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The Colors of Mexico:
Mixed Media Painting Retreat in San Miguel de Allende
With Missy Tripp Ronquillo
March 7-13, 2022


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

  • Develop your own style in mixed media painting

  • Learn to work with emotion, color and rhythm

  • Make your own water-based paints!

  • Immerse yourself in a creative community that will create lasting friendships


Taking inspiration from the colors and culture of Mexico and all that it offers to nourish your soul, we will spend a week in the heart of the country art journaling, drawing, painting and working on a mixed media project, in addition to making our own water based paint using natural pigments!


Come absorb the colors and landscape of friendly, welcoming, San Miquel de Allende for this special week long retreat. A beautiful opportunity to refresh and energize while letting your creative juices flow in unique ways. You deserve it! Along with a few exciting excursions, there will be ample time to wander, rest and get to know your fellow creatives. 


Let us share with you, our love for Mexico and all the beauty it holds. We promise, after this retreat, you will fall in love as we did.


~Missy and Ron

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: $2750


What's Included

  • Six nights accommodations

  • Mixed media painting workshop

  • Studio space available 24/7

  • Welcome dinner with Margaritas

  • Breakfast daily

  • Guided art studio tour of San Miguel artists

  • Group morning painting at Botanical Gardens

  • Taxi fares to excursions

  • 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. Please note, if you decide to fly into Mexico City, it is another four hours to San Miguel.

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6:00 Welcome dinner
 at Casa de la Noche


8:30-9:30 Breakfast

10-2     Artist Studio Tour

2-4       Lunch

4-6.      Painting 

Dinner on your own


8-9. Breakfast

9:30-12 Journaling/painting

12-2.  Lunch on your own

2-5.  Painting

6-7 Rooftop cocktails (not included)

Dinner on your own


Free day to explore

Optional tequila tasting excursion to El Pavo Real

(not included)


 8-9:00  Breakfast

9:30-12  Journaling/Botanical Gardens

12-2  Lunch at Botanical Garden (not included)

Afternoon free to paint or schedule one on one with Missy.


8-9          Breakfast 

9:30-12  Painting

Lunch on your own

2-5         Painting/Discussion

6:30       Farewell Dinner


Breakfast 8-9:00

Depart on Shuttle

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


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

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 November 1, 2021.  

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.

Reserve Your Room

In order to reserve your spot, please choose your room, 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 November 1, 2021.

Please Note: The credit card option will only allow you to pay the entire amount of $2750 plus a 3% service charge, which is included. For paypal, PLEASE use the "friends and family", to avoid this fee. There is no extra fee to pay through Zelle.

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 La Terraza

This one bedroom apartment has its own plant-filled terrace along with outdoor seating for two. 

There is a private bath with shower. Two twin beds can be made into a king if preferred.

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Vista Suite

This third story studio apartment has an open floor plan which includes a kitchenette, table and two chairs, an Equipali couch and chair, and cable TV. For the view-lovers there is a steep stair to the top level terrace with 360 degree views.





The Dragonfly Room faces out into the courtyard and has 2 twin beds (or one king) and private ensuite bathroom with Mexican-tiled bathtub and overhead shower. It is adjacent to the Garden Kitchen and Sala.

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Madam's Suite

This one bedroom apartment has the largest living space with a couch and 2 comfortable chairs facing a large fireplace. win beds easily convert to a king-size bed.

The Paloma Loft

The Paloma Loft Suite is on the second floor of the Besitos Garden complex and has a balcony overlooking the garden courtyard. The Paloma can be rented with two twin beds or one king size bed. 

First Kiss

The “First Kiss” room has a Queen-size bed, with antique armoire and original art and has an en-suite bathroom with a tub and shower.A small terrace connects this room to the other bedroom.


Please tell us a little about you!



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Kiss Me Again

The “Kiss Me Again”room overlooks the bordello’s original dancing pavilion and may be made up as twin beds or one King Bed. It has a working gas fireplace and hand-painted tiles in the en suite bath with shower.


The Hummingbird Room is a king or twin-bedded room that faces out into the garden. It has a private bath with tiled shower and is adjacent to its neighbor, the Dragonfly, to accommodate a small family or group.




The Mariposa Room, with its large arched windows facing the Garden, is perfect for an artist or nature lover. It may be made up as a king or two twin beds and a private bath with shower. 



The Rosita room features a queen size bed with carved headboard, dresser and a side chair.

 There is an outside patio area with seating for two. 

This little room  was original to the house but is now updated with  bath, shower  and sitting alcove.



The Pepita room is a cozy space with a queen-size bed,and a hand painted desk and dresser combination and chair. It has a private bath with shower. Outside there is sitting alcove, also a nearby fountain…


Chiquita Room is the first of four “working girl” rooms, each with its own personality. This is a cozy room near the main dining room. There is a small gas fireplace, and chair and small table, as well as en-suite bath with shower. Nearby, there is a garden sitting area and fountain.


The Jovita room is cozy with lots of light and a pleasing view. It has a queen bed with carved headboard, extra shelving and a small chair. A nearby covered outside sitting area has a wicker couch and chairs and unusual ceremonial masks on the wall. 

Suites: $2800

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.


"Missy is a fabulous teacher, and helps guide you through whatever you are working on!"

~Mona-Lisa Vito

"Missy is one of a kind. She has a light about her that radiates in all that she does. Aside from being insanely talented, she is kind, funny,patient and a wonderful teacher."

~ Carrie Reap

"Always a fun and enjoyable experience with Missy. She always has something new and exciting to try and makes us feel like great artists. I always look forward to her next class!" ~Katrina Midgett Shinn

Luxury: $2600

Deluxe: $2450

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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Working Girl: $2250

About Linda Laino


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: Regula Franz

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