Program Description


Paint Mojo retreat with Tracy Verdugo in Siem Reap, Cambodia


January 23rd to 31st, 2020

Thursday- Friday, 8 nights

Retreat package to include:

  • Generous daily art tuition and inspiration from Tracy
  • A chance to work with local community at the Butterfly School
  • Beautiful private accommodations at Little Prince hotel
  • Day trips and excursions to Angkor Wat and more!
  • Breakfasts, most lunches and two group dinners



Join Tracy Verdugo, internationally celebrated artist and author for an inspirational painting workshop designed free up your creative mojo.

Your week will include five days of guided class sessions, Q&A time with Tracy, open studio time PLUS delicious breakfasts and lunches onsite on class days AND excursions.


  • Imagine yourself waking up slowly and naturally, breathing in the tropical scents, stretching your body in anticipation of a day of expansive creativity...
  • Imagine enjoying a delicious breakfast, laughing and chatting with new friends, perhaps taking a dip in the gorgeous pool before laying out your paints and materials to dedicate the morning to learning and painting OR exploring the treasures of this amazing country...
  • Imagine more delicious food at, more painting, swimming, exploring, communing, laughing, learning, sharing, all of this on endless repeat for seven days with no other demands!


In January and February, 2018, my youngest daughter, Cece, and I spent a heart expanding month in Siem Reap, Cambodia, exploring and learning about the dramatic history of this country, falling in love with the people, the food and the culture and volunteering and bringing art to the beautiful resilient kids at my friend Ana Margarida’s Butterfly school.

I left a piece of my heart in Siem Reap and knew that one day I would return. In January 2020 I am coming back to Cambodia and would love you to join me! I know you are going to fall in love too!


A Little More Info...

Why attend

Explore the beauty, history and amazing culture of Cambodia and allow it to inspire your art! Spread your creative wings and help the children at Ana Margarida’s Butterfly school spread theirs too!

Our intimate group of 15 students will spend our mornings making art in the beautiful surrounds of our artsy and eclectic hotel, The Little Prince Resort and Spa, situated just a short walk from The Butterfly School.

Together we will explore the incredible World heritage site of Angkor Wat, take wild tuk tuk rides out into the countryside to bring books and art supplies to children who are ecstatic to receive a pencil and piece of paper, tour the colourful fishing villages surrounding the Tonle Sap lake, feast on the delicious Cambodian food, a delectable fusion of Indochinese and French and spend some time helping bring art, song and giggles to the Butterfly children.

As I do with all of my longer art retreats I will be keeping the itinerary loose and allowing ample time for personal exploration! There will be free time to shop at the night markets, pamper yourself with a massage, or visit the Cat Pagoda, a wonderful Animal rescue program founded by my fabulous friend Josette, where  temple monks care for abandoned cats.

I highly recommend adding on a few extra days to explore further and Cece and I can help you organise other tours. If you are keen to venture out with me before class one morning or in the golden hour before sunset I’d love to give you some tips on taking fabulous photos!

I want tp make your trip incredible and I want you to love this city as much as I do.

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“Having taken your workshop in person and online as well as working with your book has given me wings! While I enjoy my more traditional methods and training and consider them to be a great foundation working with you has opened up my thinking and process and allowed me to truly play. Your method of teaching is both gentle and explosive, you share lovingly from your heart giving your students such a sense of freedom while providing direction. You manage to gently coax your students while encouraging them to soar and find their own way. I have taken others classes and enjoyed most but have to say that working under your tutelage has been my most enjoyable and has opened me up not only in my approach to my art but also in my life as a whole.”

-Diva Odete Kreszl

Your teacher

Tracy Verdugo

Artist, author, and Inspiration Instigator.

If Tracy Verdugo was given the opportunity to coin a term for a new art movement based around what she teaches she might call it “Curiosity and Wonderism” or maybe “Loosen-upism” or “Endless possibilitism”.

When she is not hanging out with her family in their artsy adobe home in a small village on the shores of Jervis Bay, Australia, or throwing paint around in her little purple studio in their backyard, you may find her wrangling with two large suitcases attempting to board the BART in San Francisco en route to teach at an art retreat or sitting in a circle on St Pete Beach, Florida, listening intently as women share their stories of creative longing.

Her works are vibrant and filled with joy, inspired both by family travels in Mexico and the beauty of everyday life. Since 2000 Tracy has held 16 successful solo exhibitions and her works are held in collections both in Australia and overseas.

Mostly though, she is mama bear to two gorgeous, zest-filled daughters, Santana and Cece, and co-adventurer in life with her amor of 34 years, the talented and brilliant Marco.

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