SCHEDULE for 2010

February 18 - March 4, 2010
Facilitators: Neal Baker
Group Organizer: Gary Warren

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Wednesday, FEB 17, – MEET IN LOYALIST CAFETERIA, 11:00 PM
THURSDAY, FEB 18, – TRAVEL DAY
8:05 Departing Toronto: Mexicana flight 0887 at 8:05 am, Terminal One
12:20 Arriving Mexico City - Pullman bus and taxis to our home base in Cuernavaca Abadía Santa María de Guadalupe, tel: (01-777)382-0208. Address: Subida Alarcon No. 75, Ahuatepec
5:00 Introductions and orientation.   Program overview.
7:00 Health, Steering and Reflections Committees chosen and meet
7:30 Supper
Friday, Feb 19 – Relating to Mexican Economics and History
7:00 Optional fitness walk in the neighborhood (every day unless changed)
8:15 Breakfast (at 8:15 am every day unless otherwise noted)
9:15 Quest Market Basket Survey:  Overview, Map and Instructions
9:30 Take public transportation as a group to the main food market in Cuernavaca and start doing the survey in small groups, following the written instructions. Meet at Café Los Arcos at 1:00 and return together.
1:30 Lunch at the Abbey
2:30 Debrief Quest Survey and discussion of local economy
4:00 Dr. Ross Gandy – A brief overview of Mexican history
7:30 Supper
Saturday, Feb. 20 – Facing Reality:  Talking across the Socio Economic Divide
9:30 Visit with families and community kindergarten in squatter settlement of La Estación
1:30 Lunch at the Abbey
3:00 Group Reflection
4:30 Talk with Chava Guzman regarding Mexico’s economic situation
7:30 Supper
Sunday, Feb.  21 – Experiencing Environment, Community and Family life
9:30 Visit with Victor Gomez and mountain communities of Huitzilac and Coajomulco
2:00 Lunch at the Abbey
1:30 Comida
3:30 Visit with Hermana Alejandra and Abadia Santa Maria chapel
5:00 Presentation by Beatriz Padilla: Mexican Environmental Activism y El Gran Bosque de Agua
7:30 Supper
Monday, Feb. 22 – Natural Resource Management and ‘Trabajo Communitario’
9:30 Faena-Tequio with the Communeros of Huitzilac
2:00 Lunch with Comuneros in Huitzilac
5:00 Group Reflection
6:00 Transcendental Meditation with Dada Arddhvendu of Ananda Marga
7:30 Supper
Tuesday, Feb. 23 – The Stories of Women and Refugees
9:30 Visit Gloria and Moises, Salvadorean refugees and artisans, in their home in Santa Maria.             Artisan products will be available to purchase.
1:30 Lunch at Abbey
4:00 Meet with Estella Kempis M.D. at Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas - Women’s Issues and Reproductive Rights in Mexico
7:30 Supper
Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Market Day in Tepotzlan
9:30 Visit the “magical” town of Tepoztlan. Options: hike to pyramid, market, church,  ex-convent and museum. Sack lunch or eat out.
3:00 Meet with Nubia Balderrama in front of the main church and hear about her experience as a young local feminist activist in Tepoztlan.
7:30 Supper
Thursday, Feb. 25- Cultural Roots:  Mexico’s Indigenous Past, Present, and Future
9:30 Visit and tour of Xochicalco archeological site and museum
1:30 Sack lunch in Xochicalco
2:00 Visit to Xoxocotla Morelos, Indigenous Community in Resistance
3:00 Talk with Marco Tafolla, Contemporary Indigenous Musician and Internet Radio Operator
7:30 Supper
FRIDAY, FEB. 26- FROM INDIVIDUAL STRUGGLE TO COLLECTIVE LIBERATION
9:30 GROUP REFLECTION
10:30 Talk with Lorena Mata Garcia: People's Movements - the Zapatistas, the APPO in Oaxaca, the Morelos teacher's strike.
1:30 Lunch at Abbey
3:00 Talk with Paco Gallego: Bridging the Divide in Chiapas, Liberation Theology and Indigenous Religiosity
6:00 Meditation with Dada
7:00 Supper
Saturday, Feb. 27 – Land, Life and Spirituality of the Nahuatl
9:00 Leave for Amatlan, visit Nacho Torres – Indigenous cosmovision
12:30 Lunch at Nacho's house
3:00 Nature walk and Indigenous Ritual with Nacho
SUNDAY, FEB. 28 - OPTIONS DAY
MONDAY, MARCH 1 – OUR HEALTH AND OUR ENVIRONMENT
9:00 Visit to Alternative Health Center Casa Malitzin
1:30 Lunch at Abbey
4:00 San Anton Ecology Walk and Recycling Center Tour
7:00 Supper
TUESDAY, MARCH 2 – CIVIL SOCIETY AND GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT
9:30 Visit with Erik Friend and Autonomia, Libertad en Movimiento (ALEM)
1:30 Lunch at Abbey
4:00 Visit with VAMOS and Casa Tatic/Romero House
6:00 Group Reflection.
7:30 Supper
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3 - MAKING SENSE OF IT ALL AND TAKING NEXT STEPS
9:30 Debrief and Reflection
1:30 Lunch at Abbey
3:30 Action Planning, Celebration, Closing
7:30 Supper
THURSDAY, MARCH 4 - FOCUS ON SAFE TRAVEL
Leave Abby for airport
  Departing at 2:30 pm, on Mexicana flight 0886, arriving Terminal One in Toronto at 8:00 pm, met by bus going to Belleville, with stops along #401 as requested.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Martin Luther King