Paint FEARLESS Mexico Alumna Only!



Please email to be put on the waiting list.


This will be my last and final Paint FEARLESS Mexico retreat and sugar cube, we are going to have an amazing time!

We’ll take in new sites.  See new art. Meet new artists. Try out new restaurants.

But most of all we’re going to paint like our hearts are on fire.

My final Oaxaca retreat is open to alumna only because I can’t imagine spending my last time in Oaxaca with anyone else but you.  You know in your bones what magic Oaxaca holds — so lets go deeper.

Lets end one decade and begin another — it’s 2020!!!!

This retreat is going to be so bittersweet, so incredibly special, so perfect in that Oaxaca kind-of-way.

Come join me in Oaxaca one last time January 13-20, 2020 .

SOLD OUT! Please email to be put on the waiting list.

Please read all of the following details before registering. 

Your payments acts as agreement to the terms listed at the bottom of this page.

Here’s the itinerary…

Monday:  We’ll begin with tapas and orientation starting at 5 PM.

Tuesday:  Breakfast. Morning workshop & FEARLESS® Painting. Lunch. Break. Afternoon workshop & FEARLESS® Painting.

Wednesday:  Breakfast.  Visit Monte Alban, a large pre-Columbian archaeological site in the mountains of Oaxaca, where we’ll sketch, stroll the museum and gift store, and have lunch at its scenic cafe.

Thursday:  Breakfast. Morning workshop & FEARLESS® Painting. Lunch. Break. Afternoon workshop & FEARLESS® Painting.

Friday:  Breakfast. Morning Workshop & FEARLESS® Painting. Lunch. Visit to the Painting Museum to see the new show. Afternoon workshop & FEARLESS® Painting.

Saturday:  Breakfast. Visit Oaxaca’s paper factory founded by artist Francisco Tule, the Tule tree, and the studio and home of a Zapotec weaving family in the town of Teotitlán del Valle. We’ll also have lunch and if time permits we’ll visit a mezcal factory on the ride back to Oaxaca.

Sunday:  Breakfast. FEARLESS® Painting. Lunch. Final shows. Closing circle. Farewell dinner.

Monday:  Check out is at 11am.

We will spend a day at Monte Alban sketching, touring, visiting the museum, and enjoying lunch at the scenic cafe.

We will also journey across the countryside to the weaving village of Teotitlán del Valle where we’ll visit the workshop of traditional Zapotec weavers. 

And of course, we are going to do tons of FEARLESS® Painting!

Here are the important details!

STARTS:: Monday, January 14, 2020 at 5pm with tapas and orientation.
ENDS: Sunday, January 20, 2020 with a group dinner (dinner not included).
CHECK-OUT: is on Monday, January 21, 2020 by 11am (breakfast included).

PLACE: Art House Oaxaca, an artist residency founded by Lisa Sonora – an American artist living in Oaxaca.

COST: $2650


Included in Registration:

— 7 nights double occupancy lodging at Art House Oaxaca.
— 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, & welcome tapas.
— Guided tour of the Museum of Oaxacan Painters.
— Guided visit to Monte Alban archaeological site for touring & sketching.
— Guided visit to the Oaxaca Paper Factory, the Tule tree, and to the village of Teotitlán del Valle .
— Workshop instruction, support, and tons of one-on-one guidance from Connie Solera.
— Special FEARLESS® Painting hand outs to take home with you.
— Access to Connie Solera’s personal collage stash to use in your own work.
— An intimate glimpse into Connie Solera’s painting process as she builds a body of work.
— Pre-trip notes and guidelines.
— A special FEARLESS® Painter ALUMNA ONLY apron.
— A special alumni discount & VIP early registration for all returning students.
— Advice on travel plans before or after the trip if desired.
— Friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

NOT Included in Registration:

Air, travel, dinners, supplies, entrance fees, and tipping for Art House staff, tour guide, and cafe.

Confirmation & Communication

Within 24 hours of making your deposit you will receive a welcome email.  This is your registration confirmation and contains helpful info to help you start planning your trip to Oaxaca. Please keep this email in a safe place.  It is recommended that you print it out.

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

Cancellations, Refunds, & Payment Schedule

A deposit of $500 USD will hold your space.

Cancellations made before October 1, 2019:  Refunds, minus a $155 service fee, will be made until October 1, 2019.  On and/or after October 1, 2019 your registration fee is non-refundable.  Please email your cancellation to with your full name and email address you 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 $2150 is due by October 1, 2019.  

You will receive an invoice from us for the final balance in September.  We will contact you in August to inquire if you would prefer to pay the balance in two monthly payments a month apart instead.

On and after October 1, 2019: ALL SALES FINAL.

Lodging & Meals

Lodging is double occupancy and you will be assigned a roommate.  If you are attending with a friend please let us know when you register.

Each room comes with two twin beds, a private bathroom, 24 hour access to the outside studio space, and a communal kitchenette with refrigerator, stove, filtered water, dishes, and electric tea kettle.

Also included in the Paint FEARLESS Mexico registration is six 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.  Connie will point you to her favorite restaurants and Lisa Sonora or her staff can help you make reservations if needed.

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 detailed supply list will be included in your welcome email.  We’ll be painting  with acrylic paints.  Using a Canson Mixed Media large sketchbook as our main substrate.  As well as experimenting with Tombow pens and watercolors in a smaller sketchbook while we are out exploring.  None of the supplies are very expensive and you are always welcome to improvise with what you already possess.

Travel Tips

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

You will fly into the Oaxaca de Juarex, Oaxaca airport.

Airport code is: OAX.

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

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

From the Oaxaca airport you’ll take a taxi to Art House Oaxaca. Detailed instructions and the address will be provided in your welcome email.

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

A great place to search for airfares is

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


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