About.

Tuq'tu'quilal is a fledgling impact center in its pioneer stage. The center is the not-for-profit heart of Solhana Regenerative Complex, which will also consist of an Eco-village and retreat Center. We opened our doors in January 2016, and work with the local Mayan communities.  Tuq'tu’quilal means "peace" in Keq'chi Maya, and will be a 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 National park, Lanquin River, 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.

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Bookings.

Free / Work-Trade

Bioconstruction and permaculture volunteer

Apr 30 - Dec 31, 2019Minimum 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 solar hot showers and dry 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 with terraces and other garden projects.
We are looking for volunteers with experience whom need little management and can add some personal knowledge to the project. We need people who won't attempt to impose their culture on that of the local culture, and have the empathy to tred gently and observe and support.
$15/night

Private Cabanita

Feb 28 - Dec 31, 2019Minimum stay: 2 nightsMaximum capacity: 2 people
Food Not Included
We have cabanas, cabanitas and shelters with beds, pillows ,sheets and towels. The views from all 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, by the river or even in the 45 year old cacao sanctuary. 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.
Free / Work-Trade

kitchen and food garden helper

Jun 18 - Nov 15, 2019Minimum stay: 30 nightsMaximum capacity: 1 people
Food included
We have just opened a small cafecito, and would like some help with assiting the the locally family with it's management. This would help them understand the international standards necessary for running a small cafe. We would like that this person could also help a little in the food garden, to help with organising ingredients for the kitchen. Experience in a professional kitchen is more important than the gardening part. We need people with volunteer experience that need little management and are looking to learn form the local Maya culture.
$45/night

Private Cabana

May 01 - Dec 31, 2019Minimum stay: 2 nightsMaximum capacity: 6 people
Food Not Included
We have cabanas, cabanitas and shelters with beds, pillows ,sheets and towels. The views from all 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, by the river or even in the 45 year old cacao sanctuary. 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 you can learn about the processing of cacao , turmeric and Copal.
$12/night

Shared cabana

May 01 - Dec 31, 2019Minimum stay: 1 nightsMaximum capacity: 4 people
Food Not Included
We have cabanas, cabanitas and shelters with beds, pillows ,sheets and towels. The views from all 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, by the river or even in the 45 year old cacao sanctuary. 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 learn about the processing of cacao, turmeric and Copal.

Key Stats.

Year founded

2016

Size of project site

3 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Keq'chi

People on site

6 - 15

Dry season

January to March

Wet season

April to December

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • hammocks
  • shared rooms
  • tent camping
  • private room

Vegetarian Food

  • restaurant on site

Internet

  • slow: emails only

Opportunities

Tuq Tu'Quilal is currently offering the following opportunities:

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

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