Aquarius Nature Retreat

Last updated: January 21, 2016 (9 months 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, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Contact Name: Jerry Kubias
  • Phone: 2697834479
  • Community Address:
    19201 E Marsh sta RD
    Vail, Arizona, 85641
    United States

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 invite and will entertain any suggestion. Possibly condominium of properties? We would offer a property in Arizona, Colorado and Canada, perhaps you have acreage in Ontario. (We could have in the mix the 10 acres with its buildings in Arizona, 5 acres hobby ranchette, a building parcel in Colorado and a house in Windsor, Ontario.) We are negotiating with European property owners also. Diversification will enhance economic security and possibly retaining ownership of own contribution. Because of crime, shared rural land will be more and more desirable.Let’s pool our ingenuity and resources.
Possibility of purchase? Of course with maximum flexibility of the agreement.


  • Type(s): Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities)
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 10 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • 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


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Child Members: 1
  • Percent Women: 1-10%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process: 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.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: interview and personal meeting with at least one person
  • Additional Comments: at the moment if you can secure a deal you are the absolute ruler. We would offer help, but even if you lease the place all decisions are yours


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Person paying the mortgage determines how the vision will develop, what to focus on


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • 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.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Library, Fire pit
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: The current groundskeeper is omnivorous
    no smoking indoors
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist, Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

at present location for 30 plus years!

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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