Immersive workshops and tours in the US, Mexico & Guatemala





      The tour for those who don't like tours

      I travel A LOT; like a road warrior for the past 20+ years and typically I despise tours. I don't like the schedules, some of the people on the trip, structured meals, lengthy talking by the guide, or your seatmate. So I was hesitant to join this one. But I did my research and compared many of the similar groups/trips and I can say wholeheartedly that I chose the right one. The trip was not overscheduled whatsoever and I LOVED that the mornings started with optional yoga/breakfast so that I could actually roll out of bed and make a 10-1030a departure without rushing. The places that we stayed were really fantastic and for a self-professed hotel/airbnb snob that's saying something. Plus I'm a picky eater even though I travel extensively and I was always pleasantly surprised with the options either at the restaurants or with our homemade meals. But truly what makes this tour so much better is that the people who gravitate to this one are really special. The women here are independent, interesting, generous, thoughtful, fun and well - everything you could ask for when you're thinking of inspiring. Jess and Jo are the best kinds of hosts - just like you or me - go with the flow, adaptable, quick thinking, and sincere. I WANT to travel with these women and even I can't believe I'm saying that (because I'm usually a bit of a lone wolf on my travels.) But with all honesty, I hope that I will travel with all of these females again and I'm happy that I can now call them part of my tribe. You'd be lucky to join whether you travel on your own or not; this is a welcoming, inquisitive, and inclusive squad.

      - Vanessa Gollaher (USA)


      "I had the great pleasure of finding myself part of an artist residency in Antigua, Guatelama earlier this year. Hosted by the stunning Jess (who is a beautiful soul) in her amazing bohemian paradise, I felt completely at home and welcomed. Jess took us on a whirlwind of workshops and adventured of which the highlight for me was a day trip to the Chi Chi Castenango markets. We also met local creatives like Master Dyer Olga Reiche who gave us a marvellous indigo dying session. We spent a day with the Mayan women who so warmly and generously welcomed us into their fold to take us through the beauty that is back strap loom weaving. Actually all the activities were great and had all activities had wonderful value from an exposure and professional development point of view. As a fibre and textile artist I would recommend this experience to anyone who is an artists interested in textiles. Jess and her in house chef extraordinaire made sure we were well fed on wholesome food that was so tasty and nourishing we never felt wanting. It was worth the 24 hour flight from Australia to spend a week in Antigua with Jess, it seems crazy but I was so entertained and fulfilled by the week that I don't really remember feeling jet lagged. It was great to be part of a group of like minded artists and makers and the magic of Antiqua as a backdrop made for a week of my life which I will cherish for ever. I would do this week again in a heart beat."

      - Sky Carter (Australia)


      We were really excited to be invited by Airbnb \  Casa Stela  to be invited for the Artist Residency and take part in it . On our arrival 
      in Guatemala we were taken by the colours and tropical nature as well as the scent in the air . When we arrived at Casa de Stela , I loved the 
      courtyard and bright colours very cozy and felt like a small gem hidden away . Jess who hosted us throughout the week was lovely and 
      very friendly and showed us all the unique and local parts of Antigua . We felt like locals and learnt a lot . It was really inspiring also to 
      meet the other designers and network and share our stories and passion of being designers and artists and working for ourselves . 
      To be able to meet local artisans and learn their techniques and see them work is really inspiring and you really appreciate the craft and 
      tradition . It was a pretty special experience , and one that we will cherish and remember .Jess was formidable in showing us around and introducing 
      us to people and parts of Antigua that are only known by locals . 
      We came away with a buzz and inspiration and also new friends to collaborate and work with . 
      Margherita  Pandolfini (Italy)



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