Oaxaca Artventure with Mija Matriz

Oaxaca City

12 reviews
Mar 8 - 17, 2024
Group size: 7 - 14
Oaxaca Artventure with Mija Matriz
Oaxaca City

12 reviews

Mar 8 - 17, 2024
Group size: 7 - 14

About this trip

We had so much fun the first time, we decided to do it again. 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 contemporary arts and culture of the city and the indigenous wisdom of the villages then bring this inspiration to our creation in our light-filled studio. Mija will lead us with daily journal prompts and artistic practices for creating in our journals. Our focus will be on mixed media collage and this year’s special outings include encounters at a sustainable paper making factory, a hands on natural dye demonstration, a visit to the private home of the late Mexican maestro painter and collage artist Rodolfo Morales and learning about the collective nature of printmaking at the workshop Subterraneous. 


 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 art studio.

Our itinerary is carefully crafted to have both structured and free time. It is also subject to change based upon availability and opportunity. 

To learn more about Mija and her artwork visit her website www.mijamatriz.com.

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 recommend trip interruption insurance for your own peace of mind because things come up that you can’t even imagine. Not all trip insurance is created equal.  We have had good experiences with www.travelinsure.com 

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
    Food is important to us. It fuels our creativity. We explore everythin from home cooking to high end restaurants. We have two evenings of meals on your own so you can explore the many food options
  • Guides
    We hire 100 percent born and raised in Oaxaca guides.
  • Transportation
    Airfare and transport to our hotel are not included. Once the tour starts all transport is included
  • 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 & Hotel Transpo
    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
    Tipping hotel staff and drivers is customary but not required.
  • Alchohol
  • Laundry
    The casa has laundry services available at your expense.
  • Personal Shopping
    Most people budget $500 to $5000 or more. Oaxaca is full of beautiful rugs, contemporary clothing and artisan goods. There is a lot of temptation.

Available Packages

With Art Instruction
Available until February 7, 2024
Deposit: $500
Partner without Art Instruction
Available until February 7, 2024
Deposit: $500

Available options


Day 1

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

Your Organizer

Jewel Murphy
12 reviews
I’m an award winning floral designer and shopkeeper indulging my late in life wanderlust. Sharing Mexico with others is my love language. 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 curated 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.


This was my first trip to Oaxaca and I am already planning a return. It was beyond words incredible. The other participants and our leaders made the trip so special and memorable. I enjoyed myself immensely. Personally, I struggle on trips when I am fully scheduled, so the first few days of going to multiple places on a timeline were a bit hard for me socially, emotionally, and mentally. However, given the distance we traveled I understand why it was arranged that way. I would pay more to have it more spread out and have half of the day out (ex. 9-1pm travel to 1-2 places)/ half day in studio (2-6pm studio time). I loved all of the places we went so I cannot say leave some of them out! The trip was so perfectly curated and the artisans were SO amazing. I loved how well taken care of I felt, from the delicious meals, to the massage at the casa, to the check-ins from Jewel/ Mija, and the amazing studio space/ supplies/ instruction. Accommodations-10/10. Meals at the Casa 10/10 Meals as a group out 5/10 Transportation 9/10 Jewel and Mija 11/10 Jane, Amado, Luz, and All Staff 11/10
By Angel R for Art Retreat with Mija Matriz on Apr 12, 2023
It was amazing!!A soulful retreat with an amazing group of people. Saw fabulous sites, learned indigenous craft techniques, visited artists and chefs. Continually coming home to the Casa where we revitalized ourselves with Oaxaca home cooking and making art together. Magic was afoot and Mija and Jewel led the dance. Came home with a renewed faith in humanity and a rosier view of the world
By Victoria Z for Art Retreat with Mija Matriz on Apr 11, 2023
This was an experience that we would not have had without the knowledge, accomodations, contacts and organizational expertise that Jewell and Mija provided for us!
By Kip A for Art Retreat with Mija Matriz on Apr 11, 2023
We had an absolutely phenomenal time. To say this is a trip of a lifetime is an understatement. Mija is a delight to be around. She is caring and informative on subject matter and the beautiful Mexican surroundings. Casa colonial had wonderful caring staff, and the accommodations were just as wonderful as the people. Home cooked meals after a day of art?! Could not ask for a better experience. Mija we cannot wait to see you and the casa again next year 💓
By Marisa F for Art Retreat with Mija Matriz on Apr 11, 2023
Wonderful Trip! Jewel and Mija are great leaders and the participants in this group could not have been better! Loved every minute of it and am looking forward to doing another trip with these 2 fabulous women in the future!
By Andrea M for Art Retreat with Mija Matriz on Apr 11, 2023
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