Where we are





Creek Panorama
Huachuca Mountains

Canelo is a small community, tucked away in the secluded, oak woodlands of southeastern Arizona, 70 miles southeast of Tucson. There, amidst creeks lined with cottonwoods and rolling hills of native grasses, we have shaped and nurtured our 40 acre homestead into a place of learning, demonstration and exploration.

Canelo sits at the base of the Huachuca Mountains in a oak Elevation is 5000 ft.
Our rambling adobe home and guest housewere built in the late 1880's and have been added onto and changed during subsequent generations and families. Since buying the place in 1985 we have extensively remodeled both buildings using a collage of natural paints and plasters. The houses provide comfortable accomodations and gracious gathering spaces for guests and workshop participants. Small straw bale cottages and structures onsite provide examples of our ongoing work and research.

Living Room
We invite you to join us in the comfort of our home where you can enjoy the warmth of our kitchen after a good day's work and engage in lively conversation or simply relax in the beauty of the place.


Canelo is at an elevation of 5,000 feet. We are a very different climate than nearby Tucson (elevation 3000 feet.) We typically run 10 degrees cooler than Tucson all year round. We also have a higher averrage rainfall and therefore completely different plants. We enjoy all four seasons.

. Our rainy season is in July and August. We will get afternoon thundershowers every afternoon. Because we have a creek running through the property 9 months out of the year (usually dry part of April, May, June and part of July) there are mosquitos. They typically are out only at dusk and dawn. Our hottest month is June when temperatures are in the high 90's . Howeve since we are arid our nights always cool down.

Our average daytime winter temperature is 55 degrees and nightime temperature is 25 degrees. We get snow three to four times a year but it almost never stays on the ground more than a day.

Our workshops are primarily in the spring and the fall when nighttime temperatures are warm enough to sleep outside and yet the daytime temperatures are comfortably in the high 70's to 80's.

Houses & Creek