This workshop is directed to everybody interested in fascinating peoples and cultures of Chiapas, their languages, their history and their vibrant present.
In an ever faster changing world, the indigenous cultures of Chiapas have survived endless attempts of domination, serfdom and exploitation. Their cultures today are still very much alive (there more than 1 million Tsotsil and Tseltal speakers in the highlands), their dress still expresses their cultural identity and the Zapatista uprising of 1994 has brought renewed pride and desire for self determination.
This workshop is meant to be an introduction into the different aspects of indigenous cultures in Chiapas. Its design has a focus on the descriptive, reflexive and experiential aspects of indigenous life. It will cover the following topics, depending on the interests of the participants of this workshop:
Participants who are specially interested in one sub-topic of this workshop can add an additional week for a more in-depth treatment of the topic with outings to indigenous communities and indigenous guest speakers.
The Mexican cooking classes take place in a beautiful old home with patios and gardens in the oldest part of town, El Cerillo, overlooking San Cristobal. Different “doñas” of San Cristóbal and visiting chefs cook delicious meals with interested participants.
The classes can be booked either:
If you are interested in learning a specific dish, please ask us and we will try to accomodate your personal cooking interests.
This workshop introduces the student to basic steps, which are easy to apply to many popular dances in Mexico, such as Salsa and Merengue. No experience is required and the emphasis is on having fun and gaining confidence on the dance floor.
In this workshop, students and the instructor will explore Mexico’s past, stopping to analyze specific events, throughout the history of Mexico, which have influenced the current social and political state of the country.
The price for these cultural workshops is as follows:
|Cooking classes||3-5 hrs per session||$ 26-34 per person|
|Salsa and Merengue||1 hr per session||$ 6 per person|
|Mexican History||7.5 hrs a week||$ 110 per person|
|Indigenous Cultures||7.5 hrs a week||$ 110 per person|