Feeling Zen? This New Mexico Retreat Comes With a Chanting Room


About an hour outside both Albuquerque and Los Alamos sits an adobe estate uniquely designed to inspire a spiritual experience. The home, built on 10 acres in Jemez Springs, NM, is now on the market for $925,000.

The 3,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built in 2000 by architect David Yarborough, according to listing agent David Cordova. Buddhist monks from the local Bodhi Mandala Zen Center provided Yarborough with assistance.

The home, which includes a separate studio and Buddhist-inspired chant room, was used by the owners as a spiritual retreat for groups. We confirmed that this is the only home in the entire country to featuring a room devoted to chanting.

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The layout of the home, along with its water fountains and fireplaces, were designed with “peace, balance and harmony in mind,” the listing notes.

The estate comes with perennial gardens featuring flowers and herbs, pistachio trees, peach trees, goji berry bushes, sea buckthorn shrubs, and a fish pond. And while the home is connected to the grid, its primary energy source is solar.

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The surrounding area features hot springs and waterfalls, making it a great location for hiking.

“You can walk the hills around the house and find pottery shards dating back thousands of years,” Cordova says. The home’s remote location makes it ideal for communing with nature.

As you approach, the residence seems to appear out of thin air, he explains.

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In Jemez Springs you can experience Native American, Hispanic, and modern American culture. This home and its picturesque 10 acres in the high desert offer a spiritual setting to quiet the mind and connect with a higher power. All you need is a comfortable sitting position and the right chant. The house does the rest.

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