This spring, Travel Latina, an online forum featuring women, womxn and gender non-binary people of the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora traveling the world, is teaming up with Scarlet Macaw Trips to host the first ever CONEXION LATINX in the beautiful eje cafetero (coffee region) of Colombia. The week, slated for March 29-April 2, 2018, will be dedicated to personal and professional discovery, cultural growth and understanding via dynamic workshops, fun classes and immersion activities, dialogue, art making, and inclusive, professional roundtable seminars.
Participants will be encouraged to workshop their own personal or professional project. They will leave the week with a plan of action for moving said initiative forward. The fertile surroundings of Colombia's eje cafetero will set the scene for interpersonal exchanges and local experiences to fortify and support one another via peer-to-peer workshops and more.
Dates: 4 nights, 5 days (March 29 - April 2, 2018) in a shared dorm for six at the Coffee Tree Boutique Hostel. (Private room available upon request for a higher price).
Cost per person: $280 USD early bird price until 2/15/18, $300 regular registration price through March 15, 2018 (or until last seat is filled) Full details of what’s included below.
Dorm rooms in modern hostel in central Salento (4 nights)
Welcome and farewell dinners in Salento
Breakfast (5 days)
Lunch (4 days)
3-4 TRAVEL LATINA workshops + materials
These workshops will be dedicated to drawing up next steps for advancing a passion project, small business idea, or personal project into its next stage via peer-to-peer seminars and ongoing dialogue throughout the week.
Yoga session (2nd optional)
1 workshop with local artist (includes leather making with take-home gift) in support of the Aldea de Artesania in Salento, a collective of local artists who will contextualize the economy and history of local artisans
Transportation to and from Cocora Valley, home to 200-ft-tall wax palms, miles of hiking trails, and hummingbird sanctuaries, and included experience (includes lunch and afternoon workshop with Travel Latina)
Transportation to and from Finca Ocasa (one of the region’s most lauded coffee farms) and included experience (private tour, lunch, tips and afternoon workshop with Travel Latina)
Workshop materials to be provided by Travel Latina
WHO SHOULD GO ON THIS TRIP?
You’re at a crossroads or on the ascent professionally.
You’ve started a project and are seeking collaborative ideas or solutions.
You want to explore Colombia while connecting and supporting local entities.
You are seeking an amazing travel experience (day trips, nature, beauty, music, good company) You are collaborative, driven, adventurous, and craving a peer-to-peer travel experience.
This experience is open to everyone.
WHAT’S WITH THE ‘X’ in CONEXION LATINX?
From the Huff Po: “Latinx is the gender-neutral alternative to Latino, Latina and even Latin@. Used by scholars, activists and an increasing number of journalists, Latinx is quickly gaining popularity among the general public. It’s part of a “linguistic revolution” that aims to move beyond gender binaries and is inclusive of the intersecting identities of Latin American descendants. In addition to men and women from all racial backgrounds, Latinx also makes room for people who are trans, queer, agender, non-binary, gender non-conforming or gender fluid.”