Re-encuentro de Raices Milenarias Mexicanas:

Rematriate, Reconnect, and Revive

Restoring the Sacred Feminine from a Belly Button of the Earth
Xictepetl / El Cerro de La Reina in Tonalá, Jalisco

Dear friends, relatives, and supporters of the Xica Media family of networks,

You are cordially invited to attend the Re-encuentro de Raices Milenarias Mexicanas tour in Tonalá, Jalisco this coming Spring Break 2019.

Join us for a family-friendly private tour in Tonalá, “land where the sun is born.”

This 5-day/6-night retreat is framed around visiting sacred sites, talking circles with elders, cultural arts classes (indigenous music and Mexican pottery), community gatherings, traditional food, establishing a relationship with the land, decolonizing, and unearthing/healing the sacred feminine.

This tour is intended for POC and is family friendly and is a one-time-only event. 

Tour details

AVAILABLE TOUR DATES: 
TOUR 1:   Sun 3/10 – Sat 3/16           TOUR 2:   Sun 3/17 – Sat 3/23 (Closed)

This is a one-time-only event.

LIMITED SPACE. Only 20 adult seats are available per week.
Minimum of 5 adult participants are needed per week to realize this unique event.  

– This opportunity is only available until 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: $200 deposit due by Jan 15. Remainder due Feb 15. – 

Reservations CAN be made after this date (and until Feb 15, 2019) but we cannot guarantee a room at the same hotel in the main plaza the tour members will be staying in. Overflow hotels will be reserved as near by as possible as this is a heavy tourist season in the area.*

COST:   $750 adults + $100 per child up to 15 years. Kids 3 and under, free.
Accommodations are for a hotel room in the main plaza.

You have the option to:
(1) Pay in full; or (2) Pay a $200 non-refundable deposit now, with the remaining balance due by February 15, 2019

Note: If we do not make our number of participants, the $200 will be refunded in full.

Online payments are secured by Paypal. Payment by check is also available. 
Please contact us to pay by check or for more information.

– DEADLINE EXTENDED: Deposit due by Jan 15, 2019 – 

About this tour

This tour is organized by the Xica Media family of networks and community members of Tonalá, Jalisco.

The purpose of this family-friendly retreat is to offer opportunities to reconnect, rematriate, restore, and revitalize the sacred inner self and community.

This private, guided tour is specifically for families, community workers, healers, professionals, educators, organizers, and peoples wanting to decolonize, heal, and preserve millenary Mexican lifeways.

Participants can expect to receive:

  • Opportunities for healing mind/body/spirit
  • Connection with elders and learn about traditional lifeways and cosmovision
  • Networking opportunities
  • Post-graduate education in fine arts by keepers of the traditions (Mexican pottery and music)
  • Access to traditional foods (decolonial diet)
  • Primer on sustaining earth and community using digital resistance
  • Tour sacred sites

Participants will be expected to become cultural ambassadors to advance the dissemination of millenary Mexican culture upon their return to the US.

– DEADLINE EXTENDED: Deposit due by Jan 15, 2019 – 

ETHNOMEDICINE

To support the formation of Curanderxs

INSTRUCTOR: 
Teresa de Jesús Cabrera Sanchez

Psychologist, floral homeopathist/therapist, investigator of traditional Mexican medicine and natural remedies.

OBJECTIVE: 
General knowledge of ethnomedicine, it’s types and applications to support the formation of medicine people/curanderxs.

MEXICAN BARRO

Traditions and ancestral techniques

INSTRUCTOR: 
Martin Arte Sano

Master artist in the barro tradition and its finishes.

OBJECTIVE: 
General knowledge in the creation, treatment and cooking of Mexican barro from Jalisco.

INDIGENOUS MUSIC OF MEXICO

Sounds and instrumentation of Mesoamerica

INSTRUCTOR: 
Ce Acatl Borsegui

Master artist and intergenerational musician of indigenous music and instrumentation of prehispanic Mexico.

OBJECTIVE: 
Introduction to the construction and execution of music and instruments our our ancient Mexico.

This once-in-a-lifetime guided tour includes:

  • 5-day/6-night stay in historic Tonalá, Jalisco
  • 3 meals a day of traditional foods (decolonial diet)
  • Visits to sacred sites
  • Art workshops
  • Workshops for mind/body/spirit by keepers of Mexican art/healing traditions
  • Transportation to and from all events and airport

NOTE: Only item not included is travel to the Guadalajara airport from your location. We will transport you from the airport to Tonala.

There are a total of 20 adult seats available per week but we need a commitment of 5 adult participants per week in order to execute this once-in-a-lifetime event.

This retreat will require walking although accommodations for vehicle travel can be made. This tour is family friendly and children of all ages are welcome.

Agenda

Arrival:

Sunday

  • Let us know your arrival time and we will coordinate pickup from Guadalajara Int’l Airport to Tonalá

Day 1:

Monday

  • Opening ceremony/gathering
  • Tour: Cerro de la Reina
  • Tour: Historic Tonalá Centro

Day 2:

Tuesday

Day 3:

Wednesday

  • Workshop: Platica with elders
  • Tour: Barranca de Huentitán (or possible museum tour in Tonalá)
  • Tour: Pulqueria Mayahuel

Day 4:

Thursday

Day 5:

Friday

  • Tour: Guachimontones sacred site / pueblo of Teuchitlán
  • Closing ceremony + floricanto/ in xochitl in cuicatl

Departure:

Saturday

  • Let us know your departure time and we will coordinate drop-off from Tonala to Guadalajara Int’l Airport

– DEADLINE EXTENDED: Deposit due by Jan 15, 2019 – 

Why this tour is important

If you:

  • have never been to Mexico or had a chance to get a family-friendly guided tour focused on preservation of indigenous Mexican culture; 
  • are interested in connecting with the Mexican indigenous past and present while actively building community across borders;
  • are interested in directly connecting with and creating a living relationship the land and a sacred site;
  • are looking for traditional arts/healing from patriarchy and white supremacy;

then this tour is for you.

This event coincides with a shift in collective conciousness that bases itself in the theory of decolonization. It is not enough, however, to understand the concept of decolonization without taking concrete actions to shift our daily activities and practices to embrace our traditional lifeways and  healthier ways of living. This once-in-a-lifetime event offers a unique opportunity to rematriate, reconnect, and revive our millenary Mexican lifeways and relationships with the living community and the land. POC and families are invited to attend.

About Tonalá

Tonalá, Jalisco is located to the east of the Guadalajara metroplex but has a significant place in Mexican history. It’s Nahuatl name is Tonallan which translates to “land where the sun is born” and “land that keeps the count of time.” It’s central point is a mountain, called El Cerro de La Reina / the Mountain of the Queen. However, it is not just a mountain – it is a still-buried pyramid, geologically area of continued importance, millenary astronomical observatory and school, and sacred site associated with feminine power. The Cerro de La Reina has been a stopping point in the intercontinental Peace and Dignity Journeys since 1992.

Tonalá plays an important part of Mexican history and living culture. Here are a few reasons why:

It is a sacred site, honored for over a millennia by many indigenous groups, traditionally called “Xictepetl,” mountain of the belly button. 

It is known as a “cuna alfarera” or millenary birthplace of Mexican pottery because of the veins of barro that are found near the Cerro.

It is considered a birthplace of Nahualismo.

It is home to one of the oldest “tianguis” or flea markets of Mexico, boasting over 1,000 years in existence.

It is the birthplace of the infamous Danza de los Tastoanes.

It was home to the a monarch, the last in Mexico, known as Queen Cihualpilli Tzapotzintli.

There are many stories that remain buried and also embedded in the modern, living culture, but the connection of Tonalá and the Cerro to the sacred feminine is undeniable. Join us as we introduce you to the town and pueblo of Tonalá, a place and a people that have both changed and remained the same throughout time. Despite the pyramid and sacred site still being buried, we invite you to walk the public park that it has now become and the streets of the millennial pueblo of Tonalá as you connect with the energy and herstory that will serve to Rematriate, Reconnect, and Revive millenary knowledge, ancient artistic techniques, indigenous foods, platicas with elders, and unearthing/healing the sacred feminine.

Related locations we will also be visiting:

Guachimontones – One of Mexico’s only circular pyramids + ancient chinampas

Pulqueria Mayahuel – Traditional, family-owed pulqueria (Jalisco is a birthplace of this traditional agave drink)

Tianguis – Tour and shop a 1000+ year old flea market, one of Mexico’s oldest

– DEADLINE EXTENDED: Deposit due by Jan 15, 2019 – 

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