LAKE PATZCUARO REGION
HANDICRAFT ARTIST RETREAT
Michoacan Highlands, Mexico
Custom Designed Tour
The Lake Patzcuaro region of Michoacan is a rich, artistic region dotted with traditional towns and villages that each present their own handicrafts. Many of the artists enjoy sharing their techniques with art lovers who are interested in learning the processes for these different mediums. We offer workshops for pottery, copper, embroidery and Catrina dolls. As we custom design our workshops, we can offer a number of different experiences for your group, including a cooking class, art studio tours, mezcal, beer and/or wine tasting, dinner parties with live entertainment, champagne breakfast, and workshops with potters, coppersmiths, embroidery artists and wood carvers.
These workshops are meant to introduce guests to the processes behind the techniques, as an educational insight into how much work these art forms require. We ask guests to respect the artists economy, by only creating pieces for personal enjoyment, rather than for sale.
State: Michoacan, Mexico
Location: Western Michoacan / P'urepecha Plateau
Altitude: 2140 Meters / 7021 Feet
Founded: 1320's by P'urepecha Culture
Economy: Tourism and some Agriculture
Seat Population: 51 124 (2005)
Name: There are several translations, including Phascuaro (Place Dyed Black), Patatzecuaro (Place of Foundations), and Petatzimícuaro (Place of Bullrushes). Other translations include "Happy Place" and "Seat of Temples."
What to Expect
Class sizes are a maximum of 4-6 per class, so if your group has more guests, we will organize a selection of classes, based on interest. For example, if everyone wants to paint a Catrina, we can schedule 2 or 3 classes over different days, so everyone can participate in this class.
We provide a cooler with ice, a picnic lunch and picnic wares for lunch. We will also provide a translator, so those who do not speak Spanish can understand the artists. If guests do not have their own transportation, we will organize professional drivers for you. (Our art studio tours will be booked with a licensed professional guide).
We have listed different options below, for you to choose from. Please send us your workshops and activities of choice, so we can put together a custom itinerary for your group, including price. Just download our form below and email it to us at
Workshops & Activities
Talented Samantha Lopez of Morales is proprietress of Santo Huacal restaurant in Patzucaro. Join her for a modern twist on traditional cuisine while you're in Patzcuaro
Zinapecuaro pottery is a unique style, and one that will require us to pick up later and ship to you after they have been fired. A very enjoyable class in an old workshop!
As this is a custom designed experience, we have listed what we can include once we have your details.
If you would like to schedule a class in Zinapecuaro, we will book you into a hotel in Morelia. Capula is also located near Morelia. For all other tours, we will book you into Patzcuaro. If you would like to come for a few classes, we can create an experience that allows you to stay in both locations.
All workshops include lunch
All other meals are separate
Transportation can be arranged if you do not have your own
Dinner Party with live music
Art Studio Tours
Travel Insurance, Medical Insurance & Suggestions
After the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are sure most guests will be sure to purchase travel insurance. Please check with your insurance company to ensure you are aware of what you are covered for.
To reserve your tour, we require a 25% non-refundable deposit for confirmation.
The balance is due upon arrival in Mexico City
Medical insurance is crucial for travel. Some guests have been wary of sharing contact information for their insurance provider with us. If that is the case, please leave this information with a trusted friend or family member we can reach in the case of an emergency.
We require emergency contact information for all guests
Travel with 2 pairs of comfortable shoes
Carry a refillable water bottle
(or purchase a handmade copper water bottle from us)
Bring two ATM cards in case one gets lost
Pack wet-wipes to refresh face or hands
Pack sanitation wipes if concerned about germs
Bring a brimmed hat that won't blow off in the wind
Dress in comfortable layers
Bring a small backpack for day tours
Pack your umbrella
Be sure to give our contact information to your family
in case they need to reach you in an emergency
Soul of Mexico Tours
Whatsapp/Cell: +52 443 639 2782