our dwellings because we achieved solar powered self-sufficiency. The serenity and safety of the place is ideal for writers and artists. Because of our remoteness we will not become overcrowded in spite of major construction just 4 air miles to the south. Room share including basic power for your radio and TV is only $300 per month.
Try our unstructured, liberal life with few rules. You may become enchanted and spend a lifetime. Private ownership of land is also available.
We welcome snow birds from Canada and seek exchange of living space there. We like the idea of being able to escape the heat of the summer into a Canadian environ and to give someone from a northern climate the oportunity to escape to the warmth of our winter. We would consider a permanent exchange.
Our liberal life encourages individuality. The freedoms no longer achievable in cities make our paradise more and more desirable. Here one can live comfortably on social security. There is only one resident at the ranch right now. The land was divided and sold and the owners are presently in Windsor, Canada. There are 10 acres left and a lot of unfinished construction. It’s an ideal place for someone or a group of people who find living in the city too difficult, and who may not want to start from a scratch. All the reasons of our past success: the weather, beauty of nature, security and freedom are there.
We would like to create a condominium of properties. You would offer a property in Canada, acreage perhaps in Ontario, we would ad the 10 acres with its buildings in Arizona and 5 acres hobby ranchette, a building parcel, in Colorado,a house in Windsor, Ontario. We are negotiating with European property owners also. Diversification will allow for growing food as well as offer economic security while keeping ownership of own contribution.Because of crime, shared rural land will be more and more desirable.Let’s pool our ingenuity and resources.


  • Adult Members: 1
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 100%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: land owner primarily determines focus at the land he pays the mortgage on.

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 10 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Additional Comments: and 15 0 square miles of Nationa forest and park

    primitive to one with full services. all have basic electricity

    it is work in progress.

    two one room, one three room and one multiroom

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: No


  • Additional Comments: Everyone needs to maintain own space

    First/last month expense share

    Share of expenses $300 per room plus $2 per square foot of additiopnal indoor space per month.



  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Additional comments: The current groundskeeper is vegetarian

    no smoking indoors


Additional Comments

at present location for 26 years!



We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge