mosaic mural making retreat in mexico 

november  13 – 19 , 2022

Arrival day with welcome happy hour is  Sunday the 13 of  november . departure day is  Saturday the 19 november. workshop is monday – friday.

Now open for registration

Learn skills and techniques need to make gorgeous, long lasting mosaic murals while enjoying the inspiring and relaxing environment at Hacienda Mosaico…one of my all-time 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. Uniquely designed for students of all experience levels, workshop participants will come away with skills and techniques they can use to create future 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: $2195  (based on double occupancy)
Five days of workshop instruction
All materials
Accommodations (based on double occupancy)
Healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch**
An all-around awesome time

November 13 – 19, 2022
Arrival the Sunday, November 13
Workshop: Monday, November 14 – Friday, November 18
Depart Saturday, November 19

* 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 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.

Some mornings will include discussions about the role of creative expression in our lives and other topics related to inspiration and creative expression.

This workshop offers excellent training for those who want to take their skills to the next level, move into creating larger work, community builders and teachers who would like to create murals for schools or public spaces, and for those just interested in the co-creative process.

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.

Optional workshop activities include:

An after class/ evening session for students to share images of their own work, usually Tuesday.

A one-hour after class/ evening Q and A session with me about community projects/ funding strategies/ public projects or architectural work.

Not included in workshop but cool:

There are often impromptu group outings into old Puerta Vallarta, excursions to art walks, galleries and outdoor markets, dinners and hang outs. Students have tons of options as to how to spend their time outside of workshop hours. For those who like to stay close to home base there are lots of super close dinner options from sit down restaurants to tacos on the street to take away.

There is a fully equipped kitchen for student use on site and grocery stores within walking distance.

We often enjoy cocktails/ mocktails around the pool and there are ample places for personal quiet time on the grounds.

Hacienda Mosaico is one of my favorite places to teach.. I hope you can join me for this fun, community-building creative experience!

Note: You MUST be fully vaccinated to attend this retreat.


Hacienda Mosaico and True Mosaics Studio cancellation policy for remainder of 2021-2

A 50% deposit is due to secure a space in the workshop.  Remaining 50% is due 45 days before workshop start date. 

Deposit/ fees paid are refundable up to 30 days before workshop. 

Up to 30 days before start day of workshop deposit/ fees paid can be applied to future workshop

Less than 30 days out from workshop start date fees paid are 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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