Last Saturday I went to a networking meeting for women entrepreneurs in Santa Fe and met a wonderful group of women. I sensed a few kindred spirits in the group and had the chance to visit one of them in her radically simple home today - a unique home she designed & constructed herself. It's a portable structure, made of canvas and at less than 200 sq feet, the PleniSphere is a special place and it's creator, Anodata Pyaga, is a special person.
When I met Anodata last weekend and found out about her creation & that she only lived about 1/2 mile from my house, I knew I had to visit her during one of her open house days and get a first hand look at her little living space under the domed canvas roof.
As I walked along the trail behind Frenchy's Field to cross the Santa Fe River to get to her place, I spotted the smaller of the two Plenisphere's she has set up in her back yard in the distance.
Then I crossed over the footbridge that spans the river and headed down the trail toward her home and became even more excited to step inside one of her magical dwellings. Being able to visit this type of structure only a few hundred feet from my own new home is truly one of the enchanting aspects of living in The City Different. I love that this city seems to attract creative people like Anodata and her "spheres of plenitude".
The structure itself is elegant and welcoming in person as it appeared to be in the photos I saw on her website. There was a lovely breeze wafting through the openings for the windows & doors as I sat and chatted with its designer this morning. For such a small space, I was happy to see all of the ways in which she had maximized space by choosing furniture & making items that serve more than one purpose like the footstool that also serves as a desk and discretely conceals a composting toilet. It was really interesting to talk to someone else who has made a conscious decision to radically simplify their life and see first hand the way she has embraced this way of life and taken it even further than I have by creating a dwelling that embodies the principles of living "sustainably in abundance and luxury". I can only hope that my own journey toward Radical Simplicity continues to lead me down other such Paths of Plentitude.