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Ranch Retreat


Retreat Complex


Central New Mexico

Year Completed


Design Team

A collaboration between Bodhgaia Architecture and Shelterbelt Design


Satto Rugg, Project Architect

Nicole Delmage, Design Lead

General Contractor

Seagers Construction


Patrick Coulie Photography

Bodhgaia Architecture

A family-owned working cattle ranch in the heart of the New Mexico high country... a special place for large family gatherings as well as group retreats for the larger community.

The client was interested in creating a sacred space for family to gather together in the beauty of the high desert that is New Mexico. A place with simple, comfortable accommodations that could also host medium-sized groups for yoga retreats, meditation retreats, creative workshops, etc. The common spaces were organized around a quincho, a South American outdoor kitchen. A landscape wall wraps the project, creating courtyard spaces and cutting through the commons building to define private rooms for the organizers.

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  • 2-story lodge sleeps 22 persons

    • 7 double rooms + 2 bunk rooms​
    • 4 bathrooms
    • Custom designed railings
    • Tile mosaics in floor & walls
    • Lounge area
    • "Margarita deck" for watching those ranch sunsets

  • "Quincho" function building

    • Based on indoor/outdoor kitchen concept from Argentina

    • Commercial grade kitchen

    • indoor-outdoor bar

    • Multti-use room/living room with fireplace

    • ​Facilitator lodging

    • Exposed wood viga ceilings



  • Superinsulated walls - continuous rigid foam, spray foam crack seal + fiberglass batts

  • High efficiency windows

  • TPO cool roof

  • High efficiency heating systems



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