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Bosque Family Gathering

Friday, January 7th, 2011 by Marie

Every year we host a dinner to celebrate our friends from the local villages and to thank them for being a part of the Bosque Village. 2010 was a fantastic year for the Bosque, full of many positive changes, new residents, great guests, and interesting projects. Towards the end of December was an appropriate time to bring everyone together to celebrate the work that has been done, the people who have helped, and the partnerships that have been created over the past few years.

We started off the gathering with some beers, home-made liquors (flavored with quince and blackberry), and a delicious meal prepared by Jairo and Nere. We ate pollo con mole (chicken with mole), champiñones con mole (mushrooms with mole), rice, beans, fresh corn tortillas, and a beautiful green salad.

Jairo and Nere, finishing up the final touches on the salad

Next, the piñatas! Jairo, Javiero, Heather and Damon had crafted a beautiful piñata for the occasion. We were also given a piñata by some friends from Pátzcuaro. The piñatas were filled to the brim with sweets, and both the kids and adults had a great time trying to break them while Beto skilfully moved the piñatas around the terrace with a rope. The piñata dances in the air while kids and adults try to hit it with a pole. The adults are blindfolded to make it more difficult and more amusing for the people watching.

And finally, according to tradition, some games of volleyball, trampoline, and tether ball. We think there is a conspiracy going on, because the same team that won last year’s volleyball tournament immediately formed nearly the same exact team this year, and proceeded to win game after game after game. Only when they were extremely tired did one team finally take them down.

The winning team: Chilino, Adan, Gonzalo, Javiero, Beto

We give a heartfelt thanks to our friends for being a part of the Bosque family. Without the continued effort of many people - class teachers, language exchange helpers, workers, residents, and visitors - the Bosque wouldn’t be able to survive.

Thanks to everyone for joining us on this strange adventure!

13th annual Mushroom Fair in Senguio, Michoacán

Sunday, September 5th, 2010 by Marie

We traveled across the state to spend two nights in Senguio, Michoacán, for their annual mushroom fair (La Fería de Hongos).

Senguio is a small town close to Ciudad Hidalgo.  Once a year its residents host the mushroom fair.  They set up a long table full of identified wild mushrooms.  Several stands sold spores of shiitake and oyster (seta in Spanish) mushrooms.  Town restaurants cater the event with a wide variety of mushroom dishes including tamales, posole, tostadas, soups, burgers and more.  One table was set up with over 20 filling choices for mushroom quesadillas!


The fair was tastefully organized with events and educational workshops throughout the weekend.  There were tours of the area, workshops on medicinal mushrooms, even a hot air balloon making workshop.

We felt warmly welcomed by the town.  The director of the fair, Carlos, was busy the entire weekend coordinating events and activities but still took time to chat with us.  The owners of the restaurant “El Coyote” were so kind, offering to take us mushroom hunting after the fair.  We were stuffed again and again with mushroom treats.

Senguio was decorated with mushrooms!  Mushroom trash cans, mushroom posters, even little kids dressed up in mushroom suits.  The drawing on the fair poster was the winner of a drawing contest among the children in Senguio.  We loved looking at all the entries.

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For anyone interested in mushrooms, this fair is very impressive.  It was well organized and attended by some of the most respected mushroom experts in Mexico, including Pátzcuaro resident and author of our favorite regional mushroom book, biologist Horalia Díaz-Barriga Vega.

So we send a big virtual thanks to the lovely people of Senguio.  We’re looking forward to next year!

The Mushroom Fair / La Fería de Hongos photoset on Bosque flickr

Activity leaders

Saturday, April 24th, 2010 by Marie

You never know what to expect at the Bosque.  Depending on the crowd, activities range quite a bit, both in quantity and type. People engage with each other to develop fun, deepness, and community by leading and participating in a wide variety of activities. Amazing people visit the Bosque and contribute to the vibe.  Their creativity, inventiveness and skills are truly astounding.

Two guiding principles at the Bosque are Participation and Immediacy as we create a more permanent “temporary autonomous zone”.

Participation

Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

Immediacy

Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

Here are just a few highlights from recent contributions of Bosque visitors:

Self-Defense Class
Lucas led a self-defense class.  He has spent a year studying Shaolin Gongfu in China and was happy to experience teaching some of what he learned.

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Disc Golf
Stephen and Marta created a 9-hole disc golf course.  It’s very amazing and very fun!

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Instead of the usual net buckets used for disc golf, they made creative, large, colorful targets:

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Mud Wrestling
Stephen and Marta also organized a huge mud wrestling tournament.

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Marta and Stephen post-wresting:
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Hot Air Balloon
César came to the Bosque with materials to assemble a hot air balloon!  He taught others the technique while he made the balloon.

hot-air-balloon

Yoga, Meditation, and Theater
Javiero led yoga and meditation before breakfast, and also organized a theater performance.

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Face painting
Stella, an artist, painted faces (and fingernails) of nearly every visitor she could find.

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Dance Workshops
Kali taught dance workshops - very popular!

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Permaculture workshop

Raúl led a mini-workshop in permaculture.  Raúl teaches permaculture and natural building in Querétaro with Ruta Ahimsa.

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A big thanks to all of our visitors who both participated in and led activities!

International Thanksgiving Feast

Friday, November 27th, 2009 by Marie

This year we decided to do away with gringo-traditions and make an international Thanksgiving feast.

Inspired by our extremely internationally diverse crowd at the moment.  And also because we will be hosting a harvest dinner in a week that will have the more traditional fare.

Our current crowd includes people from Mexico, USA, Canada, England, Germany, France and Italy - wow!  Our feast featured foods from Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, Mexico and USA.

From the United States: Ants on a log (celery stuffed with homeground peanut butter and topped with raisans - yup.)
Agua de jamaica (cold hibiscus tea with honey) from Mexico.
Sauerkraut from Germany (fermented for a week!).
Gazpacho from Spain.
Vegetarian sushi rolls from Japan.
And from Italy: homemade gnocchi with a simple tomato sauce.

We give thanks to the forest and the wonderful people!  Happy Thanksgiving from the Bosque!

Pro cibo inter esurientes, pro comitate inter desolatos, pro pace inter bellantes, gratias agimus.
For food in a hungry world, for companionship in a world of loneliness, for peace in an age of violence, we give thanks.

Virgo Birthday Party

Monday, September 14th, 2009 by Marie

Last night we had our Virgo birthday party!

The Virgos (anyone with a birthday from August 22 to September 23), Brenda and Marie, threw a party for the folks here.  We also invited some friends from nearby.  Our crowd included people from Belgium, Argentina, England, USA, South Africa, and Mexico (Guadalajara, Sonora, and Uruapan).

Costumes:
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Honey Cupcake too:
honey cupcake!

Board games (Perpetual Commotion!):
perpetual commotion!

Popcorn (three flavors):
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And singing and music by the fire:
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Rather than celebrate individual birthdays, we like to have the people whose birthdays fall within each zodiac sign throw a party for everyone else.  This was our first astrological birthday party- many more to come!

Virgo is a sign of the goddess.  In the native Purépecha culture, Xarátenga was the goddess of the sea and the moon. Xarátenga’s domain was in the west of Michoacán, and she was symbolized as an owl, a crone or a coyote.   Perhaps in future years Xarátenga will be incorporated into our Virgo fiestas!

Happy birthday Virgos!

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