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Retreat Schedule for 2017-18

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

January 17 - 24, 2018
Powerful Painting

with Bobbi Dunlop

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!

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.

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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January 24 - 31, 2018
Impressionist Landscape Painting Soft Pastels
Douglas L. House


Has your spirit ever been elevated to new heights by listening to great music or by being witness to a wondrous landscape and wishing you could create that beauty by painting? Well you can, and some of the great American and French Impressionists and Tonalist painters did just that. In these classes we will discover the techniques they used to make their paintings the great master works that have stood the test of time.

   January 31 - February 7, 2018
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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February 14 - 21, 2018
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 21 -28, 2018
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 12 - 19, 2018
Awaken Your Creativity and Inner Life
in Relaxed and Vibrant Mexico!

with Rose Marie Prins
and Nina Ross

In the idyllic setting of Casa Buena Art Retreat explore acrylics, mixed media, watercolors, charcoal and ink. Find inspiration in both the ever-changing natural panorama that surrounds Casa Buena, and in the many facets of your own inner journey. Rose Marie and Nina will guide you to ever deeper revelations in your art-making process. Through individual and group instruction, demonstrations and supportive critiques, they will lead you toward the fullest expression of your artist self. Keep a dream journal for insight and further inspiration: Nina, who has led and co-facilitated retreats in Mexico, Oregon, Massachusetts, and New Mexico, will lead the group in reflective journaling and meditation daily, including dream sharing. Rose Marie, an acclaimed artist and art teacher as well as an accomplished yogi, will lead morning yoga.

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March 21 - 28, 2018
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, PowerPoint 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.


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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