Haalk'ab = Mayan, means 'Freedom together in liberty'
We, Beate, Maeva, and Lori, are women passionate about helping horses and creating a better life for them! There is a lot of animal and horse abuse happening in the Yucatan, and no sanctuaries to provide help. We only know of one other non profit organization in all of Mexico taking care of horses in need. The urgency is high to not only create a place of refuge but also an educational centre.
It is our vision to build community and bridge cultures to create awareness and change.
We are not only helping the horses to thrive again and to live in liberty, but we are working together with the Mayan village nearby. By sharing knowledge that has been passed down for centuries, we take care of the land together, including reforestation and permaculture. Our care taker, Ismael, and his family, has welcomed us with an open heart and warm smile, and the gentleness of the Mayan people. We are forever grateful to not only be accepted but included into their lives!
Our centre will support itself by giving classes to children and adults, providing programs and retreats, embracing the Mayan language and traditions, like crafts, dances, and story telling.
What we have already... 4 horses, soon to be 6, rescued, and being boarded out at this time. 6 hectares/15 acres of land, where we planted a variety of fruit and native trees. We renovated an 80 year old house as the heart of the centre, built a separate kitchen, and started to create traditional, Mayan round houses to host visitors.
We are in immediate need of... horse facilities: an open concept barn, corrals, an activity trail and arena. Ongoing maintenance, health care, and food for the horses, as well as solar and wind systems to provide water and energy.
Please, be part of this beautiful vision, providing shelter, healing, and refuge for those in need!
By working together, hand in hand, we can create awareness and change, and grow together in community!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!
If you have any questions about us and our project, please do get in touch!
Here are our horses... from the front to the back... Kona, Karina, Maya.
A little information about us... Beate, that's me up on the page... I have learned and worked extensively in the hospitality industry, in Germany as well as in Mexico. I love horses and have over 40 years of experience riding and working with them, especially liberty training, communicating, bitless riding, and therapies. My rescued dogs and horses are family and I am passionate about sharing my knowledge to better the life of horses and animals.
Maeva, she started the non-profit organization and needed the space to create the sanctuary.
Through horses we were brought together and now follow our vision! Maeva is an archaeologist, child educator, and cares deeply about horses and their well being.
Centro Haalk'ab is a registered non-profit organization. Currently we are waiting to receive our tax number to give out receipts internationally.
Lori and I are friends of many years, love nature and animals. Lori has a diploma in tropical permaculture, as well as in human resources and business. We planned on creating this beautiful space for years and have worked hard towards our dream.
Our good friend, Francisco Aguilar from Argentina will support us in our courses and programs, to raise awareness and understanding. Together we aim to create a better life for horses in the Yucatan and the whole of Mexico.