DEEPAK CHOPRA PRESENTS “THE FUTURE OF WELLNESS” AT THE VIDANTA WELLNESS RETREAT

Are we in the midst of an important paradigm shift in science? How does our understanding of consciousness enhance our capacity for total well-being (physical, emotional, spiritual, social, community, financial, and ecological)?

These and other questions together with practical ways of experimenting with enhanced awareness, transformation, and healing are all part of Dr. Deepak Chopra’s keynote speech, “The future of well-being,” which he’ll present on Saturday, November 3rd at 4 p.m. during the Vidanta Wellness Retreat, hosted for the first time in the Riviera Nayarit.

Deepak Chopra, Founder of Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He’s also the prolific author of over 80 books, with 22 New York Times Best Sellers in the categories of fiction in non-fiction.

Attendees of the event will enjoy the exclusive privilege of participating in a book signing with Deepak Chopra and enjoy a very special dinner with opening commentary by the author in the Sanctuary, all for just $4,950 MXN per person.

For more details about the activities taking place during the first Vidanta Wellness Retreat call 01-800-3666-600. Tickets are on sale in the lobbies of the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta and the Mayan Palace Puerto Vallarta from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or at Ticketmaster.com.mx. Ask about the no-interest monthly payments available from participating bank cards.

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Mexicans shower the caravan with kindness — and tarps, tortillas and medicine

Mexicans shower the caravan with kindness — and tarps, tortillas and medicine


Central American migrants rest on the steps of a Catholic church in Pijijiapan, in southern Mexico, as a thousands-strong caravan that is slowly making its way toward the U.S. border stops for the night Thursday. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

October 26

Everything Pedro Osmin Ulloa was wearing, from the black felt shoes with the gold buckles to the shimmery blue button-down, was as new to him as he was to Mexico.

The 30-year-old Honduran corn farmer and dogged sojourner in the migrant caravan was dressed head-to-toe in donated clothes. His 3-year-old son, Alexander, played with donated toys. And the rest of the family — his wife, his two brothers and a cousin — sat on the sidewalk eating beef stew and tortillas ladled out for them by residents of this bustling market town in Mexico’s southern Chiapas state.

“These people have been beautiful,” he said. “Everyone’s helping us out.”

Who is financing the caravan? There is no sign here of George Soros or the Russians. Instead, the responsibility of feeding, clothing and sheltering several thousand migrants has been embraced by the small Mexican towns along the route, with residents jumping into charity mode as if they are responding to a natural disaster. It was hard to walk a block in this town without seeing crates of free bottled water, tables packed with ham and cheese tortas or relief stations filled with medical supplies donated by the community to help the people on this grueling march.

“We’re supporting them 100 percent,” Rafael Trinidad, a municipal employee, said as he passed out sandwiches to migrants arriving along the main road. “At least here, they can feel good.”

While President Trump is looking for ways to block the caravanat the U.S. border, Mexicans are pitching in to ease the travelers’ journey. Residents along the route say they are motivated by the Catholic tradition of charity, a shared familiarity with migration to the United States and a sense of solidarity in the face of Trump’s anti-migrant rhetoric. While they acknowledge the caravan could be a problem if it lingered, many do not seem to mind a brief stopover.

Honduran migrants taking part in the caravan gather in Pijijiapan’s main square on Thursday evening. (Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images)

Flip-flops belonging to migrants are seen with oranges stuffed into them as their owners take a dip in a river in Pijijiapan on Thursday. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

Outside her family’s hardware store, Coqui Cortez, 57, had set up a table to feed migrants lemon tea and stew, using meat from her son’s butcher shop. Down the street, her daughter was handing out fruit.

“My family has been very blessed,” Cortez said. “And we know that we are all brothers. What God gives us, we should share.

“But we do it with a lot of love,” she added.

For towns such as Pijijiapan, not far from Mexico’s border with Guatemala, migration is second nature. For decades, people have hiked the back roads and ridden trains heading north. Many here say they have relatives in the United States or have migrated themselves. Central American migration to southern Mexico has caused tensions in recent years, as numbers have grown, but people here understand the poverty and violence that migrants are fleeing.

“Today it’s them. Tomorrow it could be us,” said Lesbia Cinco Ley, 70, who was volunteering with the Catholic church in town to distribute food.

Town officials in Pijijiapan said they began readying for the caravan’s arrival on Monday, holding meetings to strategize how to attend to the migrants. Before dawn on Thursday, Cinco Ley and several others began cooking, on a mission to prepare giant vats of ham and eggs and 14,000 sandwiches. Between the municipality, churches and private citizens, town officials estimated Pijijiapan had spent nearly $8,000 for one day’s worth of food.

“This is a poor town, but we still did all this,” said Guadalupe Rodriguez, 48, a city councilwoman.

When the caravan comes to town, it brings much more than just migrants. It has become a traveling road show of humanitarian workers, U.N. refugee staff, religious volunteers, government bureaucrats, police and immigration officials, as well as a good chunk of Mexico’s foreign media corps. It is catching no one by surprise. On the radio in Tonala, a city 50 miles north of Pijijiapan, public service announcements went out on the radio Thursday ahead of the caravan’s arrival, instructing people where to donate and how to help.


Migrants rest Thursday in Pijijiapan, where the caravan has met with an outpouring of help from residents. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

Mexican nuns who have volunteered during earthquakes, tsunamis and floods flew down from Guadalajara to join the caravan. They have been treating migrants for severe sunburns and swollen, blistered feet.

“Mexican people always unite in these types of situations,” said Virginia Hernandez, 32, one of the sisters. “Our Honduran brothers are in great need.”

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government has vacillated on the caravan. There was an initial violent clash with federal police in riot gear at Mexico’s southern border, but the group was eventually allowed to pass.

Local governments in the state of Chiapas have so far been more welcoming. The newly elected mayor of Pijijiapan, Hector Meneses Marcelino, is from the Morena party, the same as Mexico’s incoming president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who campaigned on treating migrants less as criminals and more as human beings with rights that need to be defended. Meneses said he spent one morning this week defusing a situation in which federal immigration officials wanted to arrest Mexicans who were picking up migrant hitchhikers.

As hundreds of migrants filled the town square Thursday, crowding under donated tarps for shade from the afternoon sun, municipal staffers and police bustled around attending to them and U.N. officials handed out pamphlets on Mexican asylum laws. On the town hall’s balcony, a man with a microphone called out names of migrants who had become separated from their relatives in the crush of people.


Honduran migrants traveling in the caravan board a truck near Pijijiapan on Friday. Many of the participants travel on foot, while others hitch rides in cars and trucks. (Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images)

It has been difficult to get a reliable estimate of the number of people in the caravan, for several reasons: It is now dispersed among towns along the highway in Chiapas; more than 1,000 migrants have dropped out to apply for asylum in Mexico; and new people have joined in. Meneses, Pijijiapan’s mayor, said 7,500 migrants had been in town, while the U.N. staff traveling with the caravan estimated it was 3,000.

Still, for small Mexican towns, the arrival of even a few thousand people is a major event. As migrants entered town on foot and by hitching rides in cars and trucks, town official Gabriel Gonzalez, 43, greeted them in the main street, directing them to various gathering points and aid stations.

“We’ve seen migrants here before, but never this many,” he said. “It looks like all of Honduras is coming.”

THE DAY OF THE DEAD TRADITIONAL FLOWER THRIVES IN MEXICO

Sinking its roots in the pre-Hispanic past, the tradition of using cempasúchil flowers, known as the Mexican Marigold, to decorate altars on the Day of the Dead festivities survives thanks to Mexican farmers who showcase their brilliant products these days.

The Mesoamerican cultures attached great importance to the cult of the dead, with different ceremonies to honor the ancestors. Since then, the Mexican Marigold was used to decorate the offerings and altars, a tradition that continues today.

After the arrival of the Spaniards, these rituals were assimilated to the Day of All Saints, which is celebrated on November 1 and 2. But the beautiful and fragrant flowers, native and iconic of this country, continue to be used symbolically to guide the souls of the deceased in their visit to this world.

In the Caltongo neighborhood of the municipality of Xochimilco, in the south of MexicoCity, farmers prepare in advance to show on the eve of the Day of the Dead not only these, but also other ornamental flowers such as roses and poinsettias in their stalls.

In the area, the orange variety of the Marigold is cultivated (there are also yellow ones), which are transported in trajineras, as are the small rafts that travel along the famous channels of Xochimilco, a cradle of ancestral techniques of agricultural production.

From there the flowers depart to be distributed in markets and stalls of Mexico City and other states of the country for the festivities.

Jorge Valencia Gómez, a producer from Caltongo, says: “From my grandparents. They sowed vegetables, and from there they already started to plant ornamental plants. As a child I helped my grandparents, then my parents, and here I am “.

“I had school, but it fascinates me; I love the earth and I love nature,” he adds.

He tells that his children sometimes come to help him, but he recognizes that today’s young people are no longer so dedicated to this business. “Well, they already have their work, they have school. But, yes, they are suddenly here, helping me,” he says with resignation.

The farmer explains that in order to have ready the flowers in this season they start to germinate the plants “in their charolita” from the first week of July.

“From there we waited four weeks, the little plant grows and the first week of August we put it in its pot. And from there it took ten weeks for it to be almost finished” and it could be put on sale at the end of October, he says.

According to Valencia, in the Caltongo area, there are around 1.6 million plants that are produced in the approximately eight hectares of the neighborhood.

People are very interested in acquiring these plant wonders. “And that’s what motivates us as producers to continue working. It’s good that people are interested in our tradition of the Marigold for Day of the Dead, and (that) they continue this tradition. That’s nice,” he says.

Jorge Valencia emphasizes that throughout the Republic the Marigold is the flower of Day of the Dead, because it represents that endearing festivity in which “our dead have the belief that they come to visit us”.

“So, the Marigold is never missing from this tradition,” he says.

WE ARE ALL INVITED TO THE 2018 PUERTO VALLARTA BEER FESTIVAL!

Due to the high gastronomic demand of Puerto Vallarta and the resounding success of the Beer Festival last year, it was decided to hold the second edition on November 17 and 18 at the Vallarta Institute of Culture located on the Cuale River Island.

The entrance will be free and the arrival of at least 3 thousand people is expected, between national and Canadian tourists who usually visit the port at that time of the year, in addition to the locals.

In this edition, the invited municipality will be Autlán and the attendees will be able to enjoy the typical offerings of the region.

There will be 12 brewers: Los Cuentos (PV), Los Muertos Brewing (PV), Yambak (Sayulita), Ameca River (PV), Buclas (Bucerias), Barrio Chico (Gdl.), Steinbock (Gdl.), Autlan Brewery ( Autlan), Minerva (Gdl.), Euro Beers (Gdl.), Vinomika (Gdl.), and for the first time, there will be a talk on the process of brewing, which will be given by the director of the Brewery Du Mouline and his master brewer, from the Festival Octenbulle de Boucheville in Montreal, Canada.

To complement the Festival, attendees can enjoy gastronomic delights such as: tacos, ceviches, aguachiles, birria, artisanal ice cream and flavoured water.

“As a destination, Puerto Vallarta is consolidated in its gastronomic offer, which goes hand in hand with the possibility of pairing, here we find a wide and solid offer of wines, liquors and beers, traditional and artisanal; It is precisely what we are looking for, to transmit the experience of craft beer to both tourists and local people,” said Edgar Cisneros, organizer of the Festival.

Escape the long weekend to Puerto Vallarta and enjoy the varied options that this sun and beach destination has to offer.

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Single Story For Rent/Lease in Marina, Puerto Vallarta

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•  2 bath , 3 bdrm single story FOR RENT  USD2,900 ML .

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Disfrutar de las noches desde la amplia terraza es más que relajante, ya que tendrá una vista parcial de La Marina y del centro comercial.

A poca distancia de las agencias de viajes en barco, restaurantes, bares, cafeterías, bancos, mercados artesanales y estación de autobuses.

Alquiler mensual = 2900 usd // Pet Friendly

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SPRING FORWARD, FALL BACK; IT’S TIME CHANGE AGAIN IN MEXICO

Sunday, October 28 concludes the summertime, so on Saturday, before going to sleep, you must set your watch back one hour, so that on Sunday, your activities resume according to the winter schedule and you aren’t late for Sunday plans.

We are facing this controversial change of time for the second time this year.

On this occasion, at 3 o’clock in the morning, it will be 2 o’clock, adding an extra hour of sleep in an attempt to have more light early in the morning and get small energy savings.

The last weekend of October we set the clock back by an hour to go to the winter schedule, and the last weekend of March we advance one hour to go to the summer.

For readers in the USA, you will not change your clocks until November 4. The United States changed their daylight savings schedule in 2007 but Mexico didn’t follow their lead and kept the schedule the same.

NAKED BOYS SINGING! AND JEAN-GUY COMEAU’S ‘TOTALLY ROMANTICO’ TO DEBUT AT INCANTO

Pianist and singer Jean-Guy Comeau (Jay-Gee) is one of Vallarta’s most versatile musicians and has been performing solo and with other artists in the city’s different venues for the last 15 years.

Jay-Gee’s classical training and teaching career permit him to be at ease in diverse multiple musical styles, passing from Baroque to jazz along with his interest in French and Mexican genres. He has been part of Incanto’s roster of popular entertainers from the very beginning and is currently a vocal coach for the upcoming off-Broadway hit, Naked Boys Singing!

Jay-Gee’s all-new show in the piano bar, ‘Totally Romantico’ includes smooth jazz, light classics, French and Latin favorites and has something for everyone. He will play on Wednesdays from 5-7pm beginning Nov. 7.

Naked Boys Singing!

Conceived and directed by Robert Schrock, this hit musical comedy revue had its New York premier twenty years ago and ran for over twelve years to become the second longest-running musical in off-Broadway history.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Naked Boys Singing! world premiere in Los Angeles in 1998. It stars six talented guys who sing and dance au-natural, with music direction by Bob Bruneau and Jean-Guy Comeau.

The all-Latino ensemble features actors/singers Max Albertos, Mitchell Guzman, Joby Hernandez, Fidel Rebolledo, Renzo Sotelo, and Luis Villanueva. Opening night is Oct 31 at 7 pm. Visit Incanto’s all-new website for tickets.

Hannah Brady

Now playing in Incanto’s theater, internationally known vocalist Hannah Brady takes you on a musical journey featuring classic jazz, swing, and a dash of Broadway in ‘A Golden Era Evening’. Familiar favorites include I’ll Be Seeing You, Lost and Found, People, and a few other musical comedy gems that will have you reeling with laughter. Hannah will be accompanied by Andres Piedra on piano. Saturdays at 8 pm.

Armando Reyes

Local artist Armando Reyes’ ‘Life Drawing’ Art Workshops are now on select Wednesdays at 4pm. Some art supplies will be provided, and you can bring your own. There will be a nude model to draw and the artist will share his talent and expertise. Participation is encouraged but not required. Beginners welcome. Your first drink is included. See Incanto’s website and facebook page for more details and information.

Paco Ojeda

Incanto’s final Dinner & Movie for the season hosted by Paco Ojeda will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7pm featuring the 1988 film, ‘Beetlejuice’. Enjoy a special dinner menu, big screen, and air-conditioning.

Halloween Party

Incanto will celebrate Halloween with their annual party and costume contest in the piano bar on Oct. 31 starting at 9pm. 2×1 margaritas all-night long, live entertainment and some fun surprises. Costume contest at 11pm with more than 5000 pesos in cash and prizes. The cast of ‘Naked Boys Singing!’ will join following their show. No cover charge.

In the Piano Bar…

Tongo plays Latin/Cuban rhythms on his handmade instruments and sings in English and Spanish. Tuesdays at 5pm.

Singer-songwriter Edgar Roxha sings in English and Spanish and plays acoustic guitar. He has a beautiful voice and mellow style that is perfect for a relaxing evening with your favorite cocktail. Tuesdays at 7pm.

Joby Hernandez plays pop/rock/classic favorites in English and Spanish on Wednesdays at 5pm. Also, see him as co-host of Open Mic on Thursdays at 7:30pm.

‘The Red Suitcases’ band plays Latin favorites and American classic rock/pop covers in English and Spanish, Sundays and Wednesdays at 7:30pm.

Pianist Dennis Crow plays standards and show-tunes Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. at 9:30pm. Join him around the piano and sing along to your favorites!

Singer-songwriters Zoe Wood and Eduardo León play Nuevo Flamenco and Latin standards, covers, and originals with Danny Renteria on percussion. Thursdays at 5pm.
They move to Mondays at 7:30pm starting Nov. 5. No show Oct. 25.

Open Mic is on Thursdays at 7:30pm hosted by Tracy Parks and Joby Hernandez. Sing, dance, the stage is yours. No cover. Arrive early to sign up.

The Joan Houston Show is on Fridays at 5pm with Bob Bruneau at the piano. Favorites from ‘The Great American Songbook’ and lots of laughs.

Luis Villanueva sings Latin favorites and American pop/standards in English and Spanish accompanied by Fernando Uribe at the piano. Fridays at 7:30pm.

Bingo with Pearl is on Saturdays at 4pm. Great prizes, drink specials, cold A/C, and live entertainment. (Loteria is held on the third Saturday of the month).

Cheko Ruiz and Friends present familiar acoustic Latin/gypsy flamenco rhythms and covers on Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Special guest musicians will join each week.

George Gracia is a local singer-songwriter who is known for his acoustic guitar music featuring soul, pop, and blues plays on Sundays at 5 pm.

Salsa Dancing/Lessons are on held on Sundays and Wednesdays at 8 pm (upper terrace) with instructor Francisco Ledezma. Lessons are free with your food/drink purchase.

Two Happy Hours daily 4-6pm and 10pm-close. ‘The Zen Hour’ features soft music and 2×1 tickets offered on select shows 4-5pm daily in the piano bar.

For more information and online tickets visit their all-new website IncantoVallarta.com. No cover in the piano bar. Current hours are 4 pm – 11:30 pm Tues.- Sun. They will resume opening on Mondays starting Nov. 5. Casual dining is available on two riverside terraces and in the air-conditioned piano bar. Contact them at Incantopv@gmail.com. Located at Insurgentes 109 (at the Rio Cuale). Call 322 223 9756 for reservations.

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