Explore the World with Judy!

Judy Gula and tour participants block printing in India

During an Artistic Artifacts Travel Creative Retreat with Judy Gula, enjoy a vacation filled with art classes, tours, wonderful cuisine and more! Explore exciting international destinations as you learn new creative techniques, witness handcrafted products being manufactured in behind the scene visits to local factories and studios, partake in private tours of local historic sites, museums — and so much more!

  • Judy returns to Italy in September — LIMITED SPACE REMAINS! Contact Judy to let her know you want to join her for this mixed media/fiber arts retreat!
  • Two exciting 2024 textile tours with Aahilya Holidays: we visited Indonesia in May and will return to India in November. Previously announced as sold out, last minute cancellations mean that there are still seats available to join Judy on the Textile Trail Of Himachal & Punjab!
  • Booking now! The 2025 Cultural And Textile Tour Of Kerala with Judy Gula, February 14–March 1 — learn more below

Domestically, our second annual Creative Minds Summit in April was a fabulous three days filled with creative energy from our instructors & students from near and far who joined us, inspiring us with their creativity and enthusiasm. We’re planning next year’s event now so mark your calendars for April 25 - 27, 2025 and stay connected via our newsletter for the latest news on special events.

Italy Creative Retreat — Creating a Sense of Place: September 7-15, 2024

Mixed media art studio time and Italian tours

Our "Capturing a Sense of Place" retreat is returning to Ischia di Castro in Northern Italy! We have a dedicated studio space in Ischia di Castro, fully stocked for your fiber and mixed media adventure. All art supplies are provided for your morning classes, and afternoons you’ll explore historical and art-filled towns and venues.

Artistic Artifacts works with Lewis Gautieri of Italian Cultural Tours to bring this one of a kind trip to you. Interested in joining us in September, 2024? Email Judy directlythere are limited spaces available!

Ischia di Castro, located approximately 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Rome in the northernmost area of Lazio. Rich in history, it is strategically located to many fascinating cities, historic archaeological sites such as the ancient Etruscan city of Castro, and bodies of water. Lewis Gautieri offers you assistance and personalized attention and is happy to assist you with flight recommendations, customized tours, spouse activities, extended stay options and more.

Textile Trail Of Himachal & Punjab: November 21 – December 8, 2024

Join Judy as she returns to India with the Textile Trail Of Himachal & Punjab, visiting new sites and artisans, including a visit to Dharamshala, the center of the Tibetan world in India! One of Himachal Pradesh’s most irresistible destinations and located in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley, Dharamsala is famous as the home of the exiled Dalai Lama. After your arrival in New Dehli, you will visit Amritsar and Dalhousie on your way to Dharamshala; then enjoy stops in Manali, Shimla and Kalka as you journey back to Dehli to fly home. Coordinated by Aahilya Holiday, this exciting opportunity will take place November 21–December 8, 2024.

Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts returns to India November 21–December 8, 2024

Textile Trail Of Himachal & Punjab with Judy Gula includes the following highlights. Visit Aahilya Holidays for a detailed itinerary and complete information and plan to join Judy as she returns to India!

  • Visit to Golden temple, partition museum and Jalianwalan Bagh
  • Participate in Phulkari and Chamba Rumal embroidery workshop
  • Participate in Thangka painting workshop
  • Demonstration on pottery
  • Visit to Kangra Fort, Dalai Lama Temple and famous monasteries in Dharamshala
  • Sightseeing tour of Manali and visit to see famous Kullu Shawl Weaving
  • Explore Shimla visiting ViceRegal Lodge, Shimla Museum and enjoy the joy ride on UNESCO's famous mountain railway journey of Shimla
  • Visit Craft Museum and explore Dilli Haat

Learn more about the Textile Trail Of Himachal & Punjab with Judy Gula, arranged through Aahilya Holidays.

2025 Cultural And Textile Tour Of Kerala

Aahilya Holidays 2025 Tour of Kerala with Judy Gula

Join Judy for the Cultural And Textile Tour Of Kerala, February 14 – March 1, 2025. Arranged through Aahilya Holidays, you will enjoy Kerala's rich cultural heritage, reflected in its architecture, dance forms, music, and cuisine. Known for its traditional textiles — the famous Kasavu sarees and mundus (cotton with intricate gold borders), Kalamkari, (hand-painted cotton or silk) and more — you’ll explore this India state's various cities, towns, and villages to learn about its unique art forms, crafts, and textiles. Some of the must-visit places in Kerala include Fort Kochi (colonial architecture and vibrant art scene), the hill station of Munnar (tea plantations and scenic beauty).

Highlights of this Cultural And Textile Tour Of Kerala:

  • Eco-dyeing workshop
  • Shibori workshop
  • Batik workshop
  • Block printing workshop
  • Visit Kathakali dance performance
  • Explore the Fort Kochi
  • Visit to tea gardens and tea factory
  • Visit khadi weaving centre
  • Visit to traditional Kerala saree weaving centre
  • Experience the boat cruise at the Alleppey backwaters

Visit Aahilya Holidays for a detailed itinerary and complete information and join Judy on this exciting opportunity!

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