Synergia Ranch

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Synergia Ranch is an ecovillage founded in 1969 by John P. Allen, the inventor and former Director of Research of Biosphere 2 and Marie Harding, its present manager.

Today Synergia Ranch operates as a private retreat and workshop center for small groups. It is located in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, 15 miles south of the city of Santa Fe.

In the 1970s, businessman and philanthropist Ed Bass was a regular visitor to the counterculture community, later becoming a director of the Institute of Ecotechnics that Allen and other Synergia Ranch members founded, and financing much of their work.[1] In 1984, Bass and Allen launched the Biosphere 2 project (for which Bass provided $150 million in funding until 1991), partially inspired by ideas Allen had advocated at Synergia Ranch, such as Buckminster Fuller's "Spaceship Earth".[1] Several other former members of Synergia Ranch also joined Biosphere 2.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Broad, William J. (1991-09-24). "As Biosphere Is Sealed, Its Patron Reflects on Life". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-06.

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Coordinates: 35°29′27.3″N 106°5′45.6″W / 35.490917°N 106.096000°W / 35.490917; -106.096000