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The Tribal, Temple + Textile Village sketchbook ART Tour Odisha (East India) – March 1 – 14, 2020


Scroll below for the costs and the itinerary –  If you like what you see…
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For a snapshot of one of our special locations: please see youtube:

Namaste, Catherine 


Desia Eco Village – our home for 4 nights with our lovely local community from surrounding villages: March 2019

Below: Palm Leaf Painters – where will experience our own personal workshop with the artists; group mixed media workshop; pattachitra paintings; sketchbooks


It is with great pleasure that Catherine Parker Art Tours, welcomes you to this new Sketchbook Art Program involving daily painting, drawing as well as mixed media workshops and visits to traditional artisans –

  • Professional development available for Art Educators: approx 32 hours

Odisha (Orissa) is a beautiful, culturally diverse state on the East coast of India with numerous Adivasis ( 62 indigenous tribes) groups, with some still living in relative isolation.  The traditional weaving and body adornment of the various indigenous groups are a work of beauty, deeply embedded in nature with sacred intent.

This tour combines visits to small villages in the mountainous region of Koraput, IKAT weaving villages, a non touristed Artist village, Hirapur Tantric Yogini Temple, the Mahima Monks who dedicate their life to service for the planet and so much more. All researched with impeccable dedication, respect, love and joy. Designed to inspire artists and hopefully leave a lasting imprint for years to come.

 Artist village: 

Our special artist village is a small community and not yet touristed: It is best known for its traditional Pattachitra painters (cloth based scroll painting) that dates back to 5 BC, Palm Leaf Painters and the Gotipua dance troupes, a classical dance that precedes the Indain classical dance form of Odissi – we will have out very own private performance

Below: Gotipua dance troupe – please play video!!

Below: IKAT Weaving Village


In collaboration with my friend and specialist guide, this is an opportunity to experience  the state of Odisha known as the ‘‘soul of India’’

This tour has been 5 years in the making and is very close to my heart…

ART Tour cost : $3550 twin share; $690 single supplement

Tour includes

Double room on twin share basis in a range of hotels from basic, to heritage + eco lodge in Desia: all meals included in Desia and Dhenkanal plus added extras on the way!! ;

please see youtube:

  1. Fully escorted awesome and highly regarded english speaking guide;
  2.  AC 4W Drive vehicle
  3. Art Programme
  4. visits to artisan families
  5. Village excursions/immersions
  6. Love; Joy + inspiration!!
  7. many added extras not on itinerary
  • Please note: the lodge in Desia is a combination of adobe guest houses with lovely verandahs and tents – tents have bathroom – the facilities are basic and water at times is in short supply  – please consider if this is acceptable for you before signing on. 

Exclusions: international airfares + local tipping

Local tipping: $135 – to be paid upon arrival – this covers all main tipping situations/village contributions  but not your personal interactions with locals

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