Isaac Cardenas

Retreat Provider
Isaac Alvarez Cardenas is a member of the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan (Qua-wheel-tek-can) Nation, Native American Indian, son of an Apache/Comanche mother Aurora and a Coahuiltecan father Dan, World War II Liberator of Italy. Isaac was raised in the inner city west side of San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Cardenas married to his high school sweetheart, Sylvia Ann for 40 years, father of two young adult sons, Michael Isaac White Cliff and Jason Adam Black Cliff and wife Marissa Cardenas, grandfather to Nico and Kylee. Isaac is currently working as Director of Program’s for the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Mission’s (AIT-SCM) “Rites of Passage Program”. He was also involved in the conceptualizing of the Advance’s “Fatherhood” project in 1988. Mr. Cardenas is a graduate with a Masters in Science, Psychology Counseling at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Isaac is also a Mental Health Counselor for AIT-SCM’s “Healing the Wounded Spirit” working with children, native youth, veterans and their families at Mental Health Clinics locally, statewide and nationally. Mr. Cardenas works and designs culturally competent and culturally inclusive native programs, for Native American Indians. He is the Traditional Native American Indian practitioner, prayer and spiritual leader for the, Tap-Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation. Isaac served 6 years in the United States Marine Corps in Logistics and as a Military Police. He is an artist in many medias, musician, playwright, actor, and producer of various public programs and entertainment. It should be noted that Mr. Cardenas and his family have chosen to reside in the inner city, working with high-risk, minority males, females, youth, veterans and their families for over twenty years. The purpose is to strengthen the family, and community by providing, information, education and art for cultural, spiritual support, mental wellness, parenting, social, emotional enlightenment.