- Creating masterpieces during a multi-day painting workshop with artist Laura Harris
- Enjoying the sanctuary of our own private 450 year-old ex-hacienda in the beautiful colonial heart of Mexico
- Visiting charming colonial cities of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato
- Feasting on locally-sourced Mexican cuisine in spectacular settings
- Exploring the hills of Central Mexico
- Enjoying luxuriously slow days
Nestled in the mountains of Central Mexico, we’ll create masterpieces! Offered to beginners and non-beginners alike, Laura will share her unique approach to painting, with a focus on manifesting inspiration and personal expression. Laura will bring you into her creative process and will be incredibly generous with her knowledge and gift. Topics covered include, free drawing, multi-media, inspiration, composition, creating texture and working with colour. Each day will offer a new and rewarding creative exercise.
Easels, paints and materials will be provided, but you’ll supply your own brushes (a supply list will be provided upon registration). If you are unable to source paint brushes, we would be happy to make arrangements to have everything waiting for you upon arrival.
Our day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed closer to departure date however there will be a bit of routine to our week together involving:
Nourishing, locally-sourced meals
A multi-day painting workshop with Laura Harris
Free time to explore, relax, enjoy a massage, reflect, golf, walk in the hills, optional cooking class, etc
Our week will also include excursions to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende
The three Spanish Colonial cities of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, and Dolores Hidalgo are located nearby and offer excursions to museums, historic cathedrals, pottery, artist studios and galleries, thermal hot springs, shopping and incredible colonial architecture. During our retreat we’ve included excursions to these beautiful colonial cities along with a few wonderful surprises along the way!
HACIENDA LAS TRANCAS:
Hacienda Las Trancas is a 450 year old hacienda, built on the original Camino Real to house the huge caravans of silver on their way to Spain. Today it is a private boutique resort and spa, tucked away from the crowds, and located in a small friendly village. Las Trancas is proud to support, train, and employ the local villagers at the hacienda.
Las Trancas, like much of Mexico, is caught between times. The older women wrapped in their shawls walk next to teenagers in Nikes. Many of the men in town have left for the U.S, in order to provide a better life for their families. Some send money home, some fall prey to the allure of the American life and never return, some die in the desert crossing. You find yourself wistfully hoping that time could stand still, that the people could retain their heritage and culture, and not succumb to the American way of life. But time marches on, and the allure is all too real.
Your stay at the hacienda includes all meals, use of horses, mountain bikes, jacuzzi, heated pool and exercise facility. Our on-site spa features 6 massage therapists who offer wonderful treatments* (*extra cost).
Check out the villa Hacienda Las Trancas
The kitchen is the heart of the hacienda. Our meals are brought fresh to the table every day. Fresh is the key word. At least that is what our guests are raving about time and time again.
We make our salsas from fresh ingredients, never canned. Our guacamole has the reputation of being the best in the state of Guanajuato.
This is a place where you can delight in the salads, and not worry about the cleanliness. Our water and all of our fruits and vegetables are purified before we begin preparing the meals.
Creamy gourmet Ice cream is made fresh while you dine. Don’t want homemade mango ice cream? Tell us your favourite and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
Fresh is the reason you will beg our cooks to come home with you. We harvest from our organic gardens as the food is being prepared.
Fresh tortillas are served with every meal. Our chefs make them from scratch, from actual heirloom corn kernels, and not from dried maseca flour that most of Mexico now uses.
Our menu is authentic Mexican cuisine, with a touch of gourmet thrown in for good measure. Vegetarians are thrilled with our meals. We have accommodated diabetics, raw-foodists, individuals with food allergies, and many other types of special diets. The menu is subject to availability and season. We also add other dishes to supplement the meals according to what we are harvesting.
You will have the opportunity to learn to cook authentic Mexican dishes from one of the best, Sra Yolanda.
**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. Included dinners may sometimes be changed for lunches depending on the itinerary.
Inspired, connected, generous and intuitive, Laura Harris exemplifies and champions the crafting of a creative life. Laura has inspired countless people to rewrite their stories and honour the creative being that resides deep in their soul. Her paintings are described as beautifully imperfect, and have the ability to stir powerful emotions, speaking to an inner voice often ignored. Often large in scale with strikingly bold colours and texture, each piece offers discovery. Her process is rooted in memory and imagination, and her emotions are palpable. When she’s at work, Harris becomes utterly engrossed in her practice. It’s a fully physical task with music turned up loud and paint flying. Laura applies the same love and abandon to all other areas of her life. Laura Harris Artist
“I try and create what I ache for. Painting for me is is not work, it’s an essential part of living.”
Harris’ is a positive oeuvre, but there are contrasts in texture and hue that suggest the opposition of forces. Exuberant, sensual, and often surprising, Laura’s images are known and prized for their irresistible energy. Her relationship with light has been compared to that of Turner. As a young child, the Canadian artist learned drawing techniques from her father, who preferred realism but encouraged freedom of expression. Laura currently lives and works in Victoria, BC where her family has roots run generations deep. Her work is exhibited in galleries across Canada and collected worldwide. Corporate clients include Mercedes Benz, The Ritz Carlton, The Keg and Canaccord. Visit Laura’s website www.lauraharrisartist.com
- Painting workshop (5 days) led by Laura Harris
- 7 nights accommodation (based on double occupancy)
- All transportation per itinerary
- Meals: All meals are included
- Painting supplies (paints, easels, canvases, etc)
- Use of horses, mountain bikes, swimming pool, etc
- Activities as per itinerary such as San Miguel visit and Guanajuato Tour
All applicable taxes
- International flights (can be arranged through firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance (can be arranged through email@example.com)
- Activities and services not mentioned in itinerary
- Meals and beverages not mentioned in itinerary
- Items of a personal nature and paint brushes
- Tips for local guides, housekeeping, drivers, etc
Date: Feb 25-Mar 4th, 2018