Lol Be International Ecovillage and Indigenous University

Lol-Be in Mayan means “Flower-Way” or “Road of the Flower.” The purpose of the Lol-Be is to demonstrate the beauty and perfection of the Mayan way of living in harmony with nature and all beings. As the flower unfolds to bring joy and peace to its surroundings, Lol-Be will be the flowering of Maya wisdom as a guide to ecological living and building international community.




The property of Lol-Be is located 45 minutes from Merida, the capital city of the Yucatan state in Mexico, in Xocchel municipio. This quiet property in the countryside is ideally located in the heart of the Mayalands. Many large trees provide colorful flowers and welcome shade around the renovated house that will serve as a cultural center. It is close to the famous sacred site of Chichen Itza, and about 2 hours from Cancun. Excellent modern highways pass through the eastern and western borders of the land, connecting it with Merida and Cancun, both large cities with international airports.




Work Plan for the Lol-Be Property




The property is divided into 5 different areas, each serving a special purpose. These areas inter-relate to demonstrate aspects of the Maya way of living, that harmonizes lifestyle and homes, native plants and flowers, ceremonial practices, sacred architecture and structures that express Maya spirituality, and natural ecological processes. In addition, an international community will be developed where people of diverse cultures can live in harmony, and in accord with the ecological and spiritual principles of the Cosmic Maya.




Area 1


This area is devoted to traditional Mayan culture and spiritual practices. On the highest ridge, a pyramid will be built for sacred ceremonies according to ancient traditions. It will be a half-scale model of the Pyramid of Kukulkan, Chichen Itza. Typical palapas and other structures of a Mayan village will be constructed. This area will provide for investigations of Mayan culture, mathematics, sciences, rites and ceremonies.




Area 2


This area is used to grow native fruits and vegetables. Unusual and endangered fruit trees will be cultivated, and the nutritional values including proteins and vitamins of these plants will be studied. Many fruits and vegetables used to sustain health of the ancient Maya civilization have been forgotten and are not regularly consumed at present. This part of the project will reintroduce these plants and encourage contemporary Mayas to use them.




Area 3


This area will contain a ceremonial circle for honoring the directions according to ancient Maya tradition. Around  the circle are planted many varieties of the “Flora Maya,” a sweet-scented flowering shrub. Many other native flowers will be grown here, to preserve these beautiful native plants and introduce them to visitors. It will be open as a tourist attraction where local and international tourists can admire the beauty and serenity of aromatic flowers. An arch will be built on the hill leading to the ceremonial circle. At dawn, the rising sun will shine through the arch and add its power to the ceremonies.




Area 4


In this area, the largest tract within the Lol-Be property, the international community will be housed. People who are sympathetic with the purposes of Lol-Be and who desire to live in accord with Maya wisdom and traditions will be invited to live here. Potential members will apply and be approved by the Council of Elders. Within guidelines set by the Council, members can build a house in which they can live full or part time, rent or share with other compatible people. Members will participate in other activities at Lol-Be including ceremonies and educational programs.




Area 5


The second largest tract within the Lol-Be property, this is dedicated as an ecological preserve. The native flora and fauna will be encouraged to follow their natural processes. Additional native trees and plants will be planted so that in the course of time, a true Mayan jungle will be created. One large cave has been found in this area, typical of those the ancient Maya used for sacred purposes. It is being registered as an archaeological site with INAH. No doubt other archaeological sites exist on the property. These will be developed enough for small-scale tourist visits, while preserving the native ecology of the area. Environmental and plant scientists and archaeologists will be invited to study the tropical dry forest and Mayan structures.








Hunbatz Men grew up in a Maya village and was the first member of his family to receive advanced education and visit the United States. He continues the ancient oral tradition of Maya wisdom, passed down in his family and village for generations.




He was the first Maya shaman to bring their hidden knowledge to a broader public. Over 25 years ago he began teaching the Maya cosmovision and the ways of the shamans. He has conducted numerous conferences and pilgrimages to the sacred sites in Mexico and Guatemala. A large international following has developed and Hunbatz in known and respected in many countries in Europe and North America.




He originated the concept of Schools of the Maya Mysteries, and trained leaders to found these schools in various countries. Hunbatz has initiated many people into the solar tradition of the Mayas, forming a web of Solar Initiates practicing Maya spirituality and rituals.




Over the past two decades, Hunbatz led many ceremonies to activate the pyramid temples of Maya sacred sites. Hundreds to thousands of initiates joined to surround these cosmic transmitter centers, reawakening the harmonics with chanting and prayer that activated cosmic connections. Now visitors to such sites as Tikal, Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Dzibilchaltun, Palenque and Xunantunich can feel the powerful energies emitted.




Lol-Be is the culminating project for Hunbatz Men. On this land he plans to bring together an international community sympathetic to Maya teachings, establish a Mayan ceremonial site with a pyramid and traditional Maya village, revive native fruit trees and flowering plants for education and appreciation, house a cultural and learning center, and conduct an ecological project to preserve native forests and archaeological sites.




What Lol-Be needs




Human, material and financial capital are necessary to further develop the Lol-Be project.




The following are ways in which Lol-Be can receive support:




1. Volunteer workers to help the physical development of the land. The property needs cleaning, planting of fruit trees and flowers, renovation of existing structures, roads and path improvements.




2. Skilled carpenters and builders to assist in creating the Mayan village and pyramid, and other structures for the cultural and learning center.




3. Archaeologists to excavate the present sites and explore for other sites on the property.




4. After Lol-Be becomes a not for profit corporation in Mexico, donors to provide financial means for its development and programs.




5. Members from various countries interested in participating in the international community, who would underwrite building housing for this community, and consider living there permanently or part-time.




6. A world-wide network with website and e-mail links to any sympathetic, like-minded person or group. This provides invaluable publicity and helps inform thousands of people about the Lol-Be project

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