Healing HeARTs: Gathering Our Medicine



We are all healers. The will to heal is a bud in the heart, the act the flowering of love. Each can be medicine to themselves and others. The medicine is multiform; precise like acupuncture and boundless like a meditation session. It is the joke that incited riotous laughter among friends and family or the wailing of a wound stirred at the telling of your story. It is the yerba growing in your back yard plucked and made into tea or an ointment. It is danza, sage, copal, fire and smoke.

Yes. Healing happens everywhere and in many ways.

All are invited to gather info, witness demos, and connect with community-based healing practices.

This area is rich in caring hearts that give of themselves for the love of creating wellness.

Tap into the medicine! Open up your world! Options make a difference!

When: Saturday, February 28 from 2-5pm

Welcome 2015!



“Tia Chucha Press last year celebrated 25 years of publishing the best of cross-cultural poetry, including such award-winning writers as Terrance Hayes, Virgil Suarez, Kyoko Mori, Elizabeth Alexander, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, and Patricia Smith. In October of that year, founding editor Luis J. Rodriguez, yours truly, was selected as the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti. No, not “poet illiterate,” as one of my so-called friends said. This is a great honor for a local Valley poet who has helped carve a special place for powerful voices in poetry that may not have been seen otherwise. I take this responsibility seriously, like I took the creating and organizing of this small press, now part of the nonprofit cultural space, Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore of Sylmar. Please celebrate with me this year as I do readings, workshops, presentations, and more throughout the L.A. area.”  – Luis J. Rodriguez

Season of Giving!

Dear friend,

Have you had the good fortune of being at Tia Chucha’s

  • to participate in an amazing workshop on healthy eating, yoga, or Reiki?
  • to witness “kids” of all ages growing up to the music in them?
  • to connect to the innate seeds of ancestral indigenous knowledge?
  • to relish the creative community-building that is open mic nights?
  • to open your heart at a writing circle?
  • to be touched by the truths of teen spoken word?
  • to watch the unfolding of women’s empowerment through deep sharing?
  • to feel the spirit that is mexica ceremonial dancing?
  • or to tap into the art inside you with a brush, a book or a discussion?

If so, you know the power of healing and transforming community through the arts.

We rely on your gifts of time and money to keep Tia Chucha’s alive and well. This season I invite you to celebrate the creative capacity of this unique space by adding us to your holiday gift list. Please consider a one-time gift, or pledge a monthly gift of $20, $50, $100—or any amount you are moved to contribute. Your tax-deductible donations will help us keep giving the gift of the arts year-round at this valuable space.

Thank you and enjoy this season of giving! –

Trini Rodriguez –

Operations Director

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Eclectic Offerings, Episode 1: Matt Vibes (Brown Soul)


Tia Chucha’s in the past couple years has been an essential part of my growth In various aspects of my life. Spiritually & Consciously have been the biggest parts of my life where it’s helped me grow. Tia Chucha’s provides an environment to artist, poets, musicians, confused youth & misunderstood souls like open arms from a mother to a child in need of her care. It makes you feel home away from home & if you never felt home anywhere, I truly believe it sparks an idea in your mind, heart & soul of what warmth a real home should have. I’d like to think I had always been somewhat of a conscious person even in my youth, but perhaps too scared to share my consciousness w/ others In fear that they would not want to hear me out, or that they simply would not understand. I never had been mentored into thinking the way I was thinking so I had no Idea how to go about developing my thought. Tia Chucha’s and all of the wonderful community that unites there helped me get rid of that fear & give birth to strength through self realization, self appreciation & self love. I begun to see that there was many misunderstood, in fear of, nervous souls, just like me there as well but, they were using that fear as a drive & eventually ridding themselves of that fear entirely and transforming it into song, poetry, stories, film, various forms of inspiration for others to feed their conscious minds & loving souls, Allowing themselves to become a tool to move someone else’s heart, letting them know through their creativity “it’s ok, Be you, there is nothing wrong w/ that. In fact, that is a beautiful thing to be.” Tia Chucha’s for me signifies movement, Love, unity & staying strong through the toughest of times because within you there has always been present a strength you had, but may have not been able to understand yourself enough to acknowledge it’s presence. It is a Vision. It is a Dream come Reality. It is a Community giving birth to Opportunity. It’s Tia Chucha’s & I’m glad it’s been a part of my growth. -M.E (Matt Vibes/Brown Soul)

Giving HeARTfully for 14 Years!

Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore is entering its 14th year and is now known around the world as an oasis of arts, song, dance, poetry, music, photography, writing, and books in the oft-neglected northeast San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.
Against great odds, in the worst economy in the U.S. since the Great Depression and as arts funding is widely diminished, Tia Chucha’s has met every challenge. We now serve up to 15,000 people a year-children, youth, adults, the elderly-with workshops in all the arts, open mics, Mexica indigenous dance and cosmology, festivals, our own poetry press (Tia Chucha Press), a youth empowerment project (Young Warriors), and more.
Still we need your help to continue our important work.
We rely on donations to keep our doors open and our programming free or as affordable as possible to a community of 500,000 people in great need of the creative experiences and resources at Tia Chucha’s. This center/bookstore is proof that the arts and literacy can save lives, strengthen families and regenerate economies.
Will you please invest in our continued success with a tax-deductible contribution?

With respect,

Luis, Trini, Silverio, Melissa, Mike, Miguel, Yessenia, Walter, Ruben

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Thank You To Our Funders