Dear Readers:

Oaxaca stimulates your senses. Primary colors with all the hues and variations explode in front of your eyes on walls, textiles, vehicles, clothing, the painter’s canvas.

The aroma of roasting corn, goat buried for barbecue and mole coloradito simmering in the pot tickle the nose and stimulate your desire to taste and savor.

The cacaphony of barking dogs, cackling guacalotes, and honking buses provide a backdrop to the oompahpah of the village brass band and church bells.

Oaxaca is alive with creativity and energy.

That is why we organize arts workshops, retreats, conferences, and residencies here.  By being in Oaxaca, one cannot help but look at the world differently, develop new ways of seeing things, stretch the imagination, and provoke innovation.

Our programs are stimulating, fun, and take you a step off-the-beaten path.  We are educational providers, not tour operators, so our approach is very different!

The information on these blog pages will also help you plan your own visit if you choose to travel independently or are looking for a reliable resource.

We hope you enjoy Oaxaca. It is wonderful and safe. Disfruta bien.

Norma Schafer, Executive Director, Oaxaca Cultural Navigator LLC

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P.S.  Is it safe?  Unequivocably, YES.

15 Responses to Welcome

  1. Norma, I’m hoping to spend a couple of weeks in Oaxaca this summer both working on my Spanish and either taking cooking or art classes. Do you have any info on language classes that have a better reputation than others? And are you aware of printing classes(silkscreen, Linotype or woodblock) that I could take? Thanks so much!

    • Jane, I wrote a blog post about where to take Spanish lessons in Oaxaca. Please use the SEARCH function on the website to find recommendations. Check out La Chicharra graphics arts workshop for classes. You can find them on Facebook. Have fun.

  2. Hi Norma! I am in the middle of planning a trip to Oaxaca because I would like to buy some craft artisan goods, such as handmade wool pillow cases and meet with someone that could design some for me in hopes that i could either bring or have shipped back to me in the states. I am a big supporter of the Fair Trade Federation or if the artisans are not apart of this than i want to make sure that the artisans are paid fairly. Do you know who i could see in Oaxaca about getting some items made and i could set up a relationship where these items can be continuously ordered on my end and shipped? Thank you so much!!!

  3. I am interested in painting workshops (about a week) in Oaxaca sometime later this month (July) or sometime during the first 2 weeks in august. Can you make any recommendations?

  4. I am curios about having specific handbags made for my company. I have traveled to Oaxaca and bought rugs and pillow covers many years ago. I am looking to have some made with the textile and leather. If this is somthing you can help me with, please respond by email.
    Thank you for your time. Enjoy the day.

  5. Hi Norma,
    Thank you for posting the story about finding the printmakers’ workshop. I am about to embark on an epic adventure into Central and South America, discovering and learning how to do various traditional folk art mainly through textiles and printmaking. My interest and goals are to learn these techniques and create unique textiles and clothing, although I am very new to this industry. I have had a unique background in painting, architecture, welding, tattooing, dreamcatchers, found object craft projects, etc. The only conclusion that I have made is that I LOVE to learn, so here I am ready to explore the world. I have researched artist residencies and don’t feel drawn to them, I want to immerse myself into local cultures and meet the artists and learn. Can you please help me by finding a suitable learning opportunity? I am interested in printmaking on textiles and fabrics, weaving, dyeing, etc. I am on a budget and willing to do worktrade, but can also afford a small fee. I plan on traveling to Oaxaca as a start to my southward journey around the 10th-12th of December. I am also looking for an affordable place to stay while I am in town and would stay with a host family, in my tent or with an artist. Thank you, I am so looking forward to hearing back, and I can email examples of the crazy diverse art that I have created if you would like to see.

    • Dear Bear, I don’t think I can help you. Maybe you can look at the Oaxaca Lending Library site to find a host family to stay with. Perhaps when you get to Oaxaca you can contact the Museo Textil de Oaxaca to take some courses or to contact the print making studio directly to see if they want to engage you as an apprentice. Good travels. -Norma

  6. Hi Norma,
    I’m traveling solo in March to buy crafts for my growing collection. I’d love to connect with you to gage your feedback for off-the-beaten path places to visit. Please email me to exchange information about my visit. Many thanks in advance!

  7. Hi Norma and the rest of the team,
    Firstly let me start by saying what a wonderful thing you have created. It is truly colourful and inspiring!
    My best friend and I have recently started a textile/soft furnishing company called Walter G (www.walter-g.com.au). Please be sure to check out our story and products. We design naturally hand dyed and block printed fabrics in India. You could say indigo runs through our veins!
    We will be traveling to Mexico and Guatemala in January to soak up some more vibrant colours and we would love to get involved in anything textile! Our dream is to immerse ourselves in the culture and work with or do a course with some local artisans (possibly in weaving or natural dyes).
    Any tips would be greatly appreciated from this fellow lover of all things textiles!
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Many thanks,

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