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The Teysha Journal — environment

Teysha is a collective of explorers, travelers, designers, and adventurers. Take a peek behind the scenes of our handcrafted goods and our world travels.

Fasten Your Seatbelts!

Another week has passed and with the adventures continuing the emotions have run high, low, and everywhere in between… I am shocked this week has already brought October and the beginning of my last 6 weeks here this fall. In my case, the saying “time flies when you are having fun” can definitely be modified to “island time flies when you are enjoying your projects.” Since last weekend my programs have only continued to blossom into concrete plans and I have had absolutely incredible personal experiences. To truly allow you all to vicariously live through my experience, this week’s post will not only give you a peek into the excitement of my past 2 weeks, but also give you a...
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Life on the Isla- the Wonderful Adventures of Alisop!

Welcome back to the wonderful adventures of Alisop! (My Kuna name= Alisop, means one who brings children into the world) I am currently re-adjusting to a new found culture shock upon returning to life on the island after I took a mini ‘work’ trip last week. I’ll give you a ride through the incredible trip that brought me to the jungle of Panama, a private luxury island in Kuna Yala, and back to the nitty gritty Panama City life before I end with a gratitude inducing dose of the reality of Kuna Yala’s extreme poverty. This week’s vacation was all provided by a mutual friend of Teysha, Jimmy Stice. He is the CEO of Kalu Yala, a sustainable community development...
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Life on the Isla -- settling in to Ustupu!

My new love: Ustupu, Kuna Yala! #nofilter (hehe) Nuedi (Hola/Hello) Ani (Amigos/Friends)! I have spent the past week and a half in the beautiful Kuna Yala island of Ustupu and am still in disbelief that it has only been that long and more importantly that this is my new home, complete with a sand floor hut and zero English, for the next 2 months. Each day feels like several have passed even though my schedule is not nearly as jam packed as I am accustomed to in the states. This place truly is paradise with beautiful caribbean water, mountains, hammocks everywhere, and many a passing smiles. While this week has been a roller coaster of emotions from initial extreme culture...
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Guate Boots - notes from the field

 Read on to learn more about some of the improvements and processes we're doing for Round 2 of Guate Boots! Yo folks, wanted to give y'all a little update on our efforts in Guatemala and a little forewarning that we are running out of space in Round 2 and that the price of our boots for round 3 may be going up a bit more. DEADLINE IS THURSDAY NIGHT! We have just released a whole bunch of beautiful vintage huipil tapestries so go check them out if you haven't reserved your pair. Now, I wanted to give y'all an update on the boot making front and the wonderful strides we're taking. First round, we made a quality boot but it...
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Guate Boots Round 2! Updates and Excitement!

 Greetings from the Guate Boots front lines!    We have been hard at work getting ready to make our 2nd generation of Guate Boots. Growing from our lessons from the first round we have been preparing for the awesomeness that lies ahead. Tonight, we kick off the next generation at 7pm central time. We've got an amazing array of textiles from all over Guatemala, 100s of styles possible.  We've been studying the art of boot making as well since our last bout in the boot making madness. We had the great luck to pick the minds of two world class master shoemakers; Lee Miller of Texas Traditions Boots and Marcell Mrsán of Koronya Handmade Shoes and Boots. The two were kind...
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Teysha's 1 year anniversary!!!

  When did Teysha begin...? It could be said that Teysha begun 24 years ago when we were born. Or 8 years ago when we became close friends and co-dreamers on an environmental science trip to Hawaii. Or 6-8 years ago when we each made our first solo trip to Central America. Or 3 years ago when we were both doing life-changing internships and study abroad in the Americas. Or 2 years ago when we graduated from school, or in January 2012 when we set off to Panama, or in May 2012 when we had our first pop up shop. We're calling May the anniversary, but it's all relative :) The point being that Teysha, or the idea of Teysha...
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Luz y Fortaleza

Teysha + Luz y Fortaleza We have been searching for an ally in Panama, someone who shares our vision, desire to empower, and love for traditional art. Several months ago, we were introduced to Michael, Rodelick, Sue, and Augustin of Fundacion Luz y Fortaleza Indigena (Indigenous light and Strength). From the moment we first spoke, we could feel very strongly that we had met our partners, the people who shared our dream of holistic prosperity, and who wanted to make it happen. Last week, we had the honor of meeting the Foundation in Panama. We journeyed together to the island of Ustupu, the most populated island in Kuna Yala and the home of Sue and Agustin, and Rodelick. The island...
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Teysha - A year of impact and keepin' it weird.

So it's been about a year in the making of Teysha. I don't know how that happened so quickly, but I guess it's true what they say... Time is BS. Anyway, a year ago we put our stake in the ground and declared our intent to shake up the system and build new and prosperous economies that truly invest in the source of their wealth: people and the planet. I would use the word 'launch' but that would make us sound like a start-up, we aspire to be more like an explorer of humanity and Earth using our successes to further our impact, expand to other communities, and make things happen. And yes! I'm finally blogging! To be honest, we...
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Keep Earth Weird T-Shirts Making Waves at SXSW!

Once again, Teysha's good friend and amazing artist, Sophie Roach, has come through in the clutch, creating an amazing design for our newest T-shirts. In line with Teysha's ever present drive to be different and unique, the "Keep Earth Weird" shirts can be seen on the back of Teysha reps throughout the SXSW festival currently taking over downtown Austin. If you want to get your hands on one of these eye-catching T's or any other beautiful Teysha products, make sure to stop by The Neighborhood pop up shop event on 2nd street, right in the heart of the Music, Film, and Interactive madness. These amazing shirts were made in an extremely limited capacity (to make them that much more special),...
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HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE - Gifts That Give

  Announcing the first ever Gifts That Give -  Holiday Marketplace! We have joined together with five AWESOME socially conscious, Austin-based companies to launch our first-ever Gifts That Give Holiday marketplace! Together, we aim to offer the Austin community a one-stop shop where you can be confident that each of your purchases helps empower people locally and globally. Our mission-driven companies represent communities from around the world, and we'll have special gifts for the whole family! We will be set up from Satuday, December 1st to Saturday, December 8th, 11-7pm every day. The market is located inside the building at 5th and Waller (where the HOPE Market is held), and there is PLENTY of parking! Come join us and shop...
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