The Canelo Project is a small non-profit organization, that we, Bill and Athena Steen founded in 1989 and whose work centers on the theme – Connecting People, Culture and Nature.

We have developed it as a center for learning, research, demonstration and cross-cultural gatherings. Our ongoing annual activities revolve around workshops, tours, intern programs and writing. The focal point of our work is handcrafting simple, small-scale and comfortable shelter that is built primarily with local and natural materials. 

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Canelo Project B&B

Minimum stay: 1 nightsMaximum capacity: 2 people
Food included
Guest House has two bedrooms – one king-size bed and one with two twin beds.
One bathroom with Mexican tile shower
Kitchen with refrigerator, coffee maker, stove and microwave.

1 Room Rate . . . .$100/night (up to two people).

Rates include a Southwest-style breakfast.
Dinners are often available for an extra charge upon request.
Restaurants are in Sierra Vista and Sonoita- both half an hour away.
Our site is surrounded by The Coronado National Forest, the Audubon Research Ranch and the Canelo Hills Cienega Preserve of the Nature Conservancy which, that together with their combined riparian zones, provide a rich habitat for wildlife and make it one of the most desired birding areas in the southwestern United States.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

20 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Espanol

People on site

8 - 30

Dry season

April to October

Wet season

November to March

Living Conditions.


  • private room
  • tent camping
  • entire house

Omnivore Food

  • communally cooked meals
  • restaurant on site


  • medium: voice calls (no video)

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture
    1-2 times per week

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