Sacred Garden Sanctuary

Last updated: February 3, 2014 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: March 4, 2008

Sacred Garden Sanctuary

(Douglas, Arizona, United States)

Mission Statement:

permaculture/organic gardening

Community Description:

The land is 40 acres in the high chaparral of southeastern Arizona, close to Mexico and New Mexico.

We are focused on sustainability using permaculture methodologies and a simple low-impact lifestyle. We plan to construct a food-producing ecosystem that will provide many fresh fruits and vegetables, non-certified organic.

Our plan for housing is to use modified Cal-Earth adobe construction to build small homes for participants and visitors and a community center.

Our mission is to to:

• produce surplus food to sell at farmers’ markets and restaurants and give a portion to food banks.
• develop other agriculture/food related businesses
• research and develop dry-land sustainable agriculture;
• host workshops in sustainable living;
• encourage personal spiritual growth;
• enjoy life to its fullest potential;

We interact with the city of Douglas, about 11 miles away, and Bisbee, about 40 miles away and get involved as each individual desires.

Our values are aligned with permaculture values:

• caring for people
• caring for the earth
• limiting population growth and recycling/re-use of resources to ensure the sustainability of human civilization

We value culture and diversity.

We believe that a large percentage of raw foods in the diet, primarily fruit and vegetables, enhances and sustains health, and we will be focusing our agriculture in that direction.

We plan to leave much of the 40 acres undeveloped to provide a place for natural flora and fauna to flourish and to have recreational space.

We have participation requirements on our website. We are still refining the guidelines for taking care of housing capital costs, which will include purchase up-front by members and rent in lieu of purchase.

WHEN YOU CONTACT US ABOUT MEMBERSHIP: Please give a detailed description of your background, your skills, and where you are currently located.



  • Area: 40 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Land owned by: Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)
  • Additional Comments: Most of the land is gently sloping but there are cliffs just beyond the boundary so there is a steep slope on the western side.

    Currently the deed is in a Corporation Sole. As officer, David Ross acts as the trustee. The corporations sole will never sell the land.

    1 motorhome, one camper-trailer and 4 pickup-truck campers. one small adobe dome

    We plan small separate dwellings for each individual or family unit. A shared communtity center space.


  • Adult Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 100%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please contact us at least a week in advance. There is a contact form at, in addition to contact information here.

    Expect to help out with some of our tasks, and expect to learn something from the experience. Also, to teach something if you have skills and talents to share.

    It is helpful to bring these items when visiting:
    * Boots or hiking shoes
    * Long pants (and shorts if summer)
    * Warm jacket if late fall, winter, or early spring
    * Hat and sunglasses
    * Sleeping bag or bedding and pillow
    * A flashlight
    * Food for yourself or to share
    * Musical instruments (optional)

  • Membership Process: We currently have no available housing for new-comers. If you have your own RV and are interested, please contact us.
  • Additional Comments: The common thread is personal growth, connecting with nature, and reaching for the higher qualities in all of us. Some of us follow the principles of the Law of Attraction.

    All religions welcome but no evangelizing or trying to convert or de-convert others.

    It will be up to the parents of children to decide. We encourage home-schooling.


  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Edwin Basye is currently the Steward

    Core group consists of permanent members

    This may change over time when we have more members, Community leader is always open to suggestions and feedback and tries to balance the needs of all residents fairly


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Financial contribution guidelines are on the website. We encourage but do not demand generous sharing if you have an abundance.

    Members will be responsible for their own debt, and should have an income stream or plans for one to service the debt.

    5 to 20+ hours per week, depending on financial contribution

    Participants are currently required to fund their housing materials cost if they wish to live in permanent housing. Temporary living in campers, available first-come-first-serve, requires no up-front fee.

    $0-300/month depending on labor contribution

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegan
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments: (or more)

    We plan for this percentage to increase as we continue to plant more varieties and long-storage vegetables.

    Vegetarians preferred. We encourage raw fruits and vegetables as much as possible

    We encourage members to limit their consumption of meat to a minimum.

    Excessive use of alcohol is prohibited. Extreme moderation or abstinence is encouraged.

    If you are a smoker, we won’t exclude you, but we prefer non-smokers and encourage smokers to quit. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling

Additional Comments

A small town is 11 miles away

2009 was the year we added our first participant

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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