Wai’ala Ahn, Big Island HI
“The immersion in to Oaxaca that Cosa Buena created for its attendees was very thoughtful, articulate and both heartfelt and heart opening. The experiences shared, along with the time, lessons and conversations with the local ancestral artisans were incredibly impactful; and the laughs, lessons, tears and connections made I’ll carry with me for a lifetime. When speaking to each other from our hearts of hearts together, no language barrier mattered as we all held, embraced and smiled tears of reverence and respect to the phenomenal artisans who opened their homes and shared their lives, ancestral practices, traditions, skills and how the land they are connected to and steward, truly makes them who they are. It will be an immersions experience I will carry in my heart and influence the way I walk in this world always. My deepest mahalo (thanks) to Cosa Buena for creating a space that holds so much intent, purposes, authenticity, support and love for the community and collective whose homes and families are shared through this immersion.”
Kimi Uno, Salida CO.
“My experience with Cosa Buena in Oaxaca left a profound impression on my life. I went with my two best friends for one of their 40th birthdays and expected an immersive retreat, but what we came away with was a journey that touched our souls. Cosa Buena’s team approached everything with a great amount of respect and responsibility. Their relationships with the artisans was what made our experience so special, we felt welcome into the homes of the people that we visited, they cooked for us and extended so much love. Every aspect of the retreat felt authentic and educated. I would highly recommend investing your time, money and energy in the work that Cosa Buena is doing!”
Brennan Maine, Honolulu HI
“What made this retreat special was Vera's (Cosa Buena’s founder) honest intention to create a pathway of insight into Zapotec culture. How much she deeply cares for each artisan we visited and how passionately she fights for them to be seen was inspiring on many levels. Her very organized and thoughtful preparation for the retreat was a demonstration of how invested she is in teaching. As an artist myself, I always appreciate being a witness to the process of creating art. I feel that in witnessing, it creates an automatic bridge into each artists soul and you can't help but admire the time, the intention, and the labor that goes into the artist's work. When you visit the markets as a consumer you are only seeing the end product of all that hard work. That is why I think it is so valuable to show people the process in order to feel more connected to the art and the person behind it. What I won't forget about the retreat is the spirituality I witnessed in every aspect of Zapotec culture. From weaving, to food preparation, to intimate discussion, to actually constructing an altar of our own. As an outsider it was a privilege to see how much passion and good energy goes into this, and it is what makes so many of the crafts special.”
Annika Linder, Cayucos CA.
“This retreat is transformational especially for those of us that are seeking more out of life. It's easy to get stuck in a routine especially when you're comfortable, but this retreat interrupts that routine and provides you with rich experiences that teach you how to not only experience tourism in a different way, but more so experience people and places in an intentional way. Cosa Buena's heart and vision leaves you feeling a deep sense of connection with the culture of Oaxaca, the artisans and women you meet. It truly is a community that provides you a cultural and educational immersion.”
Madison Trent, Kennebunkport ME.
“This experience was incredibly impactful to me, something I will continue to carry as a change for the better. I wasn't just there to take, but to share. We shared stories, laughs and tears. We found ways to communicate that could surpass any language barrier. I was welcomed into the homes of local artisan families who lovingly and selflessly taught me about their craft. They prepared beautiful meals for us to enjoy. I originally went to Oaxaca to learn a new craft but found myself on a new path of connecting back to the earth and in return to other human beings. I feel incredibly lucky to have these experiences and I will never forget the generosity and warmth I felt while in Oaxaca. I now have a connection to Oaxaca, with the families there and their artwork I now cherish in my home. I look forward to returning to Mexico for a reunion with Cosa Buena in the future.”
Melissa Rocque, San Francisco CA.
“This retreat had both breadth and depth. It was amazing to get exposure to a diverse range of experiences in Oaxaca within just a week - from historic ruins to local markets to mezcal to pottery. We learned through listening and observation, as well as hands on experience. External exploration was supported by time for reflection, dialogue and dance! I hope to join Cosa Buena again in the future, and highly recommend this experience for the curious and open-hearted!”
Annika Walden, San Diego CA.
“What an incredible opportunity to immerse ourselves both physically and spiritually in Oaxaca thanks to the dedication and hard work of Cosa Buena. Our time spent with local artisans, healers, and artists have transformed my understanding of the importance of ancestral practices and traditions. Living in the process rather than the outcome is a life lesson I will forever practice moving forward. Thankful for this beautiful trip and all the women who made it ‘one’ in a lifetime.”
Kellie Shay, San Diego CA.
“Still floating a few feet above earth after the Cosa Buena retreat. Thanks to Vera and Cosa Buena and the years she’s spent cultivating relationships with local artists, I was invited into this land of so much wonder. I return feeling totally renewed with inspiration for the natural world, the artists who have maintained self-sufficiency from modern day convenience and a connection to the land that fulfills completely. I am thankful to all the women I shared this experience with, and all of the artisans who welcomed us into their homes and lives so full of love. I feel a strong responsibility to share their stories and messages of gratitude.”
Jamison Karon, Los Angeles CA.
"A cultural exploration of the senses; the Cosa Buena retreat was an immersive experience that not only offered a portal to ancient traditions, but connected those traditions to the people who still practice them. This retreat is so rich with experience –between learning specialty trades from artisans around the region, tasting mezcal on a family palenque, the gardens, the city, the food, THE PEOPLE, Cosa Buena offers a profound and enriching way to experience Oaxaca.”
Kyra Bernauer, Boise ID.
"This retreat was a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn ancient crafts from the master's themselves. We were invited into the homes of the Oaxacan community, our bellies were filled with traditional Oaxacan meals, our hands were stained from dyes and clay, our bodies and minds were at peace with daily yoga and meditation, and our hearts were warmed with new friendships and mezcal. With honor and respect, the experiences created and shared in Oaxaca will forever be a part of my existence from this day forward. My eyes were widened even more and I was reminded why it is important to know your maker, to support artists and to keep these ancient ways of life alive. Cosa Buena has become a web of families, sisters, tears, laughter, friendship, memories teachers and students. I'm so grateful for this wonderful opportunity."
Kyle Rosenthal, San Francisco CA.
"The opportunity to experience Oaxaca through the eyes of Cosa Buena and its founder provided our group with a spectacular and reflective journey. Our mornings began with the perfect yoga session and an excellent shared breakfast followed by days full of adventure, learning, and fun. I can't imagine a better way to experience Oaxaca and would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in exploring Oaxaca.".
Jenna Baucke, Oakland CA.
" The Cosa Buena retreat was such an incredible experience that deepened my practice as a yogi and natural dyer. The craftsmanship and techniques we witnessed and the hospitality of our hosts was all so heartfelt and authentic. As a natural dyer, I was especially grateful for the opportunity be welcomed into the homes and studios of some of the few remaining families of weavers in Oaxaca who continue to use natural dyes and keep the traditional textile craft of their region alive. I miss being in Oaxaca and the people I met there everyday since and hope to return soon! "
Don Brandeburg, San Francisco CA.
"This was hands down one of the best travel experiences of my life, and for sure one of the most meaningful. Cosa Buena takes you on a journey that you would never be able to experience on your own. The relationships that have been forged through Cosa Buena with the community in Oaxaca are inspiring and heartwarming. I feel really lucky to have had this experience. I learned so much about Oaxaca and myself."
Sofala Knapton, San Francisco CA.
"Not only were the colonial buildings beautiful and vibrant, but the people we encountered and the culture we were immersed in was too. Traveling to Oaxaca with Cosa Buena was an extremely special experience that opened my eyes to the rich history and beauty of this region in Mexico."
Danielle Narveson, Half Moon Bay CA.
"“The Cosa Buena, Entre Sueños retreat is an incredible, culturally immersive, artistically inspiring, and all-around feel good experience. Not only is the trip impeccably planned, but because Cosa Buena has such rich and wonderful relationships with all of the artists and families that you meet, you see and feel a part of Oaxaca that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do without having lived there for a few years. I’ve come back so energized and inspired and hope to instill their enthusiasm into my own work. I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to connect with themselves, new friends or new culture.”."
Katie Green, San Francisco CA.
"My time on Cosa Buena's Entre Sueños Retreat was magical and far exceeded my expectations. We got to see a side of Oaxaca that visitors don't usually get to see, being welcomed as good friends wherever we visited. I left understanding the breadth of the Oaxacan experience — from beautiful natural mineral springs to small artisan villages and funky restaurants. Beyond experiencing the region, the daily yoga and/or meditation set a foundation for the day and gave me the space to reflect during this time away from home. Oh, and the other participants and leaders were amazing humans. I highly recommend you join a future retreat!"
Cheryl Eccles, Berkely CA.
"Cosa Buena's passion for Oaxaca is contagious. Our leader for this wonderful experience embraces the culture, the history, and most of all the people. She is warm, engaging, and enthusiastically celebrates the traditional arts of this region. Hence, our retreat offered more of an insider’s perspective than a tourist’s view of the artisans lives, as the families of weavers, candlemakers mezcal producers and ceramicists opened their hearts and homes to us as if we were family."