This week's Photo of the Week was photographed by LauraBelle Burgess. Belle's glorious photo of a magnificent amanecer over Lake Atitlan was taken on July 23, 2014 from the dock at Ven Aca in Jaibalito.
If you have any photos you would like to submit for Photo of the Week, please let me know through the Contact Form. Photos of the Week can be anything related to the Lake Atitlán area.
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- 2 August, 2-6 p.m. Arte de Vida, San Marcos la Laguna (see details below)
Check out other event listings on the Lake Atitlan Events Calendar,
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Music, Dance and Poetry in the languages of the Maya! Everyone come and participate!
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Selaine d'Ambrosi writes:
"A local young woman who has bravely pressed charges against her abuser needs help with legal fees. She has an appointed public prosecutor who managed to leave out key evidence in one of the pre-trial hearings -- like, the only witness testimony! We are banning together to raise money for a private prosecutor, forensic investigation, psych interviews/rebuttals, other expert witnesses to ensure a successful outcome. The man on trial has been accused of molesting children for years. Most locals were too afraid to expose their children to the court system, so he went unchecked. Until Now. Please join us in the fight for justice. We need to send a clear, strong message: Our Community Will Not Tolerate Pedophiles!"
Justice for our Children is a musical benefit to help pay for the legal expenses and costs incurred by a courageous local young woman who is seeking justice in a sexual abuse prosecution in Sololá.
Many local musicians will be donating their time and talents to this special event. ALL proceeds will go toward supporting this prosecution of pedophilia in our community.
For those who can’t join us but want to help out, on-line donations will be accepted via http://porchdesalomon.org/donate/ --
fully tax-deductible (in the U.S.). All such donations will be passed through, 100%, to the young woman. She and her mother will spend at least $4000 prosecuting this case. Email Lloyd Monroe (email@example.com) so your donation can be counted in that night. Please help to spread the word.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 5176-7538.
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The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (IMAP) and Atitlan Organics are excited to announce their annual Permaculture Design Certification Course, which takes place in beautiful Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, from November 30th through December 13th, 2014. This unique 120+ hour, 15 day course covers, in detail, the full standard PDC curriculum laid out by the International Permaculture Institute and is the only recognized certification course in Guatemala.
The first week takes place at the IMAP farm, which is just outside San Lucas. There is a strong focus on hands-on work with local communities, as well as Mayan cosmology and the importance of sustainable agriculture in relation to the big-picture cycles of nature. This component of the course is one-of-a-kind – it incorporates work with local communities, traditional Indigenous knowledge and permaculture design practices.
The second week will be held at Atitlan Organics, with a focus on food forest establishment, pond building, animal systems, and profitable permaculture models. Aside from these topics, water management, soil fertility, natural building, fermentation/value adding, and many other areas will be covered in detail. Electronic and printed materials (including the Permaculture Design Manual) will be given to all attendees.
We are really excited about this course and feel that it is one of the few courses that truly gives students the knowledge and understanding to go forth and execute sustainable permaculture designs that not only care for the planet, but also provide a healthy and happy livelihood for the practitioners, their families, and their communities.
The course costs $1,250 USD + 10% Paypal fee if paid via Paypal or $1,250 if paid in cash upon arrival or through a deposit into IMAP’s account (email for details). Costs include facilitation, materials, housing, food, internet, internal transportation and PDC certificate.
You can get an early-bird discount of $100 if you pay before October 1st (total: $1,150 + 10% Paypal fee).
For more info, please visit: http://www.imapermaculture.wordpress.com/mesoamerican-permaculture-design-course/ where you can find course details, FAQ, and the sign up page.
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Warning to gringos on Lake Atitlan, there is a man who goes by the name of Eric. Tall, skinny, about late thirties. He was at Hans' looking for job in agriculture.
He has stolen property from several people in Jaibalito including mattresses.
Please be aware.
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On July 22, AMSCLAE distributed plastic cans for various communities to separate our their recyclables.
- 50 to Hospital Nacional de Sololá.
- 150 to the Municipalidad de San Juan la Laguna.
- 50 to the Municipalidad de San Antonio Palopó.
- 36 to MANKATITLÁN for Santa Catarina Palopó.
- 10 to the Ministerio Público de Sololá.
Waiting for them to come to your community soon!
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Anacafe, Guatemala's national coffee association has announced the development of a new variety of coffee plant that is resistant to roya, a fungus that has been causing extensive damage to coffee plants throughout Central America. The new variety is being called Anacafe-14.
The coffee rust/fungus problem was previously reported in this blog over a year ago. To read more, go to: http://santacruzlalaguna.weebly.com/blog/internet-speed-coffee-rust-ijatz-radio-kajol-radio-festival-atitlan-walking-in-barrio-norte-rumi-nations
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Rainfall in Paxanax for the week of July 20 - 26: .05 inches or 0.127 cm.
Click this link to view the Rainfall Report on Google Drive: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1b6pM1oRFAZl-UdQzrF7a4XzKMDCb8V36it5Fcj4859I/edit?usp=sharing
*** The Mayan glyph Kawoq symbolizes rain, lightning and thunder, water and air. It also represents the collective consciousness. ***
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