Art Retreat with Mija Matriz

Oaxaca City

Mar 24 - Apr 2, 2023
Group size: 7 - 10
Art Retreat with Mija Matriz
Oaxaca City

Mar 24 - Apr 2, 2023
Group size: 7 - 10

About this trip

     Join cultural curator, Jewel Murphy and mixed media artist, Mija Matriz, for nine glorious days enjoying the magical city of Oaxaca with a group of like minded creatives. We'll immerse ourselves in the vibrant arts and culture of this diverse and ancient region of Mexico and use our time to create a beautiful travel journal. Mija will lead us with journal prompts, sketching warmups, printmaking techniques and more. 

     The first half of our trip we spend our days traveling to outlying villages to visit a curated selection of artisans, markets, churches and ruins. We’ll have lots of time for sketching, inspired by our surroundings and the people we meet. Evenings are family style dinners at the casa with optional studio time. The second half, our days are spent in the studio where Mija teaches us printmaking techniques and we continúe to refine our journals. Late afternoons we head into town and visit museums, private artist’s studios and printmaking collectives and follow that up with meals at some of Oaxaca’s most delicious restaurants. 

     We’ll be staying at the wonderful Casa Colonial, a classic hacienda near the center of town with lovely gardens, a fantastic art collection, serene library, beautiful dining room amazing staff and our own private light filled studio.

Terms and Conditions


Your $500 deposit is non-refundable and holds your place. Final non-refundable payment is due 30 days before the start of the trip. Please be committed to this trip when you sign up. Failure to make your final payment in 30 days before the trip may forfeit your deposit and your place. We only offer refunds if the tour is cancelled because of government imposed restrictions and or lockdowns in which case there there will be a full refund. This is the rare exception to our no refund policy. We feel we have to offer this as planning travel under the pandemic brings uncertainties. 


We recommend trip interruption insurance for your own peace of mind.  Not all trip insurance is created equal.  We have had good experiences with 

Some thoughts on the pandemic - The last thing I want is the gringa tourist bringing death and disease to vulnerable indigenous populations. We all know how that turned out in the past. All tour goers will need proof of current  Covid vaccinations. I know there may be those who are unable to get vaccinated because of medical vulnerabilities and I am sorry but no exceptions. 

What’s included

  • Lodging
    As always we stay at the fabulous Casa Colonial, home to folk art, a lush garden, an engaging library and possibly the kindest, most tender staff anywhere.
  • Meals
    All your meals are covered in the tour. Food is important to us. It fuels our creativity. We explore everything from home cooking to four star restaurants.
  • Guides
    We hire 100 percent born and raised in Oaxaca guides.
  • Transportation
    You are responsible for transport to Oaxaca City Airport. Our driver will pick you up and return you to the airport.
  • Art Instruction
    Mija brings her decades of experience and playful approach to art making as she leads us with daily prompts and projects. The class is suitable for all skill levels
  • Art Materials
    Mija will bring a wide selection of art tools and materials to play with. Each participant will also be given a list of art supplies to bring.
  • More Good Things
    We’ll send you a reading list, some inspiring art videos and our Oaxaca food and shopping guide. Plus everyone gets a handmade journal.
  • Airfare
    You will be responsible to get yourselves to Oaxaca city. There are multiple daily flights from Mexico City. In the past Dallas (American), Houston (United) and LA (Volaris) have had direct flights.
  • Tips & Gratuities
    Totally at your discretion
  • Alchohol
  • Laundry
  • Personal Shopping
    Most people budget $500 to $2,000 or more. Oaxaca is full of beautiful rugs, contemporary clothing and artisan goods. There is a lot of temptation.
  • COVID testing
    Should you need to get tested to return to the US, we will arrange testing at the hotel for about $45

Available options


Day 1

Today is a travel today and we’ll gather for a light meal in the evening and meet one another. We’ll set our intentions and share our dreams for the trip. 

Your Organizer

Jewel Murphy
I’m an award winning floral designer and shopkeeper embarking on my second career which is sharing my love of Mexico, her culture and her people with you. I believe in slow travel, cultivating authentic cross cultural experiences, reciprocity, eating well and having fun. With two decades of travel experience, I’ve carefully crafted my tours to take you places you might otherwise never see and to visit people who are world class artisans and caretakers of their cultural heritage.