About.

Tuq'tu'quilal is a fledgling impact center in its pioneer stage, with very basic infrastructure. We opened our doors in January 2016, and work with Mayan communities.  Tuq'tu’quilal means "peace" in Keq'chi Maya, and will be regenerative living and learning center that transforms individuals and communities by providing education, mentorship, and replicable models for permaculture, appropriate technology, and youth leadership. Lanquin is a rural Keq’chi Maya village endowed with spectacular natural features, such as Semuc Champey waterfalls, limestone pools and underground caves.

 Our vision is a thriving community that is empowered to problem-solve and create lasting positive impact for future generations.  We strive to build intercultural bridges, and social and physical infrastructure for positive local impact. The objectives of our cultural and ecological outreach projects are to empower the Lanquín community by creating regenerative economic opportunities and environmental education programs that will provide healthier living conditions, economic opportunity, and initiate lasting benefits to the local community.

The center will:

● Promote and provide educational opportunities in regenerative living and holistic well-being

● Develop living model examples of regenerative development applied to food production, water, energy, and housing

● Develop harmonious relationships with surrounding communities through the distribution of appropriate technologies, support and incubation of a local seed bank, and skills transfers to local farmers, especially cacao farmers.

● Support local job creation, small business incubation & development, especially in production of appropriate technologies, organic products, and traditional crafts & medicines

● Host an international volunteer program for those wishing to give their support to the center

Tuq tu’quilal will capture and store the cultural knowledge of the rapidly eroding local Mayan traditions, and be a physical place for it to be stored, propagated, and re-seeded. Tuq tu’quilal is inspired by Ghandi’s concept of “village technology center” - a model for a localized strategy of self-reliance, integrating traditional and modern. It will be a demonstration alternative pathways to development, rather than a race to the bottom.

The key elements of the center will be a productive demonstration food forest focused on cacao, a classroom/community center for public use, and a living space. The key programs will be our agriculture program, a nutritional education program, an international volunteer program, and varied courses and trainings.

Key Stats.

Year founded

2015

Size of project site

3 hectares

Dry season

January to March

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Keq'chi

People on site

2 - 15

Wet season

April to December

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • hammocks

Food

  • Vegetarian
  • communal kitchen access

Internet

slow: emails only

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture
    1-2 times per week

Opportunities.

Tuq Tu'Quilal is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • PermaculTURE DESIGNER
  • COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR
  • Infrastructure coordinator
  • cook
  • volunteer coordinator

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