OAXACA, MEXICO: APRIL 1-8, 2022
Join Alison and Hannah in April…
For a week of cultural exploration in gorgeous Oaxaca, Mexico. An opportunity to dive into artisan craft, local cuisine and heritage sites with an emphasis on meaningful cross-cultural exchange. We’ll split our time between the gorgeous countryside and vibrant Oaxaca City for a balanced itinerary that will leave you feeling relaxed and inspired.
From the stunning agave fields where much of the country’s mezcal is produced to the vibrant artisan markets, Oaxaca bursts with inspiration, flavor, color, tradition and warmth. Our itinerary is carefully curated to show you all the best highlights of the region.
**REGISTRATION FOR THIS TRIP WILL OPEN AT 8AM PST ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26TH!
ART + CULTURE
Oaxaca is extremely culturally rich and known for its vibrant art scene, from pre-hispanic handcrafts to modern art. We will be exploring many aspects of Oaxacan art and culture through connecting with artisans, exploring art museums, architecture and traditional markets.
The trip will begin with a guided tour of indigenous heritage sites to learn about the rich history of Oaxaca and how it has influenced modern Oaxacan culture.
We will spend a day with Ludavina, a master of weaving and natural dyes, where we will learn the processes and techniques and each create a beautiful piece to take home. You’ll get to visit the family home of expert candle makers and learn about the traditional art form as well as have an opportunity to support their work by purchasing their beautiful products.
One of the most unique cultural experiences in Oaxaca is the traditional temezcal, a sweat lodge practiced with hot stones, local herbs and sacred songs. We will learn about and participate in this special ceremony led by Laura, accompanied with a yoga class for a day of connection and rejuvenation.
FOOD + DRINK
The cuisine of Oaxaca is truly some of the best in all of Mexico. From moles and tamales to tlayudas and memelas, the local foods burst with flavor and vibrance. We will explore the cuisine through the eyes of locals, with a guided market tour and participating in a traditional Oaxacan cooking class, both led by local 4th generation chef Lalo. From the bustling markets and street food stalls, to the best upscale restaurants in Oaxaca, we’ve created a well-rounded food itinerary, so you’ll get to enjoy the diverse flavors of Oaxaca.
Oaxaca is the home to more than 70% of Mexico’s mezcal production. Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the agave plant that has been produced in Oaxaca since the pre-hispanic era. We will visit a distillery where Don Juan will teach us how mezcal is traditionally made, lead us in a tasting to explore the different varieties and flavors, and finish the experience with a sunset dinner overlooking the agave fields.
CONNECTION + EXCHANGE
This trip is an opportunity to connect with the rich local culture of Oaxaca and also an intimate group of like-minded individuals. Throughout the week we will meet and learn from skilled artisans, healers, farmers, chefs and more. We will also create a nurturing container for the group, where hopefully lifelong friendships will be made.
We will connect deeper to Oaxaca through an exploration of it’s native plants and the way they have shaped the local culture by visiting the renowned botanical gardens, participating in a floral arrangement workshop with endemic flora, touring an organic farm before enjoying a farm-to-table meal, and visiting a distillery to learn about the process of transforming agave into the famed mezcal.
As part of the intention of this being a mutually beneficial cross-cultural exchange, Alison and Hannah will be donating 10% of profits from the trip to the Fondo Guadalupe Musalem. The Fondo Guadalupe Musalem promotes and supports young women, mainly from rural, indigenous and Afro-Mexican communities, so that they can carry out their studies and achieve personal development.
• 7 nights/8 days accommodation at Grana B&B in Oaxaca Centro
• All breakfasts, lunches and dinners (excluding market visits) – we will do our best to accommodate any dietary restrictions and preferences.
• All group-led tours and activities, including cultural site visits, artisan craft and floral design workshops, cooking class, farm tours, mezcal tasting, yoga class and traditional temezcal, etc.
• Transportation to and from the airport and Grana
• All transportation to activities outside the city
• Airfare: Flights from the US typically range from $200 – $800 depending on where you’re traveling from
• Travel Insurance: We have a strict (no-refunds) cancellation policy, so we recommend that everyone gets personal travel insurance. This will cover things like illness/injury, flight cancellations, theft, etc.. Insuremytrip.com offers a variety of policies that will protect your investment
• Personal Shopping Expenses + Alcohol: There will be a couple lunches during mercado visits that will not be covered, so we recommend carrying cash for this and for shopping for artisan goods. No alcohol, except for mezcal tasting at the palenque, will be included.
8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast at Grana
9:30 – 1:00pm Natural dying workshop with Ludavina
1:30 – 2:30pm Lunch at local market
3:00 – 5:00pm Botanical garden tour
5:30 – 7:00pm Sunset happy hour at Amantes (or free time)
7:30 – 9:30pm Group dinner at Criollo
Other activities will include: visit to candle-making workshop, Oaxacan cooking class, heritage site visits, traditional temezcal, mezcal farm and distillery tour with sunset dinner, hike and mineral springs, guided shopping tour and more!
Grana B&B is a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Oaxaca City. Set in an 18th century mansion renovated and decorated with special touches, Grana is a love declaration to Oaxaca and “to daydreamers and to wandering poets who’ve decided to turn their lifestyle into art.” Named after the famous “grana cochinilla” that was once the gold of Oaxaca, Grana is inspired by the botanical elements of this pre-hispanic dye in the architecture and decoration of the rooms and common spaces.
• Deluxe: Deluxe rooms are extra-special spacious accommodations with King-sized beds and expansive views.
• King: King rooms offer a luxurious stay with King-sized bed, private bathroom and soaking tub.
• Queen: Queen rooms offer comfort and minimal luxury with a queen bed, private bath and inner courtyard view.
*All rooms feature a workstation, WiFi, safe deposit box, flat screen LED TV, and organic and artisanal amenities.
Arrival: Fly into Oaxaca International Airport. We will have shuttles to pick you up if you arrive on Friday, April 1st. Grana B&B is about 20 minutes from the airport. Check in starts at 3pm.
Departure: Check out is 11:30am. Airport shuttles will be running all day on April 8th.
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, please check visa requirements for traveling to Mexico.
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.
Covid-19: After much consideration for the safety of everyone, we’re requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated in order to join this trip. We will be requiring proof of vaccination prior to arrival.We also request all participants to get a Covid test before traveling to Mexico. Additionally, a negative Covid test taken within 72-hours of your flight is required to travel back to the United States.
ABOUT ALISON + HANNAH
Alison Wu is a stylist and the founder of lifestyle brand, Wu Haus. Since starting Wu Haus in 2016 as a creative outlet for her personal style and recipes, Alison has received international recognition in publications like Forbes, Vogue, The New York Times and Domino. In 2021, Alison co-founded Ami Ami – a line of dukkah-inspired nut, seed and spice toppings. In addition to brand partnerships, Alison regularly collaborates with artists and makers to create intentional products meant for the home or to be worn. She is currently based in Mexico City and does restaurant and creative branding consultation in addition to hosting events and workshops.
Hannah Aronowitz first came to Oaxaca in 2012 to work with a micro-finance non-profit, Fundacion En Via, and has been living in Oaxaca part-time ever since. From this experience she began working with local artisans, eventually starting a clothing and lifestyle brand, Miha. She now resides in Oaxaca full-time and recently opened a restaurant there, Leonora. Her interest in the local culture, from artisan goods to cuisine, paired with intimate connections with locals, makes her uniquely suited and excited to share her favorite city with you!