Synergia Ranch has been operating as a Center for Innovation and Retreats since 1969. The ranch was purchased as a quarter section of the old Byrne Ranch that was acquired in 1926 as part of the Homestead Act, the original Warranty Deed having been signed by Calvin Coolidge. The original ranch of 640 acres was operated as a dairy farm. It passed through the hands of a couple of owners and then was purchased by Charles Taylor who, in 1967, split the section into a 160 acre parcel with the 480 remaining acres being formed into what is now the Silver Hills Ranch Subdivision. Taylor used the existing original barn and building facilities as a quarter horse ranch.
Synergia Ranch was purchased from Taylor in 1969. Utilizing and transforming the considerable existing structures, the ranch as it stands today was built during the seventies.
In the early days the ranch hosted, among others, resident and guest artisans who were interested in producing “biotechnic” products. These products were successfully sold from the ranch, in Santa Fe, and all over New Mexico. As well as large meeting spaces, there were several workshops and studios for the production of fine wood furniture, cabinets, doors and other architectural items. There was also a printing press that was the beginnings of present day Synergetic Press. Llamas and sheep were raised on the ranch to supply the wool used in the production of textiles and various woven goods
Since that time alterations have been made at the ranch to accommodate the needs of new guests and residents. Production facilities have been transformed into meeting facilities and offices. Today organizations and groups of all kinds use the ranch as a Retreat, Workshop and Conference Center.
The Theater of All Possibilities (TAP), began its long history at the ranch in 1969, and presented performances in the Dome during the 70’s and 80’s. TAP now headquarters at the October Gallery, London, UK.
The Institute of Ecotechnics, now a UK non-profit organization, was also started at the ranch in 1969, working on the synergetic applications of technics and ecology.
The ranch is home to several individuals who were the original inventors, creators, designers and operators of the Biosphere 2 project in Oracle, Arizona, until 1994. Today, these and other residents at the ranch collaborate in ecotechnic and artistic enterprises all over the world and locally, as well as continuing biospheric research and development.
Synergia Ranch as a Center for Innovation provides the creative environment that currently supports individuals in the fields of ecology, biospherics, engineering, architecture, wastewater gardens, sustainable forestry, orchardry, video & web production, book-publishing, cuisine, fine arts, healing-arts, theater, writing, and poetry. See links page for more information.