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.

Bookings.

Free / Work-Trade

Bioconstruction volunteer

Sep 21 - Dec 30, 2018Minimum stay: 30 nightsMaximum capacity: 2 people
Food included
The Impact center is situated on stunningly beautiful land. We have property on the river, forest and great views. We have a solar shower and eco toilets with landscape views. You will stay in a bamboo shelter with a tent insides, amazing views from your tent and all the basics that you will need for a jungle stay.
We need help building cabanas, finishing an ecohome and general assistance.
$7/night

Ecoglamping

Minimum stay: 2 nightsMaximum capacity: 8 people
Food Not Included
We have bamboo shelters with tents mattresses, pillows and sheets. The views from the refugios are stunning. We have solar showers and eco toilets also with lovely views. This is a place to stay away from the crowd in an fledgling Impact Center about to grow. You will be able to visit Semuc Champey, tube the river with us and hang out around the fire and by the river. At the same time you will be immersed in an environment that is based around permaculture and Bioconstruction as well as land regeneration, cacao, turmeric and copal processing. There will be time to get to know the local family that looks after the 56 acres, and get an unforgettable experience.

Key Stats.

Year founded

2015

Size of project site

3 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Keq'chi

People on site

2 - 15

Dry season

January to March

Wet season

April to December

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • hammocks

Vegetarian Food

  • 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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