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A Feast for the Senses—LISTO Oaxaca 2017

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LISTO Oaxaca Class of 2017, Monte Albán, Oaxaca, Mexico

Every once in a great while, forces come together to bring to life what lived first as a dream. Such is the LISTO (Language Institute for Sustainability & Transformative Education) Oaxaca program that just took place for the second year. Through the initial vision and extraordinary spirit of Cara Esquivel, a class of teachers, artists, and explorers of the world came together to live, study, and experience Oaxaca, México. LISTO Coordinator, Randy Grillo, made all possible.

LISTO Oaxaca Class 2017

Dancers on my way to my apartment. © Dawn Wink

Students enrolled in the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Endorsement program at Santa Fe Community College took Spanish and TESOL courses at the Ollin Tlahtaolli Centro de Lenguas y Culture Mexicana.

Students LISTO Oaxaca 2017

Centro Ollin Tlahtoalli with founder, Omar Nuñez

When students were not studying themselves, they worked with children at CANICA (Centro de Apoyo de Niños de la Calle de Oaxaca, Support Center for Street Children of Oaxaca).

Niña de CANICA @ Lia Rosen

CANICA kids © Diana Clauvan-Clements

Randy Grillo includes handprint on tree of hands of CANICA.

I include here photos of our time together. I am indebted to our students in the program and Randy for sharing the beauty of our experience. For full details of our time in Oaxaca and more photos: LISTO Oaxaca.

White dresses on blue wall © Dawn Wink

Culiapan—John Przyborowski

Frutas en el mercado ©Sylvia Chavez

Oaxaca landscape © Angelia Moore

Oaxaca beauty © John Przyborowski

Dresses of Oaxaca © Sylvia Chavez

Amazing how life life come together across time and borders. Berenice and I met in Costa Rica several years ago, came together again in Mexico for a class, and again for the past two years in Oaxaca. She and her mom, Juanita, embroidered this piece and gave to me. “Women of the market. I thought you’d like it since it’s all about the power of women, Dawn.”  No words…

Berenice and Dawn

Dancers fro Zaachila © Randy Grillo

Meat corridor in market @ Jennifer Salinas

Monos de Calenda © Joelle Meniktos-Nolting

Maize and lime, how tortillas begin © John Przyborowski

Monte Albán, Jennifer Salinas

Papel Picado © John Przyborowski

Museo Textil © Alia Benammar

© Tekla Johnson

©Angelia Moore

© Barshia Cohee

© Angelia Moore

Macrina Mateo, Mujer del Barro Rojo (Woman of the Red Clay © Dawn Wink

Flowers in market © Dawn Wink

For more thoughts, experiences, and photos of our time in Oaxaca, please treat yourself a feast for the senses: LISTO Oaxaca.

Thank you, Jennifer Salinas, for this photo.

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Author: Dawn Wink

Dawn Wink is a writer and educator whose work explores the beauty and tensions of language, culture, and place.

4 thoughts on “A Feast for the Senses—LISTO Oaxaca 2017

  1. Thanks for sharing these beautiful experiences. The photos are just amazing!

  2. Just in awe of the difference you make in this world.

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