Art Journaling Workshop in Oaxaca City with Steffanie Lorig

Departures: Mexico

Art Journaling Workshop in Oaxaca City with Steffanie Lorig

The state of Oaxaca, in southwestern Mexico, and it capital – Oaxaca City is a destination rich in history and culture and a center for the traditional arts of the region. We’ll explore this safe and walkable city and nearby villages that are filled with artisans, markets, colonial architecture, inspiring museums and restaurants offering some of Mexico’s most traditional dishes. Join artistic cultivator, Steffanie Lorig, in this eight-day adventure, designed for women who wish to develop their creativity by learning techniques that invite experimentation and exploration. Together, we will write, sketch, doodle, collage, and paint our way through our journals using found and brought ephemera that captures the spirit of the trip. Anyone who wants to learn or re-learn the joy of creative self-expression and explore a culturally-rich city is welcome!


We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit communities where it’s most needed. For this trip, we will donate to Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots, that is working to ensure educational opportunities for Oaxaca’s poorest children to break the cycle of poverty.


*$2,690 per person, share
$350 single supplement

For more information and to get started, contact us at How to Book.


September 23-30, 2018

8 Days, 7 Nights

Buenos Aires

Day 1

Travel to Oaxaca

On arrival at Oaxaca International Airport you’ll be met by our guide and transferred to our comfortable, colonial-era hotel in the historic center.

Day 2

Oaxaca walking tour and intro to journaling

After breakfast, we’ll do a brief check-in then take a walking tour with a local guide. We’ll hunt for ephemera treasures to use in our art journals, visiting the Museum of Philately of Oaxaca (MUFI), and local art supply stores.

After lunch, Steffanie will begin her art journaling class with an exploration of how to incorporate the expressive arts through fear-free sketching and collage techniques, with enough time to dive in on your own work. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening in one of Oaxaca’s best local restaurants.

Day 3

San Martin Tilcajete Woodcarver Village

The morning will start off with a writing prompt that will ‘set the intention’ followed by a ‘Sketch Crawl’ at the Zócalo (main square). After lunch, we’ll visit the woodcarvers village and various Alebrijes studios for additional inspiration. Alebrijes, or wooden animals, are among the most common items in the  village and are sold at almost every house.  Learn the traditional techniques of this unique artistry that are painted with intricate designs.

Dinner is on your own followed by a free evening and open studio time. For those who are interested, the group will go on a street art mural tour.


Day 4

Museum & Studio Visits

Journal time this morning will include techniques on preparing our collage papers. After lunch we’ll visit local artist studios as well as the Museo de Artes Gráficas and/or the Museo de los Pintores.

Upon our return, we’ll spend time in the studio incorporating the papers and techniques learned thus far. Dinner is on your own followed by a free evening and open studio time.

Mendoza winery

Day 5

Monte Alban

After an early breakfast, we will take a van to Monte Alban with our local guide. Choose whether  you’d like to explore by foot or sketch, journal, and continue your art among the 8th-century BCE ruins of Zapotec and Mixtec cultures.

We’ll gather again for a group lunch at a local restaurant and then visit the Museo Regional de Oaxaca back in Oaxaca City to see many of the artifacts from the site.


Highland Mendoza Winery

Day 6

Weavers Village & Optional Volunteer Activity

This morning we’ll visit the weaver’s village of Tiotitlan del Valle with our guide. Discover the  creative processes and techniques including how the all-natural dyes are extracted from their surroundings to color the yarns.  Return to Oaxaca for lunch.

This afternoon, you may choose to join Steffanie for a community volunteer art project at Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots, a center that serves the city’s poorest children. Their mission is to break the cycle of children selling trinkets or begging on the streets by providing the support needed to attend school.


Buenos Aires

Day 7

Oaxaca City

We’ll wrap up our journals today, have a free afternoon to further explore, shop at the bustling mercado, sit in the Zócalo and sip an agua fresca and people watch, take an optional yoga or cooking class or visit sites that most interest you.

This evening, we’ll gather together for a farewell dinner and circle reflection and then stop by a chocolate shop.

Iguazu Falls

Day 8

Depart for home or Optional Extensions

Choose to extend your stay in the Pacific beach towns of Huatalco, Puerto Escondido, or Mexico’s lively capital. Ask for details.

For pricing and hotel information, contact us at How to Book. The specifics of this itinerary are subject to change based on local conditions at the discretion of Ponte Travels.

• Rates shown are per person, double occupancy, $350 single supplement. Airfare not included.