Matters Art Retreat MEXICO
Christy Tomlinson & Junelle Jacobsen!
Are you ready for a Fiesta? I am so excited to be hosting my
She Matters Art Retreat in Puerto Vallarta,
that wasn't enough excitement.. the special and wonderful and
talented MS. Junelle Jacobsen will be joining me as well!
say FUN FUN FUN?
love connecting with other women, I love sharing my
love of art, and love creating long and lasting
friendships that just can't be formed any other way
then through art. I honestly don't love
traveling and teaching for a lot of reasons.. but the
main two are I don't like being away from my family..
(my husband and 6 kids).. and I don't like teaching at
someone else's place where I am on their time schedule
and limited to what they can do. So in 2013 I
have decided to not travel for teaching, and this will
be only ONE of two different retreats I will be traveling for
this year! So you know it will be fabulous!
This workshop will
be held in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico at Hacienda Mosaico owned
by the WONDERFUL Sam (a girl) Leonard who lives there full
time and has a full studio of her own the grounds. This
beautiful private art sanctuary is nestled RIGHT off the
main tourist drive but down 2 blocks of quiet cobble stone
streets. Once inside you feel like you have entered a
tropical oasis beyond your wildest dreams! Tropical Plants,
lush trees, flowers of all kinds surround every walkway,
sitting area, hidden hammocks and more! I was there a full
week and didn't even realized I hadn't walked around the
entire grounds! Everyday I kept finding new places to sit
and read, sketch or take a nap! A TRULY Cozy, beautiful,
inspirational setting! Sam has taken GREAT care to make this
an ART studio. Every detail in her Hacienda is done with the
love of Art. Tables, chairs, lights, fixtures, rugs, EVEN
the pool where all done by local and artist abroad! It truly
is a unique experience to be surrounded by such amazing art
in all it's forms!
The art studio is
just a short 5 mins from the airport... an easy peasy taxi
ride.. and once here.. you will really have no reason to
leave except for dinner 3 of the nights (you can order in
pizza or pasta from local restaurants if you wish).
BUT should you choose to venture out, there are a
dozen or so cute little restaurants, shops, taco stands,
coffee shops, drug stores, etc.. all within 30 steps to 2
If you really want
to explore, all the fun gift shops, art galleries, the beach
and many many many more restaurants, and stores off all
kinds are all within walking distance or a short 5 min taxi
ride away. TRULY its just so conveniently located to
I know people worry
about safety when traveling to Mexico, but you have to
remember is that those are parts of Mexico which are
unsafe, are close to the boarder of the US. Puerto
Vallarta is a HUGE tourist town, as well as a port for
Cruise ships (the cruise ships dock in just a 1/2 mile
from the airport). The people who live there DEPEND on
the revenue from the cruise ships visitors and other people
who choose to come vacation in Puerto Vallarta in the many
all inclusive resorts.. so the community makes a HUGE effort
to keep it safe and clean. I was there myself just in
December of this last year and we walked EVERYWHERE. Even at
11:00 a night we went out and found taco places still
open. If you aren't up for walking, like I said our host of
Hacienda Mosocia, Sam.. will call for a taxi asap and you
will be able to drive anywhere you would like to go. The
adorable coffee shop, which serves sandwiches, coffee,
crepes, salads, (more American style food) is literally 30
steps away. Right across the narrow cobble stone street from
the Hacienda. So don't worry for getting around during your
stay. There will always be someone who will want to go with
You will arrive
Monday into Puerta Vallerta and take a short 5 min Taxi ride
to the Hacienda. Sam will be there to greet you and she will
show you your room, let you unwind and unpack your art
supplies in the open air art studio. Then she will
have light snacks and drinks for us around 6:00
At 7:00 (or around there :))
Junelle and I will welcome you to the retreat and talk a
little bit about how the week will go. We will also have our
first art session that night (nothing like getting right to
it!) Don't worry it will be something light hearted and
simple. Just to ease yourself into the workshop for the
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we
will have full art days. Breakfast and lunch are included in
these days. Classes will be from 10:00-1 and then 2-5.
Wednesday, we end class at 4:00 and head on an excursion to
the local art store and handmade paper store where you will
just die with all the beautiful Mexican made art goodies
After class each day, you are
free to grab dinner, take a soak in the pool, curl up for a
nap with on one of the many cozy sitting areas or you are
free to continue painting! The studio is open 24/7..so if
you happen to wake up in the middle of the night and cant
sleep.. feel free to go to the studio and create! I am sure
I will be there on a few late nights playing myself :). You
can't help not want to just create.. with the beautiful
quiet, relaxing surroundings.
ALSO note.. Thursday night I
will be hosting a very special dinner for you! So Thursday
night, dinner is included!
Friday we will have one last art
session from 10-1 and then you will have the afternoon
(after lunch) to just explore the city, visit the beach, the
local art galleries. Whatever your heart desires. You can
also just stay and paint if you wish! The rest of the day is
just YOUR day to relax and spend the last afternoon doing
what YOU want to do. Saturday morning, Sam will have
breakfast for you and be able to call you a taxi to the
airport! Easy peasy!
|WHAT you can
The cost of the retreat includes
your housing for the entire week it also includes breakfast
and lunch Tuesday-Friday and breakfast Saturday morning. .
Monday night will also have some delicious appetizers, as
well as a HUGE 5 course meal Thursday night for dinner..
poolside. You also have access to the entire art
studio grounds at Hacienda Mexico, including the pool,
sitting areas, hammocks, etc.
If you would like any special accommodation..
Sam is ALWAYS on hand to get them for you. She also had a
honor roll wet bar, where you can get yourself snacks or
drinks throughout the week (you keep track of what you
take and pay at the end of the week). There is also a
guest kitchen on site, where you can fix light snacks or a
meal for dinner if you would like to not leave the hacienda
at all. Really you have access to EVERYTHING Sam has. She is
amazing! And she will get everything and anything for you!
Your room will be cleaned each day and fresh towels will be
provided! You won't have anything to worry about!
Keep in mind you
will be sharing a room with another student! BUT Sam has
tastefully and beautifully done up each room to make it
comfortable for each guest it in the room. We will have a
small group of no more than 12 women.. and so just count on
becoming VERY close with everyone! I know these will be
relationships you will cherish forever!
Some of your
materials will be included. A list of what you DO need to
bring is below!
Also keep in mind.. this is a TOTALLY casual retreat.
When I was there in December attending an art retreat
myself. I ended up wearing the SAME clothes everyday for
painting. I brought comfy and lightweight jersey pants/gauchos
and a simple black lightweight shirt. I wore it everyday. I
kid you not. lol. Of course when we went out during the day
to visit the art shops, I did change into something else.
But keep in mind.. it's humid in Mexico. It's a GREAT time
of year to go, not to hot, but the studio is outside
(totally covered though). So just be comfortable. I wore
fliipflops each day too. At night when I painted, I changed
into sweats and a sweatshirts. Wear stuff you don't mind
getting paint on. Bring an apron if you do. BUT I will
stress this is NOT a fashion show lol. I attend so many art
retreats where people dress in their very best and hair all
done and jewelry and high heel shoes. IF THAT Is what you
are comfortable in painting.. by all means wear it. But for
me.. you will see me with no make up. My hair everyday and
my same black shirt and black gauchos on that I mentioned
above lol. I promise there will be NO judging if you wear
the same paint shirt or airy paint dress everyday. PROMISE!
|What we will be
This retreat is all about realizing
your special unique individual soul! She matters is just
that. YOU Matter! You truly do! So does your mother, your
sister, your friend. We all do.
I will be showing with you
many different techniques for creating my signature She Art
girls. We will begin with with sketching, building layers
and unique gorgeous backgrounds. Then we will work on
creating the girls with two similar techniques but totally
different results. We will leave one girl faceless but use
paints to give the look of a face, and the other we will
paint a face on her using techniques I have come to
love. We will complete 2 finished canvases during the
week from my class.
Junelle will be teaching sketching,
art journaling , watercolor and also small canvas projects!
All inspired by nature and women! She brings her unique
whimiscal style of art.. and also her fun loving, Adorable
and loving personality! This will be a treat for me as
I will teach three
hours of class per day, and Junelle will teach 3 hours as
well. . We will have lunch provided in the middle.. and the
FOOD .. can I tell you? AMAZING!!! All handmade,
fresh.. you will be in LOVE!
Just come with a open mind, ready
to relax, learn, create, ponder and get SUPER DUPER messy
with artsy goodness! This will be something you will never
forget and never regret experiencing!
So.. if you are ready to take the plunge and
join Junelle and I, here is the date for the Mexican
She ARt Matters Retreat.
December Monday the 9th-
Saturday the 13th.
Cost is $1850.00
Pay half now (925.00) and
other October 1st. .
Pay a $200 deposit now, then March 1st pay $825.00 and
October 1st, Pay $825.00 (or you can pay it off anytime in full
before March 1st). The $200 deposit IS NON refundable
(if you choose to cancel before your second payment).
however it does apply to your total.
Because of the nature of the retreat, and the
small number of attendees, cancellations must be done before
September 1st.. as to allow us time to contact another person on
the waitlist and give them ample time to buy a decent plane
ticket to the event. You will receive a full refund if you
cancel BEFORE September ONLY if you chose the half and
half option. If you chose the $200 hold spot option, the
$200 will not be refunded. After September 1st, there will be
no refund for cancellations. Sorry.
if you have
any questions that you can't find on here.. PLEASE email me!
look forward to
seeing you in 2013!
She Art Matters
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