Our day sessions are city-based food experiences, and a simple and easy way to get a taste of ancestral Oaxacan food.
Oaxaca’s markets, chocolatiers, and streets are our classrooms as we taste and learn about the mysteries of chocolate and corn not only through Mexican and world history, but through flavours. Via pre-hispanic cacao drinks, local seeds, very rare types of chocolate, and heirloom maize foods we endeavour to learn about Oaxacan chocolate and maize traditions.
Guests are challenged to consider their approach to the vast differences in taste, textures, and context that root Oaxacan and Western chocolate traditions and how all of this might inform our relations to money, death, time, and ceremony. Note: This is not a cacao ceremony.
Through a flight or tasting of three distinct maguey/agave beverages, we endeavour to learn about the mysterious path of maguey, the Goddess Mayahuel, and the moon.
Guests are challenged to consider their approach to the vast differences in taste, textures, and context that root Oaxacan and Western traditions and how all of this might inform our relations to farming, elderhood, sacrifice, myth, and food.
Over the course of a full day we will visit a family of three generations of potters actively engaged in the collective rememberance of their craft.
We will explore the process of turning clay into ceramics, each step being undertaken and taught together, the use of stone in traditional chocolate preparation, and the ceremony behind the work.
Finally, we will be getting our hands dirty learning the living alchemy of earth and fire, listening to master storytellers, and discovering the old relationships between the fire that cooks our pottery that cooks our food.
Our multi-day sessions are extended, deep immersion experiences that venture into the Oaxacan countryside.
The main focus of this week-long trip is to dive, as deeply and respectably as possible into the heart of cacao and chocolate. Cacao as a plant, a food, and a god(dess). Chocolate as a health food, an ecological and political protest, and communal centre. We will explore the historical, cultural, and spiritual role of cacao and chocolate, cacao and pottery, cacao in the forest, cacao as kin, and cacao as a symbol of regeneration and resistance.
Day 1: Orientation & Dinner
Day 2: Food of the Gods Chocolate Session / Regenerative Chocolate Talk
Day 3: Earth, Fire, Food Chocolate & Pottery Session
Day 4-5: Cacao/Coffee Food Forest Field Trip / Overnight
Day 6: Return to Oaxaca / Final Lunch
Day 7: Final Lunch
Maximum 10 people per group.
This is a special 3-day, 2-night session that focuses on the cacao tree, its fruit, its sweet pulp, its beautiful flowers, its ecosystem, and its survival. We will make our way to Oaxaca’s coast by car to visit a beautiful and lush cacao forest garden at the edge of an indigenous community. From there we will visit the cacao farmers’ workshop and shop where we will make fresh chocolate from their cacao and of course, eat it! To ensure there is enough chocolate, a guided chocolate tasting featuring Oaxaca City’s best chocolate makers is included.
Cost: $6000p per person
Minimum 2 people