Artista Creative Safaris for Women
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For over a decade, Manifesta Safaris has demonstrated how camaraderie and confidence blossoms for women when balanced with fun, relaxation and shared new experience. Our mantra is "We make girls out of women."Beginning in 1997, founder, Bev Sanders designed and led Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women in a small village on the Pacific Coast of Central Mexico. Las Olas is the "World's Premier Surf Safari for Women" introducing thousands of women to the sport and lifestyle of surfing.Artista Creative Safaris for Women was born at the request of the guests of Las Olas. When asked what they would like to learn as well as surfing, they discovered painting was a favorite choice. Artista is located in the beautiful seaside hamlet of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Here, women escape into Bohemia with art instruction and inspirational activities specific to the area. Artista's newest creative safari, offers women the opportunity to design and produce their own unique fashion. Artista creative sessions are guided by Carmels' foremost artists and designers.

At the core of Manifesta is its commitment to helping guests reach their full potential as well as provide a life altering experience. Recently featured in the CBS Morning Show, O, the Oprah Magazine, Manifesta attributes success to their attention to detail. An experienced, nurturing staff maintains a seamless rhythm for guests, from booking to departure.

Guest Profile

Artista guests are inspiring, accomplished women of all ages and backgrounds. Ages range form 24 to 70.
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Artista Guest Testimonials

Debi, Newport Beach, CA, 43
"An ad for Artista called to my heart and soul. The staff at Artista, are all gems and made me feel very special with attention to every detail, sometimes going far beyond my expectations in attentiveness. Attending the Artista Creative safari was a turning point in my life. I am no loner suppressing my passion, and I have found the light and the end of the tunnel."

Erin 40 something, News Anchor
" I was relieved to find that most students had no experience. I have to admit, all of the paintings looked pretty good. We may not be ready for the Getty, but it's a start. The folks at Artista promised a unique experience and they delivered."

Jane, 53, Real Estate Agent, Benicia, California.
"Painting has really helped me to take life slower and to make sure I start enjoying the things that we hold in our hearts. " I just bought my own studio because this girl just wants to paint."

Heidi, 25, California Central Coast, Massage Therapist
"What a gift!"

Breeze, Salon Owner
"I work a lot and was reluctant to take the time to do this. I had no formal painting background. The learning experience was enjoyable, and the company of the other women was wonderful. A great experience!"

Patricia, 50 Michigan, VP of Optical Retail Co.
"I never thought I could do it."

Jean, 65, New England, Retail Sales, Mother of 5, Grandmother of 9,
"I'm sending my daughter to the August session!"

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Artista sessions scheduled from January through late October. For schedule and rates see our Rates & Dates page >

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Media Coverage/Raves

Artista has been featured in the following magazines, publications, and television spots. Please click a link or logo to visit the press site.

O magazine  

Travel + Leisure

Vogue Trendwatch TV

Yoga Journal Magazine

Wine Adventure

artist's sketchbook magazine
diablo Magazine Santa Cruz Sentinal
Yogi Times magazine
Mercury News
The Artist's Magazine
healthy lifestyles magazine
artWorks magazine
Canyon News
Hampton Jitney Magazine
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American Style Magazine

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Artista Press Releases
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Artista Articles
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Press Trips
We understand how essential it is to have your own first hand experience so you can share your own story with your readers. There are many ways we can help you develop a unique story. Independent travel writers must demonstrate that at least one story is on assignment from a specific publication. Or, if you or your editors would like to pursue a particular safari or story idea, we invite you to discuss how we might help you.Sign up to receive press releases, press trip announcements and story ideas. Contact Us >

Press Kit
If you would like to receive a copy of our press kit, please contact Bev Sanders at 831- 625-5748  or email


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