mosaic mural making retreat in mexico – Laurel True

march 15 – 21 , 2020
Arrival the Sunday, 5 day workshop, depart Saturday

12 students max, rooms are double occupancy 

Learn the skills and techniques used in mosaic mural making while enjoying the inspiring and relaxing environment at Hacienda Mosaico… one of my favorite places to teach !

During this week-long workshop we will work as a team to create a mosaic mural that we will install together. Students will come away with skills and techniques they can use to create future mural projects of their own.

Workshop includes step-by-step instruction in mosaic making principles using ceramic, mirror and glass, as well as technical lessons in precision tool use, construction methods for larger works, installation and grouting techniques for murals and other architectural projects. An overview of different project approaches will be presented for working solo or with groups, as well as best practices for creating murals that will look great for years to come.

Additional topics covered:

  • Designing for mosaic murals
  • Sourcing materials
  • Coding and mapping techniques for larger work>
  • Working with materials of different heights and shapes
  • Using the Tile Tape Method to create murals (and why I like it better than mesh)
  • Substrates/Adhesives and environmental considerations for murals
  • Tips and tricks for painless installation
  • Working effectively as a team

Workshop Information:

Workshop fee: $1950
Investment includes:
Five days of workshop instruction
All materials
Accommodations (based on double occupancy)
Healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch**
An all-around awesome time

March 15-21, 2020
Arrival the Sunday, March 15
Workshop: Monday, March 15 – Friday, March 20
Depart Saturday, March 21

* Students are welcome to use materials leftover from the mural project and/ or bring their own materials to work with.

**There are plenty of dinner options to explore that are within walking distance or an easy taxi ride away.


The mural we create during the workshop will be of a size and complexity that can be completed and installed during the week while allowing for time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Hacienda Mosaico and have personal time to relax into a great creative retreat.
Students may choose to create a small mosaic piece of their own on tile tape to take home outside of workshop hours*. The beautiful, open air studio at Hacienda Mosaico is open 24 hours for students to use outside of workshop hours.
Some mornings will include discussions about the role of creative expression in our lives and other topics related to inspiration and creativity.
This workshop is excellent training for those who want to take their skills to the next level, move into creating larger work, and community builders and teachers who would like to create murals for schools or public spaces.Open to students of all levels, although some mosaic experience may be helpful, it is not necessary. Students will need to bring their own tools – a full list with links to purchase will be sent out before the workshop.




Hacienda Mosaico and True Mosaics Studio combined cancellation policy:

  • All cancellations are subject to a 20% handling fee.

  • Reservations cancelled prior to 90 days, 50% is refundable.

  • Less than 60 days, 25% is refundable.

  • Less than 45 days fee paid is non-refundable.

Should any workshop/retreat be canceled by Hacienda Mosaico or True Mosaics Studio the entire amount paid will be refunded within fourteen days after cancellation. Once this occurs, Hacienda Mosaico nor True Mosaics Studio have no obligation regarding any additional costs or fees related to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or other travel reservations.

Hacienda Mosaico or True Mosaics Studio accepts no liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket. Nor does it accept liability for canceled flights.

Travel Insurance:

It is strongly recommended that all workshop participants purchase Trip Cancellation, Emergency Medical Evacuation, Baggage, Accident and Medical insurance from a reputable insurance company.

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Laurel True

Laurel True has been creating mosaic murals around the world for the past 25 years. She is the co-founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art, Founding Director of the Global Mosaic Project and owner of True Mosaics Studio.

Laurel has created over 100 mosaic murals and taught and trained thousands of students, apprentices and volunteers.

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