Our Land

Earth, as air and water, are necessary to sustain life. We have an obligation to be conscientious caretakers of these essential resources. Keeping them free from exploitation by those who would seek to profit by their destruction, is the goal of Terra Advocati. The land in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico was acquired with the intention of preserving a small yet wonderfully beautiful part of the planet. We see ourselves as stewards of a patch of ground that sustains a myriad of plants and animals and it is our intention to preserve this section of earth in perpetuity.

The 30 plus acres of woods adjacent to the Santa Fe National Forest is at 8,000 ft near its center point continuing to climb a north slope through fir, spruce, aspen and pine and home to deer, wolf, elk and cougar. We are conscious of our eco-footprint and see as our guiding principle, an absolutely minimal environmental impact. Undisturbed wilderness area was the initial impetus for acquiring this land and although our presence is obvious, we are constantly looking for ways to lessen the human effect and to exist in harmony with the natural world.

There are ethical and moral implications for protecting natural resources. As advocates of the principles of permaculture, bio-diversity and deep ecology, we see ourselves as the vanguard of eco-activism. Terra Advocati will play an ever increasingly important role in making sure that not only is wilderness protected from exploitation but that quality of life for all living things is the guiding principle for our future. The planet’s eco-systems are in danger of being severely handicapped or completely destroyed. The property in the Sangre de Cristo mountains is the inspirational model of low impact co-existence with nature and respect for the creatures living there.

About the Cabin

In a mountainside forest of the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico, a cabin is currently being completed, that will enable Terra Advocati members and supporters to meet, relax, and commune with nature. The "Cottage-in-the-Forest" is on the door-step of the Santa Fe National Forest at nearly 8,000 ft above sea level. The 30+ acres it sits on is heavily forested and the path off the gravel road is in difficult terrain. It is not visible from the county road and sits approximately 1/4 ml up.

The 1,000 sq ft cabin features a wood burning fireplace, cathedral ceilings, loft with dormers, fully equipped kitchen, Jacuzzi bath tub, wood and tile floors, covered front porch, vertical washer & dryer, queen size bed downstairs and two day beds in the loft. Thick insulation, double-pane, high altitude windows and doors, textured siding and metal roofing, were all part of our goal in creating a comfortable, enhancing and enchanted cottage in the middle of the forest.

Large windows all around and in the loft, offer excellent views of the adjacent canyon, the thick vegetation, and the snow-capped mountain range in the distance. The screened casements can be cranked open in warmer weather and ceiling fans on the main floor provide for comfortable air flow in this very dry climate. Heat during the colder months is provided by baseboard heaters in every room as well as the centrally located fireplace.

Terra Advocati is very proud to make the "Cottage-in-the-Forest" available for those needing time and space away. You may be a hiker looking for a home base, a writer working on your latest manuscript, a yoga practitioner seeking a meditative experience, a naturalist simply wanting to experience nature or anyone desiring relaxation. The "Cottage-in-the-Forest" allows you to follow your passion in a peaceful, serene and safe environment. Proceeds from the rental of the cottage go to Terra Adocati's important work on behalf of the planet.