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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
  • Due to high demand and growing dynamism, trips will be separate from other IFAM benefits related to the annual market
  • 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.
  • To learn more about donor benefits, visit here, or call the Advancement Office at 505.992.7602.

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.

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Cuba | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad

Join IFAM and its CEO, Stuart A. Ashman, on a fully licensed People to People journey to Cuba! 

January 8 – 15, 2020

Trip is sold out. Thank you for your interest!

TRIP COST: $4,475 per person, double occupancy; $550 single supplement; includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Full compliance with US Treasury Department regulations People to People travel to Cuba.
  • The trip will include 5 nights at the five star Parque Central Hotel in Havana and meals in the city’s finest restaurants.
  • We will have access to private performances, artist’s studios, cultural centers, museums and all that this remarkable city has to offer.
  • We will also spend two days and nights outside of Havana in the city of Cienfuegos, on the Caribbean coast.  This city, settled by French immigrants from Bordeaux and Louisiana in 1819, is home to a thriving community of folk art painters. Our visit will coincide with their annual regional exhibit of Arte Naïf.
  • From here we will visit the colonial city of Trinidad, founded in 1514 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
  • On our way back to Havana, we will stop by the estate of Ernest Hemingway and the fishing village where he kept his beloved boat, Pilar.

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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Cuba | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Holguin, and Gibara

Join IFAM and Peggy Gaustad on a fully licensed People to People tour to the Eastern Provinces of Cuba, with its unspoiled landscapes, exotic birds, historical landmarks, and remarkable beauty!

February 13 – 22, 2020

This trip is sold out. Thank you for your interest!

TRIP COST: $4,220 per person, double occupancy; $365 single supplement; includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Four days in Santiago de Cuba, a city rich in history from its founder Diego Velazquez, to Hernán Cortez, Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, and Cuba’s national hero, José Marti. We will visit the community of Mella where IFAM artists, El Grupo Bayate, have transformed their town due in large part to their success at the Santa Fe Market.  We will spend a day with the Conservator of Santiago in the Sierra Maestra mountains exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Los Cafetales, French coffee plantations founded at the turn of the 19th century.
  • Three days in the beautiful seaside town of Baracoa, where Columbus landed in 1492 and proclaimed it to be “the most beautiful land eyes have ever seen.” Due to its relative isolation over the past four centuries, Baracoa is steeped in traditions which include a cuisine unique to the area.  Here we will visit with IFAM artist, Leandro Gomez, whose sculptures of jeeps and trucks depict the main modes of transportation in this remote town.  We will be treated to a children’s choir performance and visit the Taino community of El Güirito, whose native identity and customs continue to this day.
  • From Baracoa we will drive to the city of Holguín, Santa Fe’s Sister City, to visit the artists of Cuadernos Papiro, a fascinating paper and book making studio. They will be participating for the first time at this summer’s 2019 Market.
  • Our last two nights will find us in the colonial fishing village of Gibara, a little gem of a town and a perfect spot to end our journey.

This trip will mark the 22nd International Folk Art Market trip to Cuba, led by Cuba specialist and IFAM enthusiast, Peggy Gaustad.  As one recent traveler wrote to Peggy: “I have been thinking about our trip pretty much non-stop since we got back…you gave us such an incredible experience by introducing us to so many facets of Cuban life and art.  It was many-textured on numerous levels and I doubt that most travelers would have access to the experiences we did.  The love you feel for Cuba and its people was palatable and they return it to you tenfold.  I can’t thank you enough for opening our hearts and minds to that glorious and generous country.”   Anne Battle

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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Oaxaca | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

Join IFAM and Peggy Gaustad on a very special journey to Oaxaca City, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and Huatulco! 

March 3 – 12, 2020

This trip is sold out. Thank you for your interest!

TRIP COST: $4,600 per person that includes all accommodations, most meals, per itinerary (two dinners on your own), ground transportation, entry fees, per itinerary two expert local guides at all times. Single room available for $650 additional. Includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spend 5 nights in the charming city of Oaxaca where we will visit with several IFAM artists including: master potters Don José Garcia Antonio and Magdelena Pedro Martinez; totomoxtle artist Marco Antonio Ruiz; the weaving family of Juana and Porfirio Gutierrez; and alebrije woodworker Armando Jimenez.
  • Visit the area’s spectacular museums, cultural centers and colorful markets.
  • Enjoy the region’s abundance of folk art that is everywhere to be seen.
  • Experience the exceptional cuisine for which Oaxaca is so famous.
  • Travel to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec for 2 nights where we will be immersed in the textiles of this region, a style made famous by Frida Kahlo.  We will learn about the food and dance that is particular to the Istmo and be treated to a Tehuano fashion show.
  • Our final 2 nights will be on the beautiful Oaxacan coast in Huatulco where we will have the unique opportunity to travel by boat to the coves where the famous purpura pansa sea snails live.  Here we will see how the artists have, for centuries, extracted the purple dye from these delicate creatures before gently placing them back on the rocks.

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.

Brazil | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

Join IFAM and Josh Schrei on the Folkloric Arts of Brazil and the Majesty of Iguaçu Falls Brazil!  

September 4 – 16, 2020

TRIP COST: $4,800 per person that includes meals, accommodations, flights within Brazil, ground transport within Brazil, park entry fees. Single room available for $1,200 additional. Supplemental 4-day, 3-night Iguaçu trip —Sept 16 – 19, 2020 — $2,100. Includes a $500 donation to IFAM.  Space is limited

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, and São João Del Rei, some of the best preserved colonial towns of Brazil
  • Inhotim museum and botanical garden
  • Artisanal cheesemakers of Minas Gerais
  • Miniature ceramics of Pernambuco
  • Famed block printing of Pernambuco
  • Traditional Brazilian lace artisans
  • The splendor of Iguaçu falls
  • The famed Hotel Belmond Das Cataratas, luxury hotel directly adjacent to the falls

The country of Brazil is home to colorful folk arts traditions, a thriving modern art scene, and magnificent natural wonders.

Join IFAM and Josh Schrei of Tapta Marg Productions as we spend two weeks exploring some of the most vibrant destinations that this beautiful nation has to offer. We’ll start off in the heartland of Minas Gerais, where we’ll visit the quaint colonial towns of Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, and São João Del Rei and explore a countryside famed for its pastoral farmland and artisanal cheeses. Minas Gerais is also home to Inhotim, a world-renowned outdoor arts museum and botanical garden.

The next part of the trip will take us north to the coast of Pernambuco and Bahia, where we’ll visit traditional blockprinters, puppet makers, laceworkers, and ceramics artists and take time to soak in the spectacular beauty of the coast.

For those who want to add an optional 4-day extension (September 16th – 20th), we will visit Iguaçu Falls, the largest waterfall system on the planet and one of the great wonders of the natural world. From our base at the famed Hotel Belmond Das Cataratas, we’ll explore the majesty of Iguaçu by boat, foot, and even helicopter.

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. 

India | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

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

October 15 – 27, 2020

TRIP COST: Price: $3,900. Includes all accommodation, transportation within India, meals, guides and a $500 donation to IFAM by clicking here.  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.

Adventures in Folk Art: Gujarat and Rajasthan: The Indian states of Gujarat are 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.

This region is widely known for its artistic traditions — it seems that every village has its own expression of traditional craft, from world-renowned embroidery to block printing to vibrant painting and pottery arts. This depth and diversity of artistic expression are why artists from this region are heavily featured each year at the International Folk Art Market.

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 11-21, 2020

Add-on to Jordan Available!

This trip is sold out. Thank you for your interest!

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.
  • Have the honor of dining with Dr. Zahi Hawass, one of the world’s most famous archeologists and Egypt’s former Minister of Antiquities. For more than thirty years he has been raising awareness of archaeology and the preservation of Egypt’s precious heritage.
  • 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.

For more information or detailed itinerary, contact Ahdina Zunkel at BJ Adventures, Inc. 505-466-2289 ahdina@bjadventures.com.

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

Cuba | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad

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

January 7 – 14, 2021

TRIP COST: $4,485 per person, double occupancy; $550 single supplement; includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Full compliance with US Treasury Department regulations for Support for the Cuban People travel to Cuba.
  • The trip will include 5 nights at the five star Parque Central Hotel in Havana and meals in the city’s finest restaurants.  We will have access to private performances, artist’s studios, including artists Dairan Fernández, Guillermo Estrada, and Clandestina from the 2020 Market, cultural centers, museums and all that this remarkable city has to offer. We will have a private viewing of the amazing art space, Fábrica de Arte Cubano.
  • We will also spend two days and nights outside of Havana in the city of Cienfuegos, on the Caribbean coast.  This city, settled by French immigrants from Bordeaux and Louisiana in 1819, is home to a thriving community of folk art painters. Our visit will coincide with their annual regional exhibit of Arte Naïf, a group of more than 20 artists, including 2020 Market artists, Cenia Gutiérrez, Julio Barbón, and Roberto Gil.

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.

Oaxaca | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

Join IFAM and Peggy Gaustad on a very special 10-day journey to Oaxaca City, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and Huatulco! 

February 4 – 13, 2021

TRIP COST: $4,860 double occupancy; $685 single supplement. Includes a $500 donation to IFAM. Space is limited.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spend 5 nights in the charming city of Oaxaca where we will visit with several IFAM artists over the years.
  • Visit the area’s spectacular museums and colorful markets.
  • Visit the extraordinary ruins of the UNESCO Site, Monte Alban, and the dramatic art center, CASA, created by famed Oaxacan artist, Francisco Toledo.
  • Experience the exceptional cuisine for which Oaxaca is so famous.
  • Travel to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec for 2 nights where we will be immersed in the textiles of this region, a style made famous by Frida Kahlo. We will learn about the food and dance that is particular to the Istmo and be treated to a Tehuano fashion show.
  • Our final 2 nights will be on the beautiful Oaxacan coast in Huatulco where we will have the unique opportunity to travel by boat to the coves where the famous purpura pansa sea snails live. Here we will see how the artists have, for centuries, extracted the purple dye from these delicate creatures before gently placing them back on the rocks.
  • Our journey will end in Huatulco with flights available from Huatulco International Airport.

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.

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, 2021

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 getaway 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.

For more information, download an abbreviated itinerary and contact Ahdina Zunkel at BJ Adventures, Inc. 505-466-2289 ahdina@bjadventures.com.

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

Uzbekistan | Passport to Folk Art Trip 

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

October 8 – 24, 2021

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 Koran’s 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 and (including making pilav with locals) while staying in charming inns and hotels that are beautifully appointed with traditional Uzbek decor.

For more information, download an abbreviated itinerary and contact Ahdina Zunkel at BJ Adventures, Inc. 505-466-2289 ahdina@bjadventures.com.

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