Oaxaca with Wolf Ceramics

One Departure Only | January 16 - 22, 2022

Artful Mexico

Experience Oaxaca from a creative’s point-of-view with ceramicist Sarah Wolf

January 16 - 22, 2022

One exclusive departure

7 Day, 6 Nights

Oaxaca City, Teotitlan del Valle, San Sebastián Teitipac

Price from

$4,200

Per person
Based on double occupancy

Questions? Text or call us
+1 (855) 219-8018

One of humankind’s earliest inventions is on display right in front of you. And despite it being created the same way in this village for generations, a nearby village has its own traditions, and another still. Pottery is a way of life in Oaxaca, forged from the earth itself and linked to its civilization. Each piece is unique, slightly different in shape and texture, unquestionably linked to the red hills and sprawling landscape around you. And each possesses an imprecise beauty: a piece of Oaxacan magic you can hold in the palm of your hand.

Learning alongside you is Portland potter Sarah Wolf. A ceramics connoisseur and outdoor aficionado, Sarah’s company, Wolf Ceramics, has grown from humble beginnings to becoming one of Portland’s most beloved ceramics brands. Sarah is beyond excited to experience the artistic side of Oaxaca and how the land influences what people are creating.

If you travel to get inspired this trip is for you. Learn from traditional craftspeople in-studio and ancient villages, craft your own ceramics and hone your artistic eye. And Oaxaca’s creative side doesn’t stop at the art: savor some of Mexico’s most delicious cuisine, its renowned mezcal and bustling food markets. Oaxaca is waiting for you.

Ignite

Your inner artist at workshops and in local studios with ceramicist Sarah Wolf

Learn

Oaxacan traditions, about its vibrant art scene and thriving maker culture

Get Inspired

By traditional weavers and sculptors, modern artists and local craftspeople

Explore

Everything from colorful food markets and local eateries to ancient villages and pyramids

3 Reasons to Travel with Wolf Ceramics

Portland-based Wolf Ceramics crafts with a conscience. Founder Sarah Wolf is an artist, maker and ceramicist. She started her growing company to pursue her passion and hasn’t looked back. She’s a fearless entrepreneur who knows the value of creating pieces you’ll use—and care about—for life. We’re excited to explore the art, craft and community of Oaxaca with Sarah.

True Craft

Sarah studied geochemistry and almost pursued a degree in architecture, but decided ceramics was her passion. “I love working with my hands, and it is incredibly satisfying to make objects that will be well used.”

Feel at Home

In an age of mass production, Sarah encourages us to surround ourselves with meaningful things. “Our goal is to create pieces that people will make a part of their lives, pieces that will have a home.”

Artful Experience

Having traveled the world for the love of art and traditional craft, Sarah’s excited to explore the artful side of Oaxaca—the craft and community of the indigenous people that give this region of Mexico its magic.

Your Experience

“Oaxaca is a region rich in natural clay, and people are using it right there. It makes the whole ceramic experience more exciting.”
Sarah Wolf

Oaxaca City, Teotitlan del Valle, San Sebastián Teitipac

“Colors, shapes and patterns are what get me going. Whether they’re on ceramics or textiles, it’s really exciting for me.”
Sarah Wolf

Day by Day

Day 1

Bienvenidos a Mexico! We’ll meet up with the group and get oriented with one of Latin America’s great colonial wonders: Oaxaca City. We’ll walk through the cobblestone streets and snack through its central markets, a feast of the senses where tasajo (dried meats) hang, open fires grill delicious tlayudas (toasted tortillas topped, pizza-style, with Oaxacan string cheese and thin-grilled meats), and vendors scurry past offering chapulines (roasted grasshoppers) and pastry-like pan de yema stacked in woven baskets. Yummy (even those grasshoppers, we promise). We’ll also visit Oaxaca’s incredible textile museum to see a sprawling array of textiles from the region to set the tone for our trip.

In the evening, we’ll toast the start of our adventure with local mezcal—of course—then have terrace seats overlooking Oaxaca’s flood-lit cathedral domes for an inspired, open-air dinner together.

Day 1 Highlights

Welcome cocktails

City tour and textile museum

Welcome dinner

Stay at El Callejon in Oaxaca

Day 2

Oaxaca’s sense of art is vibrant, ageless—and everywhere. Today we go to its source, artist home-studios in nearby mountain villages. First we’ll drive into the Mixtec Mountains and meet local ceramicists Manuel Reyes and Marisela Gómez. They’ll invite us into their home studio and show how they use local clay and natural fibers to craft their signature figurines. Then the artist couple will sit with us for a home-cooked meal of red mole and mezcal.

Afterwards we return to the city, where the evening is ours to explore Oaxaca’s irresistible food and nightlife: world-class restaurants open for dinner and taco stands set up along the lit-up zocalo, just a few blocks from our hotel.

Day 2 Highlights

Visit local ceramicist studio

Home-cooked meal in artist home

Stay at El Callejon in Oaxaca

Day 3

Today we begin out deep-dive into the ceramics culture around Oaxaca. Many villages outside the city have been practicing their own subtly unique methods for generations using ancient techniques. We’ll visit two villages and meet up with local families to learn about their own processes and techniques for creating the art Oaxaca is known for. And there’s no better way to learn than by getting our hands dirty! We’ll harvest dirt from the earth, turning into the iconic red clay the region is known for, and learn about the in-ground firing process.

Inspired and enlightened, we return to the city this evening for a delicious tlayuda dinner at a local restaurant. Besides ceramics, Oaxaca is also known for these incredible pizza-style quesadilla-like creations topped with beans, local produce and stringy Oaxacan cheese. Get ready to fill up and toast to another unforgettable day!

Day 3 Highlights

Visit ceramic villages

Tlayuda dinner

Stay at El Callejon in Oaxaca

Day 4

Who’s ready for art and mezcal? We venture outside the city again to a village renowned for creating Oaxaca’s praised folk art. We’ll see how the craftspeople here create fantastically colored alebrijes, a name coined by their original artist who saw these beasts in a hallucinogenic dream and was driven to show them to the world. Learn about the traditions of making these weird and amazing pieces 

Next, we meet up with a fourth-generation mezcalero in Santa Catarina Minas. We’ll learn how their passed-down, timeless techniques turn agave hearts into the smoky cousin-spirit of tequila—one of Oaxaca’s famed exports. After a traditionally cooked lunch and a tasting, or two, of the artisanal mezcal on hand, we’ll return to Oaxaca a night on our own and probably some more mezcal. Por qué no?

Day 4 Highlights

Visit art village

Mezcal production tour and tasting

Stay at El Callejon in Oaxaca

Day 5

Today we pack for our country retreat in the mountains, where villages devoted to arts and crafts lurk in valley shadows. We’ll stop at the Zapotec village of Teotitlan del Valle, a weaving village with about 5,000 people (and 2,000 looms). We’ll meet weavers of a local collective, who’ll demonstrate their intricate craft using natural fibers for dyes (and even a grounded insect for the bright reds), just as they have for the past fourteen generations. Then we’ll drop by a home to learn to make some local recipes and have lunch with a Zapotec family.

In the afternoon, we head to our home for the next two nights. Our own 300-year-old hacienda feels like a private retreat in the mountains. Kick back by the pool or indulge in the on-site spa before the night’s main event. A big meal with live music and more drinks await, as Sarah is preparing an unforgettable banquet meal with ingredients sourced from local organic farms and producers.

Day 5 Highlights

Visiting Zapotec weaving village

Home-cooked meal with Zapotec family

Cocktails and music at hacienda

Stay at Ex Hacienda San Antonio in San Sebastián Teitipac

Day 6

Today is ours to enjoy. The hacienda can arrange hiking, bike riding or horseback riding across the neighboring mountain vistas, book a message or take part in a guided sweat lodge temazcal experience. These lodges have been used for purification for millennia, so we think they’ll do the trick for the morning.

We meet up in the afternoon for an up-close-and-personal meeting with a local shaman, who’ll share the secrets of a cleansing ritual that’s been in practice here for thousands of years, using smoked copal to bid farewell to negative energies. We’ll leave feeling electric and magical, and toast the results at our huge final dinner as the stars twinkle in the clear Oaxaca night sky.

Day 6 Highlights

Choose your own activities around hacienda

Meet local shaman

Farewell dinner cooked at hacienda

Stay at Ex Hacienda San Antonio in San Sebastián Teitipac

Day 7

All great things come to an end, alas. We’ll have a big farewell breakfast at the hacienda: hot chocolate (not too sweet, not too rich), hand-patted just-made tortillas, huevos rancheros blanketed in a richly flavorful mole. Then we’ll bid farewell to Sarah and to Oaxaca, and pack our things for a short drive back to Oaxaca City for wherever your journey next takes you. Buen viaje!

Day 7 Highlights

Transfers to airport

Thank you.

Where We Sleep

A peaceful oasis in Oaxaca City, a historic hacienda gone chic in a private valley of mountains—our accommodations are small-scale and boutique, the ideal ways to get acquainted with Oaxaca life.

El Callejon

Oaxaca City

Off a central side street, a few blocks from the zocalo and central shops and eateries, a street gate opens into a breathtaking oasis that’s our Oaxaca City home: a boutique hotel with a dozen spacious rooms blending the city’s distinctive styles. Serenity reigns in its thoughtful garden spaces, with palm trees, covered walkways and an outdoor patio bar.

Ex Hacienda San Antonio

San Sebastián Teitipac

A 300-year-old hacienda tucked away in the mountains, just 45 minutes’ drive south of Oaxaca City. Mountains press on the cacti-filled premises, where arched walkways look in toward an open, interior courtyard and bell tower. Each of the 16 rooms has been lovingly restored in a mix of traditional and contemporary designs. There are two pools (one inside, one out) and an on-site spa, plus hiking, horseback riding and biking options. The hacienda is relaxing and private, the ideal place to soak in the golden dusk with a cocktail.

I loved eating goat just after it was lifted from the pit, sipping on a mezcal.
Diana C.
This is more than just a trip. It’s authentic and joyful, and a powerful reminder of why we travel.
Scott M.
The meals made for us in local homes were just heavenly.
Andrew B.

Book Oaxaca with Wolf Ceramics

Number of Travelers

$4,200

Per person
Based on double occupancy

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  1. What does the price include?

    Six nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides, artists and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.

  2. What does the price not include?

    International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.

  3. Where does the trip start and end?

    Our adventure begins at the El Callejon Hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico. The closest airport is the Oaxaca International Airport (OAX). Our adventure ends in the small city of Teitipac, Mexico. The closest airport is Oaxaca’s OAX airport, about an hour away from our hacienda. Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 1pm or later from OAX.

  4. What travel documents are needed?

    US citizens are not required to have a visa for tourist visits to Mexico, but are required to show a valid US passport. It is recommended that your passport is valid for six months after your travels are over. On arrival in the airport, you will be issued a visitor’s permit, known as a FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple). For citizens of other countries, please check with the Mexico Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.

  5. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $2,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis

  6. Who is going on this trip?

    Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.

  7. Who is leading this trip?

    This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure Trip Leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.

  8. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel on or before September 18, 2021 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after September 19, 2021, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after November 17, 2021 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).

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