ROHANA’S Art Workshop

November 17-24, 2019

Join Rohana in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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Intermediate to advanced artists who want to move beyond painting literally what they see to a more designed, stylized or abstracted work of art will appreciate this workshop.  San Miguel de Allende is a great place to practice stylizing from the dramatic shapes, colours, textures and lights and darks created by the shadows of old colonial architecture and beautiful parks and gardens.

And almost every day the sun shines!  This is the perfect place for outdoor sketching and painting.

Rohana’s unique style is a synthesis of interests and abilities. After graduating from Emily Carr University in Vancouver Canada, Rohana discovered Indonesian batiks. Combining her skills in drawing, painting, design and print making, she created large batik paintings (using traditional application of wax and dyes).  Her stylized, but representational images of Canadian and international themes became popular and for many years she exhibited and taught in Canada and internationally.  While teaching at Kwantlen University near Vancouver she began a series of repeat patterns. This interest in pattern, design and colour inspired by nature influenced her painting style when she turned to painting in acrylics and oils. See Rohana’s website at :

Participants in this workshop will explore shapes, values, lines, colours, textures and forms in their chosen subject matter. In the first morning studio sessions photographs will be used for ideas, and in the afternoon outdoor sessions students will chose a subject of interest and create drawings and watercolour studies that will be inspiration for paintings in the studio. Rohana will introduce techniques, learned from her years of teaching, for achieving wanted results.

Rohana will have a highly regarded plein air teacher to assist on outdoor painting excursions, Al Skaar. See Al’s work at and contact him at

There is an abundance of inspiration in the patterns of light and shade, the rich colours and textures in Mexico in general and the picturesque environment of the town of San Miguel de Allende. Students will be encouraged to explore and develop their own personal style of simplifying, organizing, rearranging their subject matter to create paintings that ‘work’, that are unique and visually exciting for the viewer. Mexico offers opportunity for dramatic effects and a fun, exciting process that can be continued long after the student returns home.


This 6-day workshop will include 6 hours of instruction per day for each student, both group and individual.

The first day will be to settle in with a margarita orientation session in the evening.

The last day will be a free day to enjoy San Miguel, say goodbyes, pack up and go.

The six days in between will be:

  • a 2-hour studio session after a delicious healthy-start breakfast. The session includes demonstration and suggestions for designing from looking at a subject. The first day we’ll use inspirational photographs taken by Rohana in San Miguel.

  • The second day students will design from their own drawings and photographs (on cell phone or iPad).

  • After 1 1/2 - 2 hours of studio work, we’ll have a coffee break and snack, and then we’ll walk to an inspiring venue to draw and paint out doors. There is a beautiful ecological reserve and botanical garden nearby called “El Charco del Ingenio”, also many parks, plazas, and perfect locations for plein air (outdoor) work.

  • 3-5 pm: Break for main meal of the day and then return to the studio.

  • 5-6:30 pm: Group critique and art talk in the studio.

  • 6:30 pm: Rest, happy hour or individual painting in the studio.

  • The evenings will be free to attend many of the local concerts, restaurants, socialize or work individually in the studio.

    The 6th day will include a trip to nearby Atotonilco to visit the historic old town and an artisan gallery in a large park-like setting, followed by an afternoon at the hot springs for swimming, painting, lunch and enjoying the sun. In the evening we will have an art display and group critique in the Bordello Galeria while sipping on margaritas and enjoying appetizers.


This is also an invitation to experience the magic of San Miguel de Allende, the most artistic city in Mexico, recently named by Conde Nast “2018 Best City in the World” for a second year running. Students are encouraged to book a few extra days to walk romantic stone walkways and cobblestoned streets, to explore the history and culture of old Mexico, and to savor fine international dining and local Mexican favorites.

Be sure to visit the unique Fabrica Aurora complex of art galleries, see other galleries, visit a nearby archeological site or explore more of the many possibilities in the area, either before or after the workshop. Check with Casa de la Noche for availability.

OUR WORKSHOP is held in the famous

old San Miguel bordello - CASA DE LA NOCHE

Participants choose their own room, first come, first served.

You may share a room with another artist for an additional fee or invite a non-painting spouse or friend to share your room at no additional fee. Cost is dependent upon room choice. Our Casa has its own art studio, spacious gardens and grounds, guest kitchen, superb location, and original art throughout the property. To learn more about historic Casa de la Noche, check the website:


San Miguel de Allende is in the heart of Mexico at 6200 ft elevation. The closest airports are Leon (BJX) or Queretero (QRO) and shuttles or private transportation can be arranged to meet and drive you to Casa de la Noche, a 75-minute drive. You can also fly into Mexico City, a 3 1/2 or 4-hour bus or shuttle ride.

You will need a current Passport and a Visa (available at the airport upon arrival). Consider travel insurance in case your plans change. Some credit cards offer this as part of their perks! Check yours!

The ATMs in San Miguel accept VISA DEBIT cards for access to Mexican pesos.


Click on the PayPal button associated with the room of your choice to make a $300 USD deposit. Payment of the balance is required on or before August 1, 2019. The balance can be paid by check to Casa de la Noche, 1735 Crockett Lane, Hillsborough CA, 94010. Please note “Rohana’s Art Workshop” on the memo line of your check.

EARLY BIRD RESERVATION BONUS: Register for your room before July 17, 2019 and receive a FREE roundtrip airport shuttle to the hotel when your final payment is received by October 17, 2019.

Cancellation Policy. Refunds. Deposits. Because of limited accommodations, deposits are refundable only until 4 months prior to this event. Refund requests after this date will not be granted unless the workshop fills completely. All deposit refunds are subject to a $75 processing fee. Payment of the balance is due 2 weeks prior to arrival. If the workshop is cancelled by Rohana Laing you will be refunded all monies you have paid to date. We encourage you to purchase travel insurance that will cover your expenses in case your plans change.

If you have any workshop questions, please contact Rohana (; or call 250-324-2026 Canada). Our multi-level boutique hotel does not have an elevator. If you have concerns about your ability to negotiate steps, please let us know so we can help you choose your accommodation. If you have any lodging questions please contact Barbara at Casa de la Noche (; or call 831-373-8888). Rooms are available on a first-come, first-choice, basis.


Please make your room selections below. Pricing includes lodging and all workshop fees!

All fourteen rooms are individually decorated and all have private baths. Some have kitchenettes, separate sitting areas, TVs, fireplaces, gardens, patios or terraces, and all have access to light cooking facilities and common living areas. Our main common rooms have in-floor heating and all accommodations have electric or gas heaters, fans or air conditioning. All water is purified and WiFi is located throughout the property. Healthy start, home-cooked Mexican breakfasts are included with your lodging.

SUITES $2175.00

(room rate includes daily breakfast, workshop fees, access to art studio, our excursions and all taxes)

All suites have kitchenettes, cable television, air conditioning and private en-suite baths.

LA TERRAZA SUITE Available now!

This one-bedroom air-conditioned suite has its own plant-filled terrace along with outdoor seating for two. The hand-painted tile kitchenette has many windows with a pretty view, counter seating, and a sitting area with a couch, coffee table and two chairs. Cable TV is in the living area. There is a private bath with shower. Two twin beds can be made into a king if preferred. To reserve La Terraza Suite use the PayPal button here:

La Terraza Suite lodging and workshop deposit:

LA VISTA SUITE Available now!

This third story studio air-conditioned apartment has an open floor plan which includes a kitchenette, table and two chairs, an Equipali couch and chair, and cable TV. A closet separates the king bed (may also be 2 twins) from the main space. There is a private bath with shower. At the rear there are French doors to a second flower-filled terrace with a table and seating for two. For the view-lovers, there is a steep stair to the top-level terrace with 360 degree views. To reserve the La Vista Suite, use the PayPal button here:

La Vista Suite lodging and workshop deposit:

MADAM’S SUITE Available now!

This one-bedroom air-conditioned apartment has the largest living space with a couch and 2 comfortable chairs facing a large fireplace. The living space also has dining table and seating for 4 as well as a writing desk and cable TV. A talavera-tiled kitchenette has all the basics. The bedroom has a walk-in closet and private tub with overhead shower.  Twin beds easily convert to a king-size bed. To reserve Madam's Suite, use the PayPal button here.

Madam's Suite lodging and workshop deposit

PALOMA LOFT SUITE Available now!

The air-conditioned Paloma Loft is on the second floor of the Besitos Garden complex and has a balcony overlooking the garden courtyard. In addition to a small bath with shower, it also has a mini-kitchen and access to an open terrace and enclosed atelier. The Paloma can be rented with two twin beds or one king size bed. This room connects to the open-air meeting space which can be used for art, yoga, dance or other workshops. To reserve Paloma Loft Suite, use the PayPal button here:

Paloma Loft Suite lodging and workshop deposit


(room rate includes daily breakfast, workshop fees, art studio, our excursions and all taxes)

Our luxury rooms are distinguished by their size or special amenities. Each is unique and special! There is a large shared sala and kitchen.

FIRST KISS ROOM  Available now!

The First Kiss room has a queen-size bed, with antique armoire and original art and has an en-suite bathroom with a tub and shower. It has a view of the distant hills and a glorious jacaranda tree from the bath and bedroom windows. To reserve First Kiss use the PayPal button here:

FIrst Kiss Room lodging and workshop deposit:

KISS ME AGAIN ROOM Available now!

The Kiss Me Again air-conditioned room overlooks the bordello’s original dancing pavilion and may be made up as twin beds or one king bed. It has a working gas fireplace and hand-painted tiles in the en-suite bath with shower. Original art, high beamed ceilings, and a delightful view contribute to a charming experience. To reserve Kiss Me Again use the Paypal button here:

Kiss Me Again Room lodging and workshop deposit:

LA TURCA’S ROOM Available now!

The owner’s former quarters, La Tura’s Suite has a Queen-size bed, with antique armoire and original art from well-known Mexican and American painters adorning the walls. It also features an en-suite bathroom with a tub, double sinks and separate shower. It has a beautiful stained-glass window in the bathroom that affords light and privacy. The bedroom has an ornamental fireplace, seating for two, and a small table. Wi-Fi, cable TV, purified water, small fridge, microwave, and in-floor heating keep this room always comfortable. The location is secluded from other rooms, offering extra privacy and a view of the fountain patio. To reserve La Turca’s, use the PayPal button here:

La Turca's Suite lodging and workshop deposit


(room rate includes daily breakfast, workshop fees, art studio, our excursions and all taxes)
These charming Mexican style accommodations all have access to a common kitchen and sala area with fireplace, cable TV, and wireless internet making a perfect accommodation for friendly guest gatherings. All are situated around a secluded, pretty garden.


The Hummingbird air-conditioned room is a king or twin-bedded room that faces out into the garden. It has a private bath with tiled shower. Santa Fe styling and original art give this ground floor room a nice flair. To reserve Hummingbird Room, use the PayPal button here:

Hummingbird Room lodging and workshop deposit:

MARIPOSA ROOM Available now!

The Mariposa room, with its large arched windows facing the Garden, is perfect for an artist or nature lover. It may be made up as a king or two twin beds and a private bath with shower. It is located on the ground floor across from the Besitos Garden Kitchen and Sala. To reserve Mariposa room, use the PayPal button here:

Mariposa Room lodging and workshop deposit:

DRAGONFLY ROOM Available now!

The Dragonfly air-conditioned room faces out into the courtyard and has 2 twin beds or one king and private en-suite bathroom with Mexican-tiled bathtub and overhead shower. It is adjacent to the Besitos Garden Kitchen and Sala. To reserve Dragonfly room, use the PayPal button here:

Dragonfly Room workshop and lodging deposit:


Recommended for single occupancy. (Room rates includes daily breakfast, workshop fees, art studio, our excursions, and all taxes)

There are four cozy rooms in the main guest house, each with its own personality, that were once actually used by the working girls of the Bordello. There is a small efficiency kitchen area nearby as well as a common patio area and living areas.

JOVITA ROOM Available now!

The Jovita air-conditioned room is cozy with lots of light and a pleasing view. It has a queen bed with carved headboard, extra shelving and a small chair. It has a private bath with shower, and an electric fireplace for cozy nights. A nearby covered outside sitting area has a wicker couch and chairs and unusual ceremonial masks on the wall. This room has easy access to the Project Room and terrace. To reserve Jovita room, use the PayPal button here:

Jovita Room lodging and workshop deposit:

CHIQUITA ROOM Available now!

Chiquita room is the first of four “working girl” rooms, each with its own personality. This is a cozy room near the main dining room. It has very high ceilings and a queen-size bed. There is a small gas fireplace, and chair and small table, as well as en-suite bath with shower. Nearby, there is a garden sitting area and fountain. To reserve Chiquita, use the PayPal button here:

Chiquita Room lodging and workshop deposit:

PEPITA ROOM Available now!

The Pepita room is a cozy space with a queen-size bed, ½ stone wall, ½ antique tiled wall, and a hand painted desk and dresser combination and chair. It has a private bath with shower. Original Rubin Morales paintings are on the wall above an electric fireplace. Outside there is sitting alcove, also a nearby fountain.   To reserve Pepita, use the PayPal button here:

Pepita Room lodging and workshop deposit:

ROSITA ROOM Available now!

The Rosita Room features a queen size bed with carved headboard, dresser and a side chair. There is an outside patio area with seating for two. Access to the Group Project Room is up the nearby stairs. This little room was original to the house but is now updated with bath, shower and sitting alcove.

To reserve Rosita, use the PayPal button here:

Rosita Room lodging and workshop deposit:


I hope you’ll join us!

Scroll down to enjoy a photo of me with some of my art as well as photos of San Miguel de Allende!

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