Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Women's Activist Gathering/Encuentro de Mujeres Activistas

From July 31 - August 2, 2009, Alma de Mujer is hosting the first of three annual Women Activists Gathering. This year we invite Texas-based Native women/Indigenous women and women of color activists whose work focuses on Native sovereignty, immigration or environmental justice to join us for a weekend of critical dialogue and exchange.

To request a brochure, contact us via email: almademujertx@gmail.com or phone: 512.258.3880.

To pay for registration, you can now use paypal:

July 25, 2009 Open House

Join us on July 25, 2009 to welcome our incoming director Maribel A. Garza.
Maribel will be talking about her vision and upcoming programs for Alma de Mujer.
Please join us for a tour of the land and of Alma's Medicine Wheel garden.

In addition, our summer interns will be sharing some of their amazing experiences, including their recent trip to Canada.

Where & When: Saturday, July 25, 2009 9:00AM-11:00AM

Indigenous Women's Network | Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change | 13621 FM 2769 | Austin | TX | 78726

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

July 2009 Newsletter

Dear Friends,
Things have been quite busy at Alma de Mujer! Please take a moment to read some of the exciting summer programming.
Feel free to contact Alma de Mujer to get involved and spend some time on the land (or just stop on by!)
The following news and announcements are included in this newsletter:
  • Leadership Transitions at Alma De Mujer
  • Volunteer Day: July and August
  • Environmental Education Camps (July 2009)
  • Cultural Exchange: Women of the North and women of the South
  • The Women Activists Gathering
  • Alma's Equinox Brunch (September 21, 2009)
  • Workshop Series with Rose Two-Feathers
  • Reflections on Alma & Lifeworks' Young Girl's Leadership Camp
Maribel Teaching Nutrition


After 9 months of incredible fun, hard work, and joy Ana Lara will be leaving Austin to pursue graduate studies at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Taking her place is Maribel Garza, an exceptional activist, educator and visionary. The Alma Local Council is excited to bring Maribel on board in this position.
Volunteer at Alma
Alma Gate Sign
Come join us for Days of Service at Alma de Mujer!
July 11, 10am-2pm
August 8, 10am-2pm

Bring your family and friends!
Beverages and light snacks provided.

Location: 13621 FM 2769
Austin Texas 78726

Environment Education Camp
Now Accepting Applications

July 13 - July 18, 2009 or July 20 - July 25, 2009

The Environmental Learning Camp is designed to provide youth ages 13 - 17 with a solid training in Environmental Stewardship based on Native American approaches to land stewardship and values grounded in an understanding of the four directions, four elements, and the inter-dependence with all creatures. As youth from an urban setting, the camp is designed to provide participants with tools for individual and community leadership in environmental stewardship that can be applied with their families, in their neighborhoods, schools and local contexts.

There are two week-long (Monday through Saturday) summer sessions in July. Each day consists of six hours of workshops, 1-3 hours each. Over the course of the camp, youth will learn about: Land Conservation, Water Conservation, Fundamentals of Clean Air, Nutrition & Food Preparation, Small Scale Agriculture, proper handling of the Four Elements, Healthy Communication and Community Leadership.

The camp cost is $120.00 per child and includes materials, lunch and snacks. Some scholarships are available.
To register, contact almademujertx@gmail.com
Cultural Exchange: Women of the North and South
From Texas to Canada
Interns in Canada
On June 29, we embarked on a journey to begin a cultural exchange with native women of the North. We were welcomed and nurtured by our hosts at the Temiskaming Native Women's Support Group. During our stay in Canada we participated and helped facilitate an intense workshop about our histories and struggles in the south. The connections between struggles in the north and south were discussed extensively. The geographical and intergenerational connections made provided a space for growth and healing. We also had the great opportunity to work on an organic community garden our sisters of the center created. We also visited community members Linda and Charlie in their home and learned about their struggle and what brought them to live closely to the land (off the 'grid'). Our short visit coincided with the festive Canada Day celebration and the grand opening of the community garden. The importance of women maintaining healthy balanced lives while fighting for their communities became a reoccurring theme in everything we did. This trip reminds us that love and understanding are essential in creating social change. We bring home the love and generosity shared with us with every intention to continue our work at Alma de Mujer.
We wish to thank all of those people who contributed to this trip. A special thank you to the women of the Temiskaming Native Women's Support Group! Muchas Gracias
To read our individual reflections of the trip, please contact us at mtz.rosario@gmail.com
Women Activists Gathering
Register Today!!

This July 31 - August 2, 2009, Alma de Mujer will host our first of three annual Women Activists Gathering. We hope you can join us.
When: July 31, 2009 beginning at 4pm
Ending at noon on August 2, 2009

: Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change

: Indigenous/Native women and women of color activists, scholars, organizational leaders and community members whose work focuses on immigration, Native sovereignty, and environmental justice.

-To strengthen our collective capacities, our social and political networks.
-To promote resource sharing and community building.
-To provide a place of rest and healing for hard working women.

What: Bringing women together to have critical dialogue and to reflect on our work from across different sectors of our movements.

Alma de Mujer will be providing massage, acupuncture, yoga and reiki services free of charge for all participants.

Registration Fee: $40.00 includes all meals, lodging, materials and services. Space is limited! Register early.

For more questions or information, contact us at: almademujertx@gmail.com
September Equinox Brunch
Save the date: September 20, 2009

Summer Harvest
Come enjoy Alma's Equinox Brunch with live entertainment and locally grown, organic, vegetarian cuisine. We'll also be celebrating the Medicine Wheel Garden and Alma's Bridge!

To make reservations, email: almademujertx@gmail.com

Cost: $20/person includes full brunch buffet and music. Alma de Mujer, 13621 FM 2769, Austin, 78726

Workshop Series with

Rose Two-Feathers
July 18, 9:30 am - Medicine Bags
July 18, 1:30 pm - Stone Wrapping
July 25, 9:30 am - Dream Catchers
July 25, 1:30 pm - Feather medicine
August 1, 9.30 - 2.30 pm- Gourd Rattles
Fees: 1 class - $38
2 classes - $70
3 classes - $95
Entire Series $180.00
Gourd workshop class (alone) - $65

To register call 512.577.7595
Young Girls Leadership Camp: Reflection

Girl's ages 9 to 13 from different backgrounds came together for 10 days to learn about Native ways. The girls were divided into three groups according to age, each group focusing on different areas. The 9 year olds focal point was on crafts like dream catchers and teaching drums and learning about the land. The group of 11 and 12 year old girls learned about theater as a way to perform in public, incorporating music from around the world using various kinds of instruments to help guide their journey. The eldest group was taught Mexica dance and visual arts by two experienced teachers. On the last day of the camp all three groups came together with the skills they had learned during the past two weeks to put on a performance for their family and friends.

Michelle Dhansinghani, Alma Intern 2009

Summer Camp
Become a Friend of Alma de Mujer

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Thanks for supporting Alma de Mujer and our communities.

Support Alma de Mujer and our Sister Organizations:

People in Defense of Earth & Her Resources (PODER)

Resistencia Bookstore/RedSalmon Arts

Kalpulli Teokalli Teoyolotl

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Indigenous Women's Network
Alma de Mujer is available for your group or nonprofit organization meeting, retreat or workshop. We offer non-profit friendly rates, lodging and catering options. To find out more, contact Courtney Enriquez, Booking Specialist.
Contact: Courtney Enriquez, Booking Specialist: 512.258.1858