First, I would like to thank the creator for a great 2017 and the forward motion. I want to thank the great volunteer core staff dream team of 2017.  As Director, it is the time of year, when we are planning the details for 2018. With the correct investment, we can only be better for 2018. 

Each of us, in your own right are doing great things. Within our own identity exists the struggle, the movement, the solutions - past, present - future. Weather that be at the water's edge of the river, surfing, Teaching, LSAT study or Grad School - we continue be there for one another, for the youth, invested in self for our community.  As governmental institutions continue to divest in us, youth education, health - staying alive and in forward motion requires an co-investment strategy.  

This winter we are further investing in our team, our reflection, our youth. I would like to ask you to join me in this vocation. The 2018 ITY-NLW Staff Retreat and Native Foods Youth/Adult Training  will be on the Michoacán Coast from February 17-24th (2018)

 Ancestral Traveling Merchants trading from Michocan to California carrying Cacao and important Words. 

Ancestral Traveling Merchants trading from Michocan to California carrying Cacao and important Words. 

For almost 20 years, I have been in support of California local youth, exploring and humbly contributing to the cultural educational movement. In a recent self-revelation, it became ultra clear that what I seek for the youth, is really what I deep inside was seeking for myself.  After years of ITY programming following many of our youth home to experience their culture, i.e. Southern, Central, Northern California, Hawaii, I figured it was time to invite staff and alumni to follow me home to my maternal homeland. 

I believe an outline, below, is needed for a shared investment in self, youth and sustainability. With all the crazy things happening on the planet, we must strategize towards unity, self-sustainability, self-determination. InterTribal Youth has grown organically. At times one can feel like a weed growing from a crack in the concrete, however, often I see us like carefully planted rows, nourished. Overall, an investment in community, is a reflection of self.  Our ability to make a change in this world, is dependent on how we can bring positive change within.  We are proud of the will and heart of our program. Like a food-forest, we see the bounty, the benefit from hanging fruit and each day find time to sit and rest, talk story in the shade of the growing trees.  Late winter, we start to prepare our fields for the eternal spring. #NativeLIkeWater
Sincerely, Marc Chavez, Director/Founer

Envision for the Native Like Water, Staff Retreat: February 17-24th (Presidents Week)

5-7 Days on the beautiful Pacific Coast of Northern Michoacan

Provided to you by ITY Org will Include:

 Indigenous food has gone a little astray in U.S. Mexican Restaurants however, true Indigenous food is a medicinal, spiritual experience

Indigenous food has gone a little astray in U.S. Mexican Restaurants however, true Indigenous food is a medicinal, spiritual experience

  • Beach-side Lodging
  • All Gourmet Style Meals, Ancestral Native Foods, and Healthy Super Drinks 
  • Morning Kemetic (Egyptian-Mexican) Yoga Class on the beach
  • Each get one, 1 hour Ayurvedic Massage 
  • Nahuatl Indigenous Cultural Tour to include: University Intercultural Indigena de Michoacan (UIIM), Local Bilingual (Nahuatl/Spanish) Elementary Schools
  • Tortilla/Nixtamal Training, Language Exchange
  • Special Track: Native Foods Curriculum and Training for Youth/Adults
  • Review and Direction of a Nahuatl "Surf Camp" and local tourism
  • Review of Indigenous Community-based Law Enforcement/ Protection Force (a unique model/movement in Mexico)
  • Airport Transfers from Colima (CLQ) Airport
  • Swimming, Snorkel and Surfing (optional) Temperatures are Tropical/Warm
  • A break from the Trumpshow
  • Time to Relax, Hammock Time and Refuel

Early Arrival Option: Coconut Water Fast and Cleanse (Day or Two Early or stay later, info TBD)

Requested from Staff Only:

 Nahuatl Coastal Indigenous Territory (Reservation)

Nahuatl Coastal Indigenous Territory (Reservation)

  • Get to starting point in Colima, Mexico. RT Airfare to Colima or Manzanillo Airport. At the moment, flights are averaging $300 RT or so from Tijuana. Flying into Guadalajara (GDL) is also a very economic option, but you will need to take a 3 hour nice, first class, bus to Colima, where you will be picked up. Flight and your time is a step forward in self-investment.
  • 4 hours a day of ITY 2018 group planning and team building. Our goal will include a comprehensive plan on the future of the program, new or redesigned programs (i.e. Santa Barbara, Nor Cal) and funding aspects of the program.  
  • Identify aspects of the 2018 Program that you would like to assist with and propose a strategy. (i.e. Organic food and snacks, Scholarships, creative coastal programming, crowdfunding teamwork)
  • Accountability and Follow up based on agreed timeline and group work plan.  This is not meant to be a burden. We aim to secure something doable that can fit into your schedule and take little time. 
  • Overnight Local Excursion: (Estimated $40)
  • Passport to travel, valid within 6 months of your travel.   
    Requested from Adult/Youth Native Foods Training Track
  •  Engagement of 4 hours of daily instruction in Indigenous Foods, Health, food preparation
  •  Hygiene , medicinal plants, indigenous cultural ways.
  • Interest, note taking, menu-building, final exam consists of class prepped meal.  
  • Bringing back lessons to your home and community.  This is a small class by invite and registration. Contact us if interested. 
 Organic Blue and White Corn Traded down to the coast from the high Sierras of Michoacan

Organic Blue and White Corn Traded down to the coast from the high Sierras of Michoacan

I have learned so much about so many things in this region of Mexico, and my aim is that we can share together in an immersion type inter-generational safe learning experience.  

First book your tickets, as booking early will ensure the best price. A $200-$300 flight is not much to invest in yourself.

As we guarantee to the youth, this will be good for you, community and will be a life-long memory. Celebrate yourself and if needed, ask folks to invest in you, instead of material items. 

 *Limited Student Youth Internship/Training available, please contact me for further information

A little background and story in Michoacan in this great published article by Bruddah Cliff Kapono on his visit last year: 
https://www.olukai.com/journal/2017/06/21/cliff-notes-mexican-tale/