Experimental Living on the Edge of the Taos Desert: Mabel Dodge Luhan, D. H. Lawrence, and the Earthships of Northern New Mexico

Limited to 20 people

Field Trip

Friday, May 12, 2017, 9:00–5:30 pm, $275.00 per person, price includes $50 donation to SAR

Mabel Dodge Luhan HouseMabel Dodge Luhan HouseImage courtesy of Mabel Dodge Luhan House.Mabel Dodge Luhan HouseImage courtesy of Mabel Dodge Luhan House.

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Study Leaders: Stanley Crawford, Writer and Farmer; and Ellen Bradbury, Mabel Dodge Luhan Historian

Since the late 1880s, northern New Mexico has been a place of starting over. But it really was in the early decades of the twentieth century, as people fled the collapse of modernity and the failure of progress in the wake of the Great War, that it came into its own as a refuge. Seeking solace in the wide-open possibilities of the Taos desert, communities of reimagining blossomed.

We will take a look at two such early twentieth-century communities, those of Mabel Dodge Luhan and D. H. Lawrence. Then we’ll examine a more modern manifestation of the same impulse: the earthship houses north of Taos. The trip will be led by Stanley Crawford and Ellen Bradbury. Crawford, who in addition to tackling themes of deep regenerative culture in his many books, has lived an intentional life that embraces many of the themes that underlie this movement. Bradbury read Mabel Dodge Luhan's papers in the Beinecke Library at Yale and has continued to speak and write on Luhan and her circle, including D. H. Lawrence, over the intervening decades.

Activity Level: Easy

Includes: lunch, transportation, guide, gratuities and water on the bus

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