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The Guild arranges trips each year for Guild and Museum members only. Not only will you travel with people who share your interests, you will have the finest interpretive guides who are experts in their fields. Most trips are in the Southwest but sometimes we travel further afield.

Heard Museum membership is required for all participants.  If you or your travel partner aren’t museum members, please visit and click on the support tab on the top banner of the home page for information on how to join. 

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For more information about any of the Guild trips, contact Shelley Mowry at:

Upcoming trips

Fall to spring brings new adventures presented by the Heard Guild for you to choose.

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Guild 2017 Trips

Heard Museum membership is required for all participants. If you or your travel partner aren’t museum members, please visit and click on the support tab on the top banner of the home page for information on how to join

Santa Fe – November 10-15, 2017

Join the Heard Guild Nov. 10-15, 2017 as we return to Santa Fe, NM.

Our tour begins with a visit to the Thanksgiving Feast day of Jemez Pueblo.  We’ll then spend five nights at La Fonda, passing the days  visiting the finest pueblo artists as well as Spanish artists; Ron Rodriquez (contemporary), retablo artist, Juanito Jimenez, and silver artist Lawrence Baca.  As always we’ll be treated to special gallery receptions, amazing culinary experience and the finest accommodations.

Limited participation.

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The Maya Culture – Dec. 1-8, 2017

For the first time the Guild is visiting the amazing Mayan Culture.  This busy eight day tour will take us to the incredible archeological treasures of Chichen Itza and Uxmal!   We’ll experience the cosmopolitan city of Merída, staying in the beautiful historic district.

Explore the Yucatán Peninsula to visit the amazing Archeological sites of Chichén Itzá – once, the largest and most diverse city in the Americas in both population and architectural styles. A massive site featuring El Castillo pyramid and the largest ballcourt in the Americas.

We’ll also explore Uxmal. Known for the Pyramid of the Magician.  Our well planned itinerary allows for you to visit these vast archeological wonders multiple times with and without guides.

Through expert interpretation we’ll learn about their hieroglyphic script, art, architecture, culinary arts, mathematics, calendar and astronomical system.

It’s an easily paced tour that allows ample time to explore these amazing wonders of the world and ponder the magnitude of the awe inspiring feats of a civilization that thrived for a 3000 years.

Our expert guide Jorge Marín will share with us all the special places and hidden treasures along our route.

It’s a once in a lifetime experience… And this is your opportunity.

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Alamos! Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado -Jan. 21-27, 2018

  • Four nights at the Hacienda de los Santos
  • Home and Garden Tour.  Tequila class and Sampling.
  • All Tour Expenses, All Tips and Designated meals.

An amazing journey to the colonial town of Alamos, Sonora. Once the wealthiest silver mine in the Spanish empire, it is now a haven for a few Norté- Americanos who have restored historic haciendas back to their original glory of the “Silver Era”.

Spend four luxurious nights at the Hacienda de los Santos, named by Trip Advisor as the #5 top luxury hotel in Mexico. The hotel and staff deliver modern amenities and sophisticated service in a gorgeous Spanish Colonial setting. The Hacienda de los Santos is a crown jewel in Alamos and will captivate you with amazing gardens, stunning architecture, impeccable interior design, innumerable antique Santos and paintings.

The days are filled with a wide variety of cultural events and musical performances in different venues throughout Alamos. Every evening, attend the concert performance in the Palacio Gobierno, then stroll the cobblestone streets with hundreds of revelers as The Estudiantina- a local group of 12th century style Spanish Troubadours serenade the local residents.

Enjoy a wide variety of live music from Stephen’s network of friends during the many soiree’s we’ll celebrate.

Experience the magic, music, wonderful cuisine & rich culture of Alamos during the most exciting time of the year. A truly unforgettable tour experience you won’t want to miss.

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First Nations Gardens of the North (NEW TRIP) – Sept. 6th-15th, 2018
Encounter people of the First’s Nations of British Columbia and experience world-class gardens of Vancouver and Victoria.

Details HERE.

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Spanish Missions of Southern California – March 16th – 21st, 2018

Join art conservator and historian Gloria Giffords and Alex La Pierre, an established guide in historic preservation and interpretation on an “ed-venture” visiting Spanish missions up the California coast.   In addition to learning about the Spanish colonization throughout the Southern California region, we’ll visit other pertinent landmarks and beautiful scenic settings throughout the tour.

Land of the Seri – late March exact dates, tba.

Join us as we explore the little known world of the Seri Indians in northern Sonora Mexico.   Our guides are cultural historian Jesús García and geologist Bob Scarborough.  Both enthusiastically share with us the lifeways of this desert. Our voyage of discovery includes a panga ride to the mangroves of Isla Tiburón, birding the estuary of Laguna de la Cruz, a visit to Isla Alcatraz,  and visiting the Seri people themselves on the beautiful beaches of Kino Bay.

Hopi Mesa II – May 10th – 14th, 2018

A unique experience led by lifelong trader, researcher, author, and native american expert Mark Bahti.  Spend four wonderful days visiting various artists throughout the Hopi Mesas absorbing history and folklore of their ancestors. Our tour includes time with master basket weavers, katsina carvers, and jewelry artists as we learn their expertise and unique native perspective of their craft.

Past Guild Trips

  • Northern Chihuahu / Mata Ortiz
  • Copper Canyon
  • Hubbell/ State Line Tour
  • Arizona-New Mexico Border
  • Tucson and Southern Arizona
  • Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks
  • Santa Fe Holiday
  • Apache Country
  • Navajo Reservation
  • Hualapai and the Grand Canyon
  • Kino Mission Trip to Northern Mexico
  • Mata Ortiz
  • Àlamos Music Festival

What Our Travelers Have to Say…..

The trip was of course wonderful, a sharing of knowledge, history, beautiful art and beautiful people.  But I thought I would share with you what I said without a moments thought when some one asked me what the best part of the trip was to me: hugging old friends and getting to know new friends.

Thank you for an amazing trip.  This trip was an immersion into the Hopi way of life, philosophies, artists, the land, etc.  Mark certainly shared his love and appreciation of all that encompasses Hopi!

Traveling to Mata Ortiz was on my bucket list and the recent Heard tour was even more spectacular than I could have ever imagined. First there was the Heard team…Shelly, Steve with South of the Border Tours and guides Greg and Bob. All were knowledgeable professionals who kept us informed, entertained, well fed and safe!

Then there were our fellow passengers…an interesting and diverse group whose common goal was to support these artists by buying lots of pots! Yes, we happily contributed to their struggling local economy.

But most importantly were the creative potters..both men and women who make beautiful pots from the local clay, natural pigments, and a simple firing process. We were most fortunate to meet the man who started it all, Juan Quezada and see firsthand how he and his family make the intricate beautiful pottery right in his own backyard. He inspired us with his generous teaching style and his simple but profound wisdom.

We were all changed by experiencing for ourselves the miracle of Mata Ortiz. Thank you Heard for this amazing adventure. ~ Jenny and John

I have been fortunate enough to take several Guild trips organized by Shelly. They are entertaining as well as educational: she chooses excellent drivers, knowledgeable guides, and locations that entice exploration. There’s always a variety of activities to please everyone, a balance between structure and free time, and pleasant but affordable accommodations.
I highly recommend these Guild trips! ~Donita Beckham

My wife and I had a thoroughly wonderful trip masterminded through the Heard and Tohono Chul Park by Stephen Bernier and Mark Bahti. Mark’s informative comments always added to and never interfered with enjoying the experience. Being able to have a direct and unfiltered experience is important to my wife and I and a reason we rarely travel in groups. Steve had an incredible knack of pulling off one ‘extra’ surprise after another. Whether it was an outdoor breakfast at Spider Rock at Canyon De Chelly or a BBQ at the Hopi Second Mesa, Steve did a marvelous job. Mark and Steve knew everyone and were able to get us insider looks at the Hopi Second Mesa, lunch at the Toadlena Trading Post, and a chance to talk to Billy Malone, one of the last of the old-time Indian Traders. You can never see enough but this trip opened up the possibilities. We have since taken two trips of our own to the Indian Nations and felt like knew what we were doing. ~ Bob & Joyce Veranes

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