Pottery, An Immersive Journey in Clay

When we say immersive, we mean it literally. You will have earth under your fingernails and smell of woodsmoke by the time this trip is over...


Three days, three villages: Coyotepec of the black pottery, San Marcos of the red and Atzompa of the green.
In depth, cultural experience, visits villages, homes and new old-time people
Work side by side with potters
Learn about harvesting clay
Eat home-cooked meals

Overnight in the town of Mitla
Learn about the meeting of contemporary social enterprise and ancient potters
Not a potter? Come as a photographer, a blogger, as someone interested in what’s real about a place. This is a perfect way to get behind the scenes.
It’s us, which means we take you off the beaten path and into what’s real!



September 21 - 23, 2018
October 12 - 14
November 9 - 11
Nov 30 - Dec 2
January 4 - 6, 2019
January 25 - 27
February 15 - 17
March 8 - 10
March 29 - 31


US$845 per person

Meeting & End Point:

We willl pick you up and drop you off at any Hotel or B&B located within downtown Oaxaca.


* 3 days tour focus on pottery * 1 night lodging outside the city based on double occupancy * 5 Meals (listed on itinerary Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) * Superb bilingual guide * Transport in private van * Entry fees and artisan fees * Hands-on activities

Not Included:

* Gratuities for your guide & drivers * Travel Insurance * Personal Expenses * Lodging before and after the trip * Alcoholic beverages

Group size:

Minimum 2 travelers. This tour is capped at 11 guests.

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Your hands will have felt the textures of clay from three diverse and ancient pottery communities. You will have seen how a daughter who learned from generations of women who came before her takes the clay she has harvested and works it into a lithe pot in a way you’ve never seen before. You will learn how simple tools, skilled hands, ancestral knowledge and modern ideas create a livelihood for these select village potters. You learn about Innovando la Tradicion, an organization whose singular focus is to improve the lives of traditional potters, and meet some of those potters. You will taste food cooked over the fires of small kitchens and spiced with the nuanced flavors of rural Oaxaca. And you will meet women and men who carry forth a heritage in clay, a community trade and a lifeway that traces back nearly 4,000 years. When we say immersive we mean it!

Day 1

Meet the positive dreamers at Innovando la Tradicion, explore the evidence of ancient dreams at the archeological site of Atzompa, including 1,400 year old kilns, see a modern kiln run on biofuel and get your hands in the clay with the potters of Atzompa.
Overnight Oaxaca City (on your own) (Meals included: Lunch)

Day 2

The village of black pottery, Coyotepec where pots are burnishes smooth as glass and fired in sunken kilns. Meet potters, visit home workshops, try clay. Onward we meet a potter who creates figures from a wild imagination and decorates with paint.
Overnight in the Tlacolula Valley. (Meals included: Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3

In deep! San Marcos of the red pottery, traditional women, digging clay, making clay, hands in clay, home cooked meal, pre-colombian woodfiring and a circle of community.
(Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch)

Itinerary Subject to change

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