December 2013 – #69

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We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy 2014. Looking back over this year, it was a really wonderful one! We hope all of you can say the same.

This time of year there are a lot of wonderful celebrations going on and we hope you enjoy many of them. Please take time out of your busy schedules to remember those less fortunate and do what you can to help others. There are so many great causes that are working hard to help other humans, animals and the environment. Random acts of kindness do make a difference so even if you don't have the extra cash, please find the extra time.

We thank everyone who made our recent trip and filming for Gynna Lionfish Huntress Documentary so fabulous. We appreciate all the support, encouragement and support hours spent. To clear up any misunderstandings, we are still very much in pre-production and were filming only for the promotional trailer and website Both the promotional piece and website will be used to help us raise capital for the actual filming and post-production of the documentary. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to this project, you may do so through the Yucatan Environmental Foundation by simply noting that the donation goes to this project. Read more about this in our latest Press Release.

What's New

Reflected in this schedule is a week-by-week look at what Yoga en Akumal is planning. The website will stay current, so please check there for the most accurate class schedules. And don't forget to read The Akumalian to keep up with the latest goings-on in Akumal.

Very little in this world is FREE but Mexiconservación is giving away a 2014 calendar. All you have to do is visit their site and download your own PDF.

Ak-Nah Galería has reopened in Akumal for the season.

Lol-Ha Restaurant is newly furnished and reopened December 15 with entertainment: Wednesdays, Flamenco and Thursdays, Arpason.

calendar_12-13.jpg A Free 2014 Calendar

by David Nuñez, Mawacos, and Mexiconservación

Akumal Christmas Pagent 2014 Akumal Christmas Pagent 2013

December 22 from 5–6 PM

cml_logo_12-13.jpg New Mexican Tax Laws

Summary of the changes in Mexican tax laws affecting foreigners for 2014

Marti Johnston - Photo by Scott Brown What's New at Yoga en Akumal?

See what's planned for December 2013–March 2014.

New Articles is so proud of our contributing writers! We welcome articles on all sorts of topics.


Thanks to a volunteer escort, Badger is in a loving home with a great family. Playa Animal Rescue has an ongoing need for volunteers to escort our animals to their foster or adoptive homes in many different locations.

There is no additional cost to the escort; all costs are covered. A representative of Playa Animal Rescue will get you to the airport and help with the check-in process. All necessary paperwork for the dog is provided. If you are flying from Cancun and would like to help get an animal to its home, please send an email to

Since 2000, a group of kind-hearted residents of Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya has helped local nonprofits connect with those who need a little extra attention during the holiday season. In years past this group has helped organize the collection and distribution of thousands of Christmas presents for disadvantaged and special-needs students, as well as much-needed dispensas (essential non-perishable food items) for families and elders in impoverished outlying villages. Two years ago, the group struck out on their own and created Christmas Dreams Playa.

nuevo_noh_bec8.jpg A Visit to the Village of Nuevo Noh Bec

Located on the NW side of Playa del Carmen

Roddrigo Santa Cancun Whale Shark Tours Helps Kids with Cancer

For the 12th year Roddrigo Sidney reaches out to kids in the Yucatan.

David Nunez Book cover Education for Conservation in the Riviera Maya

Campaign for tourists and local youth


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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Please read our holiday newsletter and take a peek at our property improvements and new website.
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Happy Holidays! Please visit our new website now in both English and Spanish.

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If you have an event coming up and would like us to post it on our Events Page or promote it in our newsletter, please let us know.

Michele Kinnon of BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors maintains an events calendar for the Riviera Maya. In addition, we will gladly post your events if you give us notice by emailing your event dates, location and a brief description to

December 26, 6 p.m. – The Humane Society of Cozumel invites you to the Money Bar for their 18th Annual Holiday Season Celebration. Enjoy cocktails, dinner and prizes, and bring the whole family. Buy tickets at the door for $30, or in advance for $25.

Lol Ha entertainment
December 27

How awesome is this? On Dec. 31, Luna Blue Hotel & Bar will turn New Year's Eve into "Shoe" Year's Eve. Everyone bringing a pair of sneakers (US Toddler 3–Youth/Adult 7 and MX Child 15–25, Adult 4–7) to the bar on Dec 31 will receive a free margarita or beer (your choice) and a $50 peso coupon at the bar good for anytime after Jan 1!! In addition the Luna Blue Bar will donate 25% of the net proceeds of the night to "Kicks for Kids" so we can buy even more shoes. Plus LIVE music by Brent Parkin, FREE champagne toast at midnight, the swimming pool, drinks by Jorge and the midnight coconut drop. It will be a fun party, so come on by ... have some fun ... and don't forget the shoes!

Jan. 25–31, 2014 – Enlivened Women's Yoga & Wellness Retreat

Akumal International Artist Residency – Residency dates for 2014 are February 2–April 13.

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Pets of the Month


This is Bimbo. He's a young, energetic, happy boy, a little over a year old. He's medium-sized, about 40 pounds. He has been living in the sanctuary for over a year and is very popular among all of his dog friends. He loves to play and is very affectionate. So can you give him a forever home? Visit Tierra de Animales.


Kira was probably born in September 2012. She was found with a badly injured back leg on the streets of Playa. After much therapy, Kira now functions incredibly well, and the weekly "waggle" walks at PAR only help this feisty, small, young dog. She is a tiny miracle, and is waiting for the perfect home! She is a medium size. For more information about Kira, or any of the dogs at Playa Animal Rescue, please contact Pat at


Chilaquil is a 5-month-old male and is very sweet. He needs a forever home. Visit Coco's Cat Rescue to learn more.

Shopping on Amazon can now help dogs in need! Lost Dog Foundation is now registered with a charity-giving network, and just by using this link, supporters can shop on with LDF receiving a donation back of 3% of your purchases. It's a great way to help the animals of Mexico just by shopping.

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contents of a lionfish stomach

Contents of one lionfish's stomach
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