"Aquel que trabaja con sus manos es un obrero. El que trabaja con sus manos y su cabeza es un artesano. El que trabaja con sus manos, su cabeza y su corazón es un artista ".

San Francisco de Asís.

Philosophy

Ak Lu’um Community is a Waldorf initiative based on the anthroposophical teachings of the humanist philosopher Rudolf Steiner. In order to educate free human beings, we believe in supporting the child's natural developmental stages. We use the truth and beauty of the natural world to train the child, advance to develop observation and reverence for life. Teachers feel the enthusiasm for learning that lives in every child. The subjects are worked in an imaginative and dynamic way which makes motivation for prizes or competitive exams unnecessary. The motivation of children comes from themselves (as you will have to do as adults) and can gain the ability to enjoy learning throughout their lives.

We are working towards:

  • Vigorous family and community life
  • A healthy unfolding of childhood
  • Joy in the learning process
  • Education focused on wholeness in body, soul and spirit
  • Intellectual excellence, imagination, strong memory, and problem solving skills
  • Viable alternatives to high-stress testing
  • Age-appropriate use of the media
  • Training of ethical and moral judgment
  • Beauty of the environment as a formative force in the child’s world

Our education combines solid human values with a sense of wonder for the world around us that truly speaks to the child’s emerging personality, and equips him or her with the imagination, flexibility and inner strength to face a fast-changing world. Our goals are to create and nurture:

A Waldorf school and community that can integrate children from varied economic and cultural backgrounds and where teachers, children, and parents can support and educate each other.

A non-profit, quality school that welcomes children of all learning abilities, and teaches to their heads, hearts, and hands.

A self-sustaining school where all members of the community can learn about and develop ecological strategies for the future.

We aim to encourage openness of heart, mind, and spirit in a multi-cultural environment. We look to sow the seeds of positive, ethical, independent, and compassionate attitudes for life. This in turn requires qualified, talented, experienced and well-prepared teachers and parents who are committed to changing the world.


Affiliations

Ak Lu’um is affiliated with the Waldorf School Association of North America (AWSNA) and the Association of Early Childhood Centers of North America (WECCAN) and we receive training and evaluation visits from Waldorf experts around the world. The heart and soul of our curriculum is based entirely on the Waldorf model, enriched by the international and local Mayan culture of our community.

Ak Lu’um is not incorporated into the SEP (Secretary of Public Education), and students validate their primary studies by the INEA.


Sustainable and Ecological Community

Ak Lu’um is a sustainable and ecological community powered by solar energy. Our electrical and water resources are generated and treated 100% in Ak Lu’um. We are fully generating our own power and water resources. In harmony with the environment, we separate the garbage; we compost and recycle and encourage our community to do so too. 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.

 

Our education combines solid human values with a sense of wonder for the world around us that truly speaks to the child’s emerging personality, and equips him or her with the imagination, flexibility and inner strength to face a fast-changing world. We look to sow the seeds of positive, ethical, independent, and compassionate attitudes for life.

“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