Connect with Madre Tierra on Earth Day

By Suzanne Ludekens

Pachamama, Madre Tierra, Gaia and Mother Earth are but some of the names we call this place we know as home. Over recent years our awareness of how we treat the Earth has gained unprecedented and urgent attention. Rightly so. The relationship of how we care for ourselves and the earth cannot be separated or denied. This Sunday El Charco del Ingenio joins the international celebrations for Earth Day with a series of activities to engage, entertain and connect you with the earth.

Earth Day 2013
Sun, Apr 21,
10am, ceremony, Calling the Rain with the Sound of the Heart
w/Alicia Mayo
11am, music, Ensamble Gobi
12pm, theater: The Tree of Life
By Banyan Shadow Puppet theater
2pm, theater, Monsanto, The Promise of Progress?
Via Organico Theater Initiative
3pm, theater, Batucada con Zanqueros
Comparsa Kiubo
4pm, music, Fandango Jarocho w/Son de San Miguel & Son de la Casa del Faldón de Querétaro & El Sindicato de SMA
Free admission all day

This year, internationally, the Earth Day theme is climate change. In San Miguel the impact of climate change is very present as we see the countryside turning to dust, hear of crops lost to extreme heat and watch our Rio Laja diminish dramatically. Activities at El Charco will focus on the urgent local issues of water and genetically-modified organisms through music, theater and ceremony. (Conferences and lectures on these topics occur throughout the entire year.)

Earth Day is an opportunity to enjoy the magnificent natural beauty of San Miguel’s botanical gardens and appreciate the gifts from the earth. Join us, admission is free all day!

10am Calling the Rain with the Sound of the Heart

Alicia Mayo, the beloved leader of the monthly Full Moon ceremonies, inaugurates the Earth Day celebrations with a ceremony to invoke rain in San Miguel. Water is the most vital resource to humanity and the planet and the city and surrounding areas are in dire need of this precious liquid. The ritual named “Calling the Rain with the Sound of the Heart” honors the elements and energies of water, that which is around us in the environment and that which is within us. It is through the energy of the heart that we, as a group, can make real changes.

This heartfelt effort to call rain includes music, dance and prayers. Billy White will play moving music from his Sound Meditation sessions and Alina Monterrubio, leader of Conchero dances in San Miguel, will guide a traditional dance.

The ceremony is open to everyone. Participants are requested to wear white or light-colored clothing, bring rattles and rain sticks and offerings of water and flowers for the altar. Written prayers for water can also be added to the altar. Your participation in this ceremony is dearly appreciated.

11am, music, Ensamble Gobi

Experimental music inspired by Eastern and Middle Eastern music traditions in a fusion of western music, with Daniel Torres on guitar and harmonic vocals and the Argentine singer Cecilia Di Salvo.

Noon, Shadow Puppet Theater: The Tree of Life

The internationally acclaimed Banyan Shadow Puppet theater from Querétaro presents the visually stunning show ‘The Tree of Life’. This simple yet poignant story will delight both children and adults.

2pm, theater, Monsanto, The Promise of Progress?

Provocative social issues are the themes of works performed by the Via Orgánica Theater Initiative. Through poetry and humor complemented with accurate information this group challenges the concept of social progress in the performance ‘Monsanto: The Promise of Progress?’ What is Monsanto ‘feeding’ Mexico with genetically modified seeds and foods? What is the price to the campo and the population of these products, and the propaganda being spread throughout the country? The mission of the Via Orgánica Theater Initiative is to inform the public of the realities of the production and consumption of food products and the grave dangers to our health, to our environment and our planet of genetically modified foods, and to offer solutions.

3pm, theater, Batucada con Zanqueros & Comparsa Kiubo

This theater group from San José Iturbide comprises of young energetic creative artists who delight their audiences with fun and surprising shows.

4pm, music, Fandango Jarocho w/Son de San Miguel & Son de la Casa del Faldón de Querétaro & El Sindicato de SMA

As the heat of the day wanes, the ‘calor’ continues with the musical finale for the closure of the Earth day activities. Be ready to dance with the extraordinary Fandango Veracruz-style fiesta that is a celebration of one of the great musical genres of Mexico.

For more information contact charcodelingeniocomunicacion@gm


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