Ak Lu’um Waldorf School was born in September 2006 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Founded by Siobhan Bowers and Gabriela Nuñez the initiative began with five children in a house on the outskirts of Playa. The main objective to provide quality, holistic education to all the families who sought it, regardless of academic capacity, financial ability or cultural background. In 2008, Ak Lu’um inaugurated its jungle campus, an ecological, solar-powered sustainable school.

Today, in harmony with our environment, waste is separated and recycled and we make organic compost on an ongoing basis, we encourage community members to do the same. Our chickens take care of the organic leftovers from lunch and provide the school with free-range eggs.

Ak Lu´um is working on recycling and members of the community can approach for advice on recycling of any materials, including those we accept at our collection point. We are fully generating our own power and water resources. 

At the beginning of the year 2018, a new land was acquired in Sac Hua Cax, located in the northern area of ​​Playa del Carmen. This new campus now serves as the definitive campus of all activities related to our beloved community.


We are a Waldorf initiative growing in harmony and respecting nature. We seek to raise the consciousness of the human being in order to transform and heal our society. Our mission is to promote human beings with independent thinking that embrace life with force and respond to the needs of the world and its peers with initiative and creativity.

“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able, out of themselves, to impart purpose and direction to their lives” - Rudolf Steiner

At Ak Lu'um we focus on reaching these goals:

  • Family and community life
  • A childhood in healthy development
  • Joy when learning
  • An education focused on the unity of the body, soul and spirit
  • Intellectual excellence, imagination, robust memory and problem solving skills
  • Alternatives to stressful exams
  • Age-appropriate use of media
  • Development of moral and ethical judgment
  • The beauty of our environment as a formative current in the child's life