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"A Place to search for God off the Grid"
This secluded, nature-based sanctuary is located on 330 acres of beautiful Sonoran Desert adjacent to Alamo Lake. The sanctuary is surrounded by thousands of acres of Wilderness and Public Lands (BLM). It is 60 miles off Highway 40 on a graded road and 45 miles from the nearest neighbor.
This isolation provides abundant wildlife, stars, silence and an environment of wonder and introspection, a place to unplug from society and a fast-paced life. It is an experience God off the grid in whatever way you worship. In these uncertain times, the Sonoran Desert Sanctuary offers a wonderful opportunity for grounding, emotional detox, and spiritual healing.
The property was acquired in October 2019. Prior to that time it was a mining camp and survivalist family compound. At this time the existing houses, barns and other structures are being re-imagined and renovated to provide guest accommodations and cooking facilities as well as group meeting spaces. Tent camping for groups up to 40 will be available. Meditation gardens, hiking trails and a labyrinth are being created. The land is being nurtured with sustainable gardens are in the plans to provide fresh organic fruit and produce for guests. Totally off of the grid, the water supply comes from a crystal clear well and the majority of the property is powered with solar. The opening of the Phase One campgrounds will be Fall of 2022.
The philosophy of the Sonoran Desert Sanctuary:
Spiritual Sanctuary is a lifestyle of sacred intention. By combining spiritual practices and dedication with a mindful approach to all aspects of living, we expand what is sacred beyond the walls of the cathedral/temple/mosque and infuse "God" into every aspect of life. We can recreate our lives, our homes, our communities as spiritual sanctuary. The Sonoran Desert Sanctuary lives this philosophy through the teaching of spiritual practices, organic gardens, vegetarian menus, a philosophy of non-violence, and a mindful approach to decision making. We invite you to participate with us on this spiritual journey as a group retreat member, an individual seeking solitude, or as a volunteer. All religious denominations are welcome.
Follow the story of the Sonoran Desert Sanctuary as it unfolds!
Gen has her Masters Degree in non-denominational Ministry and Spiritual Leadership and is currently working on her PhD in Spiritual Practices. In 2016, Gen spent 40 days and 40 nights on a solo journey in the Mojave wilderness, and her blog and podcast tell the story: "Searching for God off the Grid." After personally experiencing the healing power of spiritual practices in a desert environment, it has been Gen's dream to bring people to the serenity of the desert to move deeper and more fully into their spiritual lives. Gen specializes in Spiritual Direction and wilderness guiding and combines the two for a unique experience of healing and transformation.
During the Covid-19 quarantine, Gen is offering personal spiritual direction over the phone or through Skype. If you need spiritual guidance in this time of pandemic or are looking to utilize your quarantine for spiritual growth, book a personal Skype/phone session with Gen.
Group retreats will be offered beginning in the spring of 2023. Collaboration takes place with a number of guides from a variety of different backgrounds and faith traditions. Contact us to be added to the email list. We are also eager to work with you to plan a custom retreat for your organization or group of friends and colleagues.
For those who desire individual spiritual direction, mind/body spiritual cleansing, or a time of contemplation and solitude, the Sonoran Desert Sanctuary will design a program specifically tailored to your needs.
The Sonoran Desert Sanctuary is the home of the Anderson-Arroyo Foundation. The Anderson-Arroyo Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 established to provide retreats and spiritual guidance at no cost for Veterans, first responders, and others facing PTSD and Moral Injury following traumatic experiences.
Statistics are showing that Moral Injury, even more so than PTSD, is what leads to suicide among Veterans. Moral Injury is not a psychological injury, it is a spiritual injury. Moral Injury creates a rift between the individual soul and God. It is a rift that also separates individuals from family and community. Spiritual Direction can aid in the healing of Moral Injury and is a much-needed component in addition to psychological treatments for PTSD. Group and individual retreats will be offered for veterans and others who desire spiritual guidance.
The Sonoran Desert Sanctuary will be accepting bookings for Fall of 2022. Book your retreat, reunion or destination wedding! A portion of the proceeds go towards supporting The Anderson-Arroyo Foundation and the non-profit farm.
Features of the land work beautifully for nature based experiences:
Meditation gardens and labyrinth
Lake activities include kayaking, fishing and diving (underwater ghost town)
Migrating birds flock during spring/fall, migrating bats in the summer
Exceptionally dark night skies for star gazing
Desert cactus, flora and fauna
Hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor sports
Unlimited space for artists, healers and spiritual seekers
Change the Menu Change the World is a registered 501c3 non-profit dedicated to sustainable living through organic, sustainable food sources and education. Change the Menu will be in charge of the sustainable farm at the Sonoran Desert Sanctuary and will be providing much of the fresh produce for guests. Change the Menu will also be developing the menus for the retreats and be in charge of the food preparation. Retreats centered around sustainable gardening practices and vegetarian cooking classes will be offered. Recipes from Change The Menu will be posted on the Sanctuary's blog.
Right now we are hoping to plant as many trees for the orchard as possible, as well as paint some of the farm structures. Your donations will help make that possible!
NEW! We are now officially a BEE RESCUE operation! Our beekeeper has rescued five hives in residential areas that would have been exterminated. We did the math and we can handle up to 100 hives in the 20 acres that the Sonoran Desert Sanctuary has set aside for bees! For the bee sanctuary to be fully operational we need monetary donations for the hive boxes and flowering plants, trees and herbs to help support the bee population. Every little bit will help whether it is $10 for a native sage or $200 for a hive box. If you believe in the rescue of bees and feel called to be a sponsor of our Bee Sanctuary, please contact us directly for larger scale donations at email@example.com. Our farm is a 501c3 non-profit and donations are tax deductible.