2019 Oaxaca Tour & Creative Retreat -
Friday March 8 - Sunday March 17 2019
The tour I've always wanted to do where we explore Oaxaca visiting ancient ruins, indigenous markets, Colonial & Baroque churches, stunning natural settings, & incredibly talented folk artists while leaving plenty of time to connect with place through drawing, writing & otherncreative pursuits. We'll make time each day on our outings to stop, slow down and write, journal, photograph, and make music or whatever way you choose to record the moment. There is no teacher - think of it as a creative residency/traveling circus/tour with a group of like minded, self directed, inquisitive creative types - a chance to dive deeper into the culture through creative expression and self reflection.
Plus we'll meet wonderful people and eat great meals!
$2,095 (based on double occupancy)
includes all meals, lodging, transportation, guides& entrance fees in Oaxaca. Does not include airfaire, personal shopping, alcohol, & optional tipping.
Singles or couples both welcome and we can pair you up with a roomate if you want.
Friday March 8th - We'll get settled and gather in the evening at the enchanting Casa Colonial, our art filled home away from home. We'll have a light meal and do introductions and share our creative goals for the trip.
Sunday March 10 - Up bright and early and off with Pablo to explore one of the longest running farmer's markets in the America's where people have come to buy, sell, trade, and socialize for centuries. Get your fortune read by a canary, try prehispanic drinks, listen to a local band and find yourself the perfect embroidered apron. Plus we'll visit the recently restored Silver Church, rightly considered a Baroque masterpiece and very much a site of pilgrimage and prayer today . Lunch will be goat barbacoa at a market stall and then we'll head to the ancient architectural wonder of Mitla where the likes of DH Lawrence and Josef and Annie Albers all found inspiration. Light meal at the Casa upon our return.The last time I was at Mitla, a big feather fell down from the sky right in front of me!!
Tuesday March 12th - Today we dive deep into textiles and all things weaving and rugs. We'll head off to the famous weaving town of Teotitlan and visit with a local family who will show us how all members of the family work to card, spin, dye, and weave rugs of tremendous beauty. Plus a chance to purchase directly from the makers. (sidenote: I'm always sure I don't need a rug when I enter and I leave wondering if I can fit them all in my suitcase) After our demonstration, we'll enjoy a home cooked meal of mole made by the grandmother of the family. And no visit to Teo is complete without a stop in their old and beautiful church where prehispanic and catholic beliefs are practiced side by side. One of my favorite churches in all of Oaxaca. Light dinner at the Casa.
Wednesday March 13 - Morning sharing and chance to relax and work on our creative projects. Afternoon we'll head into town and visit the Tamayo museum, taste a little mezcal, plus dancing in the Zocalo and a pizza, kombucha,and salads at my favorite Oaxacan hipster restaurant.
Thursday March 14th - A full day out into the countryside with Pablo to visit the tiny but charming local market of Zaachila best known for it's animal market and the ancient ruins where we'll climb down into the earth to visit with winged gods. Plus a chance to visit with the famous alebrije makers, carvers of mythical animals. Then off to a Dominican Monastery with old murals and crumbling towers and a magnificent view. Dinner featuring a 7 course tasting menu at the NYT raviewed El Criollo.
Friday March 15th - The morning finds us out in the famous black pottery town where we'll visit with a very talented family of potters. We'll see the whole process from handling the clay to final firing and burnishing much like their ancestors did 1,500 years ago. And a visit to the Folk Art Museum. Back in town for the afternoon we'll visit the artisan's market where you can buy silver earrings, leather and tin work, textiles and more plus a visit to the world class textile museum and time in the zocalo.
Saturday March 16th - a free day where we can arrange cooking class, horseback riding, massage, or use the time for last minute shopping and exploring. Late afternoon we'll gather for a final sharing of our projects and a magnificent final fiesta in the outdoor gardens of the casa.
Sunday March 17th - Happy St Patrick's Day & on your way home or to your next destination
I first traveled to Mexico & Guatemala in 1979 on a wanderlust/walkabout during my college years. Since then I've concentrated my travels on the Yucatan Peninsula, Chiapas, & Oaxaca and leading tours to Oaxaca since 2011. I like gathering together and traveling with packs of inquisitive and engaged, creative people. I like putting our tourist dollars directly into the hands of local people. I like taking it slow. I like going deep and wide. Good food is important. I like seeing what happens when people from different parts of the world encounter one another. I like being part of a bridge between my country and our neighbors to the south. When I'm not otherwise obsessed with all things Mexico, I can be found watering plants, birdwatching, swimming and making art in Eugene, Oregon.
Trip Details -
$2,095 includes pretty much everything (lodging, transportation, meals, guides, entrance fees, etc) Not included is airfare, personal shopping, alcohol, laundry, and tipping, which is totally optional but recommended. All deposits and payments are non refundable so we ask that you be committed to this trip and recommend trip insurance. Single supplement is additonal $395 Email me or use the contact form to the right of the blog for additional information about deposits and further details and questions you might have - email@example.com