Mezcal Magic in Oaxaca: A Spirited Journey with Kate Gerwin

Welcome Awespiring Yogi! 

Welcome everyone! I am beyond excited to come together with you in mythical, magical Oaxaca, Mexico where we’ll spend five days blending good times with great spirits on a journey of taste to the heart of mezcal! My goal is to bring friends old and new together in a casual and organic way – more like a dreamy, long weekend than an organized tour. With farmer families and maestro mezcaleros as our guides, TRIP NAME will be all about connecting with a great group of cocktail culture aficionados as well as the pungent, smoky spirit itself that is such an integral part of Oaxacan culture. But Oaxaca is much more than just tobalá and tepextate. An oasis of vibrant culture, colorful architecture, rich history and spectacular culinary experiences, Oaxaca is a total sensory experience. So let’s get ready to shake things up! I’ll see you there!

Meet Your Host

Empowering you to strengthen mind, body, & soul

Trip Highlights

Botanic Garden Tour

Oaxaca Walking Tour

Mezcaloteca Experiencia

Venue

Grand Fiesta Americana

Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca offers a unique experience that will captivate you. Our hotel is an architectural wonder, where tradition and modernity blend to create an atmosphere of luxury and exclusivity.

Enjoy a memorable stay with personalized service and exquisite details. No other hotel in Oaxaca offers as strong of a connection to the city as Grand Fiesta Americana; our exquisite atmosphere will help you fully experience the beauty, spirit and character of your surroundings.

MAR DE JADE

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Mar de Jade is a Yoga, Wellness & Vacation Retreat Center nestled between the tropical jungle and the pristine sandy beach of Chacala, México. This is an intimate place offering groups and individuals a relaxing, supportive, and inspiring environment in a peaceful fishing village.

Rooms

Standard Twin room

Standard Single Room

Itinerary

DAY 1

  • Oaxaca Walking Tour - walking tour led by your Tastemaker, to help you find your bearings within central Oaxaca
  • Mezcaloteca Experiencia - tasting session of various mezcals 
  • Dinner of typical Oaxacan cuisine

DAY 2

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Market tour - visit a local market and see the vibrant local produce
  • Visit to Mitla and lunch (customers to pay) at Sanitago de Matalan
  • Mezcal facility visit and experience
  • Rooftop drinks, watching the sun go down
  • Dinner at leisure, to choose from any of the amazing restaurants in Oaxaca

DAY 3

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Botanic Garden Tour - non private tour observing plants gathered from throughout the state of Oaxaca
  • Cooking Class - cooking class is 4 hours in duration and includes a visit to a small local market - enjoy eating what you make!
  • Dinner is not included, allowing you to eat anywhere you choose!

DAY 4

  • Breakfast at hotel 
  • OPTIONAL tour to Monte Alban - visiting a stunning archaeological site. If you do not wish to join this trip, your day is free to do as you wish, prior to gathering for dinner.
  • Drink at Mezcal Bar
  • Celebratory farewell dinner at Origen

DAY 5

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • End

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 Breakfasts (daily)
  • 1 Lunch
  • 2 Dinners - welcome and farewell dinners
  • Oaxaca walking tour
  • Mezcaloteca experience
  • Market Tour
  • Visit to Mitla
  • Botanic garden tour
  • Cooking class
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional Specialty beverages
  • Additional nights accommodation

Cancellation Policy

25% Down Payment Additional Payments
Spot Pending
Refundable
Refundable

Spot Confirmed

Not Refundable*
Refundable
60 Days Pre-Trip
Not Refundable
Not Refundable

*If you cancel when your spot is confirmed and outside of 60 days until departure, you can receive a trip credit for your down payment minus the $100 cancellation fee.

Why book this trip?

CURATED FOR PASSION

Trips built around and for you, led by passion and genuine care.

YOU ARE IN CARING HANDS

We are professional travel managers who are also passionate yogis, footballers, and surfers.

YOU ARE PROTECTED

All payments and trips are ABTA-protected, the gold standard in consumer protection.

LIFETIME DEPOSIT

Change of plans? No worries, we got you, for life. Just give us a new date when you are ready.

Testimonials

A retreat with Marie will change you for the best ! Not only in your practice and do things you’d never thought possible. Marie creates a space and a community to share, improve yourself and become a better person, with new friends for life. She will guide you with her professionalism and her craziness to accept and take care of who you really are.

Emilie - Bali, Corsica & Portugal retreats

Marie was my yoga teacher at a retreat for Mallorca. I love her classes as they are challenging and relaxing at the same time and bought the light and energy I needed! Hands down an amazing experience and felt so calm and restful after the retreat. I really hope to join a retreat with Marie in the future. Shauni - Mallorca

Shauni - Mallorca retreat

How important it is to dedicate a few days to yourself, and what better than having such an empathetic and professional yoga teacher to accompany you on those days! I thoroughly enjoyed my four days at Marie yoga retreat and was also lucky enough to share it with a great group of yogis! Looking forward to repeating it again!

Anna - Mallorca retreat

Mallorca was Simply the best yoga retreat I have been on; all attributed to the inspiring and superb hosting and instruction by Marie Grujicic. Marie is a one in a million practitioner, and your life will be enhanced and changed forever, if you have the good fortune to attend one of her retreats. I cannot wait to go again !

Sylvie - Mallorca retreat

I had the pleasure of attending two of Marie's yoga retreats in the last few years - one in Corsica and one in Mallorca - and I have to say, both were truly exceptional experiences. The balance of high-quality yoga instruction and fun, engaging activities during the day was perfect. I left feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and reconnected with my mind, body and spirit. I can't wait to join Marie again in the future and unplug from the daily grind. If you're looking for a yoga retreat that's a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, I highly recommend Marie's retreats.

Lou - Corsica & Mallorca Retreat

FAQs

WHAT TIME DOES THE TRIP START AND END?

The trip will officially start at 15:00 on Feb 8 th and end soon after breakfast on Feb 12, 2024.

WHICH AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?

You will fly into Oaxaca International Airport (OAX)

HOW DO I GET FROM AIRPORT TO THE VENUE?

You can book arrival & departure airport transfers : $ 112 per way. Alternative transfers may be available directly at the airport.

DOES THE RETREAT CATER TO SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS?

Yes, the restaurants at the Grand Fiesta Americana offer a variety of international culinary options, as well as traditional Oaxacan dishes.

At Restaurante La Distral and Agave Lounge, you will find beautifully presented, authentic national cuisine, as well as cocktails and fine tequila. Savor exceptional Mexican fare or choose between seafood, cuts of meat, salads and captivating desserts, all made with fresh, high-quality ingredients.

CAN I COME TO THIS TRIP ALONE?

Yes! Traveling alone is a great way to meet new people, and many people will be coming solo. On this trip we’re all in it together and you’ll be part of the group from the moment you arrive.

WILL I GET ANY “FREE” TIME?

Absolutely! There is plenty of leisure time included for you to re-charge, nap, or do your own thing. We always schedule down time in our daily itinerary.

I WANT TO SHARE A ROOM BUT I AM TRAVELING ALONE, DO YOU ASSIGN ME SOMEONE TO SHARE THE ROOM WITH ?

If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we use our best judgment to find a good match. We endeavor to accommodate any specific requests you may have. Please contact us with any requests so that we can assign you to an unaccompanied guest that also wants to travel in a double occupancy room. 

HOW DO YOU ASSIGN THE ROOMS?

Rooms are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.


Please note: all rooms are equal in terms of comfort and cleanliness.

WHAT IS THE COVID CANCELLATION POLICY?

In the unlikely event that WE have to cancel the trip for any reason then we will offer you the following options:

  • A full refund of all monies paid, including your deposit
  • Transfer of your booking, free of charge, to a future retreat of the same value
  • If you are unable to attend the trip for any reason, including because of a last-minute positive Covid-19 test, or restrictions in your region or country,  you will need to make a claim with your travel insurance provider to claim any trip or retreat costs..

  • Please ensure your travel Insurance provider covers you for the following:
  • Cancellation fees
  • Positive Covid-19 test preventing you from traveling
  • Local and destination restrictions preventing you from traveling

IS TRAVEL INSURANCE INCLUDED?

We do not include travel insurance as everyone’s needs are different. However, having travel insurance in place for each person is a condition of your booking. Please ensure COVID-19 cover is included. If you haven’t purchased cover yet, you can do so here:

IS MY DEPOSIT REFUNDABLE IF I DECIDE TO CANCEL THE TRIP?

The Deposit is a non-refundable deposit, used to secure your spot on the trip. If you decide to cancel your trip, we cannot refund your deposit. Please ensure you purchase adequate travel insurance to cover any fees you may incur if you have to cancel your trip.

WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY THE REMAINING BALANCE?

The remaining balance for your trip will be due on March 14th, 2023.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OPERATING THIS TRIP?

This trip is being sold and operated by Seek Dharma Ltd, a company registered in England & Wales (company number 13127983 and members of ABTA, no. Y6752).


Seek Dharma is collaborating with LP Paylpr to build an incredible experience for their community.

WHO DO I REACH OUT TO IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

You can reach out to us directly via email at LP@seekdharma.com