Baja California Native Paipai and Kumiai Arts Retreat – Art, Horses, and Wine
DATES: Mar 22 2022 - Mar 29 2022
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Enjoy a ranch lifestyle while learning native arts from Baja California’s indigenous peoples.
8 days, 7 nights, Women only
We will meet in San Diego, California and cross the US/Mexico border at the charming and historic town of Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. While we will be just 50 miles south of the border, you’ll feel a world away!
This culturally immersive travel experience is set at an authentic backcountry horse ranch in the foothills of Baja California. The property is a rustic yet comfortable retreat from the modern world. Our group, the Women’s Travel Tribe, has booked the entire 2,800-acre ranch for a week of indigenous crafts, hands-on learning, cultural explorations, horseback rides, and off-the-grid living.
Join us and find your inspiration in this rustic setting and its surrounding communities. For our week, we have invited two indigenous artists, Daria Marical and Virginia Melendrez to teach us their crafts of pottery and basketry.
Daria Marical is a native Paipai tribal member and potter from the village of Santa Catarina, B.C. She is internationally known for her beautiful ollas and figurative forms. Paipai hand-built pottery has been created for centuries. The traditional pit firing method creates hot spots and uneven temperatures during the firing process, casting unique fire patterns onto the surface of the clay. What Daria and her people produce are truly amazing works of art which reflect their dedication to their culture and history.
Virginia Melendrez is a Kumiai native of San Jose de la Zorra, a region with a rich tradition of basketry. The Kumiai of Baja California and the Kumeyaay of Southern California are known as the “Indians of the Oaks”. The international border split them into two groups, but they share a common history and many traditional crafts. The Kumiai have been basket weavers for hundreds of years; the art form is passed through the generations, mother to daughter. We will collect native willow shoots right on the ranch property, and Virginia will lead us as we create our own willow baskets in the traditional way.
You’ll share a cozy cabin heated by a wood burning stove. Horseback rides will take you through scenic foothills of northern Baja. We’ll go wine tasting in Valle Guadalupe, Mexico’s famous wine country. The region is also known for its artisanal cheese making traditions. What better way to celebrate the two than a wine and cheese tasting before luncheon at a local winery?
We will visit the port city of Ensenada for dining and shopping for traditional crafts. A stop at Hussong’s Cantina, Baja’s oldest watering hole, is a step back in time. All locations offer ample scenery for capturing the unique feel and flavor of Northern Baja California, a region with one foot in the past and one in the modern world.
Feeling at home on the ranch, we’ll enjoy delicious, healthy preparations of traditional Mexican food, served family style. Meals offer time to learn the lifestyle and history of this special region of Mexico from our host; he traces his ancestry back to the days of the missions. Originally from Portugal, his people came to the Baja peninsula over 300 years ago as guards for the mission priests.
Join us to experience the welcoming people and relaxed pace of life unique to Baja California!
Professional workshop instruction
Small group (maximum 10 participants, women only)
Professional group leader throughout
Our ranch owner is our guide in each destination
All accommodation, twin share only (7 nights)
Breakfast every day, 6 lunches, 7 dinners (winery lunch and Ensenada lunch paid on your own)
Transportation to and from San Diego to Mexico (private van)
All transportation in Mexico
All workshop activities and materials, horseback riding, 2 off-ranch excursions
What’s Not Included?
Flights to/from San Diego
Meals and wine tastings off the ranch
Travel insurance (mandatory)
Shuttle cost to meet travel from hotel to designated meeting point – TBD (Approx. $100 – $200)
You can expect a comfortable cabin accommodation with private bathrooms on this trip. We’ll be staying at a privately owned working horse ranch which is off the grid. Lighting is by kerosene lamps and candles in public spaces and solar powered lamps in the cabins. Cell phone/camera chargers are available. For this particular trip, there are no single rooms available. Rooms will be double occupancy, with separate beds.
Deposit: In order to secure your spot on one of our tours, a $500 deposit is required. Please do not ask us to hold a space for you. Only your deposit secures your spot. However, our ‘book with confidence’ policy ensures that this deposit will be 100% refundable until 90 days before the tour start date, after which it becomes non-refundable. Payment can be made by check, money order or Paypal.
Balance: The payment balance will be due 90 days prior to the start of the tour.
Cancellations: If you cancel between 60-89 days before the tour start date you will receive a 50% refund of the balance amount. Within 60 days of the tour start date there are no refunds.
March 22, Tuesday, 9:00 am – Carpool from San Diego, meet at U.S.–Tecate border.
March 29, Tuesday, 3:30 pm – Return to U.S.–Tecate border.
Instructors: Daria Marical & Virginia Melendrez
Instruction Type: Native Paipai and Kumiai Arts
Instruction Level: All levels welcome
Materials: Workshop materials will be provided at the Ranch. Experienced artists are welcome to bring your own projects and are free to work independently.