Inspired by  Mexico:
Cold Wax Painting 

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

With Missy Tripp Ronquillo
October 1-7 2022

jars of colored pigment, encaustic painting


Join artist and teacher, Missy Tripp Ronquillo for a week of painting, exploration and discovery in the artistic and colorful town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

  • Learn to make oil paint from pigments.

  •  Learn cold wax techniques such as, creating texture, image transfer techniques, mark-making, stenciling, reductive techniques.

  • Learn how to develop your own style.

  • Immerse yourself in a creative community while you explore the "puebla magica" that is San Miguel de Allende.

  • No experience necessary!

Cold wax adds body, transparency, and depth to paint. The paint has a creamy, buttery texture and spreads and layers beautifully.

We will use a variety of tools such as squeegees, trowels, painting knives, silicone bladed painting tools…. you get the idea. One of the most fun parts of the process is mark-making. Again, anything goes – skewers, whisk broom, pine needles, plastic wrap, paper, pencils, — the tools you can use to mark the wax seem limitless. We will also incorporate marks made by oil sticks, wax crayons, charcoal, graphite. Throughout its drying process, the wax responds differently to manipulation. Once it has been set up a bit, after a day or several hours, it can also be scraped away, revealing a history of color and texture beneath.

El Escondido Hot Springs


San Miguel de Allende, Mexico is a World Heritage UNESCO puebla magia, not to mention voted one of the best places in the world to live by Conde Nast Traveler 2 years in a row. Linda Laino has lived in San Miguel for ten years and is working with Missy to facilitate the retreat. (more about San Miguel below).


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Retreat Venue

We are sure you will be delighted with the accommodations and facilities! Casa de la Noche *is a former bordello steeped in history with the energy from the artists and musicians who passed through there in the 40’s and 50’s.

Today, owner Barbara Poole has been running the boutique hotel as a B&B and top notch event space for 20 years.


Being an artist herself, the hotel reflects her creative, eclectic sensibility. The colorful and well-appointed rooms and courtyards create a sense of old world discovery but with all the modern conveniences. It’s proximity to centro is a mere few blocks making it a super convenient and easy home base from which to explore San Miguel. *Note: the hotel does not have an elevator. Please enjoy  this  short video of the hotel.


Cost: $2870


El Jardin/Centro

What's Included

  • Six nights accommodations

  • Cold wax  painting workshop

  • Studio space available 24/7

  • Welcome dinner with Margaritas

  • Breakfast daily

  • Guided art studio tour of four San Miguel artists

  • Farewell dinner


What's Not Included

  • Airfare

  • Meals (except where indicated)

  • Tips

  • Airport shuttle

  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)


Please make your reservations to arrive at

Leon (BJX) or Queretaro(QRO) airports. Information about easy and reliable shuttle service will be shared with participants. If you decide to fly into Mexico City, it is another four hours to San Miguel. Please NOTE:  We need a minium of participants to fill the retreat. Please wait to make your flight reservations until you hear from us.


View from a hilly street!

 Saturday/Oct. 1
6:00 Welcome dinner
 at Casa de la Noche

Sunday/Oct. 2

8:30-9:30 Breakfast

10-2     Artist Studio Tour

2-4       Lunch

4-6.      Painting 

Dinner on your own

Monday/Oct. 3

8-9 Breakfast

9:30-12 Painting

12-2  Lunch on your own

2:30-5.  Painting

6-7 Rooftop cocktails (not included)

Dinner on your own


Free day to explore San Miguel. Optional excurions (not included) are available to Botanical Gardens, Hot Springs, Cooking Class, Mezcal/Wine tasting. Information will be provided prior to retreat.

Wednesday/Oct. 5

 8-9:00  Breakfast

9:30-12  Painitng

12-2  Lunch on your own

2:30-5  Painting

Dinner on your own

Please note: Our itinerary may change slightly depending on circumstances or needs of the group.

Thursday/Oct. 6

8-9          Breakfast 

9:30-12  Painting

12-2        Lunch on your own

2:30-5   Painting

6:30       Farewell Dinner

Friday/Oct. 7

Breakfast 8-9:00

Depart on Shuttle

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Most materials will be provided including a 10" x 10" box painting frame, but participants should bring a sketchbook/journal, pencils and favorite brushes.

Bellas Artes

Cancellation Policy Please Review

We understand that it is sometimes difficult to plan ahead for a trip such as this and these uncertain times have created a bit more challenge. We thank you for your understanding the need for these policies on our end.

The $500 deposit is NON-refundable. That means, if you pay the deposit and before you pay your balance, you decide to cancel, there is no refund. Once you pay your balance, there is no refund. An exception is made if there is someone waiting to fill your spot.  All balances are due June 1, 2022.  

If we decide to cancel the retreat for any reason, then all money will be returned, including deposit (minus any paypal or credit card fees). We need at least five students for the workshop to go. For this reason we strongly advise that you wait to make your flight reservations until you hear from us. 


If it becomes impossible to travel due to a government mandate or border restrictions, in this case, we will not refund any money but attempt to reschedule the retreat. Note: Mexico never closed its borders to travelers during 2020. Mask and tracing mandates, as well as sanitary precautions are still taking place as a rule here in San Miguel.


El Escondido Hot Springs

Reserve Your Room

In order to reserve your spot, please choose your room here, fill out the registration form, note your room choice in the "wildest dream" section of the form and send a $500 non-refundable deposit to lindalaino@gmail.com

through  Zelle, Paypal or credit card. All final payments are due by June 1, 2022.

Please Note: The credit card option will only allow you to pay the entire amount of $2870 plus a 3% service charge, which is included. For Paypal, PLEASE use the "friends and family", to avoid this fee, or add 3% if you do not have an account. There is no extra fee to pay through Zelle.

About Missy Tripp-Ronquillo


Missy Tripp Ronquillo is an artist, creative educator and owner of Pescado Y Amor Studio/ Gallery.

Pescado Y Amor was started on a warm summer day in Sayulita, Mexico in 2009, where  Missy and her husband (Ron) lived and played for six months fine tuning their ideas and collaborating their artistic imaginations. Pescado Y Amor combines their love of Mexico, love of the beach, and love of life and art. They now reside in Oak Island, North Carolina, where they work along side each other creating art.

Pescado Y Amor is the home studio and classroom where Missy found inspiration to inspire others to follow their artistic passions. She teaches all levels of art from beginners to advanced.
Since 1996, Missy has established herself as a freelance artist, specializing in custom paintings with a reputation for exceptional creativity and an uncompromising approach to composition. Missy is often seen painting murals and doing live event paintings, such as weddings.  Live Event Paintings are a form of Visual performance art and Plein Air painting mixed together.

Her work embellishes walls in restaurants, cafés, retail establishments, and private homes world wide.
Missy Ronquillo has studied art at The Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C.; Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia ; and Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.
  She can't wait to return to San Miguel!


"Missy and Linda did a fabulous job putting the retreat together. It was all so beautiful and inspiring. I want the magic to stay with me! In addition to all the magic, beauty, inspiration, and colorful sights, it also helped me to put many things in perspective with regard to everyday life. I WILL be back!"

~Betsy Johnston, March retreat, 2022

"Thank you Missy and Ron for the amazing art retreat to San Miguel. This city has been on my bucket list since I was in art school on college. You guys left no stone unturned. We got to create some art, learn some new techniques, eat great food, tour amazing artist studios, shop, take a mezcal tour, walk and walk and walk. The colors of San Miguel are so amazing and inspiring.. Casa de la Noche B&B was amazing. Perfect for our group. An amazing staff! I cannot say enough about Missy and Ron and all they did for us. A trip I’ll never forget! Thank you guys!"

~ Carolyn Atkinson, March retreat, 2022

"What an amazing experience. Your influence reached so many and have inspired us in so many ways. Look at all the handful, talented people you have connected. I’m forever grateful I stepped Into your gallery. 

You guys are so adorable and such an inspiration to us in many ways. Thank you for attending to us so well and being such a solid force of support. I’m so grateful to have you both in my life now, and to be introduced  to so many wonderful people."

~Leniece Lane, March retreat, 2022

"You have made this trip an impactful experience for all of us and we are extremely grateful for all your hard work. This trip has been both inspiring and rejuvenating for our creative spirits. Thank you so much for working with me on my art. I will always appreciate it."
~Addison Lane, March retreat, 2022

"Thank you for organizing the most wonderful retreat… Ever!! Loved the place, the lessons, the food, the people. Thank you Always for helping me paint with Joy."

~Mary Margaret Steele,March retreat, 2022


T"hank you so much for this wonderful opportunity to participate in your Colors of Mexico retreat. It was absolutely Magical!"

~Deborah Young, March retreat, 2022


About San Miguel de Allende


Mexico is a huge country that offers its visitors an amazing amount of diversity. San Miguel de Allende is located in the geographical center of the country and is said to be built upon a bed of crystal quartz. Many people believe this legend aids in the “magical” quality so often associated with this town. San Miguel is a peaceful, safe environment, full of friendly people, sophistication and charm to spare. It is small, but far from sleepy. The streets are always full of visitors and locals in a lively and festive atmosphere. There is more than plenty to see and do on off hours during the retreat. The weather in March is temperate: breezy and cool. Most days you can count on very cool mornings, warm to hot sunny afternoons, and slightly cooler evenings. Think layers and bring a light sweater. There is virtually no humidity. San Miguel is quite hilly in parts, and the streets are cobbled. You will most likely be doing a lot of walking (the best way to see the town!), so we suggest to bring good shoes. We are at 6000 feet and if you have not been in high altitudes, you may feel a bit tired the first day or two. Luckily, there are numerous cafes, parks and plazas for rest and refreshments all over town. There are also ample and inexpensive cabs (and Uber) available should you need a break from the walking. The cab drivers, incidentally are some of the best locals to practice your Spanish with!

The web is full of articles and videos about San Miguel. Here are two to whet your whistle:

"The Best City in the World"

"San Miguel de Allende Travel Guide"

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About Linda Laino

Suites: $2800

Luxury: $2600

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Linda is an artist, writer and teacher who received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. She has lived in San Miguel de Allende for almost ten years where she formally taught English Language Arts and continues to paint and write. She has organized writing and painting retreats of her own in San Miguel and is recently sharing her love and knowledge of this charming and colorful town with other artists and teachers. Her many pleasures in San Miguel include terrace cocktails with friends, hiking in the countryside and feeding the hummingbirds. Her painting and writing can be accessed here:

www.lindalaino.com wordsandpictures.lindalaino.com.

Photo: Ginger Bandoni

Retreat Waiver

All participants are asked to download and sign the waiver form and provide  emergency contact info. Please email to: pescadoyamor@att.net

We look forward to welcoming you to San Miguel in 2022! Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. For more info on the workshop, please contact Missy: pescadoyamor@att.net. For questions about San Miguel, please contact Linda: lindalaino@gmail.com.


All photos of San Miguel © Linda Laino

Deluxe: $2450

Working Girl: $2250