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The Winter Solstice, also known by some as Yule or Saturnalia, generally falls on December 21 or 22. It celebrates the birth of the new solar year and marks the beginning of winter. Taking place on the longest, darkest night of the year, this is a time when we must reflect inward to find our own inner light. This is also a festival of inner renewal and spiritual rebirth. Many of the customs, lore, symbols, and rituals now associated with the modern "Christmas" actually are linked to Winter Solstice celebrations of ancient Pagan cultures. Both Christian mythology and older Pagan customs are evident in modern day holiday observances. Read More...
There are only a few days left before the 2nd annual Eco Reto 2011, a unique eco challenge where families are invited to build the greenest and most original toy or game. Ak Lu'um International School is preparing its jungle campus to receive environmentalists, government representatives and families from the Riviera Maya who will present their original creations to a select panel of judges. The contest and Eco-Fair will be held on December 11 from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Ak Lu'um International School in Playa del Carmen. Read More...
Monday morning, my kids jumped feet first into their summer vacation, arriving bright and early at the barn for the first day of Pony Camp. Trainer and club owner Paco Magellon has been running this camp during the school vacations and it is something all the young riders in Playa del Carmen look forward to. Paco is so terrific with the kids and he has passed this special gift along to his son Diego who will be assisting him during this summer session. Monday is a day off for the horses so this morning the group learned how to groom a horse from nose to tail. "Brisa" was a patient subject, standing quietly while each of the children took a turn currying, brushing and picking hooves. The kids started to learn a bit about the anatomy of the horse and how to care for these majestic beasts. Later on in the day, as the temperature soared, they all cooled off in the cenote! Read More...
****DUE to incliment weather, the Tulum Food Festival has been postponed until Thursday July 7th!!**** An exciting food festival and fundraising event is being planned to to support the Tulum Living School Project and this year’s recipient school “Huricanes Kinder”. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:00pm at Charlie’s Restaurant and Bar in the Tulum Pueblo. Read More...
Sometime in the Fall, Papalote parents were asked if their children would like to participate in a performance that was to take place sometime near the end of the 2010-2011 school year. There were to be required in-school rehearsals and books to buy and Read More...
May Day is celebrated in countries all over the world in festivals that draw their origins in the ancient pre-Christian fertility rites practiced by the Romans honoring the Spring Goddess, Flora. The elements of the modern May Day festival take their root in Medieval times and include music, games, parades, dancing and of course, the ubiquitous maypole. Traditionally festooned with bright Spring flowers and strung with colorful ribbons, participants each take a ribbon and in a choreographed pattern weave them around and down as they dance or skip around the pole. Read More...
A funny thing happened to Rob and me seven years ago during one of our scouting trips to Mexico in the year before we made the move to Playa del Carmen. In April of 2004, we came to Playa, just the two of us, to shop for and hopefully purchase the land Read More...
On the morning of March 20, Riviera Maya athletes and families gathered in Playa del Carmen’s Parque Leona Vicario to take their marks for the “Run for Ak Lu’um”, a 5K race sponsored annually by BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors , Read More...
With just a few days remaining before the BuyPlaya 5K Spring Race, organizers, parents and local business owners are kicking into high gear for this exciting annual fundraising event. On March 20 at 7:45am, participants will run, walk or stroll the 5 kilometer course leaving from the Parque Leona Vicario, making a loop through the hotel zone in Playacar and finishing in the historical Parque Fundadores on the shores of the Caribbean. Read More...
Ak Lu'um International School, Mexico’s first ecological school, invites all Riviera Maya athletes and families to participate in the second annual ‘BuyPlaya 5K Run for Ak Lu’um’. Sponsored by Playa del Carmen’s leading real estate company, BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors, the race will take place on March 20, 2011 at 8:00am sharp. Read More...
'Friends of Ak Lu’um' is an organization that is working towards 501c3 status in the United States that will be offering educational scholarships to Mexican Nationals who otherwise would not have an opportunity for a quality education. Promoting holistic education, 'Friends of Ak Lu’um' is working in cooperation with the Ak Lu'um International School, the first ecological school in Mexico, that follows a humanistic, integrative approach to education. Please come out and support the effort to offer quality education to the children of our community. You will not only be supporting a worthy cause, but you will be able to enjoy an evening of fun, food, and friendship! Read More...