Vibrant Inspirations

Painting Retreat in San Miguel de Allende

October 4-10, 2020


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

  • Develop your own style in open air 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.

What to expect:

We will give ourselves time to rest, relax and give our minds a chance to let our creative juices flow. This retreat is designed for all levels of painters.

Taking inspiration from the colors and culture of Mexico, we will be making water based paint using natural pigments that we will use in our week long retreat.


Lessons on painting with a limited palette, keeping your paint clean, temperature, and value of colors and the importance of sketching with value will all be covered.

We will be spending time painting in the open air, working on perspective and composition while you find your own style and color palette.

There will also be ample time to wander, rest and get to know your fellow creatives.

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. (more about San Miguel below).


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 and 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 spacious 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. **Please note: the hotel does not have an elevator.


All materials will be provided as part of the package, but of course, you should feel free to bring whatever you think will help you create your best experience. 


 Sunday: Arrival -Welcome dinner at Casa de la Noche


Breakfast: 8-9

Painting: 9-12

Lunch 12-3

Painting: 3-6

Meet up for Critique (Happy Hour?)

Dinner on your Own


Breakfast: 8:30-9:30

Artists of SMA Studio Tour  9/9:30-12

Lunch 12-3

Painting: 3-6

Happy Hour? (not included)

Dinner on your own


Breakfast: 8-9

9-12 Walking, sketching and photographing at Botanical Gardens

Lunch: 12-3

Painting: 3-6

Happy Hour?(not included)

Dinner on your own

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


Breakfast: 8-9

Painting: 9-12

Afternoon: Free Day! Relax the rest of the day or go on an excursion or paint!

Meet at Rosewood rooftop bar(Not included)


Breakfast: 8-9

Painting: 9-12

Lunch 12-3

3-6 Meet up for “ART SHOW & TELL”

Farewell Dinner (included)



Depart on Shuttle

What's Included

  • Accommodations

  • Studio space available 24/7

  • Round trip airport shuttle (Qto & BJX only) only for early bird

  • All materials

  • Welcome dinner with margaritas

  • Breakfast daily

  • Guided art studio tour of San Miguel artists

  • Group morning painting at Botanical Gardens

  • Farewell dinner

What's Not Included


  • Airfare

  • Meals (except where indicated)

  • Tips

  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)


We have designated three price structures according to the type of room you prefer. Please click on your room choice and it will direct you to Paypal.

Special early bird discount of $100 if deposit paid by (still need date) 

To register, select the room you want and click on the PayPal button to make a $300 deposit.

Payment balance is due on or before August 1, 2020.

Suites: $2800

 La Terraza

This one bedroom apartment has its own plant-filled terrace along with outdoor seating for two. The hand-painted tile kitchenette has many windows with a pretty view, counter seating, and a sitting area with a couch, coffee table and two chairs. Cable TV is in the living area.

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


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. A closet separates the king bed (may also be 2 twins) from the main space. There is a private bath with shower. At the rear there are French doors to a second flower-filled terrace with a table and seating for two. For the view-lovers there is a steep stair to the top level terrace with 360 degree views.

Madam's Suite

This one bedroom apartment has the largest living space with a couch and 2 comfortable chairs facing a large fireplace. The living space also has dining table and seating for 4 as well as a writing desk and cable TV. A talavera-tiled kitchenette has all the basics. The bedroom has a walk-in closet and private bath with shower. Twin beds easily convert to a king-size bed.

Besos Grande

This apartment full of light is the largest area of the entire house. It has two rooms (Kiss me Again with king size bed and First Kiss with queen size bed). Each room has a private bathroom (one with a tub). Additionally, the Besos Grande Suite includes a large living area with fireplace and a full open kitchen. There is a shared terrace just outside the front door. Besos Grande overlooks the main courtyard fountain. This space can be rented as a luxury suite with capacity for 4 people and extra space in the living room (sofa-bed) or individually as two private luxury rooms, sharing the living room area and kitchen with other guests.TAKE OUT OF SUITES

The Paloma Loft

he Paloma Loft Suite is on the second floor of the Besitos Garden complex and has a balcony overlooking the garden courtyard. In addition to a small bath with shower, it also has a mini-kitchen and access to an open terrace and enclosed atelier. The Paloma can be rented with two twin beds or one king size bed. This room connects to the open air meeting space which can be used for art, yoga, dance or other workshops.

Luxury: $2600

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. It has a view of  the distant hills and a glorious jacaranda tree from the bath and bedroom windows. A small terrace connects this room to the other bedroom.

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.

Original art, high beamed ceilings, and a delightful view contribute to a charming experience.

La Turca

The owner’s former quarters, “La Turca’s Suite” has a Queen-size bed, with antique armoire and original art from well-known Mexican and American painters adorning the walls. It also features an en-suite bathroom with a tub, double sinks and separate shower.  The bedroom has an ornamental fireplace, seating for two, and a small table. Wi-Fi, cable TV, purified water, small fridge, microwave, and infloor heating keep this room always comfortable. The location is secluded from other rooms, offering extra privacy and a view of the fountain patio.

Deluxe: $2450


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. It can be rented together with the Dragonfly and Hummingbird for a pleasant group accommodation.


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.

Working Girl: $2250


The Pepita room is a cozy space with a queen-size bed, ½ stone wall, ½ antique tiled wall, and a hand painted desk and dresser combination and chair. It has a private bath with shower. Original Rubin Morales paintings are on the wall above an electric fireplace. Outside there is sitting alcove, also a nearby fountain…


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. Access to the Group Project Room is up the nearby stairs.

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


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. It has very high ceilings and a queen-size bed. 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. It has a private bath with shower, and an electric fireplace for cozy nights. A nearby covered outside sitting area has a wicker couch and chairs and unusual ceremonial masks on the wall. This room has easy access to the Project Room and terrace.

About Missy Tripp-Ronquillo

Missy 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 theirideas 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 in inspiring 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 ot try and makes us feel like great artists. I always look forward to her next class!" ~Katrina Midgett Shinn

About San Miguel de Allende

Mexico is a huge country that offers its visitors an amazing amount of diversity. San Miguel 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 October 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!

Retreat Waiver

All participants are asked to download and sign the waiver form and provide  emergency contact info. Please mail to:

Missy Tripp Ronquillo

6018 East Oak Island Dr.

Oak Island, NC 2846

We look forward to painting with you in San Miguel! Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. For more info on the workshop, please contact Missy: For questions about San Miguel, please contact Linda: