The people of the Bosque range from two to 30 depending on who is on-site.

Brian is a painter originally from Seattle. He does a lot of Bosque background work and when he gets time, he paints. For fun, Brian likes hiking, reading, and photography.


We have many friends around the area who are available to teach a variety of classes to visitors at the Bosque Village. For some classes, the teachers come to the Bosque – for others, the students walk to a nearby village to take a class in the teacher’s studio or home. All of the classes depend on the availability of the teacher.

Socorro lives with her husband, Gonzalo, and three children. She teaches traditional pine needle basket weaving. For a basic first class, students will leave with their own handmade small basket. An advanced class is offered for students who want to learn techniques to make square or oval shaped baskets, a variety of basket rims, and baskets with lids.

Nere teaches salsa and tortilla making class as well as papermaking and bookbinding. She lives with her husband, Chilino, and her two children. She makes the best mole sauce you’ll ever taste, and helps us out in the Bosque kitchen.

Chilino lives with Nere and his two children. He teaches natural building, plant propagation, and occasionally offers Bosque tours. He is passionate about plants and gardening and has been a great help in taking care of the land.

Beto is the carver of the totem pole! He learned wood carving at the Bosque Village in 2004, and has since been practicing and developing his skills. He is available for wood carving lessons during part of the year. He lives with his wife and their three children.

Gonzalo is an experienced stone worker. He learned stone working and techniques while working for a winery in California. Back in Mexico, Gonzalo is an independent contractor specializing in beautiful stonework. On prior notice, Gonzalo can come to the Bosque to teach interested visitors and volunteers stone working basics. His rockwork can be seen in the base of our sauna as well as our totem pole.

Doña Licha (Alicia) bakes bread weekly in her domed adobe and brick wood-fired oven. She invites interested students to work with her and learn her process for baking bolillos (traditional white roll) and pan dulces (sweet bread) . Students work with her from 11am – 4:30pm. Lunch is included in the class. Alicia lives with her husband and son in a nearby village.

Active donors, long-term advisors, and long-term remote volunteers: Our non-resident members are a valuable part of the Bosque team!

Claudia lives in the USA and helps from abroad to answer a big portion of basic e-mails that we receive.

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