The HARRE POTTY Project at Ardantane in New Mexico
“When Nature calls, we must answer”
Ardantane is a non-profit learning and retreat center for adults, located in northern New Mexico, in the high desert at the edge of the Jemez Mountains. We teach classes in six areas: Healing Arts, Magick and Witchcraft, Pagan Leadership, Pagan Spirituality, Sacred Living, and Shamanic Studies. Ten years ago we bought 25 acres of beautiful land surrounded by red rock mesas, for our campus; it looks a bit like Sedona. We have been building facilities ever since, as we can afford it: we have a large geodesic dome for classes and ceremonies, a staff residence, and three cottages for students to stay overnight.
One rather glaring problem with our facilities is – a lack of restrooms. We have one small toilet in the staff residence, but it’s not handicapped-accessible. Thus we created the HARRE Potty Project: “HARRE” stands for Handicapped-Accessible RestRoom, Eco-friendly.
We figure it will cost about $15-16,000 to build a fairly spacious, free-standing restroom with two toilets, two sinks and a shower, and tie it into our water treatment system (which goes to a drip irrigation system to water our “Oasis”).
We have eight or nine thousand raised, but will need about $7,000 more to get the project done. You can help!
This project isn’t going to bring instant world peace, cure cancer, or end the threat of uncontrolled flatulence. But it will make our campus friendlier and more accessible to people who are mobility-impaired, to many of those who are elderly or in wheelchairs. It will end the lines of desperate, dancing students queued up at our current little toilet. And a working shower will make weekend seminars much happier for everyone: “Cleanliness is next to godliness,” but at Ardantane cleanliness is next to—impossible.