The Story of Minimus


As the owner of Mesa Lifestyle, I work to reintegrate humans with their natural environment.
I specializing in art, yoga and sustainability. All of my services are designed to inspire, empower and connect.


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Minimus was created through the heart of a child. Since I was a young girl I have had the lifelong dream of building my own home. From the interior to the exterior, the furniture, the dishware, the utensils, all of it – with my own two hands.

As I have come of age to embark on such a venture, I find myself disenchanted by the carbon footprint and personal energy output involved in building and maintaining a conventional home. 

I don’t want to be tied down to one location. I don’t own land. I don’t want to be house poor.

So as an artist, as an Earth advocate, as an educator what do I do with this dream?

I bring it to life!

In summer of 2017 I decided to embark on my largest work of art to date. In reverence to Mother Earth and in honor of my true spirit I decided to create a home through a project to not only educate myself but to enrich my community. I created a modern, sustainable home designed to work in synergy with the natural world.

I created Minimus! 

Today Minimus is used as an educational tool for raising consciousness about sustainability
and empowering individuals to make their dreams their reality.

Be a part of the journey!

- Melissa Matarese | Mesa Lifestyle Owner