This Retreat Is Cancelled for

Santa Fe, New Mexico, is world famous for its light, its historic beauty, its multi-culturalism, and, especially, for its art.

More than 250 art galleries line its historic streets, and everyone you meet is an artist or artisan of some kind.

The consistent Adobe Pueblo style of the architecture blends into the beautiful mountain vistas and you feel like you are visiting some very exotic, far off destination - a true visual adventure!

Santa Fe is nestled in the southern Rockies at an altitude of 7000 ft, so it enjoys a moderate climate with sunshine 300+ days a year.

The romantic, historic architecture, fabulous skies, and iconic design elements make this "City Different" a place that is a paradise for creative souls.

Santa Fe is not like any place else. And, it is my home.


Workshop Tuition: $600 Workshop Fee Only - Does not include food and lodging.
Early Bird Tuition: $550 Tuition paid by January 31, 2015
Two Part Payment Plan Available


Our classroom is located in the same building as my gallery - on an adorable, tree-lined street right in the heart of historic downtown, just a block off the Plaza.

We will have our art lessons in the morning, followed by outside adventures and classroom time to create our journal entries.


Santa Fe is full of restaurants of every imaginable type. We can bring lunch to eat in the classroom or wander out to local eateries in all price ranges. We have a great coffee shop/café directly across the street and the most affordable locals hangout one block away.


You can stay anywhere you want, and Santa Fe is full of hotels, because it is a world-reknowned tourist destination. Downtown hotels are walkable to the classroom, but are expensive because they are downtown.

There are many affordable options that are not downtown, but would require a car to get back and forth.

I suggest an internet search for the best "deal" for those dates. The least expensive downtown motel I know of runs around $139/night at that time of year (Garretts Desert Inn). It's ok, but not the best, obviously, but it is one block from the classroom. You can find all major hotel chains in Santa Fe as well, but they will not be walkable.

The best value I have found for a week long stay is the hotel we all used last year. It is not "the Ritz" and it is not within walking distance of downtown, but it is comfortable, extremely affordable, has a full kitchen in every room, AND it is located across the street from a supermarket and shopping center.

IMPORTANT: This hotel is on my way from my home to our classroom and I have a Dodge Caravan. That means that I can shuttle up to 5 students to the classroom and back each day of the workshop. The first 5 attendees to ask will get those seats.


By Air:

To fly to Santa Fe, you must use the Albuquerque International Sunport. The airport in Santa Fe is small plane only.

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 or to several hotels outside of downtown. Current cost: $28 one way.

Sandia Shuttle

By Car:

Santa Fe is reached by taking I-25 north from Albuquerque, or south from Colorado.

Google for directions to the hotel of your choice.

Our classroom is located at 219 Shelby Street in downtown Santa Fe.

Do a Google Map search for WOW Gallery Santa Fe and you can see the location and get great directions..


You will be able to create this page and the Santa Fe Window shown above with the skills you learn in this workshop.

REGISTRATION (STRICTLY LIMITED to a Maximum of 8 Students)

Payment Options:

Tuition in full $600

Installment Plan:

$300.00 upon Registration

$300.00 by August 1, 2015


We understand that life intervenes, but we also must base this event on a designated number of attendees.

If you have to cancel, you MUST do so by 60 days prior to the event. We will try to fill your place from our waiting list.

If we are able fill your space, you will receive a full refund of monies paid, less credit card or PayPal fees.

If we cannot fill your space, you will forfeit $200 of your tuition. To try to be fair to both sides, forfeited Tuition can be applied to another session of the retreat, or to any digital product, eBook or online workshop offered by

($600 in full or 2 Part Payment Plan) $50 Discount if Paid by January 31, 2015

STUDENT COMMENTS:(from the 2013 Santa Fe Retreat)

Apart from learning Zentangle, I came here pretty certain I couldn't draw much. I was excited, but nervous since I didn't feel I had any aptitude.

While my journal isn't a masterpiece, I'm extremely proud of it, and I thank you and Sandy for all that you did to make our retreat wonderful. 

It was also great to meet such an eclectic and talented group of women. 

I just wanted to tell you how much I absolutely loved your workshop!  I have no constructive criticism (or non-constructive criticism, for that matter!) as I had a fabulous time.  I would do that again in a heartbeat!  Thank you for all the work you did and for making us feel so comfortable, welcomed, and safe.  I'm so glad I got to meet you and I learned a ton!

Again, thank you so much!

I loved the retreat and would attend again in a heart beat.The mix of field trips and studio time was perfect for me.

I enjoyed the premise of being mindful and not rushing-and learning a whole bunch of techniques.

I felt very lucky to be surrounded by so much happiness and enthusiasm. Vivian

I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your workshop so much. I learned great information and techniques. The workshop format was friendly and well organized.  You really did a great job.  I had  painted very little prior to the workshop-using acrylics, but didn't know how much fun various water color products could be.  I also enjoyed the opportunity you provided to see Santa Fe and its surrounding area.
Mary Beth

The retreat was Fantastic and Energizing and Way Too Short! Thank you so much for reminding me to slow down, soak up the world around me, appreciate a simple pencil-and-eraser approach, and surround myself with like-minded, wonderful people.

thank you jessica for a most mindful retreat. i have no complaints...just very beautiful memories..the balance of art, sightseeing and friendship was just right...i learned a lot and i am sure i will keep all my new found art ways with me forever...until we meet again...thank you thank you!

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You learn a lot after hosting as many retreats as I have, and one of the most important things is that students and instructors alike, get STRESSED by too much to do in too little time.

So, this retreat is different.

This is a MINDFUL, not TIME-FULL, retreat. We will learn to SEE - and just BE. And make art.

We will spend a wonderfully relaxing five days immersing ourselves in the creative magic and beauty that is Santa Fe, and returning to our classroom to create an illustrated art/travel journal that will allow us to savor these moments not only while we are here, but forever after.

You DO NOT need to have drawing skills when you get here, but you WILL bring some home with you!

We want this art journal to be something that will bring you back to this week in Santa Fe, to this great group of fellow journalers, to this dream vacation in artist paradise, every time you open it and turn a page - a week from now, or many years from now.


This retreat is hosted by Jessica Wesolek, artist/illustrator, art teacher, art journaler, Santa Fe Gallery owner, and professional photographer, who has lived and worked in Santa Fe for 20 years, loving it more every day.

See my BIO at this LINK.

A Relaxing and Mindful Art Journal Retreat in Santa Fe, New Mexico - Artist Paradise!

Supply List . . .

Your Supply List is very limited - and portable!!

You can download the

PDF Supply List at this link.


Suggested useful colors for pencils or watercolors at this link:

Colors: Southwest Palette as Shown here.