My wife and I will be moving to Albuquerque at some point in the future. We actually already have a house, but at this point can only make the trip out every 3 months or so. We were there over Labor Day and the week after. We began our permaculture transformation (hopefully) of the yard while we were there. The yard has been neglected for years and was mostly barren. We started a hugelkulture bed and a sort of hugel/sheet mulch hybrid. We'll likely not be back until December. It's kind of interesting to wonder what's happening with the beds and in a way glad we can't be there (for the most part). I'd be tempted to fiddle with the beds, etc. I'll be interested to see what happens to them unattended for 3 months. I threw a few (really old) seeds into the hugel bed, and stuck a couple of plants in the sheet mulch bed. If they grow- cool! If not, more organic matter for the bed.
I was actually led to permaculture by looking at the yard and wondering what could be done in the high desert. Xeriscaping was an option, but it somehow felt wrong to me. Granted lawns need to be largely done away with, but nature wants to grow! Makes more sense to me to work with drought hardy plants and improving the soil to hold what water there is and support a wider variety of plants.
So we're new to permaculture and just beginning to learn our way.