Cosa Buena

Culturally responsible, immersive retreats

At Cosa Buena, community is at the heart of everything we do. We provide women the opportunity to engage in regenerative travel experiences that respect and nurture local cultures and communities in Oaxaca, Mexico. Through hands-on workshops, exchange with locals, and group reflections, we cultivate a deeper understanding and respect of Oaxaca’s people, places, cultures, and history.

The Company

Cosa Buena is a social enterprise and nonprofit utilizing regenerative travel practices to support grassroots community leaders in their efforts to improve standards of living, address community-identified needs, and preserve traditions in Oaxaca, Mexico.

While developing her Master’s thesis in collaboration with a collective of female Zapotec weavers in Teotitlán del Valle, Vera realized the profound value of the experiences she was having in the homes of her artisan partners and in 2017 the first Cosa Buena retreat was born, when Vera took a small group into the homes of her partners for hands on workshops, home cooked meals, and intimate dialogues. The idea of giving back to the communities where Cosa Buena worked came naturally and soon became one of the central pillars of the organization. In 2019 the non-profit The Cosa Buena Foundation was formed.

Ten percent of all proceeds from our retreat programs are donated to The Cosa Buena Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which spearheads projects addressing community-identified needs that are led by our community partners in the villages where we work. One such program, Ser Mujer, is a collaboration with female Zapotec weaving collective Vida Nueva in the community of Teotitlán Del Valle and aims to address gender inequality and remove barriers that prevent women from realizing their rights and full potential. Bringing women together from around the world to create an intercultural exchange of ideas and values is at the heart of what we do at Cosa Buena.

Commitment to Sustainability

Sustainable travel is at the heart of what we do at Cosa Buena, and 10% of all proceeds go to our sister non-profit where our mission is to collaborate with grassroots community leaders to develop and support social impact programs that address community-identified needs. At the center of what holds our mission together is a belief that grassroots organizing and community-based approaches empower those who are most affected by an issue, allowing them to have direct control over their lives and to take action to advocate for change. By engaging deeply with the communities, listening to the problems identified therein, and partnering with local leaders to address those problems, we are working together to create programs that reflect their vision for a better future.

Single Supplement Policy

We have scaled pricing on our website for single and double occupancy rooms. We also offer 1-2 scholarship discounts for each retreat. We are about to increase our prices, however, and those are not yet reflected on our website.

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Handmade pottery Cosa Buena Mexico
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