Biological reserve, Cenote, Ruins - Cabin

Private room in tiny homes hosted by Paul

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 2 beds
  4. Shared half-bath
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Tinyhome in the Jungle! For an exclusive experience join us.

Looking for a quiet place to experience rural life in the Yucatan?

Have Breakfast then explore 100 acres of Tropical Jungle with Mayan Ruins. Then cool off in the clear blue waters of our Natural Private Open Cenote!!!

Day-trippers are also welcome to enjoy one of our Ecotours (see pictures), our private Cenote and explore the ruins, Eco-center, and tropical forest.

The space
This is a great place to recharge or get away from the beaten path! We have a beautiful blue open cenote ringed with sacred trees. There is a safe ladder that descends into the cenote to swim. The property is 100 acres of former ranch land that we are restoring to tropical forest so there are many opportunities to see birds and other wildlife. There are also many ancient Mayan ruins on the property to explore!

The Tiny Home is a small casita that we use for our interns at the center and when it is not occupied we rent it out to travelers! A quaint cabin with a bunk bed, folding table, chair, shelves, hooks for clothes, and hammock

Price includes cabin, bedding, breakfast, access to cenote, amenities, jungle trails and trails to the ruins.

Mother Earth's Restaurant offers meals from our permaculture garden (95 pesos per person). "Sophia always has such great meals to offer!" guest

We also offer Ecotours! Please see the photo below.

In addition, we have campsites, compost toilet, shower in the casita, firepit area (separate area cleared to prevent fire - no campfires in the camping area). We also have a group camping area for larger groups.

Where you'll sleep

1 bunk bed

What this place offers

Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Shared pool
Shared patio or balcony
Private backyard – Fully fenced
Long-term stays allowed

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Where you’ll be

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Located south of the Mayan village of Molas. A quiet place in the heart of the jungle!
On the way to Uxmal and Mayapan!

Hosted by Paul

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Why am I doing this?

As a child my grandfather and father would take me out into the woods to do landscape painting. During these times I developed a deep connection with the natural world. They would oil paint and I would paint my masterpiece for a few minutes and then go explore the woods. We would be there for hours and I would just go off and watch the ants, play in the creeks, smell the flowers, the soil and the pine needles under my feet. To me it was visceral and sensual, the feeling of the textures of the soil, the roughness of the bark. My grandfather would tell me how to paint and how to see the world, to look at the details, the curve of a branch and the colours. To see things as they are.

My grandfather and father painted with oils like the great landscape painters in the group of seven. I paint landscapes and my colours are the trees and wildflowers. They are more expressive like a Polock painting with its random yet precise raw beauty allowing for the “paints” to have a life of their own and flow where they need to go. It’s the reason that for my native plant business in Canada I named the website ecologyart. There is head knowledge of the ecology and the needs of the plants and then there is beyond that, a subtler knowing that takes it to an art.

No one talks about the energy of the land. The subtle way all of nature “talks” to you, that sense of knowing what a plant needs and where it will grow best. It’s not words that speak but a subtle sense that you feel. You have to go beyond words and just be with the world. I’ve only found one other person who understood what I was saying when I told him my plants talk to me. Jan called it drala, the life force in all living creatures and he created a beautiful garden of vegetables and flowers at a retreat center in the green mountains of Vermont.

As a youth I spent much of my time outside. I remember that my father let me use a pile of old boards. I would use those boards again and again building forts of many shapes. I would make one and play in it and then have another idea and take it down and build another one. I learned a lot about carpentry doing that, how to hammer and not hit your thumb, how to reuse nails again and again, what makes a strong structure. It was an experimentation, curiosity and innovation playground.

These are some of the things that we want to offer at the center to people, young and old.

When I was 27 years old, right after doing my masters degree, I bought a farm and started growing native plants to restore habitat. I had studied biology in university and my thesis had me looking at a community of rare plants and how disturbance allowed them to exist in a narrow band along the shores of some lakes in Nova Scotia. Ice scour killed off shoreline shrubs and opening up a space for the rare plants to grow. I could also see that human disturbance differed from natural disturbance in that it occurred during the growing season and killed the rare plants.

Likewise, for my honours thesis for my undergraduate degree I studied how the city of Waterloo affected the biodiversity of aquatic insects in Laurel Creek that flowed through the city. Before the city there was high biodiversity of species and as the stream flowed through the city the biodiversity was heavily impacted, going down to mostly blood worms that can survive in toxic, low oxygen conditions, and as it flowed out of the city it took kilometers for the diversity to slowly recover, never fully recovering. With every rain, all of the things we put in our gardens, on roads and lawns end up in our waterways.

I worked for an environmental consulting firm right after my masters was completed. They had me researching native plants and their propagation techniques. At the time there were no growers of native plants in Ontario and I thought, “I can do that!” I had grown many native wetland plants as part of my thesis so that is where I started. I quickly became the biggest suppler of wetland plants and then when that wasn’t a challenge anymore I moved on to growing trees and shrubs and then Tallgrass prairie species and then woodland ephemerals. I could grow the plants and restore any habitat in Ontario. My overriding goal was always to restore as much habitat as I could.

It was obvious to me from the start that we were destroying the biodiversity of the planet. So much so that as I was finishing my masters thesis and my son was about to be born, I wrote the dedication in my thesis, “To this great world of ours, may our children forgive us for our inaction.” I could see that by the time my children grew up that many species would be extinct. I realized that all the lions, tigers and elephants that fired the imagination of my youth could be gone in my lifetime. The dedication in my thesis became the dedication of my life.

I was asked why I do this? I do it for love. Love of all species on this planet. Love of life in its infinite potential. I offer hope. Hope that we will live in a more balanced way with the planet. We can do it. When we move past fear we will see the way. And I am offering that hope by demonstrating that we are able to do things differently. As we learn together we share everything.

I am a protector of biodiversity, a steward of the land. I stand for those that have no voice. I not only think like the mountain, I am the mountain. There is no separation. What we do to ourselves affects all creatures.

The idea of one over another is not possible if you understand the reality of no-separation. One must not put oneself above or below another. Once you realize that then the idea of nations, races and boundaries of all kinds seems foolish. Once one realizes that putting oneself below another is not right and putting oneself above another is also not right only then can one come to another as equals. This applies in the human realm but also when one is ready one will extend it out to all creatures. Just as at some point one will realize that to love fully and unconditionally one has to love all and not just select whom you love.

The greatest thing that we are losing on this planet is resilience, the ability for species to recover from a disturbance. When populations of creatures are limited, their genetic makeup changes. In small populations they lose the genetic variation that allows them to survive variations in the environment.
Why am I doing this?

As a child my grandfather and father would take me out into the woods to do landscape painting. During these times I developed a deep connection w…

During your stay

We live in the small casita on the property and are always available to help people and are happy to talk about Earth Connection Center for Eco-education and Leadership and Planet Healers!

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Check-in: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Checkout: 12:00 p.m.
No smoking
No pets

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Pool/hot tub without a gate or lock
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Heights without rails or protection
May encounter potentially dangerous animal

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