Monday, March 19, 2018

2018 retreat Sold Out!

Wow, this was the fastest that our Tesoro del Corazon retreat in San Miguel de Allende has sold out!! We are really looking forward to the wonderful adventures that await us during Dia de Los Muertos. If any of you who are joining us have not seen the Disney film, Coco, we highly recommend seeing it as it gives one a delightful glimpse into this cultural holiday in Mexico. It was a fantastic film all the way around.  Again, we would like to thank all of you who have entrusted us to provide an unforgettable workshop experience. October will be here before we know it and you will be receiving updates from Leslie as the months progress. Here's to the dreamer!

PS. If you would like to be added to our wait list for any 2018 cancellations or to be put on the list for next year,  please contact Leslie at

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Dreamer.....

Hi came to our attention that we didn't mention that registration for 2018 opened a couple of weeks ago. Leslie, our retreat coordinator, had a VERY long list of people who were interested in attending and emailed everyone on this list. At this point in time, we are happy to announce that we are on the cusp of being sold out. We so appreciate everyone's enthusiasm for our retreat and for putting your trust in us. Here's to 2018 and El So帽ador.....dreams really do come true! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts from all of us at Tesoro del Corazon.....

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

El So帽ador-The Dreamer

Yes, we do have a name for our wonderful project this year, El So帽ador, The Dreamer. The inspiration for this year's project came from a pair of vintage, folkloric wooden acrobat sculptures that Lynn found in San Miguel (of course, she did!) For all who know Lynn, she is the consummate shopper (and shipper) of the most fabulous finds that Mexico has to offer!
The acrobat (some might say a clown!! NO! lol) took on a life of his own and we are encouraging all participants to put their own spin on this fabulous creation and make it their own.

Lynn said it best:
 It has been brought to our attention that by only observing the photo some have interpreted it as a clown theme.
And we know that there are definitely “clown phobias”out there.馃槉
Please know that we encourage each student to bring their own interpretation of The Dreamer and we will help you make an art piece that is uniquely you.
I was basing my sculpture on a folkloric acrobat but i guess it morphed into a clown LOL. You DO NOT have to make a clown.
(We may play the movie “IT”during “happy hour”....just goof’n with ya)..cheers from the Tesoro Team

Monday, January 29, 2018

Tesoro del Corazon 2018 Guest Artist and Project revealed!!!

Tesoro del Coraz贸n is very pleased to announce our 2018, (October 28th-November 5th) guest artist, Julie Haymaker.  She has an extensive history in the mixed media world and we look forward to Julie adding her immense talent to our group.

"Julie is an artist, the founder of Shrinkets, mixed media maven and teacher.
Creating to her is a burning passion and the students she teaches keeps that fire burning.
Julie, attended Kendal School of Design and graduated with a degree in Illustration.
Julie, Attended California College of the Arts  and studied Fine Metal Smithing and Ceramics .
Julie brings a life time of artistic skills to  the work she creates today."

We are also excited to reveal this year's project and Julie's contribution to it.  Julie will amaze you with her unique techniques using shrink plastic to create a beautiful, whimsical bracelet that also functions as a collar on our fabulous project. How cool is that?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

It's a wrap!

We returned home from our 7th Tesoro del Corazon retreat in San Miguel de Allende a few weeks ago.  It is so inspiring to be in San Miguel during Dia de los Muertos. The altars, adorned with marigolds and sugar skulls, sprung up around the square in the early morning hours of November 1st It was magical to see the transformation around the Jardin.
Once again we had a great group of gals (and a guy!) with us.....everyone was so warm and friendly which really made our time in Mexico so very special.
The La Narradora (storyteller) artwork that was created was simply amazing. As the artwork arrived for our student showcase on the last evening I think we all felt a sense of pride and accomplishment at what was created in four days. (and a few late nights!)
 It was very moving to hear all of the stories behind the Storytellers.....

And of course, we can not forget Greg and Carman!!!!

 Finally, MANY, MANY thanks to this year's incredible guest artist, Karen O'Brien. I think we can all agree that her class may have been the "scariest".....but wow, did she get everyone painting incredible faces for their projects. She is an awesome instructor and we were lucky and happy she joined us this year. (and Yes, that is one BIG margarita....well deserved!)

Thanks to all who joined us this year......we so appreciate you entrusting us on this's to the lasting friendships and great memories that were made..... xoxoxo

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Leslie's storyteller!

After many months, Les finally completed her wonderful "narradora"or storyteller. We wanted to share it here so you can see another of the various ways you can make this piece your own. Leslie definitely put her own spin on it....and for those of you who know Leslie like I do....well, (not exactly since she is my sister), you can see that hers is a Queen of Hearts theme and the colors, red, black and white are HER colors! There is no mistaking that this was her piece!
Can't begin to tell you how this piece morphed since its inception.....everything about it changed and this was because she finally found a theme she wanted to use and then the rest fell into place.

So with October nearly upon us, be thinking of the story that your storyteller wants to tell! (hehe, no pressure!)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Getting ready!

Last week we got together to start working on getting all of the pieces of this year's project prepped for students. We didn't quite get it done, so we are meeting again tomorrow. Every year is an adventure figuring out and brainstorming creative ideas for class projects.....and that is always followed by many-a-meeting throughout the year working out all the technical issues!!! 

It is always a process of compromise and a good lesson on working together.....and while we may not always agree on every aspect of how a project should come together, we somehow laugh our way through and it all gets done!

Monday, March 6, 2017

La Narradora-The Storyteller.....Sold Out

We just wanted to announce that this year's retreat, La Narradora-The Storyteller,  in charming San Miguel de Allende is officially sold out. We sold out in record time this year and wanted to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you.....while we were sadly not able to accommodate all the requests we received this year, please know that we are ever grateful for your trust in us.  We hope that those who didn't make it in this year will join us in the future. Thank You so very much.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Our Dates!

Just realized that we never posted the dates for our 2017 retreat......the dates are October 29-November 6, 2017........and registration will be opening VERY soon!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Introducing this year's project.....La Narradora-Storyteller

Tesoro del Corazon is pleased to share this year's project, La Narradora-Storyteller, for our 2017 retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Students will create their own unique storytellers employing a variety of mixed-media techniques. This year's guest artist, Karen O'Brien, will share her techniques for achieving fabulous painted/collaged faces. Once again, Lynn Leahy will teach sculpting with paper clay to create a wonderfully dimensional upper torso and hand.  Laurie Mika will be exploring a variety of polymer clay techniques to fashion a "skirt" for the storyteller and last, but not least, Helen Shafer Garcia will be creating the base for our storyteller, a unique rounded, half-moon shape with a handmade book on it, of course!
Come join us and tell your story......registration information will be coming soon in February!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Announcing our new guest Artist for our 2017 retreat!

Laurie, Helen, and Lynn are pleased to announce our 2017 guest artist for Tesoro del Corazon!

Karen O'Brien
Karen will be a great addition to our creative team. We are still in the planning stage for our 
2017 exciting! 
We'll let you know soon about our sign up dates. 

Karen O’Brien is a self taught mixed media artist and painter of soulful characters. She started her creative journey as a teddy bear artist and developed a love for experimenting with mixed media materials and techniques. Karen believes in the letting her muse loose, enjoying the process of creating by following her curiosity. Her art has been featured in several books and publications including, Incite: Dreams Realized, Incite 2: Color Passions, Incite 4, Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals, Somerset Studio, Art Journaling and Art Doll Quarterly. Her work can also be viewed at Gallery One in Grants Pass, Oregon. Karen's first book was just released by Northlight publications!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Back from San Miguel de Allende!

We recently returned from our 2016 Tesoro Del Coraz贸n art retreat in gorgeous San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

We had 30 lovely ladies join us from all over the US, Canada and even one gal (Jo) from the UK!
Our group at Anado's mosaic house!

 This was our 5th year in San Miguel and we had well-known mosaic artist, Katherine England, join us as this year's guest artist.
(Katherine in the midst of her "lost phone saga"-which was amazingly recovered days later!)
The bed and breakfast where we stay is so charming with a lively history as a former bordello! Here is a photo during one of the classes.
 The only interruption in our workshop day was when a delicious lunch was served! Life is tough!
The theme for this year's project was, Casas del Corazon. Students each completed 4 house-shaped substrates using a variety of techniques. These inspiring "neighborhoods" of houses far exceeded our expectations and it was great to see all 120 houses together during our student showcase!!! 

One of the highlights of our trip to San Miguel is being there during Dia de los Muertos. The intermittent rain and electrical storm this year created a spooky, wonderful ambience for the night!
                         (We found out that Katherine was also a great make-up artist too!)

 It was another fabulous year in San Miguel made all the better by the incredible group of gals that joined us this year. THANK-YOU so much for putting your trust in us and for being a part of our growing San Miguel family!

 We just had a planning meeting yesterday for our 2017 retreat....we have our guest instructor selected and the project is in the works......stay tuned for more info!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Beaded Mosaic Houses with Katherine England!

Our Tesoro group recently drove up to Fullerton to spend the day with our guest artist, Katherine England, to learn her wonderful beaded mosaic techniques. We all had so much fun and each of the houses came out beautifully....and amazingly unique! Each of us had our own signature style that emerged while we beaded.
Above is Katherine "in the zone" demonstrating her technique!!  It actually is quite meditative and we can't wait to share this brilliant process with this year's group in San Miguel. Below is a shot of Katherine's studio....that used to be her garage.....

Here is a close up of the finished "neighborhood".....Can you guess whose house is whose???

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Casa del Coraz贸n 2016-SOLD OUT

We are happy to announce that our 2016 workshop is officially sold out! We have started a wait list and if you are interested in joining that wait list, please let us know. From year to year we have one or two people who need to cancel for one reason or you never know! The amazing thing is that nearly half of the participants joining us this year are returnees! I think that is a testament to the wonderful experience that this retreat is (well, and to be fair, a testament to the incredible place that San Miguel is too!!)  We look forward to meeting those we don't know and welcoming you into our wonderful group of creative and adventurous women!

The picture above was taken at Lynn's house where we got together to take Lynn's portion of the workshop. Unfortunately, Helen was unable to join us due to a teaching conflict. It was our guest instructor, Katherine England's birthday that day and we celebrated in style!

Every year we schedule workshops at each of our homes to do a test run of the project and work out any bugs....and it is also a chance for us to complete our own projects so that we have samples to bring to Mexico for each classroom. (and it is just plain fun to get together and create!)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Our 2016 Tesoro del Coraz贸n Retreat

We are very pleased to announce that we have finalized plans for our 6th annual mixed-media art retreat in lovely San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  The dates for our retreat are October 27-November 4th, 2016. We will once again be staying at Casa de la Noche, a charming B&B near the center of town.

We are also very pleased that Katherine England will be joining us as this year's guest instructor.
Katherine is a wildly talented mixed-media artist who creates beautiful mosaics. She also paints, journals, sculpts, and is a community leader who promotes the arts. A true renaissance spirit!

We are excited to unveil our collaborative project this year, Casas del Coraz贸n.

Katherine will share her wonderful techniques for creating beaded mosaics. Lynn will teach you the ancient art of reverse painting on glass. Helen will guide you in basic drawing skills, illustrated watercolor and book arts while Laurie will share her passion for polymer clay.

Come join us and let your imagination soar with creative possibilities! Please email Leslie Harris, our retreat coordinator for more info and to register:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Our big announcement will happen very soon!

If you are on our email list you will get first dibs on registration for 2016...coming very soon! Here's some snippets of our new project.........oh...the excitement builds....! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Back from our retreat in San Miguel, 2015!

We just returned from an incredible trip to San Miguel de Allende. Our Tesoro Del Corazon art retreat was a resounding success with most folks wanting to return next year! It is not surprising because San Miguel is such a magical town especially during Dia de los Muertos and this year was no exception. The town was festively decorated with flags and flowers. Marigolds were draped around front doors and windows and altars popped up throughout the week around the Jardin.

On top of all this was the fact that we were there to create art! Wow, the Santos Real project turned out to be something truly special. Each Santos had a charm of their own and the loving care to detail was evident in each sculpture. 

We were delighted to have Elitia Hart from Canada join us as our first guest artist this year. Her work in pewter embossing is superb and we know that participants thoroughly enjoyed learning from her.

Of course, the time flew by all too quickly and we were soon having our farewell dinner in the shadows of the beautiful Parroquia. We will all miss the time spent together but know that many of the friendships created will last a lifetime....and so will the memories of San Miguel, 2015.

We are already in the planning stages for our retreat in 2016 and have tentative dates penciled in for October 27-November 4
More info will be announced in mid-January....stay tuned! 
(PS. Leslie is taking a much needed vacation from her computer until January!)
Happy Thanksgiving!