Lama Foundation

San Cristobal, New Mexico, United States

  • Last updated: October 19, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Lama Foundation is to be a sustainable spiritual community and educational center dedicated to the awakening of consciousness, spiritual practice with respect for all traditions, service and stewardship of the land.

Community Description

Lama Foundation aims to serve as a sustainable spiritual community and educational center dedicated to the awakening of consciousness, service, spiritual practice with respect for all traditions, and stewardship of the land. Community life is viewed as a school of practical spirituality whose focus is individual and collective spiritual growth through service to others, simplicity of lifestyle, self-awareness, and commitment to daily spiritual practice in some form.

Members have an opportunity to learn mindfulness and responsible stewardship as well as skills such as natural building and permaculture, gardening, cooking, carpentry, and silk-screen printing. Community-building skills are a continuing focus. The community works together as a circle in caring for the foundation and strives for consensus in decision making. Summers are an out breath, with many visitors and a public program of workshops, retreats, and hermitages. We also operate a cottage industry for producing prayer flags and other items. Winters are an in breath, where members continue to serve and strive to take more time for intensive contemplative interspiritual practice and study.

The fire of 1996 offered an opportunity to explore a more sustainable lifestyle utilizing green building and permaculture techniques. Life is rustic, but very beautiful at an elevation of 8600 feet. Come and visit!

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1967
  • Start Living Together: 1967
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.lamafoundation.org/
  • Phone: 575-586-1269
  • Mailing Address:
    PO Box 240
    San Cristobal, New Mexico, 87564-0240
    United States
  • Location

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 105 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-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: 10
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit
  • Additional Comments:

    12 sturdy winterized structures & 2 yurts

Membership

  • Adult Members: 10
  • Child Members: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We are open from late May through September to visitors, retreatants, and summer stewards who help join us as community members. Summer stewardship is the gateway to residency. Summer stewards who want to be considered for residency must be stewards at Lama Foundation by August 1st, the latest. Earlier is recommended. This gives us 2 months to get to know one another and get a sense of fit. We are not open in the winter months unless an exception has been made. Call 575-586-1269 or email ahead of time to arrange a visit.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Summer stewardship is the gateway to residency. Summer stewards who want to be considered for residency must be stewards at Lama Foundation by August 1st, the latest. Earlier is recommended. This gives us 2 months to get to know one another and get a sense of fit. There is an application process for summer stewardship. Please visit our website to apply.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Resident and Caretaking Body

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 30
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Wiccan, Protestant, Quaker, Sufi, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Hare Krishna, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Lama Foundation served as one of the first retreat centers for teachers of spiritual and religious traditions beyond Chrstianity. Ram Dass’ Be Here Now was published at Lama Foundation. Numerous other teacher have taught at Lama Foundation from Pema Chodoron and Jack Kornfield to Rabbi Zalman Schachter and Baba Hari Dass. Lama Foundation continues to offer retreats in the summertime to guests and in wintertime to residents.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

Findhorn Foundation and Community, St. Benedict’s Monastery, Southwest Sangha, Ram Dass Love, Serve, Remember Foundation, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram and Hanuman Temple, Taos Pueblo, Church of Conscious Harmony, Sufi Ruhaniat International, Dervish Healing Order,

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].

Keywords

Interspiritual, sustainable, consensus, permaculture