Cumbre Yah is about participation.

We are committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play.

We make the world real through actions that open our hearts.

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Packing List

The people who enjoy Cumbre Yah the most are the people who are well prepared. Plan to bring more than you need to help others who are not prepared.

Printable packing list

A note for those who are traveling a great distance to attend Cumbre Yah: some items on the list or items you may want to bring for your camp are better purchased in Mexico on arrival. Please let us know if you have questions regarding packing.

The Basics

  • If you paid via bank deposit, you must bring your receipt as proof of payment.
  • Warm clothing. The days are warm, but the nights get quite chilly. Bring layers.
  • Headlamp or flashlight.
  • Your awesome self, and your awesome friends who have filled out the application.
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, soap (biodegradable if possible), tampons, condoms, etc.
  • Any medication you need (ibuprofen, allergy medication, etc)
  • A refillable water bottle and a cup for drinks
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Trash bags


  • Digital camera
  • Sun protection, sunglasses
  • Swimsuit – for traditional saunas (temezcal) and the early part of the sauna, clothing is required.
  • Towel
  • Notebook and pens
  • Art
  • Costumes!!
  • Musical instruments (acoustic music only please)
  • Camp chairs
  • Games
  • Things to share – plan a workshop, an event, etc.
  • Snacks of the healthy variety. Nuts, raisins, etc. Please don’t bring junk food.

Stuff you don’t need to worry about, ’cause we’re taking care of it:

  • We provide toilet paper
  • We provide three vegetarian meals a day
  • We provide coffee and tea in the morning. We do not provide white sugar, milk or cream.
  • We provide hand soap
  • We provide plates and bowls for meals, though all participants wash their own dishes
  • We provide drinking water