Tours by Sharon

Tours by Sharon 
26 Hill Road
Fleetwood, PA  19522

(610) 781-4345

Contact person: Sharon Giles


So why should I take this tour?  A travel experience with a small group to  "non-touristy" regions with  local tour guides who have been selected for their passion and knowledge.  Since the late 1990's, Sharon has concentrated some of her textile, craft and travel interests to several regions in Mexico including Oaxaca, Michoacan, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Chiapas, Mexico City and Puebla.  Some of her former travelers asked "where are we going next" and a trip to Guatemala was formed.

Sharing the Dream in Guatemala

Sharing the Dream in Guatemala
10 W. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

1ra Avenida 1-64
Panajachel, Guatemala

(605) 540-6159

Contact person: Lauren Vaske

Sharing the Dream in Guatemala offers unique trips to Guatemala. The people-centric Learning Trip provides the opportunity to meet with the Guatemalan people to hear their hopes and dreams while learning about the culture and the beautiful crafts.  The Artisan Wares and Gastronomy trip provides the traveler with a gastronomic experience into Guatemalan cuisine and the opportunity to learn about the craft techniques that make Guatemala famous. We also offer custom trips for groups of 8 participants.

Mayan Hands

Mayan Hands
420 Whitehall Road
Albany, NY 12208

(518) 729-1900

Contact person: Anne Kelly

Join us in the beautiful Guatemala highlands and Mayan weavers and artisans in their villages, living within the culture they cherish. Meet with women’s cooperatives for demonstrations, discussions and hands-on activities. Explore local markets, visit Mayan sites, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Land of Eternal Spring. Learn firsthand the difference fair trade makes for artisans, their families and their communities. You will return home with your spirit renewed and hope restored.

Marrakesh Express

Marrakesh Express
791 College Ave. #2
Haverford, PA 19041

(610) 909-5634

Contact person: Susan Schaefer Davis

Marrakesh-Express-logoAs an anthropologist, my tours allow me to share some of my Moroccan experiences - and friends - with people that usually would not have such an opportunity.   We visit homes and places of work, especially of textile artisans, and you can try some of their techniques. Of course we see the main sights, and you have a chance to shop. I lead these tours for organized groups (textile guilds, book clubs...) that request them.

Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art

Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art
2141 Crest Dr.
Eugene, OR 97405

(541) 485-9386

Contact person: Maren Beck or Josh Hirschstein

Above the Fray leads small-group tours for textile enthusiasts to visit with and learn directly from traditional textile artists in hill tribe Laos and Vietnam. The cultural venture offers hands-on workshops led by regional, independent experts in their own villages including: wax resist batik, hemp processing, indigo dyeing, Hmong and Yao embroidery, silk reeling, natural dyeing with silk, cotton processing and ikat tying, Lao/Tai silk weaving, and Katu backstrap weaving.

Traditions Mexico Cultural Tours

Traditions Mexico Cultural Tours

Contact person: Eric Mindling

Since 1997, crafting immersive tours into the diverse, wise, and ancient human world. Mexico, Peru and Morocco are our destinations. We visit weavers, natural dyers, the communities that rebuild the last Incan rope bridge, reed boat makers on Lake Titicaca, the last ancestral shell dyers and more. We don’t own a cookie cutter, we design and pioneer every one of our itineraries. That is what we are about – knowing, creating, and sharing with authenticity.


Carol Hayman

Tour Operator

Carol Hayman
1001 Eason St.
Austin, TX 78703

(512) 784-2498

Peruvian Reality and Craft Tour to Lima and Ayacucho:  Visit museums and craftspeople in Lima, then fly to the lovely mountain town of Ayacucho to visit with artisan families, like Hojalateria Araujo, the award-winning workshop famous for tin candleholders; Professor Agripino Huaman Palomino, for delicate silver and gold filigree jewelry; and weavers of the Santa Ana barrio to watch them dye and weave. The hospitable artisans will invite you into their homes.