Tours and Workshops

Travel with us in 2019 !  Ireland's Western Seaboard

We are very excited to announce several upcoming tours and workshops.  What makes our tours unique is the emphasis on authenticity, looking deeper and making connections, and attention to detail that creates a tapestry of meaningful, life-enhancing interactions.   We guarantee a truly memorable, life-changing experience!


    Connemara Connections      Ireland      Autumn 2019

Join us for a small group trip to the region of Connemara, on the wild west coast of Ireland. The trip will include history, hikes, art and archaeology as we explore hidden places, walk with local guides, and experience an in-depth look at a spectacular place. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the inland areas are graced with the 12 Bens mountains, numerous loughs, green pastures and lively towns. There is a rich history in the region, which we will discover with local guides. Highlights will be:

  • Exploring the landscape of Connemara: beaches, seascapes, mountain vistas, gardens
  • Learning about ancient pilgrimage routes, some of which are now part of the “Irish Camino”, and hold centuries of stories from medieval pilgrimages, and walking a bit on some of them
  • Discovering the past through visits to archaeological sites, famine villages, and holy wells
  • Learning about the vibrant city of Galway through a locally guided walking tour, visiting galleries and artists, and seeing some of the major historical sites, and of course, sampling seafood!
  • Visiting some of the grand old estates and their gardens, and having lunch in a castle!
  • Exploring the landscape of the Burren, just south of Galway, with a local expert guide, and visiting some of the interesting historical sites, all interwoven with stories of the place
  • Meeting with local artists: weavers, felt makers, basket makers, painters, jewelers…

The trip will take place in mid to late September 2019, exact dates to be announced soon. Watch our website or like the Facebook page Authentic Travel and Tours for updates!

Watch and follow the website and/or our Facebook page for our summer workshops on Madeline Island, Wisconsin, on Lake Superior! they will be posted soon…

Check out Joan’s “Felting the Landscape” workshop at John Campbell Folk School in North Carolina in November, 2019

To get a taste of what we offer see the following information from past tours!

“Cave Art, Castles and Cuisine” Exploring the Ancient Past and Lively Present in Southwestern France”  September 18-26, 2016

Spectacular prehistoric art, fascinating history, and great food and wine form the perfect combination for a memorable trip! Join us on a tour of the Dordogne and the Lot regions, where we will explore the cave paintings of people living 40,000 years ago, and see their art in its original setting. We will probe deeply into the meaning of the images, and learn about the geology and archaeology of the caves. Our days will be filled with visits to these stunning prehistoric sites, along with tours of picturesque castles that will bring medieval history alive. Every day we will enjoy culinary delights as we sample the unique and delicious foods and wines of the Perigord region. The prehistoric art is stunning, and you can also expect unique activities such as a river trip in a traditional gabarre boat as you gaze up at fortified castles, wandering markets meeting local people, watching a farmer and his dog find truffles, and experiencing the workings of a family run vineyard.
See the full brochure here cave-art-castles-and-cuisine-may-2017

“Fiber Arts in Ireland: A Wooly Trail Along the Wild Atlantic Coast

The Irish landscape beckons to be interpreted in art: from the lush green fields to the rugged coastlines, the inspiration is endless. Join us for this fiber art tour along the western coast known as the Wild Atlantic Way, as we explore the landscape, craft traditions in wool, and our creativity. We will be creating tapestry weavings and learning to make “pictorial” felt landscapes, and will learn about sheep and wool processes, and watch demonstrations of spinning, sheepherding, dyeing and knitting. We will watch tweed
weavers work magic at their looms, and Irish artists create with hand-dyed fleece. Interspersed will be visits to craft villages, galleries and ancient prehistoric and Celtic sites, and days of immersion creat
ing our own art with the luscious Irish yarns and fleeces.

The tour and workshop will include the exploration of out-of-the-way glens and coves, walks along stunning
seascapes, and majestic mountain vistas, where we’ll gather photographs and sketches which will inspire our hands-on workshop days in felt-making and tapestry weaving.  Fiber art tour to Ireland 2016

 For the Fiber Art Tours, we offer a spouse or companion rate for those wishing to join the tour but not the art workshops. Please see the brochure for rates.

 Felting the Southwestern Landscape, Santa Fe, NM   April 17-26,2016  

A  workIMG_0212-001shop and tour in Santa Fe, New Mexico! The landscape of southwestern New Mexico is rich in color, form and ever changing light, and beautifully lends itself to interpretation is art. In this workshop we will explore ancient petroglyphs and pueblos where the past and present merge, learn about the history and culture of Santa Fe and surrounding areas, and experience the rich and vibrant art scene with visits to artists and museums. All of this experience will be brought back to our hands-on felt-making workshop focused on “Felting the Southwestern Landscape”.


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