“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:


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.




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


Taking a break in the “bodega”.


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.


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!



And makes a great place to hang the kayak!


The Green Season

28 May

So the “rainy” season is here which means that it rains sometimes at night. The whole of In Lak’ech Village has turned green in a matter of days and we have beautiful flower covered trees. Our permaculture garden is producing well and the central palapa for the community is coming along well. The bodega part of the house is finished with poured cloors windows and everything. We have most of the beautiful pine windows finished and are now really working on the roof — once the roof is up we will start working on the loft and kitchen.

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We have been working hard putting in more gardens and our current volunteer is really working hard and doing some beautiful stone work. He is also planning to help us build an earthbag structure that will act as a garden shed as well as accommodation for himself and future volunteers.

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We are also getting to see what the quiet season is like in Mazunte and San Agustinillo. Its actually very nice — the zone is never particularly busy but it is now even more relaxed and tranquil than in the busy season and we are getting to spend more time and develop our friendships with the locals and other foreigners who stay here year-round.

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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Composting Toilets, Showers, Gardens, and Roads

18 Mar

We have been working super hard here at In Lak’ech village building necessities, planting gardens, and sorting out our infrastructure. We have our composting system all sorted out, including our humanure composting toilet, running solar heated shower, outdoor kitchen, and most importantly road access.

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We have been living on the land for over 2 months now without road access, and we finally got road access to the land yesterday. Up till now we had been walking the last 15 minutes to the ranch and bringing everything up by hand and wheelbarrow. Now with access sorted out, things will start happening quickly I hope. The road has also changed the feel of the land completely, and in a good way. It still feels very wild and remote, but much more human and liveable now.

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Building is beginning with a huge main structure with communal kitchen and which will serve as the community center as well as being used for the yoga and retreat center business. Now we just have to race against the rain to get a roof over our heads! We have a few months, so I’m hopeful to have the majority of it finished in time. With the rain also comes the best time for planting, so if you feel like coming down in the next few months, that would be great. The rainy season here generally means that it rains in the evenings and is sunny during the day. Its actually supposed to be very beautiful, as everything goes green, and not particularly hot and humid, but we shall see!

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We have also had several volunteers up on the land already and a couple arrived yesterday that are planning on staying for several months. If you’re thinking about volunteering, let us know! We would love to have you!

In other news, the first one of our homesites has sold to a wonderful woman. We look forward to having her come and co-create with us. She is an avid gardener and we are very excited to have someone here to help us grow things, as I am realizing this is a bit of a knowledge gap for the current crew, including myself.

Much Love and In Lak’ech!