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No classes available at this time, but don't stop painting!
SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS ~ For friends booking together
* Prices above are based three days of art classes/two nights lodging. For additional nights in Carmel-by-the-Sea, contact us.

Current SpecialsTo maintain the highest level of service, we limit the number of guests
for each safari so we recommend booking at least 90 days in
advance for the best accommodation options.


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Artista Creative Vacations Include:
• Airport pick up and return from Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY)
• Two nights accommodations in the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Artista studio, restaurants, beach, art galleries, and shopping are all within walking distance.
• Daily continental breakfast
• Three days of hands-on art instruction in the Artista studio, our professional art workshop
• Monday evening wind down at local cafe. Wine and light appetizers served.
• Beverages and hors d'oeuvres served throughout the day
• Use of professional artists' tools, acrylic paints, collage, and encaustic supplies
• Individual coaching and reviews with your art instructor
• Your paintings are yours to wrap up, take home, and display
• Artista painter's apron
• Daily afternoon yoga
• Late night painting on Day Two
• Lunch served in the Artista Studio on last day of class

• Monday : Introduction and orientation at 9am. Art instruction until 4:30pm. Midday break for lunch. Wind down at local cafe 5 - 6pm. Wine and light appetizers served.
• Tuesday : Art instruction 9am - 4:30pm. Midday break for lunch. Studio painting until 10pm.
• Wednesday : Art instruction 9am to 4:30pm. Lunch served in studio.

Spend some time extra time in Carmel-by-the-Sea
Many Artista guests become so immersed in painting that they miss the chance to get out and see all the peninsula has to offer. Visitors from all over the world come to see the Seven Wonders of Monterey County, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the historic Carmel Mission, Carmel's white sand beach, scenic 17 Mile Drive, and Point Lobos State Park. Also, consider Carmel's 100+ galleries, endless boutiques, and world class restaurants. Your

concierge can assist with arrangements and directions to the best of the region.

If you're considering adding days onto your safari, we recommend planning ahead, as rooms are not always available last-minute. Just let us know if you'd like to book an extra night at your hotel.

Treat yourself to a massage or body treatment
We can arrange a variety of body treatments with our favorite therapists. Located steps from the Artista studio and your hotel, ask us for options and rates. We recommend booking at least three weeks in advance to guarantee the best scheduling options.

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En Cera Encaustic Painting Vacations

3 Day Creative Vacation

One of the world's oldest painting mediums, melted beeswax, has been rediscovered by contemporary artists in the form of modern encaustic painting. En Cera is a sensuous and tactile experience for beginners and seasoned painters who want to explore new frontiers in art.

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2010 En Cera Dates
No classes scheduled

En Colaje artistic collaging vacations

3 Day Creative Vacation

Modern collage, also referred to as mixed media, montage, and assemblage, is the creation of artworks from a variety of materials. Handmade papers, fabrics, and found objects are layered onto paper, canvas, or wood surfaces and enhanced with acrylics, beeswax, or whatever peeks your imagination. En Colaje is rewarding to beginners as well as experienced artists.

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2010 En Colaje Dates 
No classes scheduled

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Premium Accommodation

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We're happy to answer any questions you have about Artista, and will keep you informed about upcoming creative safaris.





How did you Hear About Us?  

The Cypress Inn, "Carmel's Landmark Hotel since 1929", is complete with courtyard, tapas restaurant, and full-service bar serving afternoon tea daily. Owned by Doris Day and Dennis LeVett, the Cypress Inn is also famous among pet owners ~ dogs and cats are welcome in many areas of the hotel. Pet-free accommodations are also available.


Casual Accommodation

Artista offers clean and cozy accommodations in the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, within walking distance of Ocean Avenue, restaurants, shopping, the beach, and the Artista Studio.

To Make Your Vacation Reservation

1. Check current availability and request a 24-hour courtesy hold by calling 831-625-5748 or emailing to Availability is not guaranteed without a courtesy hold confirmation.

2. Download a Reservation Form:
~ For Artista Acrylic Painting, click here
~ For En Cera Encaustic Painting, click here
~ For En Colaje Artistic Collaging, click here

A PDF version of our registration form will download to your computer for printing. The downloaded versions of the form requires Acrobat Reader or similar reader usually available standard on your computer. If it's not, click here. If you cannot open and print out our forms, feel free to call for a mailed or faxed version at 831-625-5748 or email at

3. Fill out both forms completely and fax back to 831-625-4267. Reservations require payment at the time the reservation is made. Visa, Mastercard, Amex and checks are accepted. Reservations may be made over the phone, followed by the faxing or mailing of your reservation forms.

4. A Reservation Confirmation will be emailed to you.

Rates and Dates are subject to change and safaris are subject to cancellation if minimum guest registrations are not met, which rarely happens.

For available specials, click here.

Guest Cancellation Policy

Manifesta does not offer cash/check or credit card refunds for any reason. A portion of your payment may be used as credit for another safari within two years of your original safari date. We will gladly transfer your credit to antoher guest and/or Manifesta Safari. Depending on when you cancel, cancellation fees may apply. Fees are determined by the following schedule:

• If you cancel more than 90 days before your safari start date, 100% of your payment may be applied to another Manifesta safari.
• If you cancel 60-89 days before your safari start date, 70% of your payment may be applied to another Manifesta safari. YOu will forfeit 30% of the price of your safari.
• If you cancel 15 - 59 days before your safari start date, 40% of your payment may be applied to another Manifesta safari. YOu will forfeit 60% of the price of your safari.
• If you cancel 14 days or less before your safari start date, you will forfeit your entire payment.

Exceptions to our policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury, or personal emergencies. We do not offer credit for arriving late or leaving early. YOu must submit your signed REservation Form and Participating Agreement, Release of Assumption of All Risks Form within one week of booking or 90 days prior to safari start date, whichever comes first. Guests who fail to do so, may be subject to an automatic cancellation and the above policy will apply.

To Join a Creative Vacation

• All safaris are open to solo guests and small groups of all experience levels. Most guests are beginners or returnees to painting.
• Unless a safari date is listed as Co-ed, guests must be female.
• Guests must be at least 14 to join and accompanied by an adult if under 18. There is no maximum age limit. Mothers, daughters, and families are welcome.
• All guests must read and agree to the terms of Artista's Release of Liability and Assumption of All Risks form prior to registering for a safari or booking travel arrangements. The Release of Liability form is included with the Registration Form via download from our website, or we will gladly fax, mail or email a copy to you.

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updated  9 • 09 • 08

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