• Antigua, Guatemala


Less than an hour away from the sprawl of Guatemala City, is the nearly 500-year-old city of Antigua, surrounded by three volcanoes, and filled with colonial-era mansions, churches, and convents. Once the capital of this Central American country, it is today a UNESCO heritage site with cobblestone-lined streets, orange and yellow facades and jacaranda-lined plazas where locals gather to socialize and to listen to musicians. The striking 17th- and 18th-century ruins in the center of town are offset by the modern day restaurants, boutiques and bars with live music. Coffee plantations and chocolate tours are offered as well as zip lines and hikes to the nearby volcanoes seen surrounding the city. People from all over the world travel here for Spanish immersion programs so the people you meet will be as diverse as the country.

Guatemala is a colorful country with more than 22 ethnic groups each one with a different traditional outfit, with symbols and meaning according to Mayan customs and traditions of each village. The textiles are made by hand with cotton thread usually hand dyed. 


These weavings and the stories they tell influenced our decision to travel to Guatemala and will be reflected in the work we do this week with Judy Wise and Katie Kendrick


Day 1 Jan. 13 Everyone arrives and settles into the hotel.

Day 2 Jan. 14 We will meet for breakfast for introductions and discussion about our week. Afterward, we will have our first class with Katie who will share her delightful dolls made with paperclay. Katie's dolls ooze character and tell their own stories, just like the weavings we will use to adorn them. Lunch will be provided. There will be free time to explore the city before we meet for dinner.


Day 3 Jan. 15 Breakfast and then class with Judy who is so excited for this workshop. While in Oaxaca this year, she fell in love (again) with hand stitching and her class will focus on drawing from the heart.

Every child loves to draw. It’s only when we put expectations and limitations on ourselves that the fun is lost. In this class we’ll discuss the isms; realism, surrealism and the delight we shared as children drawing in our own way to engage in the world around us. Then, armed with our sketchbooks and drawing tools, we’ll roam the grounds of our habitation to record what we see. Many sketches will come forth!

Judy Wise

Judy Wise

At the end of this day we’ll examine our sketches and see how we can combine or reconfigure them to use as armatures for embroidery. Then we’ll transfer or draw them onto fabric. Lunch and dinner will be provided.

Day 4 Jan. 16 Breakfast and then we will walk to Nim Pot. We'll give you plenty of time to peruse this very colorful store with its many wares. Lunch will be nearby with a special treat of ice cream at Sobremesa Helados. Then you will have free time this afternoon to continue your exploration of the city and its offerings. Dinner will be on your own tonight. 

Day 5  Jan. 17 Breakfast and then back in our space to continue working on our dolls with Katie. Lunch and dinner will be served. 

Day 6 Jan. 18 Breakfast and then continue working on our stitching with Judy.

Borda tus Dibujos (Embroider Your Drawings)

All of Central America is enchanted with the art of embroidery. We’re going to embroider but with a twist to make it current and personal. I’ll give you hand outs of various stitches to use on your designs and we’ll explore together as we stitch and discuss. We will have seen beautiful work on the field trips we’ve taken; using our own drawings and the inspiration around us we’ll create personal treasures in fabric and floss. Lunch and Dinner will be served

Santa Catalina Arch

Santa Catalina Arch

A view of the volcanoes

A view of the volcanoes

This Escape Includes

  • 8 nights accommodation, double occupancy
  • five days of workshop with Katie and Judy
  • All meals, except for one lunch and one dinner
  • Chocolate workshop (yes, it's true!)
  • Visits to museums
  • Special farewell meal
  • Time to explore Antigua
  • Transportation to/from Guatemala City
  • New Art Tribe

Accommodations: Hotel Porta Antigua


The price for this workshop is $3950. It does not include airfare to/from Guatemala. 

A non-refundable $1,000 deposit is due at time of registration. Final payments are due October 30, 2017

Accommodations are shared. A limited number of single rooms are available and will cost an additional $1,000. 

Airport: La Aurora International Airport (GUA) Located just south of city center and 25 km from Antigua. United, Delta and Aeromexico service this airport. Transportation to/from airport will be provided. Return flights should be made after 11 am. 


Day 7 Jan. 19  Breakfast and then we will head to our lesson on how to make chocolate with explanations and demonstrations. You will see how the cacao is grown, picked and processed into chocolate before making your own treats to indulge in or to take home to your loved ones. Lunch will be nearby and then we will visit La Antigua Galeria de Arte to see local artists' work. Afterward, we will stop by Frida's for margaritas and a light dinner. 

Day 8 Jan. 20  Breakfast and then we will finish our work. Lunch and the afternoon are on your own before we leave for our final dinner in Antigua. 

Day 9 Jan. 21  Have breakfast before we check out and return to Guatemala City where you can catch your flights home. 


This itinerary may change due to weather, new opportunities of the whim of the group.

Katie Kendrick.amsterdam

Katie Kendrick finds art making to be one of the most powerful ways to connect with her innermost essence, while at the same time discovering her authentic voice. She has a passion for sharing her love of creating with others and teaches mixed media workshops across the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. Her work has been featured in publications, books, and galleries. She wrote Layered Impressions: A mixed-Media Approach to Painting and Poetry and teaches online courses.


Judy Wise is an Oregon artist who has worked as a printmaker, painter, writer, and teacher for four decades. Through F&W Media, Judy co-authored the book Plaster Studio: Mixed Media Techniques for Painting, Casting and Sculpting and has published a series of eBooks on Hot Wax, Cold Wax, Mixed media Journaling, Plaster and Painting Faces. In 2012 she was an artist in residence at Can Serrat near Barcelona, Spain and has taught workshops across the U.S., Australia, Europe, Bali and Mexico.