The many layered textures and colors of Guatemala are an artist’s heaven and a traveler’s dream. The people and the culture will weave their way into your heart as you visit the small villages where the indigenous population live, speak, dress and practice their religion as they did hundreds of years ago. The markets, the feel of Spanish Colonial, and the colorful countryside will all make you want to return again and again.
We stay at the most unique, luxurious hotels and haciendas and dine on the finest cuisine (including the “typical” indigenous fare); travel the country in first class motor coaches with the best drivers and guides (all connected by cell phone and radios); comfortable seats, lots of room and viewing windows are the order of the day. Visit the “must see” as well as private venues that are not seen or experienced by others.
About the Artists
Patsy and Edwin Sasek began their art and work together when they were married over 25 years ago. Both are award winning artists and published writers and they have been combining their talents to conduct retreats, workshops, organize art shows, serve on boards, create art, and build community.
Edwin worked for 27 years as a hospice chaplain. In addition, he is a spiritual director, painter, poet and photographer. With a degree in Textile Science and Fashion Design from UT-Austin, Patsy started Mustard Seed Designs over 35 years ago as a business in which she designed and manufactured purses and accessories. Today, the business includes the artwork and photography of both artists as well as a line of greeting cards, fabric design for their daughter’s fashion line Cosima, marketing and writing. Together they founded ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying. a 501(C)(3) nonprofit, and built the ABODE Home, a place that provides a home and care for those in need at the end of life.
Their newest venture is a gallery space called Las Almas which means “The Souls.” Mustard Seed Designs has one of the two businesses in the light-filled gallery along with Kathy Cody Gallaway’s Intermezzo Gallery. They represent not only their own artwork, but also that of local and regional artists of note. The gallery also carries their line of cards, unique jewelry and gifts made in Texas as well as Fair Trade Guatemalan art, accessories and clothing. Edwin roasts his own coffee and brews it for the shop. A portion of sales from cards and coffee help support the ABODE Home.
Patsy and Edwin are thrilled to be taking a group to explore Guatemala during the most colorful and meaningful of seasons, Semana Santa. Those on the trip will witness the pageantry and festival quality of the celebration like no other. To make it a memorable occasion, Edwin will guide those, who want to photograph the events, to view the festivities through the “lens of the soul.” His experience as an award winning photographer will help you capture the sense of this amazing experience.
Patsy, with her expertise in watercolor, will do demos and provide instruction on plein air painting, for those who wish to, to capture the splash of color and action in a travel sketchbook that will be unforgettable. On return, those watercolor sketches and photographs will be the source of many future paintings or as a beautiful reminder of an amazing experience. With plenty of time to explore, shop and rest, this will be a relaxing and memorable “Trip of a Lifetime!”
Cost: $2,990 per person Single Supplement: $735
Our Travel Itinerary
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Travel Dates: April 8th - 17th, 2020
Wednesday, April 8th
Thursday, April 9th
Friday, April 10th
Saturday, April 11th
Sunday, April 12th
Monday, April 13th
Tuesday, April 14th
Wednesday, April 15th
Thursday, April 16th
Friday, April 17th
Arrive in Guatemala City and transport to Antigua
Semana Santa festivities continue in Antigua
Good Friday and the culmination of Semana Santa
Painting in the ruins of Santo Domingo, Antigua
Explore the colorful markets of Chichicastenango
Painting on the shores of Lake Atitlán
Explore Lake Atitlán and surrounding villages
Relax and enjoy Lake Atitlán and Panajachel
Travel the highlands back to Guatemala City
International departures home
You can download a full version of the itinerary, complete with times and detailed descriptions of each destination here.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
*Before you register, please read Explore Amazing Places Terms and Conditions
Included in your Tour: ▪ 10 days, 9 nights at a unique and luxury boutique hotel ▪ meals per itinerary including tips ▪ hotel baggage handling and driver gratuities ▪ private transportation ▪ all special and private Semana Santa venues/entrance fees per itinerary
NOT Included: ▪ Airport baggage handling tips (we recommend .50 per bag) ▪ any additional security or airport tax ▪ Alcohol or personal room charges ▪ meals not included in itinerary ▪ Guide tip
Price: $2990 (Double Occupancy), $735 (Single Supplement)
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