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I’m glad you popped over! My latest blog post is here. Here’s what else is happening…

Happy 2017!

Creativity + Travel + Courage

Creativity + Travel + Courage has been the theme of my blog since 2002, and sums up my life mission: to dare to make my life a creative adventure and to inspire, encourage and support others who dream of the same.

Here’s what I’ve got to share with you:

Textile Art Tour and Workshop in MexicoAdult Spring Break?

In Mexico? Yes, Please.

I don’t know about you, but I totally missed out on the Spring Break thing when I was a college student. My Spring (and Summer) breaks, ha ha, were mostly opportunities to work more — waitressing, selling tickets for the Chicago river boat tours. Etc.

In wasn’t until I was in my 32 years old, that I finally understood the meaning of Spring Break.

That March, I taught a painting workshop in Hawaii for the first time. I was working – but now doing something I totally loved and dreamed of doing my whole life-in paradise with a group of amazing women.

This sure set the bar high for what I wanted to do with my career! BTW: Spring is still technically Winter if you’re from Chicago.

This Spring, you can join me here at my place in Mexico, for the Creative Passport Mexico, Textiles & Talismans Art Workshop & Tour.

It’s happening March 22-27, 2017, in Oaxaca, Mexico at my place, Art House Oaxaca. It’s a small group of 10 women, max, who love textiles and want to have a creative adventure. We’ll be making art, visiting amazing indigenous crafts villages (the best in all of Mexico), eating, and…yeah, shopping.

You’ll be in the land of textiles, magic, pottery, painting and more! Limited to just 10 ladies max. Yes, I did say Magic. Oaxaca is a magical land and I’ve been in love with this place for 17 years.

Photography Workshop in Mexico

Catherine Anderson Photography for Visual Journaling Workshop in Mexico

Join Catherine Anderson, author of The Creative Photographer for a week of creative exploration with your camera as you feed your senses with the colors and textures of Oaxaca and discover how to use your photography as a tool for visual journaling.


Journey: 30 Day Journal Project

Journey: 30 Day Journal ProjectThere is a brand new 30 Day Journal Project starting on February 1st!

This is my passion project, designed to get millions of people around the world writing together.

Keeping a journal is a powerful healing tool when we know how to use it that way. I’ll show you my methods, for FREE in the 30 Day Journal Project.

This is the 4th year I’ve offered the 30 Day Journal Project. Each year has a theme.

Our theme for 2017 is Journey. Fasten your seat belt, this is gonna take you places!

You can sign up for free, get more info, and learn about the previous years’ themes on the 30 Day Journal Project page.

Wanna Write?

I’ll be guiding some art journaling workshops, especially for writers, at Jennifer Louden’s Taos Writer’s Retreat, April 30-May 6, 2017.

Italy Art Workshop & Tour

At the Creative Passport to Italy workshop we’ll be staying in the ancient hill town of Orvieto, where we’ll eat (and learn to cook) Italian food, shop at a traditional market, go wine tasting, and lots of other fun stuff — and document our adventures in a unique travel journal. Anyone craving pasta yet?!

Hurry, though. Just 3 Spaces left in the Italy workshop!

Day of the Dead in Mexico – Art & Workshop Tour

Next Fall, in Oaxaca, Mexico, you can celebrate Day of the Dead with me, and learn to document your travels with photos, art, writing and collage, in the Creative Passport to Mexico, workshop, October 27-November 3, 2017. No experience in art is necessary to attend.

We’ll be at Art House Oaxaca, my retreat and artist residency space. If you want to stay longer, or book a stay for another time, be my guest with your own room, bath, and work space.

Lisa with paintbrushes

Creative Life in Mexico

Art House Oaxaca is an artist residency for workshops and private retreats I’ve created here in Oaxaca, Mexico. (Oaxaca is pronounced Wa-ha-ka, and is both a city and a state, like New York, NY).

Simply, it’s the place I wish existed everywhere I travel: a light-filled guest room with my own bathroom, a place to work on my writing and art, 3-prong outlets, window screens, a bigger studio space in case I really want to throw paint around or write outside, a hammock, a wonderful onsite cafe where I can get coffee, tea or a coconut or almond milk cappucino, fresh green juice, and the list goes on…

Art House Oaxaca is a place for artists and art lovers to stay for a week or longer. If you teach workshops, it’s perfect for your group. We have 5 rooms, double occupancy, to host a total of 10 people at once. The workshop space accommodates a larger group, so people can stay offsite, too, and still attend your workshop.

One of the things I love best about Oaxaca (and it’s a very long list!) is the colonial architecture feature the buildings have of being hidden behind tall adobe walls. When you enter through the arched doorways, it’s always a surprise to see gardens, and interior patios behind the entry patios.

It’s a city of secret gardens and hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. Magical.


I’m happy and grateful to be living my creative dream.

What are you happy and grateful for today?

Studio Diary

I’m trying a new experiment of sharing my creative process via video in my studio. You can check out the very first studio diary, Paint Fearless, here.

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Meanwhile, I wish you a beautiful & creative day, wherever you are in the world.

Go gently,

Lisa Sonora with her rescue dog Bella

Bella thinks it’s time to get off the computer and go play in the park.

with care, Lisa Sonora

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