Celebrate & Create Art in Oaxaca w/ Mija Matriz

Oaxaca City

Mar 18 - 27, 2022
Group size: 7 - 10
Celebrate & Create Art in Oaxaca w/ Mija Matriz
Oaxaca City

Mar 18 - 27, 2022
Group size: 7 - 10

About this trip

Join cultural curator, Jewel Murphy and mixed media artist, Mija Matriz, for nine glorious days enjoying the magical city of Oaxaca. We'll immerse ourselves in the vibrant arts and culture of this diverse and ancient region of Mexico. 

During our tour, we'll explore the city and neighboring villages with a group of creative companions. Delight in the unique cuisine, bustling market places, ancient ruins, colonial architecture, and contemporary & traditional art forms as we visit private the artist's studios and local museums. We'll create art journals, inspired  by our daily experiences, using printmaking and mixed media techniques.

We'll be staying at the wonderful Casa Colonial, a classic hacienda near the center of town with lovely gardens, a fantastic art collection, serene library, art studio, beautiful dining room and amazing staff.

Terms and Conditions


Your $500 deposit is non-refundable and holds your place. Final non-refundable payment is due 30 days before the start of the trip. Please be committed to this trip when you sign up. Failure to make your final payment in 30 days before the trip may forfeit your deposit and your place. We only offer refunds if the tour is cancelled because of government imposed restrictions and or lockdowns in which case there there will be a full refund. This is the rare exception to our no refund policy. We feel we have to offer this as planning travel under the pandemic brings uncertainties. 


We recommend trip interruption insurance for your own peace of mind.  Not all trip insurance is created equal.  We have had good experiences with www.travelinsure.com 

Some thoughts on the pandemic - The last thing I want is the gringa tourist bringing death and disease to vulnerable indigenous populations. We all know how that turned out in the past. All tour goers will need proof of current  Covid vaccinations. I know there may be those who are unable to get vaccinated because of medical vulnerabilities and I am sorry but no exceptions. 

What’s included

  • Lodging
    As always we stay at the fabulous Casa Colonial, home to folk art, a lush garden, an engaging library and possibly the kindest, most tender staff anywhere.
  • Meals
    All your meals are covered in the tour. Food is important to us. It fuels our creativity. We explore everything from home cooking to four star restaurants.
  • Guides
    We hire 100 percent born and raised in Oaxaca guides.
  • Transportation
    You are responsible for transport to Oaxaca City Airport. Our driver will pick you up and return you to the airport.
  • Art Instruction
    We'll spend a few days in the studio learning some printmaking & mixed media techniques with Mija to apply to our art journal. Sketching & painting while out and about is also encouraged.
  • Art Materials
    Mija will bring a wide selection of art tools and materials to play with. Each participant will also be given a list of art supplies to bring.
  • More Good Things
    We’ll send you a reading list, some inspiring art videos and our Oaxaca food and shopping guide. Plus everyone gets a handmade journal.
  • Airfare
    You will be responsible to get yourselves to Oaxaca city. There are multiple daily flights from Mexico City. In the past Dallas (American), Houston (United) and LA (Volaris) have had direct flights.
  • Tips & Gratuities
    Totally at your discretion
  • Alchohol
  • Laundry
  • Personal Shopping
    Most people budget $500 to $2,000 or more. Oaxaca is full of beautiful rugs, contemporary clothing and artisan goods. There is a lot of temptation.

Available options

Single room supplement
Partner without art instruction


Day 1

We will get together in the evening for a

light meal and a meet and greet session.

Your Organizer

Jewel Murphy
I’m an award winning floral designer and shopkeeper embarking on my second career which is sharing my love of Mexico, her culture and her people with you. I believe in slow travel, cultivating authentic cross cultural experiences, reciprocity, eating well and having fun when we tour. I share the best of the butcher, bakers and candlestick-makers that I have encountered in my 20 years of travel here. I’ve crafted these tours to take you places you might otherwise never see.