Deposit for Colors of Guatemala trip, Dec 9 - 19, 2024


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//This is a non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot for the natural dye exploration itinerary from December 9th to 19th, 2024. Deadline to sign up is July 15th, 2024. Please check our FAQ sheet for more information on our Textile Travels. Wondering how to compare the different itineraries? See our blog post. Not applicable for store discounts (we will correct the discount in your second invoice).//


A new itinerary put together with indigo practitioner Abigail Rothberg from Mysa! Over the past decade working with artisans in Guatemala, we at Kakaw have learned a lot about natural dye practices and traditions. But, sometimes, it seems like the more we learn, the more we have follow-up questions! This is the pull of the magic behind natural dyes that many of our workshop participants also feel. Thus, our new travel itinerary to explore more in-depth than ever before -- come along with us foraging, harvesting, nature-walking, dyeing, and more! Learn about the history of natural dye practices in the area, and the movement to support and bring back this tradition.



We are committed to local education/training in Guatemala, and plan to sponsor two local artisans interested in natural dyes for this trip. We will need a minimum of 8 participants to offer sponsorships.



    • Introduction to Guatemalan textiles
    • History of natural dyes in Guatemala
    • A local traditional ikat corte workshop and their educational project
    • Foraging and harvesting local dye plants
    • A local cochineal farm
    • Resist-dye techniques such as ikat 
    • Dyeing with local materials
    • Indigo practices from a local master dyer who grows and processes her own indigo
    • Plain weave on a backstrap loom. The finished loom is for you to take home and continue weaving!


What's included?

  • 6 nights at Lake Atitlán at two lake-front lodges that are locally-owned and operated, with plenty of common outdoor space to practice our crafts (Santiago Atitlán and San Juan la Laguna)
  • 4 nights in Antigua at our favorite hotel that feels like a home away from home
  • All meals except for three which are "free-time"
  • All small group workshops and one-on-one instruction in open-air settings, sometimes overlooking the beautiful lake
  • All in-country transport with a trusted driver. This includes airport transfers between Aurora Airport (Guatemala City) and Antigua, which can be arranged flexibly before the start date and after the finish date, so you can explore beautiful Antigua on your own.
  • A private boat at Lake Atitlán
  • A printed-out "Antigua Guide" we have developed with our favorite places around town for participants to explore before and/or after the group trip
  • Two bilingual expert guides for the entire trip, with additional local village expert facilitators for workshops and activities


Min 6 pax (Min 8 pax for artisan sponsor) / Max 12 pax 

$2900 per person in single-occupancy rooms. Take $200 off per person when signing up together and sharing a room. 

Reserve your spot with a $400 deposit.

Want to learn more? Here is a little Q and A with Abigail on our blog.


  • COVID-19 vaccination required to participate.
  • This itinerary includes home-cooked and restaurant meals in a rural community. We cannot guarantee changes to the menu to meet dietary restrictions. We will do our best, but those with special dietary needs should be prepared with snacks in case an alternative cannot be provided at homes and at restaurants.
  • The hotels we use for this trip have plenty of steps, and the village visits require some walking. We ask that individuals with mobility challenges seriously consider these factors. When in doubt, please reach out and ask!
  • The rest of the payment for this itinerary will be invoiced after the sign-up deadline (July 15th). Instructions will follow. We are happy to work out a flexible payment schedule.


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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Awesome trip!

This trip was incredible. As someone who doesn't really speak Spanish, Mari and her team organized an incredible trip where I felt like I learned a lot and was comfortable getting around. All of the logistics are handled for you - you just need to get to Guatemala city and then Mari and team will take care of you from there, including arranging additional classes with local artisans if you've got time before and after the trip. Definitely recommend staying an extra couple of days in Antigua if you can!

As a weaver myself, this trip was great to see natural dyes in practice and also get some exposure to weaving and other fiber arts along the way. It was really cool to have several artisan partners participating in an exchange between the different towns we visited - they were exchanging information between each other and it was really great to see what excited or interested them. Overall a great trip with a great group - everyone on the trip brought some cool bit of knowledge or experience that added to the overall learning and experience of the trip!

Dyeing and weaving: a trip at Lago Atitlan

The trip was an exiting experience from the first to the last day. The whole week was perfectly organized by Mari and her Team - thank you very much ! Starting with collecting the plants for dyeing, transforming the colorless fabrics into colorful textiles - what a pleasure; at the end a pleasant day of weaving. In addition occasionally much more: a visit at the foot-loom weavers in Santiago, greeting the sunrise from the canoe on Lago Atitlan or a historical lecture about the past of this impressing country. The program was very appealing and stimulating to dive into the most beautiful, radiant colors of Guatemala:
Please have another great trip !