Gabriela Sánchez & Jodi Reeb

FUSE: Encaustic Techniques in Color, Texture & Alternate Surfaces

November 8 - 15 2024

Dive into the depths of texture and experiment with diverse surfaces while you explore color to the fullest! It's a curated experience set against the vibrant culture and picturesque landscape of San Miguel de Allende.

Imagine a week-long, immersive journey in the heart of Mexico blending age-old encaustic techniques with modern artistry. We´re excited to co-teach together, and we met at the Encaustic Conference and Painting with Fire since 2021.

¡We’ve been friends ever since!


Day 1 (Fri, Nov. 8): Arrival day. Welcome gathering in the evening with introductions, a light botanas dinner with margaritas or agua fresca.

Day 2 (Sat, Nov. 9):
9:00 a.m. Breakfast included
10:00 am DEMO & Class Time (Monoprints with Gabriela)
12:00 p.m. Midday meal (comida) included
1:00 -4:00 p.m.  DEMO & Class Time Jodi – (Color mixing with encaustic paint)

Evening free time, followed by a group dinner or on your own

Day 3 (Sun, Nov. 10):
9:00 a.m. – Breakfast included
10:00 am DEMO & Class Time Jodi – Metallic surfaces (Rust)
12:00 p.m. Midday meal (comida) included
1:00 -4:00 p.m.  DEMO & Class Time   Gabriela – (Monoprints mixed media)
Evening free time, followed by a group dinner or on your own

Day 4 (Mon, Nov. 11):
9:00 a.m. -Breakfast included
10:00 am DEMO & Class Time Jodi – (Metallic Surfaces Bronze, copper and Gold with Patina)
12:00 p.m. Midday meal (comida) included
1:00 -4:00 p.m.  DEMO (Encaustics )Gabriela followed by  Work Time
Evening free time, followed by a group dinner or on your own

Day 5 (Tues, Nov. 12):
9:00 a.m. – Breakfast included
10:00 a.m. WORK-TIME
12:00 p.m. Midday meal (comida) included
1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.WORK-TIME 
3:00 p.m. Clean-up studio

Day 6 (Wed, Nov. 13):
9:00 a.m. Breakfast included
10:00 -3:00 pm Visit the Aurora
Return to San Miguel
4:00 p.m. visit local art galleries
6:00p.m. Dinner as a group (optional, not included)

Day 7 (Thurs, Nov. 14):
9:00 a.m. Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Setup ArtShow
12:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
4:00-6:00 p.m. Art Show open to the public
Farewell Celebration
7:30 Dinner as a group (optional not included)

Day 8 (Fri, Nov. 15):

Final breakfast before departing to the airport


Early Bird price of $2,995 through March 31, 2024* $3,500 USD after

Pricing: $3,500 per person, limited to 12 participants in shared rooms. Single occupancy is available for an extra $500.

This option allows you to bring your husband, who will not be participating in the workshop, and share a single room without any extra cost. Exclusions: Airfare to and from Mexico not included.

Airport Details: Arrival at Leon International Airport, Guanajuato (Code: BJX) or Querétaro on November 8th, 2024 and arrive by 2:00 p.m. Central Time.

Shuttle: The journey to Casa de la Noche is approximately 90 minutes and is included but you need to notify us of your flight  plans to arrange transportation. 

Venue Highlight: Casa de la Noche, a historic building lovingly transformed by Barbara Poole, a patron of the arts, is a short walk from the central Jardin in San Miguel de Allende.

Cancellation: Any individual cancellation must be made in writing and will be effective upon receipt. If you cancel within 90 days of a trip or workshop, there will be no refund of any kind.

Options if you cancel before the 90-day period:

If there is a waiting list, we will connect you with the first person on it so you can offer your class spot. If this person agrees, they will need to pay you directly for your spot. Once this transaction is complete and both parties are satisfied, we will transfer your spot to them. If there is no waiting list, you will forfeit your deposit or the full fee if you have already paid in full for the workshop.

The second option is to transfer your fees to another retreat with us within the next 12 months, subject to a $100 administrative fee.

If neither of these options works for you, there will be no refund. There are no exceptions to this policy. Deposits and arrangements are made well in advance of the trip.

Expenses incurred by participants in preparation for the trip (e.g., non-refundable airline tickets) are not the responsibility of Jodi or Gabriela. Participants are strongly advised to obtain medical/trip cancellation insurance.

Jodi Reeb

Meet your artistic guides:

Jodi Reeb

Jodi has been a full-time working artist and teacher in Minneapolis for over 27 years. She has taught printmaking, acrylic and encaustic painting as well as book arts classes/workshops at colleges and art centers regionally and internationally including in the Netherlands, Ireland and Arrowmont, Penland and Haystack Schools of Art. Her artwork has been shown nationally receiving numerous public art awards and is in many private and corporate collections. She is the recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Grant in 2021 and 2018.  Jodi received a BFA degree in Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, MCAD, where she instructed printmaking for over 9 years. She received a Hinge Arts Residency in 2020 through the Springboard for the Arts.  She is a CORE teaching Artist for R&F Handmade Encaustic Paints, Ambassador artist for Ampersand Art and Silverbrush Ltd. She teaches GOLDEN acrylic and encaustic painting workshops in her studio at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art where she has been a co-op member for 18 years in North Loop area of Minneapolis.

For more information, available artwork and workshops please contact Jodi at

Gabriela Sánchez

Born in Mexico City in 1972) is a visual artist with a degree in Textile Design and a master’s degree in Visual Communication.

She dedicates her full time to her art and has incorporated her academic background into her work.

Sánchez Apodaca has established a successful career through exhibitions, both individual and collective, and her personal search for a poetic expression combined with technical proficiency in materials.

Between 2002 and 2023, Gabriela has produced numerous artistic works with a common theme, her exploration of the line as a form of representation.

Today, Gabriela balances her time between producing artwork and teaching workshops in different techniques.

For more information, available artwork and workshops please contact Gabriela at


Limited spots available! Let's FUSE, and create art that resonates!