How many times have you asked  yourself,
"how can I best make a difference in the world?

The Coyote Commons
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Sharing the joys of sustainable living with others

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What is the Coyote Commons? artec with peach

We are a small community of teachers, builders, famers, gardeners and thinkers who live in the arid juniper-sage habitat of Western Colorado. We live lives that are sustainable and fun. This means we get our electricity from the sun, build homes
from local materials , eat delicious foods grown locally and recreate in our own backyard. We are also dedicated to sharing this bounty with others. Each summer we host eight interns who learn in a hands-on way the skills of simple living. Together we harvest local foods, prepare tasty meals, learn alternative building methods with on-site projects, lend a hand in community barn-raisings, and build personal resumes of skills and experiences in preparation for a creative life beyond our program.

" I HIGHLY recommend looking into [Jack and Dev's] program. They
are truly awesome people--very skilled (and I've visited the beautiful,
comfortable houses they've built), oozing with integrity, and so, so, so,  SO much
fun. Their program is also very inexpensive, especially considering the
quality and creativity of Jack's and Dev's leadership . "

Grace Llewellyn, author of the Teenage Liberation Handbook

Photos and stories from our first program: click on the photo below to find out what we did in 2005:

Interns from our first year costructing a strawbale house.

During the winter we spend a month living with Mexican families in a remote village near the mouth of the Colorado River. Participants in this program experience small town Mexican life first hand, receive one-on-one Spanish tutoring, assist with solar projects and attend mini-courses on border issues, marsh ecology/birdwatching, and other subjects relevant to the region.

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