Join us in Colima October 12-14, 2023

Play. Rest. Resist.

Pedagogies of Hope and Resilience through Ancient Games,
Eco-Tours & Community Conversations 

A 3-day, all-inclusive Workshop & Outdoor Program for BIPOC Educators, Community Leaders, and their families in the Lugar de los Abuelos (Colima, Mexico)

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Register by 7/15!

Play. Rest. Resist.

Pedagogies of Hope and Resilience through Ancient Games,
Eco-Tours & Community Conversations 

Join a life-changing event in Colima, Mexico! Discover the power of Ancient Games, Eco-Tours, and Community Conversations in these times of erasure and climate crisis. Embrace your cultural heritage as you restore knowledge and interconnect through play and rest.

The Play, Rest & Resist Workshop & Outdoor Program offers a unique and immersive learning experience as participants will engage in hands-on learning activities that include traditional games and sports, daily eco-tours, and community-led conversations focused on cultural and ecological preservation. This is a one-time-only event featuring workshops taught by respected educators, community elders, and culture bearers from Colima and Veracruz.

Our program is designed to promote holistic learning, focusing on physical, mental, sensorial, creative, social, emotional, and spiritual growth. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in mental dexterity through traditional games and the ancestral teachings they carry. They will also have time for individual connection and conversation with the spirit of the land through daily trips to Indigenous and ejidal-run nature preserve parks. 

Our program is open to BIPOC educators from the US, community leaders, and their families. This event aims to create a safe space where BIPOC people can find solace, empowerment, and renewed purpose in their crucial role as advocates for knowledge, critical thinking, healing, and social justice, even in the face of adversity.

  • Gain inspiration and innovative teaching methodologies to empower your students and communities.
  • Connect with a vibrant network of educators of color who share your passion for resistance, social justice, and decolonial pedagogies.
  • Recharge your spirit and rediscover your ancestral roots through engaging in ancient games and exploring the natural wonders of Colima.
  • Take part in meaningful community dialogues that challenge systems of oppression and foster collective action.

Who is this event for?

This all-ages event is perfect for  community leaders, educators, and their families. It if for people:

  • on a journey to decolonize;
  • interested in incorporating traditional games and ancestral teachings into their curriculum and methodologies;
  • seeking culturally-relevant methods that promote wellness and cultural/community preservation;
  • actively engaging in community building and dismantling systemic racism and oppression; and
  • who are committed to sharing the knowledge gained through this program with their communities.

Who is this event NOT for?

This event is not suited for:

  • people who are not actively involved in their communities.
  • people and groups who are not BIPOC and actively serving BIPOC communities.
  • people and groups who are not commited to sharing this information with their communities respectfully.
  • knowledge extractors and people without a proven and positive community relationship. This is a safe space. There is an application process to ensure the respect, safety, and well-being of our teachers, bodies of knowledge, and participants for this private event. We reserve our right to decline applications.


Ancestral Sports
& Traditional Games



Uárukua Chanakua

Minaliztli (Archery)


Matriz Matematica Nepohualtzintzin


& Sites

Sierra de Manantlan Biosphere



Laguna La Maria

La Campana

Ruta Del Cafe

Register now through 7/15! Seats are limited.


Educators & Facilitators

Abuela Griselda Xocoyotzin Rivera Sanchez

Xalapa, Veracruz

Asociacion de Juegos y Deportes Autocotonos y Tradicionales del Estado de Veracruz
(President, Association of Authocthonous Games and Sports of the State of Veracruz)

Recipient of the esteemed CODEME “Premio Luchador Olmeca” of the Confederación Deportiva Mexicana, A.C. (Mexican Confederation of Sports)

Abuela Xocoyotzin is a respected keeper of Indigenous and traditional games and knowledge that will be teaching us about the game of Patolli and it’s variants, which have been played across Mexico for thousands of years.

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Maestro Guadalupe Candelario

Suchitlan, Comala

Hereditary Leader
Pitero Mayor & Mayordomo
La Danza de Moreno and the tradition of the Mascareros of Suchitlan

Hailing from three generations of leaders and knowledge keepers of the traditional dances and ceremonies of Suchitlan, Comala, we are pleased to welcome Maestro Candelario to our Program. We will join him for an immersive experience where we will learn more about the traditional dances, millenary customs, and stories of the medicinal flora and fauna of Suchitlan.

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Maestro Julio César Ramírez Luna

Colima, Colima

Vice President (Former President)
Ajudatec Juegos y Deportes Autóctonos y Tradicionales de Colima A.C.

Cultural Promoter & Language Keeper 
Museo Universitario de Arte Popular, INALI

Julio César Ramírez Luna is a respected knowledge keeper, educator, and cultural promoter of Indigenous language, ancestral mathmatics, and traditional games. We are honored to have him join us for lessons on ulama (an ancient ball game played with the hip), Uárukua Chanakua (pelota Purepecha, an ancient game with sticks similar to hockey), minaliztli (archery) and more. 

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The state of Colima is one-of-a-kind. It is traditional Nahua territory and home to teocintle, the oldest living plantcestor of the corn. It’s current population is estimated at 433,000 people. The name Colima in Nahuatl means “place of the grandparents.” The skyline is marked by two priminent volcanos (considered and referred to as grandparents) and includes a series of mountains representing the ancestors, each with their own story. Colima is also home to the xoloitzcuintle.

This program offers close contact with Nature. There are ecoparks we will be visiting daily and spending time in to rest, disconnect, and engage with the spirit of the land. Several of these spaces form part of the Sierra de Manantlan biosphere (a network of Indigenous and ejidal-run reserves across the state of Colima) which is considered one of the most biodiverse places in the world. Parks and trails with ancient pyramids, medicine gardens and petroglyphs will be visited in a number of public areas. This region is also a popular spot for coffee drinkers as Colima is known for it’s coffee growing regions and the Ruta del Cafe, which we will be visiting. This year (2023) also marks 500 years of resistance in the region.

Past events

What to Expect

Travel, Lodging & Food

General Details

The program is all-inclusive and includes:

  • In-person
    • private transportation to/from the nearest airport (Guadalajara, Jalisco);
    • travel between program sites;
    • traditional recipes and foods from Colima;
    • lodging in a Pueblo Magico (Comala);
  • Virtual + In-person
    • Nepohualtzintzin
    • Loteria Nahuatl
    • a set of didactic course and community materials; and
    • a Certificate of Completion.

The daily agenda includes:

  • ½ day of games & sports; and
  • ½ day of ecotour at one of the featured reserves run by Indigenous and ejidal communities in the Sierra de Manantlan Biosphere.

In the event of rain (which we do not expect during this time of the year) we will accomodate our schedule and outings to ensure the safety of our participants. 


The program includes transportation to/from the nearest airport, which is the Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

IMPORTANT: Your flight arrangements should include

ARRIVAL on Wednesday, October 11th and DEPARTURE on Sunday, October 15, 2023.

We plan to await the arrival of the entire group so that we travel together. We will personally escort you from the airport in a private vehicle to the city of Colima, which is roughly 2 hours away.

The weather should be between 68 and 84 degrees Farenheit, pleasantly warm and humid but cool. We recommend proper attire for walking and light hiking as well as relaxation. A light jacket is recommended.


We will be lodging as a group in historic Comala, Colima. Location details will be provided to participants once event has met the minimum occupancy rate. (Deadline July 15.)


We are working with a network of traditional chefs in the area to provide a varied menu of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that highlights beloved local recipes and comes from locally-sourced ingredients.

If you have special dietary considerations, please let us know so that we can create a tailored menu plan.

Frequently asked


This transformative event holds immense benefits for people who are eager to embark on a journey of personal growth, cultural exploration, and intergenerational bonding. By participating in our program, participants can:

  1. Reconnect with teachings and traditions. Our workshops and interactive sessions offer opportunities for people to reconnect with their cultural heritage, fostering a sense of pride and identity.

  2. Foster Intergenerational Learning: Create a space where wisdom is passed down from one generation to another. By engaging in activities and discussions that bridge generational gaps, mutual understanding, respect, and appreciation can be fostered.

  3. Embrace Nature and Sustainable Practices: By immersing in the beauty of the natural world and develop a deep sense of environmental consciousness. Through eco-tours and outdoor activities, participants can cultivate a love for nature, learn about sustainable practices, and develop a sense of responsibility towards the planet.

  4. Nurture Personal Growth: Encourage individual growth and self-discovery. Our program provides opportunities for personal reflection, skill-building, and empowerment.

  5. Create Lasting Connections: Connect with people who share a common vision for well-being and community-building. Through networking, discussions, and shared experiences, participants can expand their support networks and establish lifelong connections.

By participating in this event, participants can embark on a transformative journey, cultivating a deep appreciation for their cultural heritage, fostering unity, and building the foundations for a more just and equitable future. Don’t miss this opportunity to ignite change within your family and create a lasting impact. Register now and join us for this one-time-only transformative experience.

Playing games can have various health benefits, including improving cognitive function and memory, reducing stress and anxiety, increasing social connections and communication skills, boosting creativity, and enhancing physical coordination and dexterity. Games can also provide a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, and enjoyment, which can contribute to overall mental and emotional well-being. Additionally, traditional games tied to Indigenous culture and lifeways preserve and promote cultural identity and values, as well as provide a deeper understanding of history and our intergenerational relationship with the Natural world.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in physical activity, mental dexterity, and ancestral teachings through traditional games and sports. Daily eco-tours will provide physical, mental, sensorial, creative, social, emotional, and spiritual rest. Participants will also have time for individual connection and conversation with the spirit of the land, promoting a deeper connection with Nature.

The event emphasizes the importance of traditional games and eco-tours for mental, physical, and emotional well-being. It also promotes the learning of ancestral teachings and the ways of Indigenous lifeways, which could be useful in building stronger and more culturally sensitive communities. The event provides opportunities for participants to connect with the land and reflect on the concept of sacred responsibility. All of these themes are relevant to organizations working in social and environmental justice, as they involve building community, promoting well-being, and rethinking traditional power structures. 

The focus on outdoor activities and connecting with the land can help in promoting physical and mental health, which is especially important for communities that have been historically marginalized and oppressed.

Attending this event can help in building relationships with other like-minded organizations and individuals, as well as gaining new knowledge and perspectives on social justice issues. This can lead to opportunities for collaboration and community building, which are essential for creating lasting change and dismantling systemic racism and oppression.

This event also offers an intentional space for rest, recharge, and reflection, which can help in preventing burnout and promoting self-care.

Attending this event can provide valuable learning opportunities and practices that can benefit many communities in many decolonial ways.

Educators can gain valuable knowledge on how to create an inclusive and culturally responsive learning environments. The event offers hands-on learning experiences, workshops, and opportunities for individual connection and conversation with the land, making it a transformative and impactful professional development opportunity for teachers looking to enhance their teaching practices through culturally-relevant pedagogy.

As a community leader, attending this event offers an opportunity to learn about ancestral teachings, traditional games and sports, and eco-tours. These experiences can be incorporated into community building and cultural preservation efforts.

This event holds immense benefits not only for the participants but also for the Indigenous and ejidal communities who graciously host us. By attending this event, you will contribute directly to the empowerment and well-being of these communities. A portion of the proceeds will benefit and support ongoing programming for Ajudatec Juegos y Deportes Autóctonos y Tradicionales de Colima A.C. and partnering communities. 

This event is a collaboration between Xica Media and the various communities involved in preserving Indigenous and traditional games in Mexico. Your hosts are Iris Rodriguez and Ce Acatl Borsegui of Xica Media and Maestro Julio César Ramírez Luna of Colima, Mexico.

With a fierce commitment to decolonization, rematriation, environmental justice, and digital resistance, Xica Media leads transformative initiatives that uplift communities and catalyze positive social change across borders. With influential contributions to international collaborations since 2002, Xica Media exemplifies unwavering dedication to decolonizing and transforming society through innovative means. 

This is third event in a series of once-in-a-lifetime immersive experiences that Xica Media has co-produced in the last 10 years in Mexico.

Past events include:

  • Tonala Tour 2019: Decolonize, Rematriate, and Restore (7)
  • Parteria Tour 2020 (42)

Seats will not be confirmed until the Registration form has been completed and payment has been received.

If for any reason your application should not be accepted, 100% of your payment will be returned to you.

Refund Policy:

We understand that plans can change and you may need to cancel your attendance at our event. We offer a 100% refund for cancellations made on or before July 15, 2023. After this date, partial refunds can be given with deductions.

If you need to cancel your attendance, please notify us as soon as possible. Refunds will be issued based on the following schedule:

  • Cancellations made on or before July 15, 2023: 100% refund
  • Cancellations made between July 16, 2023, and September 1, 2023: 50% refund
  • Cancellations made after September 1, 2023: No refunds will be given, seat can be exchanged.

Please note that any refunds issued will be processed within 30 days of cancellation. Refunds will be issued to the same method of payment used to purchase the event ticket.

We hope this policy provides peace of mind for our attendees while also allowing us to plan and prepare for the event. If you have any questions about our refund policy, please contact us.

Yes, although this event is in English and Spanish and is curated specifically to address and assist BIPOC communities in crisis in the US. Participants from Mexico should contact us.

The event will be in Spanish, English, and Nahuatl. The predominant local language is Spanish with some Nahuatl, and a team of English translators will be available on-site.

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