Exploring the space between traditional practice and contemporary design through the life, work, process and motive of Oaxacan artisans, designers and innovators.

APRIL , 2019 (5 days, 4 nights)


This 5 days Arts & Lectures workshop partners with 7 local artists & designers to examine the shifting landscape of Oaxaca’s design world through each person’s unique approach to traditional mediums, local materials, creative practices and contemporary influences.

Visits, conversations and presentations will open us up to the work, practices, lifestyles and creative mindsets of a variety of local designers working with mediums including palm weaving, glass blowing, ceramics, architecture, natural dyes and textile production. We will discuss relationships with Oaxaca as a physical place, a culture, and as both a long standing & newly emerging hub of design tradition & innovation.


Each morning will begin with an optional post- breakfast visit to a local workshop (10-2) to see designers in their personal spaces. Each evening we will come together for a conversation with a local artist or designer to discuss their work, have drinks, and dine together, over meals from local chefs and cocineras. Dinners take place in varying locations including private homes and workshops.

Participants are on their own for lunch / afternoon exploration.  

Participants with a personal design practice are welcome to share on the final afternoon.

5th night optional to stay for our December open house at Pocoapoco, Friday December 20th.  


  • 5 day program in Oaxaca

  • 4 nights of lodging at a centrally located Bed & Breakfast

  • Daily breakfast & morning clay practice (Thursday-Sunday)

  • Daily visits to local artisan workshops (Thursday-Saturday)

  • Evening cocktails, presentations and discussions with local artists

  • Intimate dinner and drinks from a local chef / cocinera

  • Airport transportation

  • Optional guidance on travel and other local activities


$1200 (single occupancy) / $1100 (double occupancy)

15% discount for students & educators

To attend, please fill out the form below. We will get back to you shortly with confirmation and deposit information. A 50% non-refundable deposit is required upon confirmation. Final deposits will be due November 16th.  

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images: Rinne Allen, Simone Bodmer-Turner, Andrea Gentl, Alicia Jimenez

images: Rinne Allen, Simone Bodmer-Turner, Andrea Gentl, Alicia Jimenez