Logo primary
Logo secondary
Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center
Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center
Last updated:
PO Box 773, Cerillos, New Mexico, US
505 780-0535
Climate zone:
Semi Arid

Daniel Carpenter Erik Klockemann Imogen Semmler Marlo Blythe Troy Groves
View Updates

Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Community, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Ampersand is an off-grid demonstration site where we live off rain catchment and build passive solar dwellings out of natural and salvaged materials. We also grow food, restore the land, and make use of and develop appropriate technologies. It's all about living in abundance with the essentials. We offer sustainable living residencies, retreats, internships, classes and other events.

Project Description

Our off-grid site demonstrates sustainable systems including permaculture, land restoration, organic gardening, passive solar design, and wise water techniques. We build with natural and salvaged materials, cook with solar ovens, and rely on rain catchment.

Our whole approach to sustainability is about your relationship with your resources.

We start with the basics: water, food, shelter, and energy. We are simply gathering, experimenting with, and demonstrating sustainable solutions for living in harmony with our bioregion.

Ampersand hosts workshops, internships, and volunteer opportunities for everyday folks wanting to respond intelligently to the state of the Earth.

People often come to learn a specific skill, and discover they also build confidence and find inspiration for their next sustainable project at home. We offer a place where people connect, share resources and meet like-minded folks in order to encourage wise practices to grow roots everywhere.


Sustainable Living Residencies

Live off the grid in a passive solar tiny home for a month or more in this beautiful high desert permaculture demonstration site. Learn to live with the rhythms of the earth. Cook in solar ovens and live off rain catchment. We offer the training you need

Posted about 9 years ago (0 comments)

2013 Sustainable Living Internship

Applications are open for our 2013 Sustainable Living Internship (which includes a Scholarship) May 17 to July 12

Posted about 11 years ago (0 comments)
Courses Taught Here!
Project Badges
Rural Residential Community Demonstration Educational
Amanda Bramble - Admin
Team Members

Report Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center


or cancel

Hide Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center


or cancel

Legend of Badges

Note: The various badges displayed in people profiles are largely honesty-based self-proclamations by the individuals themselves. There are reporting functions users can use if they know of blatant misrepresentation (for both people and projects). Legitimacy, competency and reputation for all people and projects can be evidenced and/or developed through their providing regular updates on permaculture work they’re involved in, before/after photographs, etc. A spirit of objective nurturing of both people and projects through knowledge/encouragement/inspiration/resource sharing is the aim of the Worldwide Permaculture Network.



A member is a permaculturist who has never taken a PDC course. These cannot become PDC teachers. Members may be novice or highly experienced permaculturists or anywhere in between. Watch their updates for evaluation.

Male memberFemale member

Permaculture Matchmaker

One of these badges will show if you select your gender and the "I'm single, looking for a permaculture partner" option in your profile.



People who claim to have taken a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course somewhere in the world.


PDC Verified

People who have entered an email address for the teacher of their PDC course, and have had their PDC status verified by that teacher. Watch their updates for evaluation.



People who’ve taken a Permaculture Research Institute PDC somewhere in the world.


PDC Teacher

People who claim to teach some version of PDC somewhere in the world.


PRI Teacher

With the exception of the ‘Member’ who has never taken a PDC, all of the above can apply to become a PRI PDC Teacher. PRI PDC Teachers are those who the PRI recognise, through a vetting board, as determined and competent to teach the full 72-hour course as developed by Permaculture founder Bill Mollison – covering all the topics of The Designers’ Manual as well as possible (i.e. not cherry picking only aspects the teacher feels most interested or competent in). Such teachers also commit to focussing on the design science, and not including subjective spiritual/metaphysical elements. The reason these items are not included in the PDC curriculum is because they are “belief” based. Permaculture Design education concerns itself with teaching good design based on strategies and techniques which are scientifically provable.

PRI PDC Teachers may be given teaching and/or consultancy offerings as they become available as the network grows.


Aid Worker

The individual with this badge is indicating they are, have, or would like to be involved in permaculture aid work. As such, the individual may or may not have permaculture aid worker experience. Watch their updates for evaluation.



The individual with this badge is indicating they are, have, or would like to do paid permaculture design consultancy work. As such, the individual may or may not have permaculture consultancy experience. Watch their updates for evaluation.


Community Project

Community projects are projects that help develop sustainable community interaction and increase localised resiliency.