Our days are typically full of color and tradition...case in point, our impromptu visit to our local tianguis in Ajijic, (on Wednesdays) where we spotted a Huichol merchant, working and selling his beautiful, symbolic work. I'm always mesmerized by their clothing, the images, colors and significance. If this is their way of honoring the sacred in their culture, we should all be so beautiful.
Pitayas or Pitahayas (sometimes know as Dragon Fruit) abound presently in our little part of the world. The fruit comes from a cactus plant (Familia: Cactaceae). Their colors are vibrant, varied, luscious as is their taste. Beneficial as a digestive, sometimes used as a calming food, it can also help with insomnia and nervous conditions.
After our tianguis visit, we were to visit the other side of Lake Chapala, traveling through the major town of Jocotepec to the smaller towns of San Pedro Tesistan, San Cristobal Zapotitlan, San Luis Soyatlan, Tuxcueca and Tizapan.
Magical Entrance to Ameyalko Tamoachan Tlalolcan
Our friends, who live on the south side of Lake Chapala, invited us for a visit and general orientation to their side of the lake. The south side of the lake is more tranquil, with large expanses of land and vistas. We found a calming energy, more traditional indigenous towns and an amazing agroecological cooperative on the river dividing the states of Jalisco and Michoacan, Mexico.
The river is flanked by conifers and is constantly flowing...
Ameyalko Tamoachan Tlalolcan
Ejido La Brenia
Municipio Marcos Castellano, Michoacan
Espacio En Transicion
Vista of the "shire" as our friends call the cooperative
Our host Jose, is a permaculturalist, herbal healer and amazing spirit
Temescal In Progress
Along with other founding members, volunteer workers and friends of the cooperative Jose has "terra formed" the land into a welcoming, sustainable, organic oasis.
Jose, Brad, Wil y Draya
Friends - Brad, pups, Pinta, Draya y Will
During our stroll we stopped at the spring that is the "eye of the water" and drank heartily. I've very rarely had the opportunity to taste water at its source....it was delicious!
Ojo De Agua
Jose has so many projects in the works at the cooperative...that I found his calm manner perplexing...how can such a tranquil soul accomplish so much? One of his projects is to create a drum oven. The oven will be installed and surrounded by brick helping to insulate and streamline cooking.
The land is lush with fruit trees, vegetable growth and ritual areas
Tools Of The Trade
I asked Jose what he needed to help continue his work....and not surprisingly, his answer was "A balance of resources...people power, materials and funds to purchase/obtain what we need. Without this balance you can have many resources in one area and none in others and not see progress. The key is balance."
South Side, High Rise, Bee Condo Units
Our chariot for the day....full cab...full bed...4 x 4 diesel power
South Side Vista
South Side Home