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Retreat Schedule for 2019

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

February 20 - 27, 2019
Drawing and Painting
The Figure
Hermann Brandt

Immerse yourself in 4 days of drawing and painting the human form from life.

Learn to use measurement and points of reference to create likeness - and line variance to express gesture and mood.

You will experiment with dry mediums like graphite, charcoal, pastel and chalk pencil on paper as well as oil or acrylic sketches on canvas or panel.

A lot of emphasis will be given to drawing and painting accurately.

Each day will focus on a different medium, setting and aspect of the figure - this will include the clothed and unclothed model, hands, feet and portrait.

Come away with a pile of drawings and a much more intimate understanding of the human body

All levels welcome.

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February 27 - March 6, 2019
plus optional 3 extra days of painting
Plein Air Paint in Authentic Mexican outdoors 

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!


March 20 - 27, 2019
Zen of Painting

stay, play, paint

Jane Romanishko

You are invited to join us for a week of fun, easy going retreat where you can relax, unwind, let go all your fears & blocks, and reconnect with your inner playful essence. Don't worry if you can't paint or draw. This course is not about your skills, it is about getting your mind out of the way and let your heart lead your hand. We wont take ourselves so seriously, but instead we'll loosen up and explore playful techniques with ink, watercolour and lots of other fun things. Zen painting is free, effortless, natural painting. And you know, good things come to those who takes it easy...You will learn about Japanese ink painting and calligraphy brushstrokes, free and beautiful watercolour washes, alcohol Ink magic, basic on creating personal mandala and much more.

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January 22 - 29, 2020
Powerful Painting

with Bobbi Dunlop

Simple! Is the operative word for Bobbi's workshops – and each workshop builds on the other through this theme.
Using our chosen subject, we will stay true to the simple fundamentals, SHAPE, VALUE, EDGES and COLOR, as we begin to understand – and solve – the challenges associated with building a strong painting.

A painting magically reaches out and pulls you across the room for a closer look.

How or why does that happen?

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

This 4-Day workshop will touch on all the
Simple Ideas” that Bobbi emphasizes throughout her teaching: “ logical ideas ” … the nuts and bolts necessary to build a strong, beautiful painting. Ideas that help take the mystery out of painting and add the magic you are seeking.

You'll learn how the “Still-Life” – “Figure” – “Landscape” are merely the vehicles in which to explore all the wondrous ‘ 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!

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April 10 - April 17, 2019
The Power of Paint
creating the "wow- factor"
in your paintings!

with Carole Böggemann Peirson

The workshop is designed for students working in oils, but can be open to those who have experience with working in acrylics. The workshop will include demonstrations, Power Point presentations, hand-outs as well as lots of personal attention. Students are encouraged to work from real life, but photos may be used as well.

Going home with a finished ‘master piece' is very well achievable, but should not be the goal of participating in this workshop. The goal is to get a better understanding of how to create a successful painting and how to communicate more effectively as a painter.



November 20 - 27, 2019
March 18 - 25, 2020
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 experienced beginners and intermediate 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.


Learn to paint with confidence using a simple palette of warm and cool colours

January 15 - 22, 2020
Exploring Still Life in Oil
with Laura Robb

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

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 Cafe in nearby village (5 min drive) or in near by Hotel Casa Manana (0 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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