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IFAM Passport Folk Art Trips are for adventurous individuals in search of a meaningful ways to discover the world! Participants have the exclusive opportunity to travel off the beaten path to meet master folk artists in their home countries, where you will engage firsthand in the cultural riches that have inspired centuries of traditions, art, stories, and heritage fighting for survival!  These small-group trips enable you to see a country through the eyes and heart of the artists and their cultural surroundings. The hands-on experiences, full-day discussions, and direct interaction with artists, folk art experts, and local guides provide a once in a life-time chance to experience the histories, heritage, and heart of country as an archaeologist and not a tourist.  In addition, each trip includes a donation to the International Folk Art Market, allowing us to support opportunities for folk artists around the world.

Changes to future Passport Trips:

  • As of September 15, 2019, the trip donations will be fully tax-deductible
  • To make additional donations to IFAM’s annual flagship program, the International Folk Art Market Santa Fe, please go on our organization’s secure online donation page.
  • All trip deposits are non-refundable, unless a replacement traveler can be found.

By the end of our two weeks, two girlfriends on an adventure with a guide and driver became four traveling companions.  Kamal and Omar left us with some small gifts of gratitude and a lifetime of memories of the fun we had laughing and singing, as we wound our way through the magic of Morocco—from remote mountains to ancient cities, and from the desert to the sea.” Judith Benkendorf & Helen Travers, trip participants on May 2019 Morocco | Passport to Folk Art Trip.

Current Passport to Folk Art Trips

 

(NEW) Provence 2022

Mexico City 2022

India 2022

Egypt 2021

Oaxaca 2022

Cuba 2023

(NEW) Guatemala 2022

Morocco 2022

Uzbekistan 2022

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Cuba | Passport to Folk Art Trip

Havana and the Valley of Viñales

Join IFAM and Peggy Gaustad on a behind the scenes journey with unique experiences to Cuba! 

January 11-18, 2023

TRIP COST: $3,635 per person, double occupancy Plus a $500 donation to IFAM. $450 single supplement

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

With an emphasis on the folk art traditions of Cuba, we will have a very in depth and personal exposure to some of the country’s leading artists.  We will experience the rich cultural fabric of this dynamic city which is undergoing significant change, while at the same time retaining an atmosphere of days gone by. We will be treated to private dance and musical performances, lectures, and studio visits.  Our evenings will find us dining in the finest of Havana’s restaurants in a city that is enjoying a culinary renaissance.

We will have a private tour of the fabulous new art center, Fabrica de Arte Cubano, where art, music and theater are all presented in a cutting edge environment.  On our way to Ernest Hemingway’s estate, Finca Vigia, we’ll cross Havana’s bay by ferry boat to the town of Regla, with its long tradition of Santeria.  In the evening, we’ll travel down the Malecon, Havana’s iconic seawall, in our own fleet of 1950’s classic cars.  Finally, we will spend a full day in the gorgeous Valle de Viñales in the westernmost province of Pinar del Rio. Known for its striking beauty, this is the tobacco growing region of the country, where the lush landscape captivates all who visit.

To secure a spot or for more trip information, please contact Peggy Gaustad at canyonpots@aol.com or (505) 310-1356, and click here to read an abbreviated trip itinerary.

Provence | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

Experience the Arts and Markets of Provence in 2022

Trip 1: May 13 – 22, 2022 (6 spots available!) 
Trip 2: September 16 – 25, 2022 (wide open!)

TRIP COST:$6,700 + $500 donation to the International Folk Art Market. Single supplement available for $1,400. Includes all accommodations + meals + entry fees + gratuities + travel within France.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Join IFAM Associate Producer Josh Schrei and local Provençal arts experts for ten days exploring the vibrant arts and markets of Provence. We’ll start off with two days in Nice, where we’ll visit the acclaimed Chagall and Matisse museums and stay at the exquisite Palais de la Mediterranee. Then we’ll head to the heart of Provençe for a week of market hopping and arts exploration in Aix and Saint Remy. Join us as we visit quaint medieval towns and pay homage to a varied regional arts tradition that includes ceramics, traditional basket weaving, fabric design, printmaking, glassblowing and more. We’ll also celebrate the culinary treasures of the region, as we sample local olive oils, cheeses, wines, and chocolates. After a long year, this fabulous getaway will be a welcome treat for the senses.

Trip 1: May 13 – 22, 2022 Itinerary
Trip 2: September 16 – 25, 2022 Itinerary

To secure a spot or for more trip information, please contact Josh Schrei at josh.schrei@gmail.com or (505) 919-9530.

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Mexico City | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

Join the International Folk Art Market on a journey to Mexico City including a very special
private dinner at the home of Frida Kahlo, MUSEO CASA AZUL.

November 9-16, 2022

TRIP COST: $5,480 double occupancy $650 – single supplement. Includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spend 4 nights in the historic center of Mexico City at the newly opened Hotel Zócolo Central from where we’ll explore all that this extraordinary city has to offer in terms of museums, murals, folk art and food.
  • Behind the scenes visit to the folk art collections of the Museo de Arte Popular and Fomento Cultural Banamex in the glorious Palacio Iturbe.
  • A wonderful morning on the canals of Xochilmilco where will be serenaded by mariachis, followed by an afternoon at the
    famous Bazaar Sabado in San Angel.
  • A two day, one night excursion to the State of Mexico visiting the picturesque weaving town of Malinalco, famous for their finely made rebozos, the iconic Mexican shawl.
  • Returning to the city, we will spend our last 2 nights in Coyoacán, a municipality of Mexico City which has retained much of its village like atmosphere. Here we will visit the exquisite home of IFAM artist, Carla Fernandez, and her contemporary artist husband, Pedro Reyes.
  • Our farewell dinner will be a magical private evening at the Museo Casa Azul, the former home, and now museum, dedicated to the life of Frida Kahlo.

To secure a spot or for more trip information, please contact Peggy Gaustad at canyonpots@aol.com, (505) 310-1356, and click here to read an abbreviated trip itinerary.

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India | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

Reawaken your spirit of adventure in 2022! Join IFAM and Josh Schrei as we journey into the heart of Gurajat and Rajasthan for 12 days of awe-inspiring travel, folk art immersion, and temple and palace hopping!

October 1-13, 2022

TRIP COST: $4,750 + a $500 donation to IFAM. Includes all accommodation, transportation within India, meals, guides. Single supplements available for $950. Space is limited.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • The local handicrafts, fabrics and tribal arts surrounding Bhuj, including the Qasab-Kutch Craftswomen’s collective, the world-renowned Khatri block printing studio, and the Khatri tie-dye workshop.
  • The opportunity to study with local artists and try your hand at block printing and embroidery.
  • The sun temple of Modhera, one of only two sun temples in India.
  • Rani-Ki-Vav, one of the finest examples of ancient stonework in all of India
  • The markets and textile museums of Ahmedabad
  • Agashiye rooftop restaurant, one of the best restaurants in India!
  • A safari into the Little Rann wildlife sanctuary, home to unique native flora and fauna.
  • The white city of Udaipur with its gorgeous lakes and palaces.
  • JUST ADDED: Optional 4-day trip extension featuring an indigo dying immersion with IFAM participating artists

The Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan are known for their varied cultures, vibrant art, village handicrafts, jaw-dropping stone temples, and stately palaces. From the embroidery traditions of Kutch to the bustling markets of Ahmedabad to the white palaces of Udaipur, this is India at its most colorful and awe-inspiring. Join IFAM Associate Producer and Santa Fe-based tour operator Josh Schrei as we journey into the heart of Gujarat and Rajasthan for twelve days of awe-inspiring travel, folk art immersion, and temple and palace hopping.

To secure a spot or for more trip information, please contact Josh Schrei at josh.schrei@gmail.com or (505) 919-9530, and click here to read an abbreviated trip itinerary.

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Egypt | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

Join IFAM and BJ Adventures on this experience, including Cairo, Abu Simbel, and a 4-night Nile River Cruise from Aswan to Luxor in majestic Egypt!

November 10-20, 2021

Add-on to Jordan Available!

TRIP COST: $7,990 per person; sharing $1,890 single supplement. Based on 10 travelers, or a surcharge will apply. Space is limited.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Navigate through 7000 years of Egypt’s stories at a privately guided early morning visit to the newly opened Grand Egyptian Museum.
  • Be awed by the 13th century B.C. UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abu Simbel, visiting the iconic twin temples that were originally carved out of the mountainside.
  • Enjoy a private evening dinner cruise along the Nile River aboard an elegant, traditional Egyptian felucca.
  • Meet Market artist, Ahmed Kamal of the Tent Makers of Cairo in his home town. Kamal will take you on a tour of one of the oldest thoroughfares in Cairo – Shari Khayyamiya. There, you will witness, up close and personal, the ancient craft of Suwan, where portable tents are made from beautiful cloth patterns, an art form that has been carried on for hundreds of years.
  • Board the elegant Sanctuary Sun Boat IV for a 4-night cruise along the Nile, visiting Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Kom Ombo and Karnak Temple – just to name a few.
  • Stay at Egypt’s elegant “first boutique hotel” Villa Belle Époque, and the 5-star luxury Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, in a 19th century Victorian palace on the banks of the river Nile, and the Winter Palace Luxor Hotel.
  • Visit El Fayoum Oasis by 4×4, with a stop along the way to Wadi al Hitan, with contains invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales, Archaeoceti.  These fossils represent one of the major stories of evolution: the emergence of the whale as an ocean-going mammal from a previous life as a land-based animal.
  • And, of course, no trip to Egypt would be complete without a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.

Egypt holds a special place in many a traveler’s imagination, with its legendary tombs, temples, pyramids and splendid, storied past. Take these magnificent monuments and more, from imagination to reality on the 2020 Egypt Passport to Folk Art Trip.

To secure a spot or for more trip information, please contact Ahdina Zunkel of BJ Adventures, Inc. at ahdina@bjadventures.com or (505) 466-2289.

BJ Adventures, Inc. is customized travel to over 90 countries since 1989. For more information, click here.

Oaxaca | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

Join the International Folk Art Market and Peggy Gaustad on a journey to Oaxaca City and the Mixteca Highlands.

October 11 – 18, 2022

TRIP COST: Price: 7 Nights, 8 Days
$4,250 double occupancy + $500 tax deductible donation to IFAM to secure your spot.
$ 570 single supplement
Space is limited.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visits to the homes of several IFAM artists including potters Marisela Gomez and Manuel Reyes,  the weaving family of Don Isaac Vazquez and jeweler Yesenia Salgado Tellez.
  • Tour the temples, palaces and plazas of Monte Alban, one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica, dating back to 500 BC.
  • Travel to the Mixteca Alta for two nights where we will be exposed to the markets and artisans of this unique, remote area including the village of San Pablo Tijaltepec where the women make beautiful, intricate blouses using an age old pickup weave technique.  The work of these women has inspired the clay work of Marisela and Manuel, which we’ll see on our return to Oaxaca the following day.
  • Stop at San Augustin Etla where we will tour the old textile mill which is now an art center created by renowned artist, Francisco Toledo, enjoy the legendary food of Oaxaca, from upscale restaurants to salt of the earth home cooked meals.

To secure a spot or for more trip information, please contact Peggy Gaustad at canyonpots@aol.com, (505) 310-1356, and click here to read an abbreviated trip itinerary.

(NEW) Guatemala | Passport to Folk Art Trip

Antigua, Lago de Atitlán, and Chichicastenango

 Join the International Folk Art Market on a spectacular journey to a magical land, including visits with some of our most treasured artists.

March 5 -12, 2022

TRIP COST:$4,750 per person, double occupancy $600 single supplement. Includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3 nights in the beautiful city of Antigua, where we will enjoy a visit from Market artist, Amalia Güe. Amalia, along with her beautiful huipiles, will travel from her village in Alta Verapaz to spend time with us.
  • While in Antigua we’ll visit: Casa de Artes, a family run store specializing in premier Mayan folk art; the indigo natural dye studio of Olga Reiche; and the village weavers of Aguas Calientes.
  • 4 nights at the lovely Hotel Atitlán overlooking the majestic Lago de Atitlán from where we’ll explore the town of Panajachel and the villages along the lake. We will meet with the artists of Multicolores, a group of over 50 women rug makers who have participated at IFAM for several years to the delight of thousands.
  • Travel across the lake to explore San Juan la Laguna, home to many painters, natural dye cooperatives, and coffee and cacao farms.
  • Visit the colorful and famous Sunday Market at Chichicastenango. After a lavish lunch of traditional foods, we’ll stop by the workshop of some local mask makers before heading back to Panajachel for dinner and music at the ever popular, Guajimbos.

To secure a spot or for more trip information, please contact Peggy Gaustad at canyonpots@aol.com or (505) 310-1356, and click here to read an abbreviated trip itinerary.

Painting by Antonio Coche, San Juan la Laguna

 

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Morocco | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

Join BJAdventures and IFAM in this magical 12-day journey through Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fez, Atlas Mountains & Marrakech in Morocco!

May 20-31, 2022 

Optional Add-On to Sahara Desert, TBA!

TRIP COST: $8,790 per person (sharing); includes a $500 donation to IFAM (required to secure space); $2,650 single supplement; Maximum 12 Travelers; Based on travelers or a surcharge will apply. Space is limited.

“From far off, through circuitous corridors, came the scent of citrus-blossom and jasmine, with sometimes a bird’s song before dawn, sometimes a flute’s wail at sunset, and always the call of the muezzin in the night…” Edith Wharton – In Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco will thrill even the most seasoned traveler. Exotic, golden, historic and stunning are just a few of the words visitors use to applaud Morocco, a country steeped in unique culture, tradition, cuisine, and landscape.

Visit the workshops of some of IFAM’s master folk artists. Marvel at exquisitely delicate stucco and mosaic tile work, amazing carpets and textiles, brilliant samples of the art of Islamic architecture. Join us on this trip of a life-time!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stays in extraordinary 4 and 5 star boutique hotels across Morocco.
  • Daring dinners like those at NUR in Fez, recently featured in the New York Times.
  • Take in Tangier, Europe’s gateway to Africa and guardian of the Strait of Gibraltar.
  • Wander the “blue pearl” of the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen.
  • View imposing Roman ruins: the House of Orpheus, the Forum, the Triumphal Arch of Caracalla, and more in Volubilis.
  • Walk the labyrinths of the ancient Fez Medina and Mellah (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), experiencing the aromas of sacred spices and foods, and bustling alleyways that overflow with beautiful Berber wares.
  • Visit IFAM artist Amina Yabis and the women’s association she founded to see firsthand how hand-woven buttons have provided economic opportunities for their community.
  • You’ll also visit IFAM master weaver Khadouj Boufi who founded the Hana Women’s Association, and immerse yourself in their gorgeous boucherite rugs that are made using age old techniques while using discarded, up-cycled fabrics.
  • Take an enchanting drive through the striking countryside of the Atlas Mountains.
  • Experience the mosques, palaces, and lavish gardens of beautiful, bustling Marrakech.
  • Meet other contemporary artists like jeweler Amina Agueznay.
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour at the Musée d’Art Contemporain African Al Maaden!
  • Included: airport transfers, accommodations, all meals, local beverages, tours/entrance fees, expert English speaking guides, local transport, and gratuities.
  • Not included: international flights, train ride if flying into Casablanca, travel insurance (required), spirits and specialty coffees, room services, personal expenses, optional activities, camera/video fees, and fast-track immigration.

To secure a spot or for more trip information, please contact Ahdina Zunkel of BJ Adventures, Inc. at ahdina@bjadventures.com or (505) 466-2289, and click here to read an abbreviated trip itinerary.

BJ Adventures, Inc. is customized travel to over 90 countries since 1989. For more information, click here.

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Uzbekistan | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

Join IFAM and BJ Adventures on this experience including Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, and Nukus!  

October 7 – 23, 2022

Add-on to Kyrgyzstan Available!

TRIP COST: $7,840 Per Person, Sharing; $975 Single Supplement. Maximum 12 travelers. Based on 10 people traveling or a surcharge will apply. Space is limited.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Journey back in time at the old quarter of Tashkent, Khast-Imam Square to see one of the oldest surviving Korans before visiting embroiderer Madina Kasimbaeva with her dark red “Palak” designs, Muhayo Alieyava’s Bibi-Hanum for contemporary apparel with Uzbek textiles, the Museum of Applied Arts and ceramicist Akbar Rakhimov.
  • Visit the Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis of Samarkand, A UNESCO World Heritage Center, where elaborately decorated buildings that date to the 1300s reflect the development of the monumental art and architecture of the Timurid dynasty, and Valentina Romanenko, a famous textile designer known for her rich blends of silk, painting and embroidery.
  • Sightsee around the beautiful Registan Square and its imposing madrassahs, before making paper with local artists.
  • Visit the biggest mosque in Samarkand – Bibi-Khanum and the colorful and frenetic Siob Market that is nearby.
  • Find an antique ikat or embroidery at the Urgut Market before meeting ceramists at the Urgut Ceramic School.
  • Continue on the Silk Road to Bukhara to visit the famous embroiderer Farkhod Ramazoznov.
  • Pack in more of the beautiful artisan traditions of Bukhara by visiting a silk weaving workshop, the Bukhara Gold Embroidery Factory, the Museum of Blacksmith’s Art, and much more!
  • Explore the historic walled city of Khiva visiting woodcarvers, carpet weavers and UNESCO silk weavers. Visit Nukus to see the Museum of Igor Savitskiy, where wondrous works of art from the Karakaplak people are housed.
  • Along the way, enjoy unique Uzbek dining experiences (including making pilav with locals) while staying in charming inns and hotels that are beautifully appointed with traditional Uzbek decor.

To secure a spot or for more trip information, please contact Ahdina Zunkel of BJ Adventures, Inc. at ahdina@bjadventures.com or (505) 466-2289, and click here to read an abbreviated trip itinerary. 

BJ Adventures, Inc. is customized travel to over 90 countries since 1989. For more information, click here.

For details related to what is inclusive in the trips, accessibility, and levels of physical activity with trips, please contact your trip organizer.

Passport to Folk Art Trips have included:

Cuba

Indonesia

Kyrgyzstan

Morocco

South Africa

Turkey

Bolivia

Bhutan

Guatemala

Madagascar

Myanmar

Sri Lanka

Uzbekistan

Colombia

India

Indonesia

Mexico

Nepal

Peru

Tunisia