Residencia Botánica with Saipua and Nahvae Frost

December 3-11, 2016   


Residencia Botánica is a residency / workshop / retreat for creative professionals and small business owners to expand botanical and floral knowledge and regain creative inspiration through guided and independent interaction with the botanical diversity and culture of Oaxaca.  

It is also is a time to slow down and observe.  To give deliberate attention to beauty and our ability to create it.  To develop a deeper sense of calm and connection to process, materials, and community. To create more space for this knowledge, beauty and connection in work and in life.  


A significant amount of time will be open for individual projects, research and exploration of Oaxaca with open assistance from program directors.  Residents are encouraged to devote time to writing and documentation and will be given notebooks as well as writing prompts and relevant reading materials for your own use. 

The other part of your time will be spent in workshops, lectures, and/or demonstrations to provide broader context for your independent work and research.  Workshops will be led by Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua and will include hands-on floral instruction as well as insight into her own work and process. In addition to on-site workshops, she will join for market visits to survey and purchase local materials and vessels, and for focused conversations on creative work and business development.  Residents will take time to create arrangements for their rooms, for evening meals and to consider how these materials interact with place through architecture, color, and climate.  We will press flowers, photograph, and continue to document, taking a guided tour of the stunning ethnobotanical garden and spending time observing and discussing the area’s diverse use of flora and plants through visits to natural dyers and weavers, mezcal tastings, and healing, herb-infused temascals.   

Evenings, the group will come together to relax, discuss, and reflect over beautiful, Oaxaca-inspired meals by Chef Nahvae Frost. 

On our last evening, residents will have a final presentation and celebratory dinner to share knowledge, ideas and projects that have emerged from the week. 

This workshop residency is limited to 8 participants. Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis. Residency fees cover housing, morning and evening meals, all scheduled events, workshops, and workshop-specific materials.  Residents are responsible for their own travel costs.  

*Residents will be housed in a spacious B&B with considerable outdoor space to create work or lounge in hammocks. Oaxacan breakfast will be provided each morning. 


Sarah Ryhanen is a a self-taught floral designer, stylist and writer with a background in Contemporary Art.  She is the founder of Saipua, The Little Flower School, and World's End Farm. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Vogue and Martha Stewart. Sarah is a Leo with Taurus rising. 

Nahvae Frost is the chef and owner of Brooklyn’s Eleven36 and L'atelier Vert. Her experience and philosophy revolves around creating vegetable-forward food aligned with location and season, focusing on varying tastes, flavors, and how we feel when our bodies are finely tuned.  Through her food and practice, she hopes to nurture a healthier approach towards cooking, eating and overall well-being by recognizing food as a simple and necessary medium through which we can profoundly effect change in both ourselves and the world around us.

photos: Saipua, Pocoapoco