Stone Sculpting and Wood Carving with Paola & Julio
  • Zacualpan de Amilpas, Morelos, Mexico
  • 45 hours over 5 days

Stone Sculpting and Wood Carving with Paola & Julio

Harvest stones in a river bed and develop a complete understanding of the different processes of stone carving under the guidance of Julio, a prolific Mexican sculptor. This includes a complete gastronomic experience and a guided tour of Mexico city.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $2095
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $865

Meet the Artist

Julio is a prolific mexican stone sculptor of precious and semi-precious stones, wood and metals, working between pure sculpture, furniture, jewelry, tableware and cooking devices in volcanic stone. As a rock climber and student of industrial design, he got interested in the process of transforming stones and studied sculpting under the guidance of Fernando Arnaud.

He’s been carving stones for 25 years, both in high quality manufacturing as well as developing his artistic language. He has constructed relationships with the most important communities of miners, artists, and lapidaries around stones in Mexico. He says that sharing what he knows about stone transformation is a way to keep alive ancient knowledge, and to communicate his personal journey of experimentation and plant the seed for its expansion. When he's not in his studio, he enjoys visiting archaeological sites and gazing upon 16th century architecture.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Learning about various types of stones and gemstones, and sizes.
  • Gaining an understanding of the mexican sculpture tradition: modern and pre hispanic.
  • One visit to harvest stones at a river bed, marble or basalt mines near his community.
  • Learning techniques for combining stone, wood, and other materials.
  • Learning how to use stone carving and cutting tools.
  • Access to an important art library, studio and tools.
  • Your own stone and/or wood sculpture.
  • A complete gastronomic experience based on traditional local food and home grown plants, vegetables and fruits.
  • Visit archaeological sites, 16th century colonial churches and chapels, and traditional handicraft studios, such as ceramicists, leather workers, and blacksmiths.
  • Visit nearby thermal baths and farms.

Explore Zacualpan de Amilpas, Morelos

Zacualpan de Amilpas is a small rural community with unique, traditional architecture. There are 16th century chapels, sugar cane alcohol distilleries, and a market where locals barter every Sunday. It has a very specific as well as diverse ecosystem. You’ll also find many traditional craftspeople such as blacksmiths and saddlers. Visit museums, thermal baths, and nearby farms for a true taste of the area.

Additional Details

While it's great to visit year round, most important local festivities take place at the end of September and the beginning of October.

This VAWAA is available for a longer duration, as well as can be adapted for kids, elders, or people with special needs. Please ask when you send your booking request.

A Mexico City tour visiting the most remarkable stone carved expressions of Julio's artform, from modern and contemporary to pre-hispanic, including Julio's showroom collection of finished artwork can be arranged if you spend a night in Mexico City.

Working with semi precious stones like quartz, or kinds of obsidian, jasper and jades can be provided at an additional cost.

You will also be around friendly cats and dogs.
Paola & Julio's Availability 5 days