Zutut’Ha (“spinning water” in Mayan) project’s goal is to create a community environment to exchange knowledge and wisdom.
Our aim is to conduct ecological conservation projects through education, art and culture for social benefit and the common good. We are a community of thirteen people of different ages and disciplines. Architects, artists, biologists, anthropologists, mathematicians, gastronomists and intercultural managers.
Based in permaculture design principles, we are working in the improvement of the watering system and the optimal use of water, in the regeneration and improvement of soil for our vegetable gardens and crops, and in the conservation of species with cultural and ecological importance.
We are in a 55 ha land in the heart of the Mayan jungle. Near Sotuta, a small village in the centre of Yucatán state, Mexico.
With the guidance of our Mayan friends from Sotuta in the use of traditional technics and 85% of local natural material, we built the initial infrastructure which enables to inhabit the place soon for receiving volunteers, collaborators, specialists and visitors from nearby local communities.
We have built a workshop area, kitchen, dining room, composting toilets, showers, chicken coop, Meliponae’s hive (native bees), apiary and seedling.
Practicing agroecological techniques we have stablished several zones for self supply vegetable gardens and fruit forests 100% organic and agrochemical free. We continually work on soil fertility, creating organic fertilizers through the production of compost, worm compost and bio fertilizers.
We stablished a gravity watering system with water extracted from a well which is still improving. We put into practice the zero waste management philosophy. During our first year, 36% of our waste was reduced and they were transformed into 95% of generated residues.
Nowadays, we are working with around 250 children from a primary school and public spaces in environmental education workshops, dances, arts and sports in the cultural centre and in some parks.
We also have a social service program for university students from Mérida, who help us in socio-environmental research of Sotuta village. In thirteen months we have received around 100 volunteers from eighteen different countries. In one year we have reached more than 3,000 followers in social media.
In the near future, we are planning to offer a permanent workshop programme about agroecology, arts and crafts. We want to show that it is possible to satisfy our needs without overusing resources, in order to achieve a high level of self-sufficiency, within a collaborative work and resilient adaptation.
Children and youngsters from the rural nearby communities are the direct receivers, but men and women from different states and countries as well.
- Current members: 13
- Current collaborators: 5
- New collaborators: Open
We have a volunteer program that consists of supporting in some of the areas in which we are working:
- Waste Management
- Maintenance and cleaning
- Community workshops for children
The working schedules are:
- Breakfast 6 a.m. - 6:30 am
- Departure to the land 6:45 am
- Lunch 11:00 am
- Return 2:00 pm
- Food 3:00 pm
Our week work cycle is divided in:
- 4 days of work, 1 of rest
- 4 days of work, 1 of rest
- 4 work days, 2 rest days
What we offer ...
- Camping area or hammock with composting toilet and shower
- Food (mostly vegetarian)
- Transportation form town to land & land to town
We are interested in receiving people with initiative and willingness to perform physical work and collaborate in group. It is very important to maintain respect for all people and the environment, as well as help with the daily work.
Due to the current situation of the project we ask for an economic cooperation in solidarity to be able to solve all the expenses of maintainance; and at the same time sustain and support the project in the future.
We also do guided tours, we like to received groups of people interested in knowing our project. The visit include a tour in the ecovillage, lunch, food and some sensory experience or workshop depending on the interests of the group. For this tours we also ask for an economic cooperation.
In this community we seek the recycling, reuse and non-generation of solid waste. For this reason we ask you to avoid bringing disposable bags, filter cigars, disposable batteries, products with multiple packings, cotton swabs, disposable sanitary towels, tampons with plastic applicator, and objects that they easily become junk.
Co-creating alternatives with respect, love and conscience at the service of life ...