Build-Your-Own Art Retreat in Santa

One, all-inclusive price ($2000), to split with your girlfriends, includes:

4 Nights at a beautiful 5 star vacation home in the countryside just outside Santa Fe

2 day Workshop you choose from a menu of options

2 Lunches and 1 Happy Hour Party

All art supplies and transportation for any workshop field trips


By Air:

To fly to Santa Fe, you best use the Albuquerque International Sunport. The airport in Santa Fe is doable, but limited.

The Sunport is 50 miles south of Santa Fe, so renting a car is a good option, or there is a very good Shuttle which you can contact here. The shuttle will deliver you downtown, where we can arrange to pick you up. Current shuttle cost: $28 one way.

Sandia Shuttle

By Car:

Santa Fe is reached by taking I-25 north from Albuquerque, or south from Colorado, and Eldorado is one exit north of the Santa Fe exits (Exit 290).

House address and detailed directions will be provided.

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Girlfriends Getaway!
Choose Your Dates

Choose any Thurs-Mon week-end in 2016 or 2017 that is not already booked on our calendar.

Explore our beautiful Casa Artista on our site at VRBO. There are 23 photos to look at! Click the Calendar to check available dates.

You can stay extra nights on either end of your retrest for the special rate of $192/night (for the whole house).

Choose Your Friends
Choose Your Workshop

Make this retreat ultra affordable by choosing 1-3 friends to share the week-end.

Our Casa has three bedrooms:

Master Suite with master bath and luxurious Queen Bed

Guest Room with luxurious Queen Bed

Guest Room with two luxurious twin beds.

Guestrooms share a bathroom. Master has its own.

You decide among yourselves who gets what and who pays what.

Workshops are held at the Casa on Fri and Sat, from 10am - 4pm, and are taught by Santa Fe Artist/Instructor, Jessica Wesolek, who owns Casa Artista, and lives 5 minutes away.

Sunday is a free day to do what you want.

All supplies and lunch are provided on Workshop Days.

Choose ONE Workshop from the Menu below.

Workshop Menu (Choose ONE)

Art Journal Sketching with Water Media

Watermedia includes watercolor paint and watersoluble pencils, markers, etc. HOW to use them and more importantly, WHEN to use them for best results. A Stillman & Birn Watercolor Sketchbook and all supplies will be provided. Field trip(s) included.

Coloring Party with Water Media

This is like Art Journal Sketching with no sketching or drawing involved. Cards and small posters on Santa Fe subjects are provided, along with the water media supplies and instructions on HOW and WHEN to use them..

iPad Travel Journal

Because of the wonderful apps available, it is possible (and easy) to create your entire Travel Journal on your iPad - and you can then export a hard copy to print if desired. iPads are NOT included, but you must have one. The instructor does not use other brand tablets, so this workshop is iPad only.Field trips included.

Warm Glass

Often called fused glass or kiln glass, this art form involves cutting glass and firing the combined pieces in a kiln to "melt" them into one art piece. We will learn to safely cut glass, design our pieces, and create several pieces which you will fire and take home with you.

Handmade Books

You will learn two bookforms you have not seen before because they are original to this instructor, and create a collector journal, and an art book to take home with you.

Garden Journaling (June 15 - September 15 Only)

Field Trips to the instructor's garden and a great local nursery. Learn how to really SEE a flowering Plant (a la Georgia O'Keeffe) - and how to draw and paint it to preserve its beauty. All art supplies provided, but you will need a phone or tablet camera. Any brand will do as long as you can take a photo and enlarge it on the device to see detail.

Guided Santa Fe Sight Seeing and Shopping

Your hostess has lived in Santa Fe for 21 years, experiencing it from an artist's perspective. She knows where all the best stuff is. This is not actually a workshop. Rather, it is two days of excursions and lunch, guided and chaffeured by your hostess. Through previous conversation, we will discover your interests and tailor the tours to include what you want to see and do. This will leave you well educated to spend your free day revisiting or expanding upon your Santa Fe adventure.

How to Book Your Girlfriends Getaway

Talk to your friends and decide on your dates.

Check the Casa Artista site for availability:


Or email jessica to ok your dates:

Click the RESERVE button below to pay your deposit and book your retreat.


Cost and Reservation:

Total Cost of Girlfriends Getaway (excluding getting to Santa Fe):
$2000 plus 7% tax ($140)

Deposit to Book Your Getaway:
$500 (Refundable up to 60 days before check-in)



Can I book 4 nights that are not Thursday - Sunday?
Yes, you can book any available 4 nights in 2016 or 2017.

Can I bring more than 3 friends with me?
If you have friends who don't mind sharing a Queen bed, you can bring 2 more, but Casa Artista does not have sofa beds, futons, or other such extra sleeping furniture. Maximum occupancy is 6.

When should we arrive?

Our Happy Hour-Check-In will begin at 4:30 pm on Thursday. We can be flexible with that if need be.

How do we get to Santa Fe?

It is best to have a car to get around on your own. Casa Artista is located 5 miles outside of Santa Fe proper. Although it is considered a "neighborhood" of Santa Fe, it is not walkable to city attractions. So, if you fly, you may want to rent a car.