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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.

 

 

 
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●  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.

  • Lanquin is a rural Keq’chi Maya village endowed with spectacular natural features, such as waterfalls, limestone pools and underground caves. Lanquin faces many of the typical problems of a remote Guatemalan village: environmental stresses are caused by unsustainable agriculture practices and a lack of waste management systems, and malnutrition.  Currently, the primary economic activities are agriculture (cacao, coffee, cardamom) and eco-tourism.

 

Our vision is a thriving community that is empowered to problem-solve and create lasting positive impact for future generations. Tuq tu’quilal 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. We strive to build intercultural bridges, and social and physical infrastructure for positive local impact.

Be a regenerative living and learning center, providing sustainable techniques, technologies, and ways of living to empower both the Lanquin community and international visitors.

Tuq’tu’quilal is the effort of an ecosystem of organizations working together with the local community members of Lanquin. It is truly a collaborative effort.

Nuevo Mundo Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on on demonstrating permaculture and appropriate technology in North, Central and South America through events that empower youth, foster intergenerational dialogue, celebrate indigenous wisdom and curate permaculture focused workshop spaces at festivals with the goal of encouraging regenerative communities.

Yellow Seed is an impact-driven nonprofit that creates opportunities for small-scale cacao producers to showcase their products, access new markets and build consistent trading relationships. Yellow Seed provides the space to make people, products and resources visible so that better trade can take place.

Spora Bioarquitectura is a Mexican bioconstruction collective focused on design, consulting, and construction of natural spaces, and greening events. Spora is founded on responsible civil action, constructing and diffusing living projects for a conscious and sustainable world.

Cosmic Convergence is an annual gathering in Santiago Atitlan incorporating art, music, education for conscious living, and Mayan culture & traditions. It is a portal of entry to step into an emerging planetary tribal culture, and a platform for the expression of new and ancient ways of being.  It is a convergence of past, present, and future, envisioning the new paradigm of a technological-tribal society that is becoming more tangible each day. The objective is to expose the attendees to ancestral and post-industrial ways of living in order to provoke a shift in consciousness to rethink what lifestyles are possible in post-2012 reality. The gathering forms part of an ongoing international tribal revival. The event is 100% non-profit and all proceeds go towards supporting social projects on Lake Atitlan, where the festival works with indigenous communities to grow a greener future.

Maya Mountain Research Farm is a registered non-governmental organization and working demonstration farm that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and food security using permaculture principles and applied biodiversity. Founded in 1988, Maya Mountain Research Farm is one of the oldest ongoing permaculture projects in Central America. MMRF is a research and training center committed to promoting applied biological diversity as a means of ensuring food security, and replicating ecological services of primary forest in complex agroforestry systems.

Surplus Permaculture is a group of passionate people dedicated to empower the world through sensible permaculture design and creating resilient, abundant, fulfilling landscapes.  It is a cooperative of qualified permaculture designers, spreading the seeds of change. Surplus has bases in 3 continents (North America, Europe, Southeast Asia,) with a support network extending all around the world.  Surplus designers all have extensive experience with permaculture design, hands on implementation, and facilitation of courses. Surplus cooperates with The Panya Project, permaculture education center, in Thailand. Surplus seeks to provide local services supported by a global network of permaculture professionals who aim to create regenerative, high quality designs that not only improve the land but also the quality of life of all inhabitants. Surplus believes in thoughtful observation of natural systems, a blend of whole systems thinking and ecologically responsive design, and a reverence of traditional and local knowledge. Surplus considers everyone as a stakeholder in the protection and revitalization of biological systems.

Surplus Permaculture is a group of passionate people dedicated to empower the world through sensible permaculture design and creating resilient, abundant, fulfilling landscapes.  It is a cooperative of qualified permaculture designers, spreading the seeds of change. Surplus has bases in 3 continents (North America, Europe, Southeast Asia,) with a support network extending all around the world.  Surplus designers all have extensive experience with permaculture design, hands on implementation, and facilitation of courses. Surplus cooperates with The Panya Project, permaculture education center, in Thailand. Surplus seeks to provide local services supported by a global network of permaculture professionals who aim to create regenerative, high quality designs that not only improve the land but also the quality of life of all inhabitants. Surplus believes in thoughtful observation of natural systems, a blend of whole systems thinking and ecologically responsive design, and a reverence of traditional and local knowledge. Surplus considers everyone as a stakeholder in the protection and revitalization of biological systems.

 
 

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