We are David, Carolina and Maia. David is from Texas, Carolina is from Guatemala & Maia is our 9 year old daughter from San Diego California. The land is anscestral land once own by Caroina's Grandfather. We have records of 100 years. 90 years ago it was once owned by a woman Tztutjil called The Mysterious One with the last name Luna with her parner being a foriegner. She is burried in a tomb on the hill.
20 years after her death a man bought the property and he cut the top of the tomb open and begain making moonshine in the tomb. They called the shine Spirits and the land became the spirits factory, La Fabrica.
We teach bio-construction. We taught 78 local Mayan indigenous how to build more afforadable and stronger in earth quake environment. We are on a fault line some call layline. We have more than 300 earth shakes a year. Even when the rest of the country has none we often shake and it runs right to the hill. The property is about 5 city blocks and we call the hill Tor. A Tor is a Sacred Hill of Rock. On this Tor is the a Temple.
We have a start of a eco village in Super Adobe, bamboo and fero cement. Plans are in the works for more bamboo and earthen construction. We have 20 bamboo plants on the site with room for 25 more to come. We are expanding and have a long term plan for a food forrest. Currently its a natural forrest.
We have two full time local employees and bring in additional local temporary workers as needed for building projects and harvest. Rutilia is from the near by town of Cerro de Oro and is a Chef graduated from INTECAP in the Guatemalan Cuisine program. Rutilia is in charge of purchasing, coordinates harvesting with the garden, meal prep and cleaning. Luis lives just next door and is in charge of the animals, grounds, maintenance and participates in building projects.
We are currently working on an upcycle earthen community kitchen and next in line is a cord wood floor in the entry way.
Come expand and Grow with us.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Santiago Atitlan is in the highlands of Guatemala on the shore of Lake Atitlan, a large and deep crater lake, three volcanoes remain, Atitlan, Toliman and San Pedro. The town is predominantly Tzutuhil with a minority of ladinos and an interesting community of internationals who are heavily involved in the community.
There is a deep mysticism in the area with a strong following of ancient guidance of the Rilaj Mam (Maximom), thriving catholic and evangelical churches.
You could learn Tzutujil, Spanish, backstrap weaving, embroidery, beading as well as plant medicine and spiritual practices from the local community.
Come grow with us! our farm has a large avocado grove which we want to turn into a food forest.
We have citrus trees, wild berries, Dragon Fruit. Avaliable for eating when in season.
As rainy season approaches we are putting in new gardens, fruit trees for the food forest and soil retention plants. We are also working on a cordwood floor and a community kitchen.
Bring your experience or come gain some in permaculture and natural building, horse handling and ridding.
We also house a horse back riding school and guided journeys.
Santiago Atitlan is the largest indigenous town in Central America. The People are beautiful and the land is private and fenced. This is not a tourist location. We are on the edge of a highland jungle that we do horse back rides to. A Horseman or Woman is helpful and could do classes or tours once we show you the way.
Volunteer work mostly centers on the garden/landscape, animal care and natural building, cleanup and cooking (we specialize in local dishes, farm to table, sprouting, fermentation, mid-term vision includes Grill serving food on the hill).
We have Animals to care for Animal Care consisit of feeding four horses, eleven ducks, four dogs and two peacock (at the moment). Lots of honey bees...
It takes average 1 hour & 1/2 two times per day. The grasses are cut by locals and brought to the farm. We feed and water. We will be expanding animals to include pigs, and milk goats.
We have six honey bee hives that local women assist with.. We got 200 pounds of honey last harvest and are in the begining stages of mead making experimentation. Something you can learn as well or bring your experience to.
We built A Tuj/Temascal (sweat lodge) wich is available for use on A large property with beautiful views of lake Atitlan. The hill is a sacred hill. It has 7 chakras. On the crown chakra sits Temple o Illumination on Atitlan which is a Dragon Temple. The temple is not part of the job duties and has been under construction since 2012. TOI is on facebook.
The Vision is for Gnome Homes eco builds into the sides of the hill incorporation the hills rocks into the build. The volunteers can learn how to work with Bamboo, plaster and some super adobe. You will be taught these trades by Local Mayans who are trained in Bio Construction. You can also learn how to make earthship septic systems that will be installed between and attached to two Gnome Homes. Living Roofs with wheat grass roofs that can be cut, mixed with berries delicious vitamin rich fruit drinks.
Another part of the vision is a food forrest. Here is where the goats eat everything starting at the top section. Then chickens come in eat insects, fertilize and plant seeds. We have not started this phase yet. Open to other methods if you have helped create food forests before.
Once you have been here for 30 days you can apply for a farm management/volunteer coordinator paid positions which includes room and board (eco-housing and food from the land supplemented with market goods, a cash stipend, and the opportunity to supplement your income by offering workshops, builds and classes). We are idealy looking for a couple. PDC, Agroforestry,communtiy living/coordinating, Horsemanship all a big plus. Work covers Farm Management, Volunteer coordinating and EcoBuild oversight.
This is David, Carolina and Maia. We hope to meet you.
English and Spanish
2nd Story multilevel loft space with a view of the lake. Up a ladder.
SuperAdobe pouches with desk/storage, tents, hammocks
Shared outdoor community kitchen which we are still in the process of building. currently have a propane gas stove and a wood burning oven. Looking at a small biogas system.
Composting toilet, Arbor Loo and a community outdoor compost heated shower/bath area.
Lake Atitlan is Magical. There are many towns with distinct personalities to visit all around the lake. Be sure to swim and take a cayuco (wooden boats) out in santiago bay. There is a very nice swimming dock close by.
Develop a relationship with our horses and take a mystical journey
Go bird watching, find the elusive quetzal on the coastal side of the ridge.
Hike volcanoes Atitlan, Toliman and San Pedro and hills Chutinamit and Cerro de Oro.
Explore San Pedro, San Juan, San Marcos, Tzununa, Santa Cruz, Panajachel, San Antonio, Santa Catarina, San Lucas Toliman and Cerro de Oro!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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