Paint FEARLESS Mexico

Grab your passport and let’s Paint FEARLESS!


NOVEMBER 6-13, 2017   |   NOVEMBER 15-22, 2017  

Come join me, Connie Solera, for a week long Paint FEARLESS retreat in vibrant Oaxaca, Mexico.

Together we’ll explore the beautiful colonial city of Oaxaca and allow it to flow through our brushes and exciten our hearts. We will be staying at Art House Oaxaca, an artist residency created by Lisa Sonora, an American artist living in Oaxaca.

Our journey will include visits to local artist studios, swooning over the colorful architecture, taking time to gather inspiration through Oaxaca’s bustling markets, friendly people, festive atmosphere, and enjoying the taste of local food and drinks.

Paint FEARLESS Mexico is nourishment for the artist that relishes in time to simply paint, paint, paint, and feels that adding a little adventure to it in the company of kindreds would be the best medicine of all.

Space is limited to 8 artists total!!! Lodging, breakfast, lunch, adventure, and limitless creativity is included.  Come Paint FEARLESS with me in Mexico!

A Little About Oaxaca, Mexico…

Oaxaca, Mexico (Oaxaca is pronounced Wa-Ha-Ka, and is both a city and a state (like New York, NY) in Southern Mexico). 

Oaxaca, Mexico is a land of magic, mythos, and art. You’ll find traditional weavers, sculptors, potters, dancers, musicians, storytellers and curanderas (indigenous healers) mixing it up with modern painters, photographers, writers, and poets.  

Oaxaca is a Unesco world heritage site, with no less than 21 cathedrals within the historic center, towering limestone walls, and secret gardens behind every adobe walls and doorway.  

As we explore…

I’ll invite you to embrace the world as an artist — we’ll hunt for visual symbols, unveil revealing metaphors, and align ourselves with the pulse of serendipity, creativity, and LIFE.

I’ll share with you ways of collecting the richness of Oaxaca into your sketchbook and incorporating it into your art.

I’ll encourage you to fully FEEL Oaxaca — to allow it to take over your senses and become what leads you most as you paint. 

And we’re going to Paint FEARLESS…ALOT! 

During our time in the studio I will guide you through an intuitive journey of art making while sharing my favorite techniques and insights on being bold and fearless creatively

We will dip our brushes into our own personal narratives and welcome the spirit of Oaxaca to take us deeper into our most honest expression

At Paint FEARLESS space is limited to 8 artists so you can expect loads of one-on-one guidance, support, and an intimate peek into my own creative process to inspire and uplift you. 

As always, all levels of experience are welcome and celebrated. 

We’ll Be Staying & Painting At Art House Oaxaca 

We will be staying and working in the studio at Art House Oaxaca, artist residency created by Lisa Sonora, an American artist living in Oaxaca.

Art House Oaxaca is located right in the Historic Center, walking distance to everything, including fabulous restaurants, galleries, museums and shops. Plus there is a yummy cafe right on site!

Here’s what past Paint FEARLESS Mexico artists have had to say…

Thank you thank you Connie for the wonderful week in Oaxaca Mexico! ! It’s difficult to find the words to describe the power of your retreat and how it has become a life changer for me and for anyone who attends them! You have a gift and lucky for me you generously spread it around like your brush on a canvas! We are forever sisters!!  ~ Helene Landry

Thank you for bringing together this wonderful tribe of women and thank you for your generous heart and unsurpassed thoughtfulness. In just one week I have grown so much, and will forever be thankful to you for the love you have shown me.  Hope to see you sometime soon!  ~ Denise Waldick

Thank you doesn’t capture the gratitude and appreciation I have for your ability to make me look again and again…and then again! This week with your instruction, guidance, and care I feel like I am beginning to “get the energy”!! ~ Jill Dawson

Thanks for helping me to learn to connect the dots with intention and to learn what I didn’t even know I needed to learn! ~ Lori Carruthers

I went to Art House Oaxaca and Paint FEARLESS Mexico and I am forever changed by the experience. GO! You will be so eternally glad that you did! ~ Joan Gaetz

Let’s Paint FEARLESS In Mexico! Claim Your Space Now!

DATES ::  NOVEMBER 6 -13, 2017


Pay In Full $1795


Make A Deposit $500

DATES ::  NOVEMBER 15 -22, 2017


Pay In Full $1795


Make A Deposit $500

Here are the details…

Paint FEARLESS retreat with Connie Solera

Dates:  Retreat 1: Monday, November 6 – Monday, November 13, 2017
Retreat 2: Wednesday, November 15  to Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Place: Art House Oaxaca, artist residency created by Lisa Sonora, an American artist living in Oaxaca.

Early Bird Cost: $1795 (must purchase before May 1, 2017 — on or after June 1st price is $1895).


Included in registration:

-Workshop instruction
-Pre-trip notes and guidelines
-Seven nights double occupancy lodging
-Seven breakfasts and six lunches
-Mezcal, agave honey, chocolate and traditional beverage tastings
-Guided walking tour of historic Oaxaca’s must-see sights for painters, including a stop at the art supply store for paint you can only get in Mexico
-Tour Oaxaca’s indigenous craft villages
-Visit local artist studios
-Shop and eat at a bustling local market
-Special Paint FEARLESS gift
-Advice on travel plans before or after the trip, if desired

NOT included in registration: Air, travel, dinner, supplies. 



By registering you agree to the following terms: 

Confirmation & Communication

You’ll receive a welcome email within 24 hours after you make your deposit. This is your registration confirmation, and contains helpful info to get you started planning your trip to Oaxaca. Please keep this email in a safe place. It’s recommended that you print it out.

IMPORTANT: All retreat information will be emailed to the email addresses you used when registering. If you require the materials be sent to an alternate email address, please email and let us know right away.

We’ll email you important travel and workshop information, as we get closer to the trip, and don’t want you to miss anything. 


Cancellations, Refunds, & Payment Schedule

A deposit of $500 USD will hold you space.

Cancellations made before September 1, 2017:  Refunds, minus a $150 service fee, will be made until September 1, 2017. On and/or after September 1, 2017, your registration fee is non-refundable. Please email your cancellation to with your full name and email address used to purchase registration.  Your refund will be issued via Pay Pal within 72 business hours of receiving your cancellation.

Registration is NOT transferable.

The final balance of $1295 is due by August 31, 2017.

You’ll receive an invoice from us for the final balance. If you’d like to pay the balance in two payments a month apart, no problem. Just reply to your confirmation letter and let us know.

On and after September 1, 2017.  ALL SALES FINAL.


 Lodging & Meals

Because lodging is double occupancy rooms, you will be assigned a roommate, or please let us know who you’ll be rooming with if you are attending with a friend.

Also included in the Paint FEARLESS registration is seven breakfasts and six lunches, but because Oaxacan cuisine is so wonderful, dinners are not prearranged to give you freedom to choose where and what to eat. Lisa Sonora, our host, will point you to her favorite restaurants and even make reservations for you.

Everything is an easy walk from Art House Oaxaca (where you’ll be lodging and enjoying studio time). Taxi’s are abundant and affordable if you prefer not to walk.

There is also a lovely cafe on site. Most people pair up or go to dinner in groups, so don’t worry about dining alone. Travel costs are not included.



A supply list will be included in your welcome email.  We’ll be painting mainly with acrylic paints in a large Canson Mixed Media sketchbook as well as experimenting with Tombow pens and watercolors in a smaller sketchbook while we are out exploring.  None of the supplies will be very expensive.


Travel Tips

You DO need a passport that doesn’t expire for six months from your date of entry to Mexico.

You’ll fly into the Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca airport.

Airport code is: OAX

Oaxaca does have a direct flight from the USA from Houston, on United Airlines.

Otherwise, you likely change planes in Mexico City (really easy) from your city of origin.

From the Oaxaca airport, you’ll take a taxi to the lodging and workshop location.  Detailed instructions and the address will be provided with your trip welcome info.

Taxi fare is about $7 per person, and there is just one taxi counter inside the airport. Easy and stress free!

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You can see recommended travel routes by train, plane, ferry and car to and from any destination on the Rome2Rio website.



If you have a question or concern please do not hesitate to email



All photos of Mexico were taken by Lisa Sonora of Art House Oaxaca and Connie Solera.