Herbal Plant Medicine, Yoga & Cultural Tour
|When:||April 25th – May 2nd, 2018|
|Group Size||Min 10 – Max 14|
Come learn about herbal plant medicine from local world famous herbalists, practice yoga & discover the beauty and diversity of Oaxaca.
This is an exclusive authentic adventure and cultural tour that is unmatched in its unique offerings, its expert private guides, its charming boutique accommodations and its attention to detail. You will explore the beauty and diversity of Oaxaca and participate in herbal plant medicine retreat in its fertile highlands. First you will visit Zapotec local artists and healers, tour the colonial city of Oaxaca, eat divine regional cuisine, practice yoga and ecstatic dance with like minded locals and explore the energy of the pyramids. Finish with a 4-day sacred Yoga Herbal Medicine retreat at an eco-lodge in the highlands of Oaxaca with Angela Sarah North. A unique and authentic Journey not to be missed.
Experience a traditional temascal (Zapotec ritual sweat bath) with herbalist and healer Doña Enriqueta Contreras. Wet steam bathing has been a ritual part of Zapotec culture for 2,500 years.
Black pottery tour and Alebrije Art Workshop
Zapotec Weaving Village Tour
Monte Alban Pyramids Ceremonial Tour
Participate in a local yoga class & an ecstatic dance class at a local yoga center. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet like minded Oaxacans.
Tour the colonial downtown, it’s main plaza & off-the-beaten path areas of interest.
Eat local regional cuisine from carefully selected homes & restaurants
A night on the town with Salsa Dancing
Visit the interactive local Organic Farmer’s Market and have a beautiful lunch in the plaza while listening to local musicians
Rituals & Activities
Yoga & meditation twice daily with Angela Bailey
mayan & toltec fire ceremony of offering & gratitude to manifest your highest purpose with Spiritual leader Armando Cruz Sanchez
Herbal identification walk with Doña Enriqueta.
Herbal medicine and soap making workshop
Hike to the local waterfalls or volunteer in local greenhouses
Mandala gratitude offering
On our return from Monte Alban, we will visit a small village known for it’s sculptured pottery that many of its citizens produce. The muñecas, or figures, are fanciful and intricate. This type of pottery has become a unique and very collectible art form as well as a beautiful addition to any decor. You will be given a demonstration by world famous ceramist Irma Blanco.
We will spend the afternoon visiting the homes of these Zapotec weavers and walking the cobblestone streets of this village nestled in the mountains of the central valley of Oaxaca. You will be treated to a traditional Zapotec meal before departing.
The last stop of the day will be at a small village known for its artisans that produce the fanciful wood carvings called Alebrijes. Participants of the program will have the opportunity to do an alebrije workshop and paint a wood “animalito”
- Oaxaca City Walking Tour
- Ecstatic Dance Class with Live Drumming
- Art Galleries
- Local Yoga classes
- El Pochote Organic Farmer’s Market
- La Mezcaleria ( Mezcal Tasting)
- Shopping in local markets
- Salsa Dancing
Days 1-4 Exploring Oaxaca; Its Diversity and Local Healing Arts
We will be staying in the heart of the colonial center of downtown Oaxaca in a beautiful boutique hotel. The hotel is within is steps away from many places of interest, parks, restaurants and cafes.
Days 5-9: Yoga Roots Eco Retreat
We will be staying the lush highlands of Oaxaca in a native Zapotec community that offers eco-lodge accommodations. The village is a living example of a functioning sustainable community. We will be fed 3 delicious home-made meals daily straight from the garden.
(This is an all-inclusive tour with no hidden costs.)
- 4 nights in boutique hotel in colonial downtown with 2 delicious regional meals daily
- 3 nights in eco-cabin in the highlands of Oaxaca with 3 homemade organic meals daily
- 3 day Yoga Roots Eco Retreat with Angela Bailey
- Welcoming ceremony and ritual with Spiritual Leader of Toltec Wisdom, Armando Cruz Sanchez
- Entrance fees to archeological sites and museums
- 3 Behind-the-scenes excursions with fully insured luxury transportation
- “Temezcal” traditional Zapotec steam bath with Doña Enriqueta
- Herbal identification walk and herbal making class
- Yoga and Ecstatic dance class with Virginia Flip of Casa del Angel
- Off the beaten path tours of Oaxaca City
- Dynamic onsite director and guides
- Airport transfer to and from Oaxaca City Airport
What’s Not Included
Airfare to and from Oaxaca, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, Guide gratuities, Excess baggage charges, Alcoholic beverages, Airport taxes and items of a personal nature such as souvenirs, laundry fees, immunizations or insurance of any kind.
If you are planning to travel with the group, contact us immediately to find out the specifics of the group flight. The sooner you make your reservation the more likely you will be able to travel with the group. Otherwise you may make other travel arrangements.
Safe & Secure Travel
Each program includes:
- Insured, comfortable and air conditioned vehicles are provided for transportation in the host country.
- Optional International Medical Travel Insurance for each participant.
- Pre-departure advising
- Pre-departure and onsite orientations
- Risk Management & Crisis management plan
About Your Guides
Angela Sarah North
Angela Sarah North is a massage therapist, yoga teacher, herbalist and mother of two teen daughters. Her specialty is Yin Yoga. The yoga of stillness, the yoga of surrender, deep release and harmonizing the flows of prana in the body. Her classes are filled with love, kindness and ease. Angela weaves in teachings of Buddhist psychology, mindfulness and meditation in posture. Angela also loves connecting people to their local environment. To the local healers, the plants themselves and learning their medicinal properties.
You can learn more about Angela at www.sankalpaliving.com
Dawn Feuerberg (AKA Aurora in Spanish)
Owner and founder of Aurora Adventures, LLC.
Traveling for me is all about the connections. My ability to subtly bridge cross cultural connections between my travelers and the locals abroad is what sets me apart. At a very young age I began to travel on my own seeking out and connecting with the aboriginal, the indigenous and the authentic local life abroad. Often times finding myself being the only non-native in the region. My longstanding relationships abroad give my clients access into an enriching, in depth local experience. I am both well connected and extremely enthusiastic about sharing my access with others.
I value the genuine art of discovery travel for all ages. I create flexible itineraries within my tours that provide individuals the opportunity to make new discoveries. This tone of flexibility and openness in my approach to travel is equally matched with my attention to detail, my ability to multi-task and basically get the job done in a coherent, safe, comfortable and if desired, luxurious manner.
Enriqueta Contreras is a highly respected and well known elder and healer of the Meso-American Zapotec indigenous people located in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is a descendant from a long line of Zapotec shamans that date back to 500 B.C. Enriqueta owns and operates a health clinic for her community and international visitors. Her history as a practicing midwife for more than sixty years has yielded a flawless career with no mother or infant ever lost during the birth process.
Doña Enriqueta’s traditional temascal (ritual sweat bath) is an experience never to forget. To find out more about this experience go to our Zapotec Healing section.
Armando Cruz Sanchez
Armando Cruz Sanchez is the Founder and General Manager of Growing Spaces Taiyari. For the last 24 years he has been offering lectures and workshops in human growth and spiritual awareness in several countries of America and Europe. He has deepened into the practice of eastern techniques like Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Yoga; as well as shamanic Toltec techniques for physical, mental, emotional and energy harmonization.
He has lived and learnt with the surviving Toltecs, the Wirraritari (Huichol people), of the northern sierra of Jalisco. He has also been part of anti-anthropological field work and lived with the Nahua people in the mountains of Puebla, the Lacandon in the jungle of Chiapas, the Quechuas in Peru and the Maya in Guatemalan Peten. Being recognized as Spiritual Guide in all these places. Currently, he is leading Vision Quests and Sacred Journeys. Armando will be leading the group in a Toltec fire Ceremony and meditative walking journey.