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Reevis Mountain School of Self-Reliance

Reevis Mountain School of Self-Reliance

By: Special K

RMS gate powerhouse plant class garden
Reevis Mountain School, located in the eastern Superstition Wilderness of Arizona, provides a place of inspiration, peace, and reverence for nature, where students and interns can learn natural healing and self-reliance skills, experience growing their own food, develop spiritual awareness, enjoy a spirit of community, and live healthfully.
Peter Bigfoot, Reevis's founder, has created a homestead of joy, magic, and healing, a place and way of life that reflects his motto: Live what you love!
About Reevis Mountain School of Self-Reliance
yurpee RMS in fall spinach yurpee in winter

Reevis Mountain School began in 1980 as a new age community focused on self-sufficiency and the teaching of survival skills. It is today a more quiet place: a sanctuary, organic farm, and homestead. Nature has endowed our remote canyon with paradise-like features: a year-round creek, two underground springs, good soil, and an altitude (3,300 feet) that takes much of the misery out of Arizona summers. Human endeavor has added an orchard of some one hundred fruit and nut trees, a half-acre garden, flocks of chickens, turkeys, and ducks, a greenhouse, a community house, a beautiful native stone shower house, a solar power house, and several shelters, including a teepee, cabins, and yurpees (Bigfoot’s design, a combination of teepee and yurt).

Our first-rate “Nature’s Classroom” is enjoyed by a permanent staff of three, a varying number of interns, and hundreds of students and visitors each year. It is cherished by those wishing to experience a place free from most modern-day pollutants and distractions (including television and cell phone!) and to reconnect with Earth, Spirit, and Self.

Learn about . . .

Staying healthy - Wisdom to live by

Wilderness (& city) survival - Living harmoniously in Nature, or when it pays you a visit

Natural remedies - Simple, natural healing with herbs, honey, and your hands

Useful plants - Edible, medicinal, and useful plants of the Sonoran desert

Metaphysics & meditation - Peter Bigfoot's philosophy of living what you love and getting to know your forever self

Peter Bigfoot - Naturalist, herbologist, farmer, healer

Reevis Mountain School - Classes, events, herbal remedies, books, history, and how to visit
Solar Water Pump Fund Drive - Success!

Our solar pump is now complete and operational, and more awesome than we dreamed! When we began the project we were excited about being able to eliminate our gasoline pump, for the sake of sustainability and maintaining our peaceful environment. We are very happy to have accomplished that! What we didn't anticipate was that now we have a system that operates silently, sustainably, and almost completely automatically. We are amazed by the way the water tank keeps filling up, seemingly by magic, and we don't have to do a thing! No more midsummer trips to the gas station for barrels of gasoline, no more worries about spark plugs, water in the carburetor, or moving the pump out of the range of flooding!

We continue to make improvements, including extending the stone masonry wall up and around the sump so that the pump will be safe from any flooding, and the sump is protected from filling up with mud.

3/27/11 - With a generous donation from Circle of Friends - and many others! - we have reached the goal of fully funding the solar pump! Now we are looking for a different kind of assistance - digging the 3-foot-wide, 3-foot-deep sump next to the creek! Installation work will start when the creek level is low enough to allow us to dig and work in the sump. Please stay tuned to the website and newsletters for updates. And thank you again to all our friends and supporters who are making this possible.

10/31/10 - Donors contributed a total of $3,282. Big thanks to everyone who donated! We will continue to direct a portion of donations and RMS's operating income toward the purchase of the solar pump and related equipment, with the intent of installing the new pump by next summer.

8/26/10 - CentroSolar America Inc., located in Scottsdale, has very generously made four 175 watt solar modules available to us at a very low price. With the purchase of these modules, we are now nearly 40% of the way to our final goal! Many thanks to Chris Wood, sales director at CentroSolar, for arranging the sale.
Reevis's Farm Produce
peaches cucmbers cabbage blossoms harvesting

From our half-acre vegetable garden, 100-tree orchard, vineyard, and flocks of poultry, we produce sufficient fruit, veggies, nuts, and eggs for our own needs, as well as surpluses of fruit and vegetables that we market in Roosevelt, Globe/Miami, and the Phoenix area. Our produce has appeared on the menus at Phoenix area restaurants such as Vincent's on Camelback, Pomegranate Cafe, and Quiessence.

The following timetable is approximate ... the weather and other natural factors affect when each crop will be ready and the quantities we will have available to sell.

January and February: winter squash, Chinese date plums

March and April: asparagus

May: blackberries

June: blackberries, figs, apricots, purslane

July: figs, apricots, peaches, grapes, plums, cucumbers (lemon and green)

August: peaches, grapes, plums, cucumbers (lemon and green)

September: peaches, apples, pears, jujubes, cucumbers (lemon and green)

October: apples, pears, pomegranates (red and golden varieties)

November: pears, persimmons (Fuyu, Hachiya, and Precious varieties), Chinese date plums (Diospyros lotus), pomegranates, pecans, olives

December: persimmons, Chinese date plums, winter squash, pecans, olives

Other veggies and herbs may be available for sale throughout the year.

Produce Delivery Notices: To receive notices of produce deliveries in Roosevelt, Globe/Miami, and the Phoenix area, please email Patricia and let her know whether you are in Roosevelt/Globe/Miami, the east valley, or Phoenix.

Pick Your Own: To receive notices of produce available for picking at Reevis, please email Patricia. She will send updates as fruit becomes ripe and information about visiting.

Reevis's Alternative Energy Systems
Solar Power House
Solar energy

Our solar system has developed and grown over the years as we have learned what works well for us. We welcome visitors who wish to learn from our experiences or are just curious about what it takes to live off the grid. Please email us to make an appointment if you would like to visit to learn about our energy systems.

Solar Electricity

Our system includes seven solar panel arrays for the main power generation. These connect to a central deep cycle battery for storage and an inverter for supplying 110V AC to the community house and workshop.


The electricity is used for lighting the community house, supplying kitchen appliances (including a refrigerator and freezer) and our washing machine, and powering office equipment, including a computer, printer, and satellite modem. There is adequate power remaining for our workshop power tools and an occasional movie!

solar batteries

We also have a small solar panel that powers a well pump, used to help keep our irrigation tank full.

Solar hot water

Our solar hot water system supplies the shower house with ample hot water for showering during the summer. In winter, we supplement solar with a wood-burning furnace.

shower hosue


The two small wind generators atop the power house provide only a small amount of power.

Solar Cooking

Letting the sun do our cooking saves a lot of propane and reduces heat in the community house. With a little preparation and planning, we can have a tasty dish or meal ready at the end of the work day, with very little work or energy expended. And dishes that cook in the solar oven practically never burn!

solar oven

Backup Power

For periods of high demand, a propane-fueled backup generator maintains charge in the batteries. We have not needed to use this generator since the solar panels were repaired two years ago.

2013 Classes
chaparral class masonry class 

Held at Reevis Mountain School and taught by Peter Bigfoot, unless otherwise noted. Class fee includes organic, home-cooked meals, shuttle from Roosevelt, and campsite. Yurpees and cabins available.

Wild Edible, Medicinal, and Useful Plants

At Lost Dutchman State Park: February 24, 2013 or March 16, 2013 $78 (includes plant study book)

At Reevis Mountain School: April 19-21, 2013 or May 10-12, 2013 $178 (includes plant study book)

Oriental Acupressure

November 8-11 $238 (includes Bigfoot's Book of Ancient Natural Remedies)

March 21-24, 2013 $238 (includes Bigfoot's Book of Ancient Natural Remedies)

Herbal Pharmacology (Medicine Making)

October 19-21 $178

Stone Age Desert Survival Skills With Lynx Vilden

February 17-23, 2013 $700

Wilderness Survival

April 11-14, 2013 $238

Off-Grid Homestead Living

May 17-19, 2013 $178

Stone Masonry

June 10-15, 2013 $143

Please read Class Info before registering. Deposits are non-refundable unless RMS cancels or reschedules the class.


Wilderness Survival

Backtracks - organizers of the Rabbit Stick and Winter Count aboriginal skills gatherings

Society of Primitive Technology

Earth Knack: Stone Age Living Skills

Headwaters Outdoor Survival School - located in Santa Cruz, California

Cody Lundin and the Aboriginal Living Skills School - located in Prescott, Arizona

Boulder Outdoor Survival School - located in Boulder, Utah

Teaching Drum Outdoor School Wolf Tracking - February 2012 in Eagle River, WI

Insure You Can Save a Life - safety and rescue skills and information

Natural Remedies and Healing

Jim Humble and the Miracle Mineral Supplement

Michael Tierra, East West School of Planetary Herbology

Annette Noontil - The Body Is the Barometer of the Soul

Reconnective Healing and The Reconnection - Dr. Eric Pearl

Useful Plants

Charles W. Kane - authority on medicinal plants, writer, and teacher, located in Tucson

Frontier Natural Products Co-op - When we purchase bulk herbs, we buy them from Frontier.

Metaphysics & Meditation



Flower of Life - Drunvalo Melchizedek

Love Without End: Jesus Speaks - Glenda Greene

Conversations with God - Neale Donald Walsch

The Game of Life - Florence Scovel Shinn

Coast To Coast AM

A. J. Miller

Gardening, Farming, Homesteading, Cooking

The Man Who Planted Trees and Grew Happiness - Jean Giono

Old Knowledge Database - an astounding collection of practical old texts

Gene Logsdon, the Contrary Farmer

The Organic Consumers Association

The Weston A. Price Foundation

Wild Fermentation - Sandor Katz

CentroSolar America, Inc. - photovoltaic systems and modules

Arizona Homegrown Solutions

Pick Your Own

Arizona and the Superstitions

Arizona Trail Association - builders of the AZ Trail, 800 miles of hiking trails built entirely by volunteers, from Mexico to Utah

Superstition Search and Rescue - with links to maps and trail info

Our Friends

Preparing Wisely - shop in Mesa, AZ, selling bulk organic grains, emergency preparedness supplies, and Bigfoot's herbal remedies

PAAK Foundation

Goodson Manley Forakis PLC - specializing in preventive law

Treeland Nurseries - one of Arizona's largest wholesale and retail nursery operations

Anti-conformity - our AWESOME t-shirt printer

BHealthyBHappy - Bella Donna, oriental bodywork therapist, aromatherapist/herbalist, Reiki master/teacher, yoga instructor (specializing in AcuYoga), wellness consultant, and former operations manager at Reevis

Other Links

Click here - These are links that we include to improve our search engine rating. We are not personally familiar with these individuals/businesses/organizations, although most are more or less related to RMS's activities.

Visit their webpage at ReevisMountain.Org

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