We built this building for Dr Ajari in 1975. It is at the 6000ft level on Mt Shasta. Driving 8 hours each way in the commune's caravan left only 4-5 hours on weekends for work, so that construction took 6 months to complete. Then once the building was finished, we never returned because the group was struggling with its business of manufacturing and selling Japanese bedding, there was never any mountain rescue, and no spiritual practices were ever done here (other than a partial retreat by Bishop Green of St Sophia's Church). The only merit went to Ladybear of Mt Shasta who kept an eye on the building for about 15 years before Dr Ajari defaulted on payments and was forced to sell it.
However, we did get some experience in construction work. You do know the definition of "experience," don't you?
EXPERIENCE, noun -- what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.
On the other hand, according to a Japanese kotowaza, or proverb:
SEIKOU NO MOTO WA, SHIPPAI DESU
The origin of success is failure.
So the experience wasn't entirely wasted; it came in handy when constructing the goma-do at Cobb in 2006.