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Shanti Community and Retreat
309 reviews
· New Mexico
10 acres
5 sites
5 Lodging
Off the grid. On a mesa. In the high desert. At 6800 feet. Half-way between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, located near the unique and quirky artist village of Madrid, Shanti Community and Retreat of New Mexico is a truly epic experience offering guests a sanctuary for the mind, body and spirit. We host yoga, community events, Dharma Tea Bus offerings, live music, healing services, and retreats. If you're a freedom-seeker, a wanderer, traveler, rebel, maverick or artist, you are Shanti family! Come and stay in a converted bus, or a hip retro camper and experience the magic of this land for yourself! Think Walden meets Kerouac and Thoreau meets Banksy. From Shelly, the founder of Shanti: I'm an off-grid, high desert, yurt dwelling, artist, musician, traveler and lover of life! The ten acres where my converted school buses and yurts reside is on a mesa a few short miles from the artist village of Madrid, New Mexico. Going to sleep and then waking to the sound of coyotes, owls, and nearby roosters, with 360-degree views is magical beyond description. It's quiet and peaceful but only 5 miles to the creative community of Madrid. Madrid has fabulous restaurants and 30 plus galleries with only 300 residents. The off-grid land where I live and am passionate about sharing, offers the best of both.... peaceful privacy and community.
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Hosted by Shelly J.Joined in August 2017
Response rate: 100%
272 ratings · 309 reviews
Gabrielle F.
October 1, 2022
Tortilla Bus - Voted #1 HipCamp NM!
Not worth the money.
Problem 1. False pricing. This bus was listed as $55/night before fees, but the price was $70 when I went to check out. This was still before other fees. The bus ended up costing $82. Problem 2. The road says it's dirt but it is VERY rocky. This should be emphasized much more. We succeeded in a prius going about 2 miles an hour to attempt to protect the car. Highly recommend a car that is lifted. This also added about 30 mins to our entrance time. Problem 3. The interior pictures of the bus are lacking. It is very minimal. I like roughing it, but for over 80 bucks I was expecting to be able to shut some curtains (there are no curtains.) The door doesn't open on one side and only half of the string lights worked. Be prepared with everything you need because it's $10 for sheets. Tip. Take route 14 from 40. If you come from the south east on route 344 and not route 14, the last spot to gather supplies is the giant Walmart off of 40. You drive about another hour with nothing around you but tall grasses. Tip. Arrive during the day. The unfamiliar rock road is difficult to navigate at night. We were very excited to stay here and felt tricked upon arrival. Maybe if we had stayed longer we would have enjoyed ourselves more, but I would not stay here again or recommend it, especially after the price switch.
Lea B.recommends
September 20, 2022
Golden Dawn - #1 HipCamp NM
Best of both worlds!
Absolutely beautiful view and amazing stay! Jake was so welcoming and gave great suggestions! The common area was a nice treat and rest rooms/shower were convenient and clean. Not to mention The hosts were very responsive. Going into town to grab a bite, meeting the locals and then coming back to the bus and listening to the coyotes at night was something I will never forget! Perfect for either a secluded getaway or something more social. The drive up is rocky but easily executed while the right vehicle. Be sure to use google maps as directed and you’ll get there no problem! Planning planning to stay longer next time!
Stacy H.recommends
September 13, 2022
Silver Linings - #1 HipCamp NM
Very cozy campsite
First of all, I love the whole camp. What Shelly has built there is truly special, and Jake is a fantastic caretaker and host. It’s a great place if you want to meet other campers because the community kitchen and the occasional yoga and breakfasts attract really great folks. But there’s also enough privacy that it will work for you if you need that too! Especially Silver Linings, which has not only the teardrop with its own kitchenette, but also a cafe table and a hammock all to itself. The teardrop camper was super cozy. I was alone but you could have someone else in there if you’re very close. There are warnings about the road up, but I have no trouble getting there in my little Honda HR-V (it does have AWD). Definitely pay attention and follow the directions on Hipcamp. Make sure to screenshot or download them in case you don’t have a signal. You can’t go wrong here - it’s an amazing place I will be returning to again and again.
Teresa C.recommends
September 7, 2022
Tortilla Bus - Voted #1 HipCamp NM!
We loved every minute. The sunrise was beautiful! The bus was clean and the bed was very comfortable. We met several others in the outdoor kitchen. We became friends
Corinne M.recommends
September 5, 2022
Golden Dawn - #1 HipCamp NM
Hidden Gem
Our mission is to find a unique location. Somewhere that will leave a special place in our memories and this WAS IT!! A hidden gem nestled in the mountains with an one of a kind property. It's off the grid away from the noise of the busy roads. If you are looking for place that you will never forget this is it. Love it ❤️
Hanna G.recommends
September 5, 2022
Freedom at Shanti - #1 HipCamp NM
My partner and I stayed at Freedom @Shanti one night and Golden Dawn bus the second night. We preferred Freedom at Shanti because of the table and stove inside. So glad we stayed at the Shanti community, met new awesome people and enjoyed the peaceful landscape. Hope to come back someday!
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