Wonders of Oaxaca: Life by Design - A Retreat for Designers & Artists

Oaxaca, Mexico

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Oct 24 - 30, 2022
Group size: 5 - 10
Wonders of Oaxaca: Life by Design - A Retreat for Designers & Artists
Oaxaca, Mexico


$NaN
Oct 24 - 30, 2022
Group size: 5 - 10

About this trip

LAST DAY TO REGISTER - MAY 24!


I'm Xhico, and I want you to see the beauty of Oaxaca, Mexico, through the eyes of a Surface Pattern Designer. I've curated the trip of a lifetime filled with artisan visits, design workshops, and cultural awareness. Join me and discover the art and design of Oaxaca.


Our trip will be filled with visits to the studios of indigenous artisans. We will visit a family that creates dyes from natural resources like plants, fruits, and insects. Here you'll dye your very own garment. We will observe pedal loom rug weavers and women that weave with a backstrap loom – a pre-Hispanic technique still used today. 


We will visit studios of clay and wood sculptors who use techniques passed down from generations, distinct to their region. Don Jose, a blind sculptor, makes life-size figures of red clay. Candelaria, whose love for life is infectious, uses black clay to create playful faces and intricate patterns on pottery. 


Our talents will get a chance to be seen as we open our minds to new techniques in printmaking as we participate in a workshop run by Beatrice and Adrian. 


A trip to Oaxaca wouldn't be complete without delicious food! The region is known for some of the best food in Mexico and possibly the world. Together, we will enjoy fine dining and experience traditional cooking styles. We will taste foods and beverages that have existed since pre-Colombian times. We'll eat tasty things like tlayudas, tacos, salsas, and nieves (famous Oaxacan ice cream). You will sample a variety of rich and complex sauces, known as mole. We will sample many dishes. 


Of course, we will stay hydrated, enjoying freshly made fruit waters, juices, and one of my favorites-drinking chocolate served hot or cold. 

 

If you require an adult beverage, Mezcal is the go-to. Mezcal is derived from various local agave species, creating an incredibly complex spirit that will invigorate your palate and soul. 


This year we will be in Oaxaca the week leading up to the Day of the Dead holiday. You'll be able to enjoy the festivities of Dia de Los Muertos – one of Mexico's most beautiful and iconic celebrations - during the week throughout the city. 


This is just a preview of what's to come. Every day will be inspiring and eye-opening. You'll nurture your creative spirit and leave with a full heart. 


See the full itinerary below, and don't forget, there will be surprises!

Our Values and the Community

I believe in working with indigenous artisans to bring attention to their designs, arts, and crafts. We compensate all artisans for their time during our visits.

I encourage you to purchase products directly from the artisans we visit. This benefits the artist directly the most. We never take a commission from any of the artisans.

All of our staff in Mexico are paid fairly and given gratuity for their services.


A portion of the profits from this trip will be given to a community organization benefiting the local arts.

Hotel Azul de Oaxaca

We'll stay at Hotel Azul de Oaxaca in Oaxaca's historic center. I've chosen this four-star hotel for you because of its convenient location, attentive staff, and contemporary artistic vibes. 


This hotel maintains the warmth of Mexico while being touched by Oaxacan artists like Francisco Toledo. You'll find some of his artwork in the hotel gallery off the courtyard. In the central courtyard, you'll find a tasty restaurant where we will be eating a delicious breakfast each morning. There is also a second courtyard and terrace to relax.


The hotel is located on Abasolo Street, just a few meters away from the Church of Santo Domingo and only a few blocks from the Zócalo; everything is within walking distance. 


The Boutique Hotel offers 21 rooms. The most famous artists of Oaxaca have participated in its design: Francisco Toledo, Rubén Leyva, José Villalobos, and Luis Zarate.


Learn more about the hotel here: Hotel Website



Staying Longer?


The 6 nights hotel stay includes Monday, October 24 - Sunday, October 30, 2022. 


Suppose you are interested in arriving sooner or staying longer. In that case, I can recommend some hotels or AirBNB. If you come earlier or stay longer, you must pay the hotel for the additional days directly and all other expenses yourself. Note that the room you stay in before/after the program may differ from your room during the program depending upon availability.

Your Hosts

Your host, Xhico, has worked with Tanya Diaz for several years. They have organized arts & culture events for travelers, artists, and higher education in Mexico City and Oaxaca. They're coming together again to bring you this magical event.



Larimie "Xhico" Garcia, Host


This trip has been curated especially for Surface Designers and Artists by Larimie "Xhico" Garcia of Studio Xhico. He is a Designer, Artist, and Design Educator. He has almost a decade of experience working with indigenous artisans of Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico, and communities in Guatemala. His close relationship with artisans and regional cooks brings you into their world for a close-up look at their lives as artists. Xhico has been a guide for individuals and groups seeking a more profound cultural interaction with local artisans. 



Tanya Diaz, Co-Host


Tanya Diaz is a freelance travel producer and works at a think-tank for higher education. She has been creating art experiences and high-level tours for several years. Her smile and energy keep the groups going. 


What's to eat?

The Food


Lots of delicious food is on the menu. Not only am I a designer, but I'm a foodie and I love to cook. So I've spent a lot of time eating in Oaxaca and trying so many tasty meals. Oaxaca has some of the best food in Mexico and possibly in all of the world. Oaxacan food is probably like nothing you've ever had. It is rooted deep in pre-hispanic tradition and uses local ingredients.


We'll be eating at some of the best restaurants in Oaxaca from world-class chefs. More rustic affairs and street food are definitely a must while in this region. Some of our meals will be in traditional kitchens with meals cooked over the fire and made with fresh ingredients and a lot of love.


You'll experience a local Mexican market and be stimulated by many new flavors and aromas. Get ready for tasty tropical fruits, refreshing aguas frescas, drinking chocolate, and of course, mole. Mole is a rich sauce prepared and used in many ways. There are several types of mole and they are made sometimes with 20-30 ingredients. We will definitely be sampling a variety of these complex sauces.


We'll also eat traditional Oaxacan dishes like tlayudas, empandas, tamales, and memelas. Of course, there will be quesillo - Oaxaca's signature cheese. And for the daring, I'll challenge you to try eating a grasshopper. Yes, a grasshopper! You're probably going to like it!


Each morning you'll be eating at the hotel restaurant before we head out for our programming.



Adult Beverages


A trip to Oaxaca wouldn't be complete without tasting Mezcal. Mezcal is a spirit made from the agave plant. Like wine, depending on the type, region, and process, the aromas and flavors can vary greatly. You'll get to taste for yourself. If that's not your thing there are also artisanal beers and cocktails to get you in the celebratory mood.



Special Diet Needs?

Are you vegan? Have allergies? Just don't like something? Let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. Depending on your needs and the scenario, we might not always be able to accommodate you, but we always try our best! After you book your trip, you'll be sent a registration form. There, we'll get the info we need from you.

The Dates & Day of the Dead

Our Program will be 6 nights - Arriving Monday, October 24 - Departing Sunday, October 30, 2022.


I have picked these dates because it is the week leading up to Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It is one of the most exciting times in Oaxaca and one of the busiest. You will be able to absorb the vibes of the holiday during the week throughout the city.

The holiday is actually on November 1-2. It is hard to maneuver a large group through the cemeteries on these nights. But it is a beautiful experience. If you are able and interested in staying longer for the holiday, I can provide a suggested itinerary. I can also put you in touch with the hotel for a special rate. Read more in the hotel section below.

Booking Dates & Payments

May 24 - Last Day to Register


Payment Schedule:


All bookings require a non-refundable booking fee of $997. Your balance will be payable in two payments per the schedule below. If you use a Coupon Code, your discount will be taken off of your final payment.


DUE at time of Booking

Non-Refundable Booking Fee of $997


June 24

Payment 1 - First half of the remaining balance.


August 24

Payment 2 - Remaining balance due.




Cancellation & Refund Policy:


By You. You agree that the Booking Fee is non-refundable in the event you wish to cancel your participation in the Program. A request to cancel your participation in the Program will be considered by the Company if a Notice of Cancellation is provided to Company in writing at studioxhico@gmail.com and if it meets the following deadlines: 

  1. If the Notice of Cancellation is received by the Company on or before July 24, 2022, you may receive a refund of seventy-five percent (75%) of the total Program Fee Remaining Balance payments received from you (not including the non-refundable Booking Fee).
  2. If the Notice of Cancellation is received by the Company on or before August 24, 2022, you may receive a refund of fifty percent (50%) of the total Program Fee Remaining Balance payments received from you (not including the non-refundable Booking Fee).
  3. If the Notice of Cancellation is received by Company on or after August 25, 2022, there will be no refunds of any amounts issued; no exceptions.

By Company. If the Company is unable to confirm a minimum of five (5) Program participants, then Company reserves the right to cancel the Program and you will be refunded all amounts paid by you to the Company (including the Booking Fee). If the Company needs to cancel the Program, you will be notified by July 30, 2022. If you are purchasing your flight before July 30, 2022, we recommend you book a flexible ticket or secure travel insurance with flight coverage.


Read full TERMS OF SERVICE.

Requirements & Terms of Service

Requirements


• You must be 18 years or older to attend this trip.

• You must purchase Travel Insurance separately. Proof of Travel Insurance is required before the trip.

• You must agree to the Terms of Service and sign the digital document after registration. See Below.
• You must agree to payment terms, payment schedule, and refund policy.
• You must present proof of Covid Vaccine before the trip.

• After you pay your booking fee, you'll need to fill out a registration form. We will send you a link for this.


Read the full Terms of Service for more on the details above.



Terms of Service


To book your trip you must agree to our Terms of Service. In addition to viewing them here, you agree to sign a digital document via HelloSign. A link for this will be sent to you after your registration and is required to be signed for your travel.


Please download and carefully read the full Terms of Service. If you have any questions, please email them to studioxhico@gmail.com


READ FULL TERMS OF SERVICE 



Still, have questions???


Send me an email at studioxhico@gmail.com and I'll get back to you!

What’s included

  • Curated Itinerary
    A special itinerary curated by Xhico for Surface Designers and Artists. We'll visit some of his favorite artisans of Oaxaca and eat some delicous food along the way. Of course, lots of design talk!
  • 6 Nights at 4-Star Hotel
    6 Nights stay at Hotel Azul - a beautifully designed hotel in Oaxaca's City Center. Located in a safe area with most all of your needs within walking distance.
  • Host
    Xhico will be your host. For years, his insight as an artist has been helping him cultivate relationships with artisans of Mexico. He enjoys sharing his love of the Mexican culture with others.
  • Co-Host
    Tanya will be my Co-Host on this trip to help everything go smoothly. We've worked together many times over the years organizing experiences like this for groups like yours.
  • Special Access
    Special access to amazing artists, unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • Artisan Visits
    Our program includes visits to several Oaxacan artisans homes and studios. Many of these artists are indigenous and working in popular arts that have been passed down for generations.
  • Artisan Workshops
    We'll enjoy group workshops with different local Artisans using different mediums and techniques.
  • Transportation: Hotel
    Transportation to/from the Airport Oaxaca de Juarez (OAX) to/from Hotel Azul on day of arrival and departure.
  • Transportation: Program
    We will travel in a private transportation. We will have a van with our experienced driver to drive us to all of our scheduled programming.
  • Program Translator
    The program will be hosted in English. A translator for the group will be included when necessary for scheduled programming visits where artisans may not speak English.
  • Entry Fees & Gratuities
    Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events. Gratuities for artisans, drivers, and restaurants.
  • Meals & Drinks
    Delicious meals & drinks as described in the itinerary.
  • Curious Travelers
    A group of like minded artist and designers curious about art, culture, and food.
  • Live Pre-Trip Q&As
    I'll hold two live Orientations/Q&As via Zoom the months leading up to the trip. I'll give you lots of travel tips and you can ask anything you want to know about preparing for the trip.
  • Digital City Guide
    You'll have access to a digital city guide with recommendations for resturants, shoppings, museums, galleries, and other sights to see.
  • Welcome Package
    Welcome gifts and goodies will be waiting at your hotel to keep you going during the trip.
  • Airfare
    Airfare to/from Oaxaca, Mexico is NOT included.
  • Transportation: Travel
    Any transportation that is required to get you to/from Oaxaca, Mexico is not included.
  • Transportation: Personal
    Any local transportation outside of programming such as taxis or personal tours or any other destination.
  • Travel Insurance
    Travel Insurance is REQUIRED to participate, but not included. You must purchase separately.
  • Medical Expenses
    Medical expenses including but not limited to medical tests, doctors visits, or medication.
  • Gifts & Incidentals
    Any gifts, incidentals, or additional snacks you want to buy are not included. You must pay for these out of your own pocket.
  • Hotel Incidentals
    Any expenses incurred as a result of you using goods or services in the hotel such as, but not limited to, food, laundry, communications, drinks, self-serve goods, etc.
  • Additional Accommodation
    Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Travel Document Fees
    Passport and visa fees, if applicable.
  • Host Gratuity
    Gratuities for Trip Hosts

Available Packages

1 Program Participant - Private, 1 Bed
Available until May 24, 2022only 3 left

1 Program Participant


This price is for 1 Program Participant. It includes access to the full Retreat Progam with a daily itinerary, workshops, group events, program transportation, meals, and hotel accommodations for one in a PRIVATE room with a king bed.

Hotel Azul Oaxaca


• Private Room
• King Size Bed 

• 6 Nights (Arrive Oct 24, 2022 - Depart Oct 30, 2022)

• Daily Breakfast Included

View Hotel Website


Meals


• Breakfast: This price includes daily breakfast at the hotel (6 Breakfasts). 

• Lunch: This price includes 4 group lunches. You will have 1 free day to choose where you eat. You'll be responsible to pay for this lunch.

• Dinners: This price includes 5 group dinners. You will have 1 free day to choose where you eat. You'll be responsible to pay for this dinner.
• Water & Snacks: Will be provided in the van.

• Mezcal Tasting: A night of Mezcal Tasting is included.

• Nightlife: One night out with the group and 3 drinks are included.

• Beverages: Each meal includes two beverages of your choice.



Notes:


• Bring Your Partner: 

If you would like to bring a partner that does not want to participate in the program, you can add on "Bring My Partner" below. This price doesn't qualify for the early bird special.


To get this price for your Partner, you must book a 1 Program Participant Package. This will give you access to a Private Room with a King Bed that you will share with your partner.


This does NOT INCLUDE ANY ACCESS TO THE RETREAT PROGRAM. Your Partner will NOT be able to participate in our daily itinerary, any workshops, ride in the van, lunches, or other group events. This price only includes the shared hotel accommodations with a Program Participant and transportation to/from OAX airport. This price included limited meals (6 Hotel Breakfasts, 5 Group Dinners, Mezcal Tasting, One night out with the group with 3 drinks included). You will be responsible for lunches and any additional food & drinks. Partners will be provided a list of things to do and places to eat, but they will be on their own during the day. 


NOT INCLUDED for Partners:

• Daily Itinerary for Program Participants

• Local Transporation 

• Group events/workshops

• Lunches, Additional Snacks & Drinks

$5,797
Deposit: $997
1 Program Participants - Shared, 2 Beds
Available until May 24, 2022only 2 left

1 Program Participants - BRING A FRIEND! Share a room!


This price per person is for 1 Program Participant based on a shared room of two Program Participants. It includes access to the full Retreat Progam with a daily itinerary, workshops, group events, program transportation, meals, and hotel accommodations for one in a SHARED room with two double beds.


Find a friend who you want to share this experience with! This price is based upon two participants, so you must both pay in full to receive this price. If one person fails to make payment, the other person will be required to pay an additional $600 to attend.


Hotel Azul Oaxaca


• Shared Room

• 2 Double Beds

• 6 Nights (Arrive Oct 24, 2022 - Depart Oct 30, 2022)

• Daily Breakfast Included

View Hotel Website


Meals


• Breakfast: This price includes daily breakfast at the hotel (6 Breakfasts). 

• Lunch: This price includes 4 group lunches. You will have 1 free day to choose where you eat. You'll be responsible to pay for this lunch.

• Dinners: This price includes 5 group dinners. You will have 1 free day to choose where you eat. You'll be responsible to pay for this dinner. 

• Water & Snacks: Will be provided in the van.

• Mezcal Tasting: A night of Mezcal Tasting is included.

• Nightlife: One night out with the group and 3 drinks are included.

• Beverages: Each meal includes two beverages of your choice.


Note: 

• This is only for participants who are coming with a participating friend. Each participant must register and notify us of their friend with whom they'll be sharing a room.

• For participants bringing a non-participating partner or spouse, choose "Partner package". We are not able to arrange shared rooms for individual travelers.

$5,197
Deposit: $997
Bring Your Partner - Add on Package
Available until May 24, 20225 left

1 Partner Guest


If you are a Program Participant and want to bring a Partner who wants to travel with you but doesn't want to participate in the program, this price is to bring that person with you.


To get this price for your Partner, you must book a 1 Program Participant Package. This will give you access to a Private Room with a King Bed. Your partner will share this room and bed with you.


This does NOT INCLUDE ANY ACCESS TO THE RETREAT PROGRAM. Your Partner will NOT be able to participate in our daily itinerary, any workshops, ride in the van, lunches, or other group events. This price only includes the shared hotel accommodations with a Program Participant, limited meals & drinks as noted below, ride to/from OAX airport.


Partners will be provided a list of things to do and places to eat, but they will be on their own during the day. 


Hotel Azul Oaxaca


• You will share a room and King bed with your partner - The Program Participant

• 6 Nights (Arrive Oct 24, 2022 - Depart Oct 30, 2022)

• Daily Breakfast Included

View Hotel Website


Meals


• Breakfast: This price includes daily breakfast at the hotel (6 Breakfasts). 

• Lunch: Not included. You'll be responsible to pay for any lunches.

• Dinners: This price includes 5 group dinners. You will have 1 free day to choose where you eat. You'll be responsible to pay for this dinner. 

• Water & Snacks: Not included. You'll be responsible to pay for any water & snacks.

• Mezcal Tasting: A night of Mezcal Tasting is included.

• Nightlife: One night out with the group and 3 drinks are included.

• Beverages: Each included meal includes two beverages of your choice.


NOT INCLUDED for Partners


• Program Participant 

• Daily Itinerary

• Local Transporation
• Group events/workshops

• Lunches, Additional Snacks & Drinks

$1,497
Deposit: $797
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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrivals & Welcome

Arrivals
You'll arrive at Xoxocotlán International Airport (OAX) in Oaxaca City where you'll be greeted by our driver holding a sign with your name. 


Hotel Azul, Check-in

You will be driven to Hotel Azul Oaxaca to check in and get settled in your room.

Meet & Greet Cocktail - Welcome Dinner

We'll gather for a welcome cocktail to meet each other before heading to a fun welcome dinner at one of Oaxaca's regional restaurants.


* Final itinerary will be released closer to the trip. Itinerary subject to change without notice.

Your Organizer


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