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Retreat Schedule for 2020-2021

Please join us in the charming Mexican back country unspoiled by mass tourism,
The settings offer a true adventure and unique opportunity to have fun
while learning from the experts.

Please read below about details of upcoming workshops.
Make sure you browse our About and Gallery page to learn about our facility,
magnificent jungle settings, surrounding villages and their people,
flora and fauna and much more.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Jane and Dallas at janerom@shaw.ca

March 18 - 25, 2020 (Full)
February 24 - March 3, 2021
(open for registration)
Of Painting From Life

with Sheree Jones

Join professional artist and keen landscape & still life painter Sheree Jones as she shares her passion for painting “from life” both in the studio and outdoors “en plein air”.

Sheree will share her extensive knowledge with informative demonstrations, printed handouts and lively discussions. Her energetic and fun loving spirit will inspire you to enjoy your days creating and experimenting in a relaxed and supportive environment.

This workshop is designed for all levels of oil and acrylic painters wanting to take their work to the next level. There will be plenty of one on one instruction with time for positive and encouraging conversation.



January 15 - 22, 2020
Exploring Still Life in Oil
with Laura Robb
(Full, Waiting List)

This workshop is for students who are serious about improving their skills of observation and want to understand how to make use of their palette to its full advantage. The instructor will
explain and show through demonstration studies how certain effects of light and depth can be achieved.
She will also try to help identify materials or procedures a student may be using that are getting in the way of their progress. We will discuss composition, technique, principles of light and shade, and a range of other painting related topics.

"Your paintings have always inspired me, and I love to look at them. They have so much mystery, nuanced colors, unexpected and fugitive shapes, interesting edges, and so much more that can only be described pictorially." (M. Artal )


Advanced Techniques for Capturing
Light and Depth in Your Paintings

January 22 - 29, 2020
Powerful Painting

with Bobbi Dunlop
(Full, Waiting List)

Simple ! Is the operative word for Bobbi Dunlop's workshops – and each of her workshops build on the next, through this theme.

Each subject is the opportunity to explore an idea in beautiful paint … while we stay true to the simple fundamentals, SHAPE, VALUE EDGES and COLOR , and we begin to understand – and SOLVE – the challenges associated with building a strong painting.


It's often a simple subject, yet a painting can be so captivating it just doesn't let go … mysteriously inviting you to look closer.

This 4-Day Oil/Acrylic Workshop will touch on all the “Simple Ideas” that Bobbi emphasizes in her teaching: “logical ideas” … the nuts and bolts necessary to build a strong, beautiful painting. “Ideas” that take the mystery out of painting and add the magic you're seeking.

You'll learn how the “Still-Life”, “Floral” and “Landscape” are merely vehicles in which to explore all the wonderous possibilities in paint!

Reducing ideas and problems into their simplest forms , you will learn to visualize and develop your ideas and discover the joy in making brush marks.

Take your work to the next level … join me in beautiful Casa Buena!

To read more about this retreat please click here...

February 19 - 26, 2020
Plein Air Paint in Authentic Mexican outdoors
(Full, Waiting List) 

Imagine swapping a week of February chilliness for a week of outdoor painting in Mexico!

Plein air painting is as old as creative expression itself and can be as rewarding as it is challenging.

This will be as much a painting workshop as a creative retreat. Open to all levels, we will focus on composition and design, color, temperature and value among other things, as well as best practices for outdoor painting.

Subject matter is as varied as the culture itself - landscape, seascape, village life and more…

I am excited to share this experience with fellow creative adventurers!

February 26 - March 4, 2020
February 3 - 10, 2021
Figure and Portrait Drawing in Charcoal

Henry Yan

Students will learn the methods of practicing figure/portrait drawing, improving their skills in drawing human proportions, anatomy, shading and rendering for 3-D forms. 

From short pose gesture and anatomy studies, to long pose painterly approaches,

different techniques introduced in Henry Yan's Figure Drawing-Techniques and Tips, will also be explained and practiced in class. 


Learn from the Master! The way to do accurate drawing with painterly approach.

March 11 - 18, 2020

with Marla Blackwell
(Full, Waiting List)

Join Marla in a fun and energized week of painting in acrylics! This will be a non-intimidating class on learning the basic fundamentals of how to capture the essence of acrylic painting.

Discover more colours you love by mixing primaries and adding black or white.  The possibilities are endless and so is the subject matter…landscape, waterscape, figures, buildings.  Want to loosen up your style…..no problem!  Marla will demonstrate her technique on painting more freely and ‘painterly

You'll learn perspective, composition and how to design the painting in your own and unique style and color palette! Lots of demos and one-on-one instruction.


to read more about this retreat please click here....

Other Information

All breakfasts and bagged lunches are included as well as all dinners and snacks. There are local restaurants as well as 2 kitchen facilities on site for your own use if you wish. All our meals prepared from scratch with local organic ingredients.

What to bring with you

Mexican Pesos, Camera, binoculars, sun screen of your choice, sunglasses and swimsuit, ear plugs if you are a light sleeper,all your meds, supplements,
water bottle,
a photocopy of your passport, long sleeve top and long pants.



Spacious colorful rooms with comfortable beds; most rooms have private in suite bathrooms and showers. Some are double occupancy. Assigned on First Come First Serve basis

We have a van and a SUV to transport you to and from our painting locations. The vehicles are used for casual trips to local villages and beaches.


We have Internet at the Casa but sometimes it is unavailable in the area. There is an Internet at near by Hotel Casa Manana (10 min walk from the house) where you can use WIFI

In the unlikely case of medical emergency, we will take you to a doctor or a hospital.
More then likely you would have to pay with your credit card for your appointment or treatment and then get reimbursed by your Insurance Company.


Please make sure you have your travel insurance in place prior taking the workshop. That should cover any medical expenses as well as luggage loss, etc.


The area where Casa Buena located is very safe and people are layed back and friendly. Most populations are Mexican, but there are a few Expats live there as well.


Los Cocos, Nayarit, Mexico between Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan
email: janerom@shaw.ca
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