Based on the 2019 itinerary, we are repeating the textile journey in March 2020 by special request! Please keep in mind that the details of the itinerary may shift slightly, but the dates will remain the same as below. This is a special time of the year to visit Guatemala. We'll enjoy some of the festivities of Cuaresma (Lent time, before Easter), but still miss the intense crowds of the actual Semana Santa, which can be rather overwhelming. It's the perfect time for enjoying some traditional processions and colorful sawdust carpets in the streets in Antigua and rural villages in addition to our creative idea exchange fun.

Co-lead by Mari Gray and Aiko Kobayashi.



(March 12-20, 2020)

Including visits to Antigua, San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Sumpango, Chichicastenango, San Juan la Laguna, and other villages around Lake Atitlán.

*Now with two leaders: Mari Gray and Aiko Kobayashi*

Workshop options from artisan groups include (but not limited to): overall hands-on talk concerning textile traditions in Guatemala, hand-embroidery, backstrap brocade weaving, natural dyes, ikat warp on backstrap, footloom corte weaving with intricate ikat.
Workshop/Presentations from participants will vary on interest.  We are very flexible, and the artisans are eager to hear from you!
Other activity options include cooking, hiking, poolside relaxing, shopping at markets.$1950 per participant all-inclusive in Guatemala.


(March 19-25, 2020)

Including visits from Antigua to Tactic, Cobán, Semuc Champey, and Chamelco.

*Now with two leaders: Mari Gray and Aiko Kobayashi*

This portion of the trip covers longer distances to visit groups in rural areas.  These days will be less about workshops, and more about visiting rural villages, markets, and personal homes.  These are hard-to-reach places, and the day in Semuc Champey will be great to relax in nature and to refresh after potentially overwhelming our senses with all the colors and patterns imaginable. Last year, we were lucky enough to spot a few quetzales! Crossing our fingers for the same again.$1750 per participant all-inclusive in Guatemala.

Want to hear more? Email me at mari@kakawdesigns.com
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What does it include?
We tried to make our itineraries as all-inclusive as possible, providing a collaborative group atmosphere among all the creatives.  This means that the listed prices include all workshops/presentations, all accommodations (double room), all meals, all private transport, and myself as a guide (Mari) who can also translate, explain, and facilitate textile experiences.
We know how important it can be to be comfortable after busy days full of inspiration and happenings - that's why we've chosen trusted hotels and restaurants. 
Bring a friend and receive $100 off!
Please note that the prices do not include airfare, travel insurance, or health insurance.