“Once upon a time”

-Delta Sky Mag July 2008.

Arthur Meyerson Photography:

Arthur has been to the hacienda numerous times, with more workshops planned with us in the future. His Alumni Symposiums have drawn some very talented people to the hacienda. Recently, Meyerson was named by Nikon to their list of 'Legends Behind the Lens".

Krystyna Robbins

Krystyna’s work mirrors her rich and diversified life experiences. 

A Gathering of Creative Women in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Joyce Tenneson & Elise Wiarda

We have been honored several years in a row to host this amazing women’s retreat with Joyce and Elise. These week-long retreats drew women from all creative backgrounds to gather for spiritual renewal, to connect with their physical well-being, and to celebrate their lives as artists.Their workshop coincided with  Day of the Dead religious observations in Mexico. In addition to joining the colorful local festivities during the week, participants built their own altars to offer personal remembrances and celebrations.We were told later by many participants that the retreats were life-changing.

Joyce Tenneson is among the leading photographers of her generation and was ranked by American Photo readers as one of the 10 most influential women in the history of photography. Joyce is the author of 12 books, including the best-selling Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. A sensitive and gifted instructor, she has helped facilitate the growth of many photographers over the years.

Elise Wiarda has more than 20 years of experience in the healing arts. A graduate of the Shalen Institute for Spiritual Formation, she is a certified body therapist in the Rosen Method and also trained in Reiki and massage.

Traveling Watercolor Workshops
Jonelle Johnson

The hacienda has been fortunate to host Traveling Watercolor Workshops several times.
Jonelle is a dedicated watercolor instructor who spends numerous hours each day with her students.  Our favorite part of her workshops is the amazing gallery of hanging work that grows during the week, and the beautiful journals that she teaches her participants to create during the two-week process.

Design and Composition Painter's workshop
With Margot Schulzky
Author of 'A Painter’s Guide to Design and Composition' Margot Schulzke, PSA, PSWC-DP; DPS, KA is a highly regarded and much sought-after teacher.

Above: Photograph Compliments of Raul Touzan Sante Fe National Geographic Workshops.

Painters love the hacienda. It is easy to find subject matter, and sometimes difficult to decide which to tackle first! Not all our painters come in workshops. Some are on vacation with family or friends, or come with other painters for the week... Below, Peter Barnett was kind enough to gift some of his paintings to the staff and villagers.

Fred Blum, who was kind enough to send his photos to the hacienda to be distributed
to the people of the village.

Raul Touzon brought his fabulous National Geographic workshop to the hacienda.
Here are some of his amazing photos below:

Pack your supplies , brush off that cabin fever and head down to the central mountains of Mexico! The air really is different down here! The light is amazing! Located within half an hour to the beautiful colonial town of San Miguel, and just 40 minutes to Guanajuato, our location allows different daily perspectives in your quest for authentic reference material. There is a reason why San Miguel de Allende is a wonderful artists’ colony, and home to the renowned  renowned art institute, the Instituto Allende.

The local people will enthrall you, the high plateau enchant you, and the Spanish Colonial architecture will delight you.

We are a wonderful location for workshops of any kind. The hacienda is a magical place, and creativity springs from those who visit. There is so much to paint, photograph, and observe, only our fabulous cooks can tear you away from your work (Well, admittedly, the massage therapists and horses also do their part...)

           From plein air painting and digital photography to Yoga and authentic Mexican cooking classes, we have hosted many different workshops. We can help with planning and implementing all phases of the workshop, from  arranging transportation to bringing in local people of many types to model. Although honestly there are so many everyday photo and painting opportunities that it normally isn’t necessary. Let us know what you need and we will make it happen..
Enjoy browsing a few of the workshops we have had the pleasure of hosting recently.

Paul Luehrmann studied with Arthur at the hacienda and took the photos below:

Anne Henning - Participant of Arthur Meyer Symposium (photos left and below). “There is a mystery about the hacienda that hovers and ciculates. It’s beautifully restored, but it’s patina, it’s aura, is still there. Although we were in one place, one location, I felt I Traveled.”

A Mexican Adventure
Joye Moon

A life long artist, Joye maintains her studio in Wisconsin and teaches watercolor workshops throughout the US and internationally.

Eddie Soloway-


Eddie has been to the hacienda three times leading Photography workshops. He loved it so much the first time he keeps returning. He loves to take his participants on a tour of the village, and the following photos by Ita Gelada document a day in the life of Trancas...

Some of his wonderful Students’ work below:

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