Private Art Residency at Art House Oaxaca: Get Away, Create & Live the Artist’s Life in Mexico

The big, bright studio at Art House Oaxaca

The big, bright studio at Art House Oaxaca

Lisa Sonora in the Art House Studio

Lisa Sonora in the Art House Studio | Photo by M.E. Ster-Molnar

Have you ever dreamed of doing an art residency? 

Since 2015 I’ve been hosting artist retreat workshops here in Oaxaca Mexico. My own workshops, as well as a select group of other teachers who travel here to teach their art workshops.

Hearing about the workshops, several artist friends (and friends of friends) who know me, wrote to ask if they could come stay here and do their own thing.

They asked:

Can I do my own Art Residency at your place in Mexico?

Not attend a workshop, just hang out in an artistic environment, and maybe do some creative work of their own.

So besides hosting dozens of workshops and groups, the most inspiring people keep landing on my doorstep, wanting to experience the magic of Mexico for themselves.

Many have come back again! It’s so rewarding to be a part of another artist’s creative journey.

Now that things are humming along with a small staff, Art House Oaxaca is now available for you to book your own private art residency.

If you’re a teacher interested in bringing your own group here, read on.

Why Do an Art Residency?

Dreaming of time & space to simply…create?

An art residency is designed to give you the opportunity to dive deep and focus on a creative project without distraction.

When you get away from your everyday surroundings and demands on your time, you are giving your inner artist the gift of support and concentration.

Art Residency in Mexico at Art House Oaxaca

Art House Oaxaca is a private artist residency space, designed by artists for artists. We know how important it is to have space and quiet to just focus on our creative work, without interruptions or needing to think about everyday life stuff.

That’s why your stay here includes breakfast prepared for you (and lunch, if you like), your own private room with en-suite bathroom, wifi, screened windows, ceiling fan — furnished with whatever you need to create: desk, chair, easel.

We have a beverage station with complimentary filtered water and tea available at all times.

We’ll set your up your space to support you do your best work.

Oh, and let’s not forget, housekeeping! We’ll clean up after your meals and provide housekeeping for your room.

Who Can Book an Artist Residency

We welcome all artists of any level of experience, and art lovers who wish to experience the unique cultural offerings of Oaxaca in a tranquil space.

While many artist residency programs require artists to produce a project or participate in activities, we have a different approach here at Art House Oaxaca.

Simply: providing a conducive environment for creatives to focus on whatever work they wish.

Previous guests include: writers, bloggers, filmmakers, photographers, painters, permaculture enthusiasts, interior designers, fashion designers and illustrators.

What project would you love to work on next?

Ample space and lots of large surfaces in the Art House Studio.

Ample space and lots of large surfaces in the Art House Studio.

Rent the Whole Art House for Your Event

If you want to plan a getaway for a small group, or you are a workshop teacher and want to have a workshop here, you can rent the whole space.

Click Here to Request a Booking for your Event

Connie Solera of Dirty Footprints Studio teaching at Art House Oaxaca

Connie Solera of Dirty Footprints Studio teaching at Art House Oaxaca

“The first time I taught a workshop at Art House Oaxaca I wouldn’t leave until I booked my NEXT workshop here. Now I’ve taught five workshops and have more scheduled. Me and my students LOVE coming to Art House Oaxaca. Lisa and the staff handle everything and make it so easy.”

— Connie Solera, Dirty Footprints Studio

The Art House Oaxaca Workshop & Art Residency Space Includes:

  • Private villa in the historic center of Oaxaca with 5 en-suite rooms
  • Dining room and espresso bar on site
  • Catering for breakfast, lunch and barista
  • Complimentary 24/7 beverage station with filtered water and tea
  • Indoor/Outdoor covered studio workshop space, large enough for up to 20 participants
  • Housekeeping
  • Patio space next to studio
  • Wifi throughout property
  • All Rooms have: Ceiling fans, extra standing fans, yoga mats, screened windows, desks, chairs, bedside lamps, filtered drinking water, all linens.
Art House Oaxaca studio with large painting workshop in progress

Art House Oaxaca studio with large painting workshop in progress

We make it easy for teachers to just show up and teach, whether you wish to lodge here on site or keep the lodging just for your students.

Our staff takes care of arrivals/departures of guests, caters meals and does all of the housekeeping.

Gathering in the cafe at Art House Oaxaca

Gathering in the cafe at Art House Oaxaca

Dining at Art House Oaxaca

Oaxaca City is a foodie’s paradise! We are blessed with an abundance of local, fresh produce and fruit year round.

Our meals here are prepared fresh daily, following plant-based whole foods menus. All meals can be vegan or vegetarian, gluten-free, with cheese, yogurt and eggs optional.

If you have a food allergy or preference, we will accommodate you as best we can.

espresso bar at Art House Oaxaca

But first…COFFEE. We have a full espresso bar with non-dairy milk options for vegans. Yay!

Our espresso bar is open during breakfast through lunch time and uses almond or coconut milk, in addition to regular milk.

Complimentary filtered water and tea are available at all times.

Art House Oaxaca Location

We are located near the Santo Domingo Church and museum, and the botanical garden, right in the historic center of Oaxaca City, Mexico.

Everything in the city is easily accessible by walking or taxi. We have beautiful parks, museums and restaurants right around the corner.

Private Artist Retreats & Workshop Space in Mexico, at Art House Oaxaca

Pricing for Private Artist Residency

The monthly rate is $1,600. You get your own private en-suite room, including breakfast Monday – Friday and amenities described above.

Returning guest rate is $1,500 per month. (Anyone who has attended a workshop or private stay at Art House)

The weekly rate (six nights) for one week is $675, $600 for returning guests.

Two to three weeks say is $600 per week, $550 for returning guests.

Guests of artists in residence: If you’d like to share your room with one other person during your residency, the extra charge is $300 per week.

If you’d like to book the entire Art House Oaxaca for your own workshop or event, please write to us here, and we’ll get back to you with pricing and details.

When Can I Book?

Private art residencies are scheduled around existing workshop dates.

2018 Availability

Monthly bookings are available for the months of May, June, July and August 2018 ONLY

Weekly bookings (one to three weeks) are available from May-December, 2018.

2019 Availability

2019 monthly availability is from April-August, 2019.

Weekly bookings (one to three weeks) are available from January-December, 2018.


Note to Workshop Teachers and those looking to book the entire Art House: We book well in advance, usually a year or two ahead of the workshop date. Contact us early in your planning to get your preferred dates.

How to Reserve Your Space at Art House Oaxaca

Artist residencies are limited to up to 5 people at a time (you each have your own private room) and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Click Here to Request Your Preferred Dates

This link will take you to our booking form, where you can let us know your preferences regarding dates and length of stay. There is space to ask questions.

We’ll get back to you right away to confirm your dates and arrange for payment.


Got a question you are not finding an answer to here? Please ask in the comments. Thank you!

Q: I am a teacher who wants to book a workshop at Art House. Will you help me promote my workshop and get students?

A: Workshop promotion is quite the production! We do not promote workshops for teachers. All teachers who rent the facility are responsible for promoting and selling their own workshops.

Q: Is Art House Oaxaca Co-Ed?

A: Yes! Some workshops are for women only, but otherwise nice guys are welcome to book workshops and private art residencies. 🙂

Q: Can I book an art residency and share the room with someone?

A: Yes, if you like. An additional charge will apply.

Q: How much does it cost to stay at Art House Oaxaca?

A: Please scroll up and view “Pricing for Private Artist Residency”

Q: When can I book Art House Oaxaca?

A: Please scroll up and view “When Can I Book?”

What are the Rooms Like?

Art House Oaxaca is a small villa, and each room is unique.

Each room has it’s own private entrance and full bathroom. Rooms are set up with either a king bed or two twin beds, plus whatever furniture you require for your project work.

Room 2

Room 2 with twin beds shown

Room 2 – set up for workshop roommates with twin beds

Room 2

Room 2

Room 2 - Separate studio space

Room 2 has a separate studio space

Room 3

Room 3

Room 3

Room 3 - sink area separate from bathroomRoom 3 – sink area separate from bathroom

Room 4

Room 4, set up as double room for workshop roommates

Room 4, set up as double room for workshop roommates

Room 4

Room 4

Room 5

a work area in Room 5

Room 5, one of the work areas

Room 5

Room 5

Room 5

Room 5, looking into bathroom

Bathroom in Room 5

Bathroom in Room 5

Room 1

Room 1 is the only room with it’s own separate outdoor patio and screen door. We can string up a hammock for you outside.


Bathrooms in rooms 2, 3 and 4 are finished with polished concrete walls, and have screened windows and skylights. In the traditional Mexican style, the shower and toilet occupy the same room. The sink area is separate from the the shower/toilet area.

Art House Bathroom

Art House Bathroom

Art House Bathroom Shower

Art House Bathroom Shower

Your turn: Have you ever wanted to do an art residency?

What would you most love to work on? What is compelling about doing an art residency? What is a little scary about it? (Fear is a good sign when it comes to all things creative!)

Please share in the comments, or dash me a note.

Artist Retreat Space in Mexico - Book a solo artist residency or bring your own group to your private artist villa with huge studio space.

2 Responses to Private Art Residency at Art House Oaxaca: Get Away, Create & Live the Artist’s Life in Mexico

  1. Rene Walkin April 13, 2018 at 1:57 am #

    I have forgotten my long ago dream of doing an art residency! Life got in the way! It is good to be reminded of forgotten dreams. Your photographs make me wish to jump on a plane and come to Mexico………so colourful and joyous! You have done a wonderful thing in Oaxaca and I would so love to be a part of it sometime. Alas and alack, that time is not now but maybe sometime?…………
    The fear! The responsibility! To produce something worthwhile and not feeling as if the term “I am an artist” is a pretence!!!!!!!!!!

    Keep up the wonderful work, Lisa.

    • Lisa Sonora April 13, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

      Rene: “It is good to be reminded of forgotten dreams.” YES!!!

      We ALL need to be reminded!

      Fear and responsibility, imposter syndrome, and needing to PRODUCE something “worthwhile” — ooh, these are such juicy topics!

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