1. Karen B. says:

    NICE!!! That is so exciting! I’m thinking specifically about the school, but really all three of those initiatives are amazing. I have never, ever seen a single recycling facility in Mexico and I have traveled it up and down. It is really heartening to hear that they are making that happen in Tulum. The eggplants at the permaculture center are gorgeous. I’d love to poke around in there for awhile. (Maybe next time we go south!) And I can just imagine what the school will mean for your family. Yay!

  2. Liz says:

    You’re making me want to up and move to Tulum! Sounds dreamy…especially up north here where Spring is baaaaarely peaking through in mid-April!

  3. rhonda says:

    Oh…..you are sooooo pulling on my heartstrings. My mantra for now: “Bloom where you are planted.” With that said, SO CRAZY EXCITED FOR YOU!! I know how this endeavor aligns with your spirit. YAY!!! See you this summer, beautiful soul!

  4. Jen says:

    Recycling is ubiquitous where I am, but I’ve never seen vegetable oil recycling! So I’m extra impressed by Tulum’s leap into recycling. I look forward to hearing more about the rest of it as well.

  5. Alejandra says:

    I’m so excited for you! This sounds so wonderful for a homeschool mama who’s dying to get her kids fully immersed in the language. But wow, all the other initiatives too – that’s BEYOND wonderful! I’m thinking a vacation to visit your area would be awesome – “Kids, It’s time for a FIELDTRIP!!”

  6. Oh this makes me cry!!! My sweet friends Rich and Vali have met up with other amazing families and are following their passion and changing the world. I long for the day I can visit.

  7. corey says:

    hi! i’ve been following your story for a little while now and i’m always heartened and inspired to read the latest post. i’m currently living in jamaica with my family and some of our situations are parallel. especially when it comes to kids and “school hopping”. my 6 year old has been in a different school every year since he started and we are thinking of returning to the states for a year and then coming back to jamaica the following year…which means 2 more schools in the next 2 years. i’m just wondering how your kids adjust?? do you find them to be more flexible or more anxious?
    thanks for your input…
    p.s. lived in chiapas for a time and visited tulum often. mexico is one of my favorite places!

  8. Rhonda C says:

    This is truly wonderful news! As a teacher, I would LOVE for my child to have such an exciting experience! I hope that it really takes off!

  9. vic says:

    viva la TIS! Or is it el TIS? Who knows the gender of a school?

  10. Kay says:

    OMG, Beth, this is so fabulous. If I weren’t 76, I would sell everything and join you. But since I am 76, what can I do to support you? And will this school be open to the native population as well? Do you need $$? Books? I volunteer in our local library’s bookstore where we sell donated books. We frequently get children’s workbooks, etc. The ones in Spanish I save for my friend who started the Literacy Project in Nicaragua.

  11. Heide says:

    This is wonderful!!!

  12. Laura says:

    Exciting news!

  13. Alex Fisher says:

    Was directed to your site by Karen of LAT. Am in the process of moving to Bacalar. WE’ll be neighbors!

  14. As friends and Rich and Valeria I am so excited to see how there plans are becoming reality!

  15. jeffree matthews says:

    I will be moving to the Yucatan next year and opening a healing arts and ecology center on the shores of lake bacalar!
    How might we connect and perhaps collaborate on a shared vision of a greener and more peaceful world??
    I am also an experienced organic farmer and permaculturist and would love to visit the Green Beat in Tulum and volunteer my skills in service to your vision!
    please contact me
    jeffree matthews
    northern california

  16. Marg F says:

    I tripped across this blog while trying to find an email for the mayor of Tulum. We just got back from a wonderful holiday there. I wish I could’ve seen some of the places you mentioned. Do you, by any chance, have a contact email for the mayor? Thanks!!!

  17. Stephanie says:

    3/4 years later, i would be interested in an update on the green beat permaculture center and any other like developments! 🙂 I’m currently a permaculture design student in southern California. Thanks, loved the article!

  18. Ilana says:

    Hi, what about older kids? I havec 14 and 15 years old. Is there an option in Tulum for them?

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