Hot Springs Retreat
Big Bend, California | 2012
This hot springs site has been a sacred place for many generations, and the implementation of this project’s overall plan will help restore this and many other values to the land, including the vitality of water resources and the wildlife habitat. The design seeks to develop a resilient permaculture-based village, featuring geothermally-heated greenhouses to grow food, small-scale camping & soaking facilities, and numerous community gathering places for meditation, yoga, dining, and sacred experiences. There are also numerous multifamily residences envisioned. Initial phases will include a special geometric residence and community hall, to be made using locally-sourced timber and straw bale, and including many unique features such as earthen walls, plasters, & floors, geothermal heating, hexagonal floor plans, and pyramidal skylights.