During this unique experience, we will spend our time connecting with and learning from a 4th generation hammock maker. Each student will have the opportunity to weave a hammock of your own. In addition to making hammocks, we will have a day to explore the age-old craft of macramé, the art of tying knots, lead by macramé artist Emily Katz.
When we're not creating, we'll have time to enjoy mountaintop mineral springs, a mezcal farm, shared meals prepared by talented local chefs and other special Oaxacan experiences.
MAY 22nd : ARRIVALS
Upon arriving to the Oaxaca International Airport, you will be greeted by someone from our team and shown to Oaxaca City where you will have free time to explore during the afternoon, followed by a welcome cocktail on a terrace. Once the whole group has arrived, we will travel via private shuttle to our private home in Mitla, Oaxaca where we will enjoy a family style dinner prepared by a talented local chef.
MAY 23rd : MITLA RUINS, HISTORY + INTRO TO HAMMOCK MAKING
Meet with Santos, our local Mitla guide and hammock-making instructor. Santos will show us around the town of Mitla, including a visit to the Mitla ruins, where he will share knowledge about indigenous Zapotec history. We will eat lunch in town and then return to the home to begin working on our hammocks under the open-air palapa.
MAY 24th : HAMMOCK MAKING
Spend the morning making hammocks from home, under the palapa or in the desert garden. Free time in the afternoon to relax by the pool or venture to a nearby town with a thriving weaving community. Family-style dinner at home prepared by a talented local chef.
MAY 25th : MACRAMÉ
Emily Katz, founder of Modern Macramé, will guide the group in a practice of the age-old knotting techniques known as macramé. You can incorporate macramé onto your hammock or create a separate piece. Free time in the afternoon to relax by the pool or venture with the group to Oaxaca City. Multi-course tasting menu dinner at Enrique Olvera's Criollo restaurant.
MAY 26th : MEZCAL + MINERAL SPRINGS
Spend the day absorbing Oaxaca's beauty! We'll take you to an agave farm to learn about the mezcal-production process, and mineral springs that have formed a natural infinity pool in the mountains. Final family-style dinner and celebration at the home, prepared by a talented local chef.
MAY 27th : DEPARTURES
Group breakfast and final moments in Oaxaca, with private transportation back to the airport.
This trip takes place in a rural town located about 45 minutes outside of Oaxaca City. Known for it's Zapotec history and preserved ruins, staying in this small town will put us close to the rural life rich in ancestral techniques that make Oaxaca so unique.
We will stay in a private rural home, with 4 double rooms, a private pool, desert gardens, and open-air palapa, all with vistas of the surrounding mountains.
Space is limited to 4 double rooms. Pricing is $2,500 per person for the week, based on double occupancy accommodation.
Reservations/payments can be made below, either in one full payment or three separate installments (including a $500 non-refundable deposit).
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THE FINE PRINT
In-Country Transportation: We will employ a skilled local driver who knows the roads and can safely take us to and from the airport and other destinations.
Accommodation: Private home accommodation in a rural home in Mitla, Oaxaca. Each room has two full or queen sized beds. Pricing is based on double room occupancy; however, if you're booking with a friend and would like to share a bed, please contact us for discounted pricing. Likewise, if you are interested in a single room, please contact us for single supplement pricing.
Food: Wholesome meals cooked daily by a talented local chefs using fresh, local produce and traditional recipes. We will eat most meals family-style at the dinner table. We'll also dine out in the renowned Criollo restaurant, as well as markets.
Art Education: During this trip we will employ 4th generation hammock makers from the Mitla region of Oaxaca. They will teach our group how to make hammocks and Emily Katz of Modern Macramé will teach our group how to macramé embellishments onto the hammocks.
Craft Supplies: You will be provided with the necessary raw materials and tools to create a hammock of your very own. Each participant will also receive a handmade journal at the beginning of the trip to document the experience.
Additional Experiences: While in Oaxaca, we want you to experience the region and its diverse range of beauty. We'll dedicate an entire day of the trip to activities such as visiting mineral springs in the mountains, visiting an agave farm to learn about mezcal production, visiting local markets and more.
Oaxaca City Experience: This trip includes one afternoon and evening in Oaxaca City, where participants can explore shops, museums and other sites, followed by a dinner at Criollo restaurant. If you'd like to extend your trip on either end, we are happy to share our Oaxaca City recommendations.
Support: Two guides, Caitlin Ahern of Thread Caravan and Emily Katz of Modern Macramé, will accompany the group during the trip, offering participants their combined knowledge of the crafts, while making sure everything runs smoothly. In addition, Thread Caravan staff is available to answer questions and assist with trip preparations beforehand.
Gift: Special arrival gift with some of our favorite Oaxacan items.
Carbon Emissions Offset: We’ve partnered with Trees for the Future to plant 50 tress on your behalf in order to offset the carbon emissions of your travel to Mexico. Please contact us if you’d like us to plant additional trees on your behalf.
Airfare: We've found that flights from the U.S. range from approximately $300-$700 depending on the airline and how far in advance you book.
Personal Travel Insurance: We recommend all participants to have personal travel insurance. This will cover things like illness, flight cancellations, theft, etc. World Noamds and Allianz are two travel insurance companies we recommend.
Alcohol: We will have a bottle of house mezcal available; however, all other alcoholic drinks are not included in the trip cost.
Personal Shopping Expenses: Oaxaca is full of wonderful artisan-made goods, mezcal and food products which you may be intrigued to purchase during the workshop.
GETTING THERE AND AWAY:
This workshop starts and ends at the Xoxocotlan International Airport in Oaxaca, Mexico. You get there and we'll handle the rest.
We ask that all travelers arrive before 3pm on the first day of our trip to ensure making our group dinner and orientation.
Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are suggested by the Center for Disease Control. If you are traveling from a country with Yellow Fever, it is required that you have a Yellow Fever vaccination.
VISA: A VISA is not required for citizens of the United States if traveling to Mexico for under 180 days. If you are a citizen of another country you can check VISA requirements here.
Passport Validity: In order to enter Mexico, your passport must be valid for at least 90 days following your departure date. You must also have at least one blank page in your passport.
Photos by Kelly Framel, Dustin Franz, Lea Wright, Lea Pellegrini and Caitlin Ahern