Earth Ayni has moved to Costa Rica!

16114347_674295319419767_4389050634377807485_nAfter many years this will be my final post on shelterspace.org. It has been a great journey for me and I appreciate all who have read and followed my posts. The exciting news is that our healing, wellness, and sustainability center which we founded (and where I teach) has finally purchased its own land!  We are now located in Costa Rica near the beach town of Dominical on the Central Pacific Coast. The land is a mixture of pasture and jungle and has a creek running through it with many natural swimming holes. Our water supply is very pure, coming from the many springs we have on the property. Join us in the land of Pura Vida! Please see the new website and blog at earthayni.org!

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Vinicunca, The Rainbow Mountains

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We finally made it to Vinicunca, the Rainbow Mountains! The trailhead started at approximately 4400 meters and ended at 5000 meters. It was a pleasant day hiking through the green valleys next to the glaciers of Ausangate. This trek has … Continue reading

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Full Moon Over Nevado Ausangate

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We just returned from a 3 day trek around Nevado Ausangate (6,384 meters/20,945 feet) in the Cordillera Vilcanota which is south/southeast of Cusco. The trek starts in the town of Tinke although we picked up a taxi to get us … Continue reading

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Hiking the Northwestern Chicon Glacier

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I decided to explore another glacier on Chicon Mountain and went up camping for a couple of nights at around 4800 meters(15,750 feet). It takes about 7-8 hours to hike up to the glacier but you must have stamina and … Continue reading

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Reciprocal Frame Ceremonial House – Part 2

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Our material for the purlins arrived and we began the next phase of our roof construction. It is long cane that looks like bamboo and comes in about 4 meter lengths. We put in a nail every 15 centimeters all … Continue reading

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Reciprocal Frame Ceremonial House – Part 1

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One of our current projects is to build a new ceremonial house. I chose to build a reciprocal frame structure as it is one of my favorites to build and we have access to all of the wood that we … Continue reading

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Hiking the Chicon Glacier

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I just returned from a grueling hike to Chicon Glacier at an altitude of 4800 meters(15,750 feet). We started in Urubamba which is at 2800 meters and headed up into the valley looking for a trail and a burro. We … Continue reading

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Our New Earthen Oven – Part 4

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There is fire in the oven! The inaugural pizza fest is this Saturday and there will be another on January 2nd, the night before our Household Health Workshop. Over the past few days I began working on a new design … Continue reading

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Our New Earthen Oven – Part 3

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Today was a good day! The chimney is finished and we are pleased with everything so far. It is time for the first firing as I want to test the chimney and also to fire a small piece of my … Continue reading

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Our New Earthen Oven – Part 2

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We finally capped the dome! Working without a sand form in the interior didn’t prove to be too difficult. A simple form was made out of corrugated cardboard cut into the shape of the interior of the oven. We just … Continue reading

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