Visit

We enjoy visitors and overnight guests at Shanti Omstead! Please contact Ram Khalsa by phone or email to make arrangements to visit, or reserve overnight accommodations. Check availability for staying in the log cabin, which is separate from Ram’s house.

The cabin has 2 bedrooms upstairs with a queen and single bed in one room, and a double bunk bed in the other, with an adjoining restroom. There’s a full kitchen and living area on the main floor with 2 additional restrooms. The cabin rents for $188 per night, or you can arrange a work-trade arrangement to help Ram on the farm.

Shanti Omstead is a 5-acre, off grid permaculture property on the banks of Tonto Creek in Gisela, Arizona (16 miles southeast of Payson). From Phoenix or Scottsdale, it is about a 1.5-hour drive, approximately 70 miles north on Highway 87.

CONTACT: Ram Khalsa (602) 910-1047 or email ramkhalsa@yahoo.com

Getting There

This will help you get to Gisela, Arizona. Then Ram can let you know how to get to his property once visiting arrangements have been made.

From the east valley; AZ 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) take exit 13, Country Club Dr and head north > turns into AZ-87 or otherwise known as Beeline Hwy/​Duthie-Martin Hwy. Continue on AZ-87 N toward Payson for 61.3 miles. Just before you get to Rye (a little town 12 miles south of Payson), there is a turn-off to Gisela. Turn right on Gisela Road and follow 5 miles.

>From Phoenix; head east on Shea through Fountain Hills to the end, then turn left (north) on AZ-87 N toward Payson > continue for 50 miles. Just before you get to Rye (a little town 12 miles south of Payson), there is a turn-off to Gisela. Just before you get to Rye (a little town 12 miles south of Payson), there is a turn-off to Gisela. Turn right on Gisela Road and follow 5 miles.

>From Sedona or Flagstaff from I-17 to Camp Verde, then follow AZ-260 East for 48 miles, then turn right on AZ-87. Go south for 27 miles, through the little towns of Strawberry and Pine, and on through Payson. Just past Rye (a little town 12 miles south of Payson), turn left on Gisela Road and follow 5 miles.

By The Way

The weather in Gisela is generally around 10-15 degrees cooler than in Phoenix. There are no services in Gisela (no stores or gas stations),  rather it is a small farming community.