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“Building” Community

7 Sep

So there’s been no update here for a few months — mostly because we’ve been super busy building the central palapa and kitchen! Here’s the journey below:

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We Started off with the small ferro-cement storehouse/workshop and then added wood posts to support the roof.

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Beams were laid into the posts.  We used a mixture of pine and local tropical wood.

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After the beams were in, we laid the “morillos” reaching up to the ridge line.

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Taking a break in the “bodega”.

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Brad’s carpentry skills come in handy making nice barn doors and windows!

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After the morillos are finished, we lay horizontal bamboo “Ottate” to tie the palm thatching on to.

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6,000 Palm fronds arrive to create the roof.  Unfortunately the truck is so big, it can’t make it all the way up to the house.  We use the van to make 34 trips carrying the palm up to the house.

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While the palm is being ferried up to the house, others clean off the small pieces near the stalk.

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With the palm at the top, we start tying it on.  Only 6,000 knots to go!

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It looks beautiful when done!

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And makes a great place to hang the kayak!

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Building In Lak’ech Village

12 Apr

So the roads are in, we have had some great visitors, and In Lak’ech Village is really starting to take shape! Our volunteers have been great so far and been a big help planting our permaculture gardens.

The gardens are producing tomatoes, chiles, nopale cactus, limes, bananas, mint, basil, and more. It’s so nice eating food right from the land.

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Also, we have been building a nice new house over the well to protect our water supply.

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In other news, two of our 7 homesites available have been sold to wonderful people and we look forward to having them join the community. We also just had a great visitor from Canada very interested in being part of the project. He will be back in July with his wife. This means there are only 4 1/2 homesites left — so if you’ve been thinking about being part of this project, I’d recommend coming to visit soon!

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We’ve Moved In!

19 Jan

So everything has been finalized on the property transaction front. Bank transfers went through, every level of government has been paid, and we have property title in hand. Exciting stuff!

We’ve also moved onto the land! We’ve been busy working in the orchard, harvesting bananas, watering, building a kitchen, compost, toilets, and everything else. Lots of work to do!

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Sleeping on the land is incredible. There are sounds of birds and the forest, butterflies and hummingbirds flutter around, you can hear the subtle sound of ocean waves at night, and the stars are incredible.

Our two little kittens have moved in as well and they are having as amazing time stalking each other and climbing our palm trees/kitchen/tents.

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There’s LOTS and LOTS of work to do and we are READY FOR YOU TO COME VISIT! Check out our page on volunteering and come stay! Flights are impressively cheap (often under $500 from the US)

Also, you may have noticed a name change on the site to “In Lak’ech Village”. “In Lak’ech” is a Mayan word meaning “we are all one”. It’s literal translation is “I am another you” and is the customary greeting in Mayan culture.

White Tantra, border crossings, and paradise

20 Nov

So a lot has happened since I last posted and I’m now trying to post from an iPhone for the first time.

Our White Tantra Yoga session in LA was pretty amazing and I ended up partnered with a wonderful woman who is planning to start leading destination retreats next year. Amazing the synchronicities of the world!

After leaving LA we headed inland for a little rockclimbing at Joshua Tree National Park before heading south to Mexico. A few long days of driving and a few early morning surf sessions finds us happily parked up on the beach in Sayulita.

This weekend we are headed to check out a local forming Eco village, Rancho Los Amigos.

More adventures to come!