Discover the most interesting country in Latin America at its most colorful and ceremonial time of year . . . Holy Week!

Artists Nancy Crow and Nathaniel Stitzlein and tour leader Vivian Harvey have organized a 13-day tour of Guatemala that will focus on its unique arts, crafts, textiles, and spectacular religious ceremonies. This tour is open to anyone who wants to get away for a sunny exploration of wonderful artifacts in their natural setting.

Guatemala craft tour

We will concentrate our travels in villages in the highlands of the country, where the culture of many centuries earlier is alive and observable in dress, in language, in living style, and in religious practices. We’ll enjoy an orientation to the dress, the weavings, and the general life in the highlands by having a private tour of the Ixchel Museum in Guatemala City. In Antigua, we’ll join the people of Guatemala in their moving Palm Sunday processions, with enormous platforms for the statues of saints, where the participants (and we can be among them) walk through the magnificent “carpets” of flower petals and colored sawdust through the cobblestone streets of Antigua.

After Palm Sunday in Antigua, we’ll take off for the indigenous highlands of Guatemala. We will be in the colorful famous market of Chichicastenango for Holy Thursday Processions, and we’ll also visit Solola for the Tuesday market day to see all the Holy Week preparations. We’ll spend two nights in Quetzaltenango to observe their impressive Good Friday processions, which continue through the entire day.

Among the many highlights will be the Easter Saturday market in Almolonga, where the city square will be full of quiet voices in the impressive and colorful vegetable market.

Through all our travels, the village-identity aspect of the dress of the highland residents will be a distinctive characteristic of Guatemalan society. Because of this incredible diversity in color and pattern, the skill and imagination of Guatemala women, the textiles of Guatemala are famous the world over. One of the unique features of this trip is the opportunities to be with Guatemalan families who can best express their culture and their art. Each village and each family we visit will provide an exceptional wealth of Indian culture. Lectures and presentations by textile researchers of the Ixchel Museum, a local indigenous museum of textiles in Antigua, and the Guatemalan people themselves will help us understand the culture and history of this magnificent country.

On this educational travel seminar with Nancy Crow, Vivian Harvey and Nathaniel Stitzlein, you will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the people of Guatemala, and we’ll make a special study about the textiles and the art of the country in the company of the very men and women who produce them.

Trip is full! Please e-mail if you would like to be placed on a waiting list.

Itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

Guatemala Holy Week procession

Holy Week procession in Quetzaltenango

Day 1 | Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Day 2 | Wednesday, March 12, 2008 (B, L, D)

Day 3 | Thursday, March 13, 2008 (B, L, D)

Day 4 | Friday, March 14, 2008 (B, L, D)

Day 5 | Saturday, March 15, 2008 (B, D)

Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlán is surrounded by charming villages

Day 6 | Sunday, March 16, 2008 Palm Sunday (B, L)

Day 7 | Monday, March 17, 2008 (B, L)

Day 8 | Tuesday, March 18, 2008 (B, L, D)

Day 9 | Wednesday, March 19, 2008 (B, L, D)

Day 10 | Thursday, March 20, 2008 Holy Thursday (B, L, D)

Day 11 | Friday, March 21, 2008 Good Friday (B, L, D)

Day 12 | Saturday, March 22, 2008 (B, L)

Day 13 | Sunday, March 23, 2008 Easter Sunday (B, D)

Day 14 | Monday, March 24, 2008 (no meals)

• Note: This itinerary has been prepared months ahead of the actual trip. There may some very slight changes to take advantage of new opportunities, especially due to the Holy Week observances.


Nancy Crow
Nancy is an artist. She first traveled to Guatemala in the 1980s, and has fallen in love with this most beautiful and fascinating country. Nancy has been creating contemporary quilts for 28 years and maintains a large studio on her farm east of Columbus, Ohio. Her work has appeared on the covers of two of Maya Angelou’s books and is in the collections of the Museum of Arts & Design, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and The Museum of American Folk Art. She teaches worldwide and offers in-depth workshops on her farm in a recently renovated 1884 timber frame barn. Nancy was named a Fellow of the American Craft Council.

Vivian Harvey
The tour leader, Vivian B. Harvey, lived in Mexico for twelve years, and has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Central America, and South America with university students, faculty members, teachers, artists, and groups of adults. Prior to moving to Mexico, she was Assistant Dean in the College of Human Ecology at The Ohio State University for ten years. Vivian is the Educational Programs Coordinator at the Cemanahuac Educational Community in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She works with college faculty members across the United States and Canada to establish cooperative academic programs with Cemanahuac for both graduate and undergraduate credit. Vivian's web site:

Nathaniel Stitzlein
Nathaniel is an artist who works with Nancy Crow on coordinating art trips to France, Mexico, South Africa, and Guatemala. They also work together to produce art workshops at the Crow Timber Frame Barn. Prior to organizing tours and classes, he was an admissions counselor for The Ohio State University. In addition, he studied ceramics in South Africa for a year and is a free-lance graphic designer.
Nathaniel's web site:

Fees Trip is full! Please e-mail if you would like to be placed on a waiting list.

TRAVEL FEE: $2850 (twin) U.S. Funds Only
• Note: Add $400 for single supplement
• Sorry, credit cards are not accepted

This travel fee includes:
• All accommodations
• All breakfasts, selected lunches and dinners
• Land transportation
• Admission fees
• Tips and Guidance

This travel fee does NOT include:
• Roundtrip airfare from the USA/Canada/Europe to Guatemala
• Departure tax and travel insurance
• Meals not included on the itinerary
• Personal expenses


Deadline for reservation and deposit of $600: October 1, 2007
• Deposit must be made by check.
• $200 is non-refundable unless trip is cancelled.
• $400 is refundable up to October 1, 2007.
• None of the deposit is refundable after October 1, 2007, unless trip is cancelled.

Deadline for remaining payment of $2250:
December 1, 2007 (add $50 if paid after due date)
(add $400 for single supplement)
• Final payment is non-refundable, unless trip is cancelled.

All payments must be in US FUNDS ONLY! No credit cards

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Holy Week procession in a rural Guatemalan village

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