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M08295 was started by Liza Fourre in 1995, after she fell in love with the country while living in Antigua and adopting her first child, Jessenia. Being a photographer, she looked around and realized what a wonderful backdrop Guatemala provided for those who love to create and learn about art, indigenous cultures and explore new ways of viewing our world.

Almost 15 years later, she's still at it and loves sharing the knowledge she's gained over the years and grateful for all the wonderful friends she's made. People keep coming back over and over and over again! That's Liza top right leaning against the post, instructor Karen Searle (who's been leading our tours since the beginning) in blue by post bottom row, with one of our weaving tours.

All of our instructors are well-established and successful in their fields. Classes are small and run for eight days. We prefer that each student have plenty of individual attention and a unique and rewarding experience in Guatemala. Join us for an unforgettable experience!
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M08295 is an educational travel program providing a unique, insider's glimpse into local Guatemalan life while at the same time stretching your creative horizons.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

1995 - M08295 was started by Liza Fourre in 1995, after she fell in love with the country while living in Antigua and adopting her first child, Jessenia.

2. What is your company's mission?

M08295 strives to provide a new and renewing experience for creative souls. Through contact with a world so different from our own, we expand our horizons - not only artistically - but also in many other ways. Our hope is that our participants will leave Guatemala with a greater understanding for other ways of life and a renewed enthusiasm and appreciation for their own.

3. What does your company specialize in?

Photography, Backstrap Weaving, Textile, Visual Art workshops with an emphasis on understanding Mayan Culture.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

Liza Fourre was a commercial photographer for 15 years before starting M08295.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

Both the photography and textile art workshops are most popular.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

One woman told me that' aside from the births of my children, this was the most amazing experience I've ever had. That's pretty powerful!!

Reviews and Comments
No. Rating By / Subject

 1  Cherry Britton / Comments on trip organization
I can\'t say enough for the care and thought and compassion that went into assembling and shepherding this gathering. There was so much that made it a rich experience, but the opportunity to visit so many diverse people with such diverse lifestyles and perspectives was extraordinary. Your insights were funny and enlightening and helpful, your approach to life inspiring. For a brief moment I felt a part of your huge family. I liked that.
Thanks, Liza. Cherry/ Botanical Drawing student July 2010

 2  Cynthia Delany / Photography workshops with David Wells
I would truly say this has been one of the best workshops I have ever taken. David is an outstanding teacher who works very hard for his group. Our critiques were especially enlightening and I appreciate all the effort he went to make the final show come off so well. Our daily shoots were absolutely the best. David even made the time to hang round
with a few of us after the workshop and we learned even more. His approach to light and digital photography really opened my eyes. The technical and creative ... view more skills I learned in his class will help me in future photographing
and I am a much better photo teacher for all I learned. Thanks David! Cynthia / photography student David Wells class March 2006.

 3  Dorothy Block / Weaving Tour/ Sequel with Karen Searle
I knew this would be a trip of a lifetime for me, but it exceeded all my expectations and was better than I could have hoped. It is to your credit that you had us do the alfomba in respect for their traditions, and this whole adventure was far more than just a \"visiting tour\" but a brief immersion into Guatemalan culture and life. Can\'t think of a thing. You all were helpful, delightful and always available. Was a pleasure meeting all of you.
Dorothy Block / Weaving Sequel Tour Yr 2008 participant.

 4  Susannah Edwards / Backstrap Weaving student
The workshop was amazing. I was not expecting to fall in love with the family and their way of life. I enjoyed practicing my Spanish and learning about weaving. I don\'t think that part of the trip could be improved, it\'s already so perfect!! YES, it was a creative, cultural, educational experience. Thanks for everything. Susannah / Backstrap weaving student

 5  Jason Longchamps / Photography workshop with Nance Ackerman
When I was riding with Nance back to the airport to grab our luggage (day 2) I said \"sometimes I feel that if I can\'t photograph it, there\'s no need for me to experience it. If I can\'t bring my camera in,... I move on.\" This trip reversed that thinking. When one woman we spoke with at the graveyard in Santiago, and she burst out crying remembering her son,... I knew it didn\'t matter that I couldn\'t get this on film. It was about so much more than taking the picture. If ... view more / When I return to Guatemala it will be to see these families and meet even more people. I\'m in awe of the world you\'ve shown me. I will hold any other trip up to comparison against ArtGuat. I just hope there are other opportunities out there that are as wonderful as this one was.
God, could I gush more? I\'ve already started looking at the globe for next year... Jason