Celebrating the Maya Forest as a Garden
Saturday, October 13, 2007
11 am to 4 pm

Music by El Son del Pueblo  Displays
Food and Beverages  Information
At the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Farrand Hall
Meet Beatrice Waight and Alfonzo Tzul,
Maya Forest Gardeners from El Pilar, Belize!

11:00 am Fiesta Begins
11:30 am Panel with Maya Forest Gardeners and Landscape Designers, to explore the Maya Froest Garden, and emerging sustainable gardening models.

1:30 - 4:00 pm Fiesta! Engage with the forest gardeners, panel participants, and people interested in gardening, archaeology, conservation, landscape design, the Maya, anthropology, and permaculture.

Suggested contribution: $25
Contact Anabel Ford 805 893-8191

Join Us and Discover the World of the Maya
Past and Present
Many Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!

Casa Magazine, Fusano Specialty Olives, Landscape Art Design, Los Arroyos, MesoAmerican Research Center UCSB, Our Daily Bread Bakery & Cafe, Pacific Travelers Supply, Santa Barbara Farmers market, Santa Barbara Independent, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Sojourner, Solvang Pies, Teeccino Caffe, TintaLantina, Via Maestra 42 and more

Beatrice Waight is a Maya midwife, shaman and healer from Santa Familia Cayo, Belize. She has been practicing Maya healing practices for more than 30 years, using plants from the forest garden and dream visions. She has a vast knowledge of Maya medicinal plants and has taught classes on healing the spirit, woman's wellness, herbalism, massage, and traditional healing. Beatrice’s approach includes both physical and spiritual cures. She has traveled in the US to give classes. She has also served as an adviser to both the New York Botanical Garden research on medicinal plants with Mike Balick, and the Student Rainforest Fund in Pennsylvania. For more information on these projects, check out:

Alfonso Tzul is a Master Maya forest gardener from San Antonio, Cayo, Belize. Well known around Belize for his work with the Department of Agriculture, he retired 8 years ago to write the history of the Belize Maya and to advocate for their traditions. He is a founding member of the U Kuxtal Masewal Maya Institute of Belize and teaches the Mayan language in the primary school of his home village He speaks in a enthralling voice in Mayan, Spanish, English and Creole. He belongs to the El Pilar Forest Garden Network and is a regular participant in the forest garden workshops. Alfonso has been very involved in the promotion of the Maya Forest Garden Coloring Book, and is presently translating it into Mayan.

For more information on El Pilar and the Maya Forest Gardeners, please check out:


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