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If everyone starts giving love instead of talking about love, this very earth can become a paradise. 

- Osho


living with intention

What does it mean to be an intentional community?

They come in all shapes and sizes, but in a nutshell:


We are people who choose to live together, to work together towards common aims, and to cultivate a life that aligns with our core values

What are our intentions?

In all we do, we wish to be of service —to each other, to the world at large, and to the divine in all things— for the benefit of all beings everywhere. 

We are deeply grateful for the experiences we've had through the work exchange platform. Some 250 guests and counting have shared their journeys, their stories, and their unique Selves with us. 

In exchange, we hope to contribute to each traveler's experience in a meaningful way. We believe our model of intentional community is unique—not better, just different.


For those looking to experience community; 

For those who are on a journey of learning; 

For those on a path to Self-discovery;

For those seeking radiant health;

For the meditating, juggling, veggie-loving black sheep—

—We are honored to share our knowledge and experience in the areas that we consider our core values or the intentional activities that act as our pillars of energetic support.

To quote one of our guests: "When people want to escape ordinary life, they run away and join the circus. When they need to run away from the circus, they come here!"

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“This was by far the best work exchange I have ever done. But more importantly, it is the kindest, most caring, and most supportive environment and people I have ever encountered. Thank you!"

- Tristan (Workaway guest)

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What we offer


The following areas have consistently formed the foundation of our group, and these values have guided our daily life activities for more than 40 years. For us, sharing our knowledge and experience in these areas is the most meaningful gift we can give in an exchange.

(In addition to room and board, of course!)



  • Daily Meditations

  • Sacred Dance

  • Intentional Movement

  • Healing Circle

  • Presence

  • Drum and Dance

  • Kirtan Music Nights

  • Tarot and Astrology

  • Labyrinths and Nature Trail

  • Exploring esoteric, mindfulness, and healing practices

  • Organic, whole-food, clean eating

  • Chemical and fragrance-free environment 

  • Focus on brain health and cognitive function

  • Wellness Room equipped with red light therapy, hydro massage, treadmill, weights, PEMF mat, vibe plate, infrared sauna, etc.

  • Frequent hiking and time in nature

  • Wellness Center in Albuquerque

  • Weekly music nights with full band

  • Craft nights and workshops

  • Creative writing

  • Mandala workshop

  • Vocal lessons

  • Learn to play a musical instrument

  • Learn to perform on stage

  • "Off the Wall" comedy performance nights

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Health & Wellness

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Arts & Creativity

In all we do, we wish to be of service —to each other, to the world at large, and to the divine in all things— for the benefit of all beings everywhere. 

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Mindfulness &
Spiritual Practices

“At any moment, you have a choice that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.” 

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Original music
DestinationRare Birds
00:00 / 04:11
WatchkeeperRare Birds
00:00 / 05:03
I Haven't Got A PrayerRare Birds
00:00 / 02:42
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Our Place

Welcome to our place

Located in the eastern foothills of the majestic Sandia Mountains, our 30-acre property offers state-of-the-art facilities in a serene natural setting. Just 20 minutes east of Albuquerque and an hour south of Santa Fe, we enjoy a peaceful rural existence with easy access to the conveniences of city living. 

During your stay, you will have access to:
  • Dedicated craft room and supplies

  • Music practice room and instruments

  • State-of-the-art health room

  • Private accommodations

  • Laundry facilities

  • Hiking trails accessible from the property

  • Meditation room

  • Dedicated art studio and professional soundstage

"Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.”

– Joseph Campbell

Work Exchange

Interested in learning more about a work exchange with the Rare Birds?

Click the button below to head to our Work Exchange page!

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