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This new open-air Socio-Cultural Highlights series is a brainstorm sparked by the requests we received during the peak of our quarantine for creative ways to engage with Oaxaca and its culture. We had a nice long pause to think about that, and to talk amongst ourselves about what we want to share with the world.
Back before hurricane Covid, a major part of Oaxaca’s appeal was the very organic way in which the city immersed you in a diverse range of cultures as you went about your daily activities. And then the quarantine hit, as well as the closures of mass events, parks, and archeological sites, amongst other things. It’s still hard to make long-term predictions, but this seems to be changing the way that we socialize for the long haul. So how can we immerse ourselves in what Oaxaca “feels” like these days, in a low-risk environment?
We figured a nice round-table chat with one of our most enigmatic hosts is a wonderful way to engage with one of the narratives that compose Oaxaca’s rich cultural landscape. Doña Josefina has designed this experience for those of you who are interested in anthropology, sociology, culture, and/or women’s rights & narratives accordingly.
Josefina founded the Women’s Weaving Cooperative in Teotitlán, which when it began, was the first and only women’s collective in her village. It was a long, hard road toward autonomy for her and the other widows and single-moms she worked with. They were up against many obstacles, not the least of which often being their own families and men in their communities. Josefina continues paving new paths on her journey today to incorporate women into the professional realm of weaving, and wants to transport you to the heart of the matter.
What to Expect
Step One: Read our Covid Protocol. If you agree with these terms and practices, write to us and request this experience, telling us how many people are in your small group and what your dates of availability are. This host is generally flexible about days of the week. Let us know where we’re staying so that we can arrange to pick you up on the agreed-upon date.
Step Two: Once we’ve found a date that works for our hosts and for your group, we will send you a Paypal request for a deposit for your experience. This deposit is non-refundable. In case of an emergency with our hosts, we will do our best to reschedule with you at a mutually-convenient time. If that is not possible, we will refund your deposit.
Step Three: We will pick you up around 10 a.m. from your home, hotel, or a central agreed-upon location and arrive in Teotitlán by 11 a.m.
An in-depth talk with Josefina, during which you are encouraged to ask questions and delve deeper.
A snack and an optional celebratory mezcal.
Round trip transportation leaving from/returning your location following our Covid Protocol.
Experience Timeframe Estimate (Including Transportation): 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Logistics and Cost
Time Involvement – 4 Hours
Transportation – Provided from your residence or a central location to Teotitlán/back
Costs and Minimums – 1,050 MXN per person if you are signing up two people. 900 MXN if you are signing up 3 or more people.
Wondering why our costs have changed recently? We have gone through an elaborate process of taking the utmost precaution to protect ourselves and our community during these trying times. Part of this effort was an investment into sanitization products, application equipment and other health-related measures. The priciest factor behind our new costs, though, is the reduction of our vehicular capacity for your safety and for the safety of our drivers and translators. This requires additional vehicles, drivers, gas, and maintenance. Your health is important to us though, as is the sustainability of our project. Part of sustainability requires us to implement self-care so that we can continue offering experiences, in addition to taking any and every measure possible to reduce risk for our guests. Yes, we are aware that some other companies are cramming strangers into tour vans. Nope, we aren’t them.
There is a minimum of 2 people for this experience. If you are a single person who would like to sign up for this experience, you can cover the minimum cost of 2 people or write to us to see when we have this experience on the calendar with that minimum requirement already met.