Art With Me *GNP


Art With Me *GNP is a collaborative effort of local residents to gather our community, celebrate the arts, and catalyze connections that have a direct impact on infrastructure and sustainability. 

The mission of Art With Me *GNP is to enrich the local community, preserve the natural environment and strengthen the artistic development of Tulum through conscious and sustainable practices. Art With Me *GNP has chosen solid waste management as the central environmental topic for its’ first year, due to the threat it has on the Mesoamerican Reef System (SAM), the ocean and the local people of Tulum. The growing demand for tourism development in Tulum is threatening its natural resources and impacting recreational activities, landscaping, protection against natural phenomena and prevention of erosion because there is lack of adequate solid waste management.


Art With Me will host a variety of thought provoking panel discussions and conversations on sustainability and better business practices with thought leaders such as Maria Eugenia Arreola, Director of The Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR Leadership) a joint initiative of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, A.C. (FMCN) and The Summit Foundation, Ben Pundole of Stay Plastic Free, Centinelas del Agua’s M.Sc. Alejandro López Tamayo who is also the Riviera Maya Coordinator & Specialist in Hydrogeology of Karstic Systems, Organi-k Co-Director Arnold Ricalde de Jaguer and Vicente Ferreyra, Director of Sustentur.

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By creating the Hands on Tulum foundation, Art With Me will aid in raising awareness and developing strategies to mitigate the environmental impact by guiding local establishments and other participants towards sustainable practices. Hands on Tulum is committed to:


Alejandro Lopez Tamayo

Alejandro López Tamayo

Alex is an Environmental Engineer specializing in groundwater, with a Master's degree in Water Sciences in the area of hydrogeology. He has seven years of experience in karstic systems, exploration and evaluation of groundwater, drilling, sedimentology and mineralogy. He is experienced in the promotion of environmental legislation according to karstic systems.He is a passionate disseminator of the aquifer system of the Yucatan Peninsula and its environmental services. Currently he specializes in ecosystem economics, with a focus on the Quintana Roo Aquifer.Alex has participated in hydrogeology projects in the Northern, Central and Southeastern Mexico. He is a specialist in designing water quality monitoring networks according to karst systems. He has experience in various geophysical methods, SEV, electrical tomography, aeromagnetics. SAM 2016 leader.

Olmo–Torres Talamante

Olmo Torres–Talamante

Olmo is the founder and CEO of RAZONATURA (2007), a non-profit organization working on sustainable development. He is the winner of  $300,000 in scholarships and grants, a member of several international scientific societies, author of four scientific peer review papers, and the winner of the first Latin-American Underwater Journalism Contest. Olmo is the only Mexican cave diving biologist actively working on conservation of underwater cave systems. He has been working in productions for Wonders of Life(BBC), Channel 5 FRANCE and Fuji TV in Japan.

Ben Pundole

Present VP of Brand Experience for EDITION hotels and Founding Editor of the insider travel site, Pundole is redefining modern travel. His dynamic career as a hotelier, editor and tastemaker began at London's infamous Groucho club, rising through the ranks to become an authority in the hospitality world. Pundole began an 11-year stretch working closely with Ian Schrager and Morgans Hotel Group as Vice President of Entertainment.In 2010, he applied his boutique hotel prowess as a co-founder of King & Grove, and that same year opened Ruschmeyer's in Montauk, which quickly became a singular destination.

Pundole is focused on his passion project,, in which a select group of ‘writers’ share personal hotel tips and traveler reflections. Pundole's philosophy for hospitality: "Always be a gentleman and never play by the rules." "A great hotel is one that makes you see a more elevated version of yourself," he says, "You should be able to unravel layers that create in you a sense of depth and intrigue."

Maria Eugenia Arreola

Maria Eugenia Arreola

María Eugenia has more than 15 years of experience designing and coordinating projects and programs in the environmental field. As part of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN) team she has spent seven years building the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program. She worked eight years with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (in Mexico City) and UNEP’s Headquarters (Nairobi).  

María Eugenia actively collaborates with the Kanan Kay Alliance as part of the Coordinating Committee in the strategy of capacity development for fishing cooperatives. She also coordinates and gives lectures in the Diploma course Leadership for Sustainability at Universidad Anáhuac, campus Cancún and Playa del Carmen. She holds a BA in International Relations (ITAM) and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management (EADE, Spain). She also holds a Diploma on Climate Change, Environmental Law (ITAM), a Certificate as Expert of New Learning Technology from the Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences and a Certificate of Leadership for Organizational Change from MIT Sloan and Emeritus.

Vicente Ferreyra Acosta

Vicente Ferreyra Acosta

Vicente is CEO of Sustentur, an initiative that, through tourism, seeks to conserve natural resources, increases the quality of life of local communities and generates well-being. He has worked for several conservation organizations including the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Tourism Initiative for the Mesoamerican Reef (MARTI) and Friends of Sian Ka'an, also coordinated multilateral projects financed by such institutions as the World Bank, Inter-American Development and different International Cooperation Agencies. Mr. Ferreyra holds a Master's Degree in Politics, Management and Environmental Law from the Anahuac Cancun University, a Master's Degree in Environmental Management from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a Degree in Tourism from the National Polytechnic Institute; his training includes several specialization courses in sustainable tourism given by the Organization of American States (OAS), the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), among others.

Since 2015, it has been an ally of the AMBIO cooperative and the Scolete Program in Chiapas, with which he has developed the Neutral Carbon Tourism Program, He proposed  to Community Tours Sian Ka'an to turn it into the first carbon neutral tourism company in Mexico. In addition, he is a founding partner of the Mexican Association of Professionals in Sustainable Tourism AC.

Arnold Ricalde de Jaguer

Arnold Ricalde de Jaguer

Since 1994, the environment has been his main interest. For 22 years he has had the opportunity to be in the legislative, executive, civil society and business sectors and has carried out activities related to the environment throughout all sectors.

With his team formed the company Organi-K ISSA that consists of two areas: environmental consultancies and vertical gardens or green walls. Organi-K provides environmental solutions. Currently his specialize in Integral Solid Waste Management.

Rachel Appel

Rachel Appel

Agustin Llamas

Agustin Llamas

Dark Side of Tulum

An environmental-solutions documentary exploring both the beauty and betrayal of Tulum, Mexico - and what can be done to save it. Together, we will ignite a massive call-to-action and finally create an ecological model for what a sustainable paradise should be. Join the movement. #savetulum

Rachel Appel
Rachel graduated with a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies and a Master's in International Journalism. She understands the value of accurate information and the dangers of falsification. After living in Tulum her love of nature has only grown stronger and her eagerness to uncover the truth has helped her manifest The Dark Side of Tulum. "Curiosity has been one of the few constants in my life,” Rachel says, "I’ve always wanted to do a bit of everything – make music, paint, explore – but above all, I want to live a life that is of use to others."

Agustin Llamas
Agustin Llamas is the founder and CTO of Elemento, a company based in Mexico that is dedicated to energy management and industrial micro-grid development. His passion for preservation has guided him to find profitable and innovative solutions to decarbonize Mexico’s industrial and mobility energy landscape. Being part of The Dark Side Of Tulum is an opportunity that will enable his vision of a low carbon economy. Agustin is not only raising awareness about the importance of sustainability, but also finding the most viable solutions for an energy driven world.


Juan Canul

Juan Canul


Juan was born in Cozumel and has been working along the state of Quintana Roo. He holds a B.Sc in Biology from the Technological Institute of Chetumal in the same state, and is graduated from the Anahuac University in Cancun with a degree in Leadership for Sustainability. Internationally, Mr. Canul Kumul is part of the Local Node Rivera Maya group that is a co-founder of the Iberoamerican Network for Beaches Management and Certification. 

His training includes several specialization courses in coastal and marine conservation, given by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the  Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR Leadership), among other. In the beginning of his career, he was linked to natural protected areas, conducting studies on queen conch, performing biological monitoring in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and productivity assays on mangrove in Xcalak Reef National Park. He was in charge of public areas use, supervision and operations coordinator for Tulum National Park, at the Commission for the National Protected Areas, CONANP. Since 2015, has been working and advising Ahau Group in Tulum, Quintana Roo to be a blueprint for Sustainable Development

Abril Cortés

Abril Cortes

Art & Community Projects

For 15 years, Abril has been part of artistic and cultural projects that focus on ways to promote human wellness and deep social transformation. She has actively participated in art fairs, film festivals and museums in her city of origin, Guadalajara. Parallel to her art and cultural management career, she has also developed as a yoga instructor and a musical therapist. These studies have created a wider understanding of the issues our present societies face, motivating her to find more sensitive and integral solutions.

Living in Tulum has led her to study nature’s language closely and to understand its biological cycles.  She currently facilitates new moon and full moon circles. Her passion is helping build more sustainable ways of life, bringing the community together and finding ways of mitigating the environmental impact.

Eli Sheier

Eli Scheier

Wellness & Environment Projects

Eli Scheier is the head of wellness programming at Ahau Hotel Group and Alaya Resorts. After a successful career on Wall Street, he followed his calling to Bali and India where he learned about the power of truth, stillness, and non-attachment through yoga and meditation. He is a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certified yoga instructor and currently leads popular yoga classes at Ahau and throughout Tulum. His passion for community building and environment stewardship runs deep. Eli is now pursuing his Masters in Clinical Psychology Spirituality Mind Body at Columbia University.


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