Close to home and hearth along Rio la Casa Road (CR B-028) in Cleveland, NM are 15 people who comprise Hummingbird Transformational Living Center (TLC), an intentional community in Mora County since 1996.
At home, the residents have chickens, honeybees and two steers, as well as fruit trees and vegetable gardens for their own consumption.
In outreach, two members of Hummingbird serve on the Mora County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the Mora Arts and Culture Compound (ACC), respectively; and seasonally, a certain white-haired, white-bearded gentleman known as Santa Claus has been known to come down the mountain into town to consult with the younger set about their hopes and dreams for Christmas.
Hummingbird Transformational Living Center has nonprofit status as a 501 c 3, and is primarily an educational entity. Classes and workshops might include permaculture, bees, and alternative building. In addition, Hummingbird hosts wellness seminars, retreats and nature experiences for youth, adults and families from all across the nation and around the world. This is our mission and our livelihood.
Twice a year, those who share our vision have the opportunity to join the people of Hummingbird for a Visitors Work Weekend. In May, they help us open our campground and ready indoor and outdoor facilities for guests. In the October Work Weekend, visitors help close down and winterize, although some programs continue through the winter months. Work Weekends are a time for visitors to learn more about Hummingbird and contribute their talents and labors for a good cause.
The spirit of Hummingbird is love, service and sustainability.