Hacienda Mosaico Artist Workshops

What People Are Saying About Us

"Together with two other couples, we stayed for four nights. We hated to leave. Sam and Xenofon are the perfect hosts. Engaging conversation and relaxation surrounded by art. Rooms are large, comfy artfully designed and appointed. We will definitely return. We leave feeling we now have two new friends and the knowledge of a hidden treasure. A fabulous experience."
Tim and Sandy, 2017
"A true creative mecca for the artist pilgrim. A place to be inspired and filled with inspiration. Not enough kind words could be used to describe the proprietor Sam and her amazing staff. Breakfast is always fantastic and nourishing for the body, mind and soul setting the mood for what is always an adventure into the imagination. Amazing art is everywhere in this magical compound. Highly recommended for any and all coming or going to Puerto Vallarta. A gem and one of a kind."
Ti Ku, 2017
"During my time here at Hacienda Mosaico, hosting artist workshops and retreats, I have not only experienced a huge host of talented artisans, but a great variety of gastronomic delights, other great picturesque towns in the region to explore. Spirituality can be felt to the fullest. You will find here everything one needs to replenish the body, the mind and the spirit. It may be completely different than what you are familiar with, but take the chance. You will not regret it."
 
"Having the jungle and the beach together here in Puerto Vallarta is such a privilege. To enjoy nature to the fullest is a blessing that we here are honored with. The number of tourists and visitors that arrive to this area is striking. There is little wonder that many of them decide to stay or return year after year. The beauty and simplicity of the lifestyle is compelling. There is a melting pot where locals and foreigners share their knowledge of trades, culture and life. You do not find this just anywhere."
 

"Just wanted to thank you and Xeno for such a wonderful week. You both are so wonderfully kind and caring to all your guests, and so attentive to so many details that make a visit so
relaxing AND entertaining! See you next year.."

Susan a Bass 2017
"Sam and Xenophon provide their guests with a warm and welcoming retreat away from the bustle of PV. The very comfortable rooms are artfully furnished and the large gardens surrounding the sparkling pool are lushly tropical and colorful, yet immaculate. Jorge and Anna provide the best breakfasts and lunches in town. If you are there for an art retreat, the studio is large and airy. There are gorgeous mosaics and sculptures scattered around the spacious grounds, and you can always find a quiet nook. Sam is happy to offer advice on excellent restaurants in the neighborhood, and there is an honor bar by the pool.
This is my second visit, and I will definitely return!"
Thank you, Sam and Xeno, for sharing your wonderful home, March 2017
"Dear Sam and Xenofon,
I do not have the words to express how my week in your care fed my soul, my heart and my spirit. Thank you for the gift of your hospitality. Your hacienda is beautiful and your staff are most gracious. There is a special place in my heart for you all. I will think of you often."
With heartfelt thanks - Mary Jenneskens
"A return is exactly what I needed. It is so necessary to refuel all senses by absorbing the beauty, peace, and sharing it with other creative people. As always, the meals were beautiful and so gorgeously decorated. I especially needed the pampering with no deadlines and being allowed to retreat to the room or learn another jewelry skill.
In Susan's class, I learned exactly the skills that I needed. The classmates were all so special and such a delight to work with. You pulled together a great week of retreat and learning. This has been such a delight to bring back to my studio as I now put these new skills and memories to work. I hope to be back in 2016. Please, give yourself and staff great rewards of credit for providing a blessed and peaceful experience."
Andy, Texas, 2016
"I am back home and I want to tell you how amazing was this week at your place and
to thank you for your warm welcoming.
I could never have imagined such a place ! You have made a real paradise
and the perfect place to create.
Everything is so inspiring, made to immerse people in a bath of happiness!
Art is everywhere, even in the plants, the smiles around, the people you have, and in your nice presence. You knew how to make a fabulous place."
Valerie, France 2016
"A special thank you Sam Leonard, the owner and our host at Hacienda Mosaico. The space that you have created for teachers and students to relax, be inspired and create is truly outstanding. If anyone ever gets the opportunity to teach or learn there take it
Sam you are so kind, thoughtful and beautiful."
Thank you again from all of us.
Mona Sullivan, Janesbeads - Jane Sylvester glass artist, Claudia Gomez, Kimberly Payne, Claire Ramsey, Sandy Martin, and David Trophia!, May 2016

"Miss you, Sam Leonard! Great meeting you and I can't wait to come back for another workshop. I enjoyed every minute at your lovely Hacienda Mosaico!!

Danna Miller Katzman, 2016
"First of all I want to thank you so much for the wonderful week at your incredible, art filled casa! It was a pleasure to meet you. You represent the Fashion /Art Icon I first became aware of while growing up in the 60’s.
You are everything and more that I could have imagined when I was a kid and recognized as Cool for the first time.
So healing to be surrounded by lust tropical paradise, eclectic art and glowing glass sparkling in the Mexican sun, Exquisite meals both in tastes and presentation and such a warm and generous welcome from the two of you and Stella, Hera and Little Lia!!! Love you all."
Teresa, April 2016
"A special thank you Sam Leonard, the owner and our host at Hacienda Mosaico. The space that you have created for teachers and students to relax, be inspired and create is truly outstanding. If anyone ever gets the opportunity to teach or learn there take it! Sam you are so kind, thoughtful and beautiful. Thank you again from all of us. Mona Sullivan, Janesbeads - Jane Sylvester glass artist, Claudia Gomez, Kimberly Payne, Claire Ramsey, Sandy Martin, and David Trophia!"
Deb Karash, March 2016
"Thank you so much for creating such an amazing place to be free to express ourselves. I woke up very excited every morning and wanted to pinch myself. It was everything that Betty (coming for 10 years) and more. This seems like a lot of work for you but you do a wonderful job. I hope that you will have continued success so that I can return! You are very kind and gracious and this will inspire me to be creative without limits. My new word is PERMISSION. I’m giving myself permission to be whatever I want to be whatever I want to be. Caroline Douglas was a very energetic and talented instructor. My passion and desire is mosaic and painting and want to come back to your wonderful home again and again as Betty has."
Willau Sanders, Texarkana, March 2016
"I can't thank you enough for such a wonderful experience in PV at Jesse's workshop last January. The rooms, the food, the staff, your hospitality, the pool, your dogs, your art, your massage person, the outdoor art studio, etc, etc. I often think of how much I would like to come back to visit. Thanks again for making the week such a wonderful experience and memory.
I will treasure it always."
Katherine Ware, 2016

"Back home safe and sound after a crazy trip home involving delays, etc... came home and fell asleep before I could even eat my dinner (actually fell asleep holding a sandwich...lol) Went and crawled into bed, pulled the covers over my head and slept for over 8 hours! I awakened to the sounds of traffic whooshing by outside, instead of the sounds of bird calls and realized that I was back home...after two weeks in a tiny bit of paradise. Still absorbing the experience there, all the sights, and sounds, tastes and smells...the special memories made with friends old and new...the special feeling of family our group had...the amazing generosity of Sam and Fondas, who always made me feel so welcome...and the slipping off of stress from my soul like a garment no longer needed. I am newly enrobed with the garments of encouragement and caring that I was given by a group of very special people. I got so much more from this experience than I ever expected and my heart is filled with gratitude. I plan to take this feeling with me into this new year and to keep growing and chasing my dreams.
Thank you so very much dear Sam...this meant more to me than you could ever know. Thank you Isaiah and Julia, Warren, May, Su, Linda, Fondas, and Zeke..and Lalo you all touched my life and it was wonderful to get to know each of you I hope our mosaic paths cross again soon!
Well, now time to get my head out of the clouds and back to reality...but I am doing it slowly ;) Wishing everyone a beautiful day/night...depending on where you are in the world."

Tammi Lynch Forrest, AZ 2016
"Hola Sam! I am really looking forward to visiting you again in paradise (aka Hacienda Mosaico) I had such a wonderful time last year. Your hospitality, all the artwork and gardens, and the delicious meals have been on my mind for months. Thank you so much for throwing that really fun birthday party for me. The absolute best carrot cake anyone has ever eaten."
Nita Morgan, 2016
"I enjoyed being at Hacienda Mosaico more than I can ever explain. It is truly a magical place and I am looking forward to being there again.
I am very interested in the teaching opportunity for 2017. Would you please send me details regarding how much I would be paid, if my room and meals are included and what types of workshops you already have scheduled.
I would like to do a clay mosaic combination class as I use a lot of clay in my mosaics already and would teach about creating objects, textures and making molds. Students could make some of their own small pieces and then fire them and incorporate them into a mosaic. I could have students complete a collaborative piece to be installed there (of a smaller size) and then have them create a small one of their own)."
Marsha, CA, February, 2017
"A return is exactly what I needed. It is so necessary to refuel all senses by absorbing the beauty, peace, and sharing it with other creative people. As always, the meals were beautiful and so gorgeously decorated. I especially needed the pampering with no deadlines and being allowed to retreat to the room or learn another jewelry skill.
In Susan's class, I learned exactly the skills that I needed. The classmates were all so special and such a delight to work with. You pulled together a great week of retreat and learning. This has been such a delight to bring back to my studio as I now put these new skills and memories to work. I hope to be back in 2016. Please, give yourself and staff great rewards of credit for providing a blessed and peaceful experience."
Andy, Texas 2016
"I am back home and I want to tell you how amazing was this week at your place
and to thank you for your warm welcoming.
I would never have imagined such a place ! You have made a real paradise
and the perfect place to create.
Everything is so inspiring, made to immerse people in a bath of happiness!
Art is everywhere, even in the plants, the smiles around, the people you have,
and in your nice presence.
You knew how to make a fabulous place."
Valerie, France 2016
"I am really looking forward to visiting you again in paradise (aka Hacienda Mosaico) I had such a wonderful time last year. Your hospitality, all the artwork and gardens, and the delicious meals have been on my mind for months. Thank you so much for throwing that really fun birthday party for me. The absolute best carrot cake anyone has ever eaten."
Nita Morgan, 2015
"Thank you again for such a lovely week. I felt we were cocooned in a world of mystery and wonder. We were so well looked after. The food was divine and my thanks to Jorje and Anna for that.
Your place is an ever unfolding wonder of art and creativity. Your soul and essence is certainly imbued in the place. Wish we could have had more time to talk. I was in a flow state with the work and was so totally focused on experimenting with the new things I learned. I hardly left the studio except for a swim break and a trip to the taco stand most days.
Looking forward to visiting your lovely hacienda again.
Much love and gratitude."
Linda Stone from Canada, Nov 2015 with Susan Lenart Kazmer.
"A return is exactly what I needed. It is so necessary to refuel all senses by absorbing the beauty, peace, and sharing it with other creative people. As always, the meals were beautiful and so gorgeously decorated. I especially needed the pampering with no deadlines and being allowed to retreat to the room or learn another jewelry skill.
In Susan's class, I learned exactly the skills that I needed. The classmates were all so special and such a delight to work with. You pulled together a great week of retreat and learning. This has been such a delight to bring back to my studio as I now put these new skills and memories to work. I hope to be back in 2016. Please, give yourself and staff great rewards of credit for providing a blessed and peaceful experience."
Andy from Texas, Nov 2015
"Two weeks ago I spent 5 days in a Richard Salley workshop. That in itself surpassed my expectations, but the friendships developed are unprecedented. I have been accepted into a large and prestigious endured event but was about to cancel because I had no one to work with me. Well, not one, but three of the women who's shared the workshop with me volunteered to work the booth with me and not one of them lives less than an hour away. Thank you Hacienda Mosaico and Sam for creating such a collaborative environment."
Jill LaPierre, February 2, 2015
"When you arrive at the mosaic tile doorway decorated with a large painting of a colorful mermaid, you are greeted by the attractive proprietor. The lobby, with the living and dining room beyond, is filled with unique furniture, paintings and statues and mosaic art, all created by different artists. Each of the bedrooms and baths has its own ambiance, filled with art. - Having breakfast and lunch under colorful umbrellas by the huge pool is a delight. The accomplished chef served delicious Mexican style dishes. The beautifully decorated dishes are supplemented with tropical fruits. The gardens are truly magical, especially in the evening when lit expertly, and whimsical objects greet you everywhere. After a days' sightseeing, we could hardly wait to get back to the Hacienda Mosaico."
Sam and Heidi, Glendale, CA, March 2015

"Hacienda Mosaico, aka Paradise in Style!! Right down to the itty bitty details, everything was perfect. Art abounds in every room. Daily gourmet Mexican meals were delicious and plenty. Rooms were super clean. Service was super friendly. Pool was perfect. I felt like it was a second home. I didn't want to leave. I'll definitely be back!! Thank you Sam and Fondas, Ana, Jorge y Hector. Xxxa"

Stayed March 2015, traveled with friends
Kim, Australia
"The chaos of the world falls away as you enter the Hacienda! You are greeted by color, beautiful art, palm trees, and a peaceful energy. Immediately you know you are in a special place....Everything is alive with joy-that is how it feels! The food served was so far above expectation! Jorge, the cook, did an amazing job :) The rooms are all filled with stunning artwork and are very comfortable as well! And then there is the open-air art studio where you can create all day and all night long if you wish. What a space! Absolutely amazing!!! I simply can't say enough about this place. It is healing, opens creative energy, and makes one feel that they are "home"."
Karen, Anchorage, Alaska, 2015
"This is an experience. I've never been to an accommodation filled with original art; lovingly decorated with mosaics, vibrant color and lush gardens throughout the site. And the lovely calls of the birds! Just when you think you've taken in everything, another corner or turn surprises us with some new treasure. Hacienda Mosaico is a soothing, soulful place - everyone I've spoken with felt this way as well. Nights are quiet and peaceful; pathways glow with light. The amazing food is exquisitely created by staff who take a great deal of pride in their work. I can say this is the best place I have ever visited, felt at peace and rested when I left for home."
Stayed March 2015, traveled solo Vancouver, Canada, 2015
"Since 2005, I have had the pleasure of attending multiple workshops at Hacienda Mosiaco.
High walls enclose the property and that means you enjoy security, and peace and quiet, while you work. The facility, filled with amazing art, operates as a bed and breakfast, with studio space set in well groomed gardens. The poolside meals are amazing, and everywhere you look, you are surrounded by inspirational art and nature.
Students attending the workshops are without fail friendly and supportive, and have varied backgrounds. There is always a lot to learn and to talk about while enjoying your class.
Oh, and did I say that your hostess (Sam Leonard) works tirelessly to ensure that everyone is comfortable and that absolutely nothing is left to chance. While enjoying this tropical paradise, you are pampered in a truly lush, restful and beautiful retreat.
I could not be happier with my experience."
Judy Cambell, Canada, 2015

"I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful time Zia and I had at Hacienda Mosaico. We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The grounds were beautiful. I loved being in the pool, especially with your dogs chasing around it. The food was excellent, you are lucky to have found such a good chef. Our room was more than comfortable. The outdoor art studio was such a pleasure to be in I didn’t want to leave it for my own studio. Finally your welcome and graciousness as a hostess was greatly appreciated. In total we had a wonderful experience at Hacienda Mosaico."

Richard Davis, WA.
"Hacienda Mosaico is heaven on earth!!! It's difficult to know where to begin to describe this incredible place....the beauty, the creativity of the artwork that is incorporated in every nook and cranny, the spectacular landscaping, the peaceful, welcoming atmosphere, the terrific food, the cozy unique rooms, the great classroom space.....everything is SUPERB!! The staff is unparalleled, keeping everything in tip-top shape and providing healthy, refreshing food that would be expected of a Michelin-rated restaurant. The owner, Sam, will become a friend before you leave.
I can't wait to go back!"
Patricia H from PA, 2015
"I attended a mosaic workshop at the Hacienda. The owner, Sam and her staff were welcoming and so very helpful. I felt like I was staying with family! There were so many beautiful things to see and the entire grounds were so well maintained and clean. I enjoyed the workshop and soaked in the surroundings that just gave my heart wings every time I turned around! I hope I can return again! I highly recommend the Hacienda, it was a most magical and relaxing experience."
Dale from CA, 2015
Thank you for a great stay at Hacienda Mosaico. You, Sam and Fondas, both made it so easy and pleasant and exceptional, it was great to get to know you both.
The service you provide and artistic ambience is really very special.
Laurel True’s class was great, as usual, she is a warm, strong, clear and very talented teacher. We all love her for that and that she is sharing her expertise.
The service you provide and artistic ambience is exceptional.
Thank you. I hope to return."
Beso grande y amor y paz
Line from sunny and cold Norway
"The Magic Hacienda and the Magical Garden.
When you arrive at the mosaic tile doorway decorated with a large painting of a mermaid, you are greeted by the attractive proprietor. The lobby, with the living and dining room beyond, is filled with unique furniture, paintings, statues and mosaic art, all created by different artists. Each of the bedrooms and baths has its own form and is filled with art.
Having breakfast and lunch under colorful umbrellas by the huge pool is cooked by the accomplished chef who is serving delicious Mexican style dishes. The beautifully decorated plates are supplemented with tropical fruits.
The gardens are truly magical, especially in the evening. There are whimsical objects and colorful birds flitting through the trees.
After a day of sightseeing we could hardly wait to get back to Hacienda Mosaico."
Barbara Moore, 2015

"I attended a mosaic workshop at the Hacienda. The owner, Sam and her staff were welcoming and so very helpful. I felt like I was staying with family! There were so many beautiful things to see and the entire grounds were so well maintained and clean. I enjoyed the workshop and soaked in the surroundings that just gave my heart wings every time I turned around! I hope I can return again! I highly recommend the Hacienda, it was a most magical and relaxing experience. Room Tip: There isn't a bad room, each is different and unique, no cookie cutter rooms.
Hacienda Mosaico is heaven on earth!!! It's difficult to know where to begin to describe this incredible place....the beauty, the creativity of the artwork that is incorporated in every nook and cranny, the spectacular landscaping, the peaceful, welcoming atmosphere, the terrific food, the cozy unique rooms, the great classroom space.....everything is SUPERB!! The staff is unparalleled, keeping everything in tip-top shape and providing healthy, refreshing food that would be expected of a Michelin-rated restaurant. The owner, Sam, will become a friend before you leave.
I can't wait to go back!
The Hacienda Mosaico in Puerto Vallarta combines art, location and relaxation for a truly inspiring vacation. High caliber artistic workshops are offered here. The outdoor workshop in a tropical garden setting, beautiful lodging and delicious catering are hard to top. Sam, the owner, and her partner make it the best experience you have ever had. Room Tip: All rooms are individually decorated, colorful, artistic and more than comfortable."

"I am still processing the magical week we all had at your incredible place! Thank you!!"
Instructor Susan Crocenzi, March 2015
"The week I spent at Hacienda Mosaico in January was SO wonderful! You really provide an incredible experience and one I'll always remember!"
Patricia Huddleston, 2015
"We've had a wonderful time at Hacienda Mosaico! Everything has been just over the top here! gorgeous artwork everywhere, fantastic and very healthy fresh food, really nice rooms,
great staff, and Sam & Fotus are such warm, welcoming hosts!
Sam threw a fantastc birthday party for me, complete with new friends and staff being mariachis. best carrot cake that Ive ever had. Wonderful, long, healing massage from Lalo. who BTW is gorgeous as well as giving me the best bodywork ever! He's visiting Boulder this Summer!
Susan Wechsler is such a fantastic teacher! I cannot believe how beautiful my shrine turned out! I made it with love for 3 good friends that I lost last year. Gloria, Isadore, and Barbara. We've had so many big laughs, big fun and travel adventures! Great memories!
6 of us at the workshop were from Boulder, and it is amazing that we have never met! we had so much in common, and formed a strong bond that had been absent in my life in Boulder. We plan to do mosaics together, and other fun things! Marcy arrived a day late since her flight from Oregon was canceled, but caught up fast. The entire week was out of this world!
This is the start of a lovely year!"
Nita Morgan, Feb 2015

"Hi Sam,

I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful time Zia and I had at Hacienda Mosaico. We both throughly enjoyed our stay. The grounds were beautiful,I loved being in the pool, especially with your dogs chasing around it, the food was excellent, you are lucky to have found such a good chef, our room was very comfortable, and the outdoor art studio was such a pleasure to be in I didn’t want to leave it for my own studio. Finally your welcome and graciousness as a hostess was greatly appreciated. In total we had a wonderful experience at Hacienda Mosaico.
I would, of course, also like to thank you again for your donation of my stay to SAMA’s raffle. I am sure that I and the other past recipients of your largesse can’t believe their good fortune as they experience all that Hacienda Mosaico has to offer."

sincerely, Richard Davis, Washington, Dec 2014
"The most glorious week of my life! Thank you for your hospitality, your graciousness and friendship. I look forward to another visit next year."
Jill, 2014.
"Thank you for making this week so special. The care to every detail made me feel so welcome and and nurtured. It is truly is a place of retreat. A place to feel safe on whatever journey one finds themselves upon. Thank you for that blessing. May you continue to feel the blessing of your life and receive in return all the love you give to so many."
Audrey, Minneapolis 2014
"It has taken five years to return to your divine compound. NEVER will I allow this much tome to pass before returning. YOUR magic begins when the outdoor gate closes. Your offering of teachers has been great. My experience this year with Robert Dancik was fantastic, your staff, the food...all above expectation."
Andy, Texas 2014
"What a magical world you have crated and what a magical gift that you share it with us. I am filled with inspiration and gratitude. Thank you all the love and lovliness."
Melissa, 2014

"Another magical week Thank you for supporting the art form I so love. The workshop the past week was one of my best. That being said the high point for me was the ‘birthday celebration’ you hosted. It was very special moment in time that I will always treasure....the decoration , the special food and the singing....."

Thank you, Instructor 2014.
"Thank you so very much for this life changing experience. Your beautiful home has helped me to fall in love with Mexico in so many ways. I can not wait to come back, and take another outstanding course. Everything was outstanding. Thank you so much for sharing."
Tiffany, Toronto Canada Jan 2014
"I realize that your sense of humor is quite contagious..... .
I see in photos that your child like spirit is still shining..... .
how wonderful to have a friend like you..... ."
Mindy 2014......12 years after the first visit.
"Since 2005, I have had the pleasure of attending multiple workshops at Hacienda Mosiaco.
High walls enclose the property and that means you enjoy security, and peace and quiet, while you work. The facility, filled with amazing art, operates as a bed and breakfast, with studio space set in well groomed gardens. The poolside meals are amazing, and everywhere you look, you are surrounded by inspirational art and nature.
Students attending the workshops are without fail friendly and supportive, and have varied backgrounds. There is always a lot to learn and to talk about while enjoying your class.
Oh, and did I say that your hostess (Sam Leonard) works tirelessly to ensure that everyone is comfortable and that absolutely nothing is left to chance. While enjoying this tropical paradise, you are pampered in a truly lush, restful and beautiful retreat.
I could not be happier with my experience."
Judy Campbell, 2014

"Sam, What a magical place you have created further made stunning by your delightful presence. Take care of yourself as you take care of everyone else. It was a blessing to get to be in your Hacienda for the week."

In gratitude, Bev, March, 2014
"Let me first say that I had such an awesome experience at Hacienda Mosaico!
You are fabulous...as is your paradise. I can't say enough about how beautiful and comfortable and luscious it was!
Everything about the magical space you've created brought me so much joy...the gathering place for kindred souls creating art...your impeccable taste and style...the gorgeous surroundings...your personal art, collections, and books...your dear Fondas...Jorge's gourmet food...your sweet puppies. It all delighted and nourished my soul, and no doubt, the souls of all who are lucky enough to spend time with you there.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"
Dawn from Prescott Arizona, February 2014
"Hello all,

Of the 50 hrs or so since I got home (got stuck in Chicago overnight on Saturday), I have spent at least 8 of them chipping ice off of the vehicle and shoveling snow. What was I thinking?! I should have just stayed there. This whole thing about having to make my own meals? Not that fun. I know you love it Robert, but… I was quite happy having Jorge put fresh cut mangoes out for us every morning. And can I just say? Artificially ripened fruit pales in comparison! Then there's the rest of the food! Sam's attentiveness, paired with Xenofonda's (I hope I got that right…!) diligence truly made the week (weeks, for me) just amazing! You spoil us!

And then there was class… I have to say, I rarely ever take notes. The pad I had has been with me to every jewelry-related class since 2007. I don't go to many, but at least one a year. It was just about half full. There is not a single page blank. So much information, so many possibilities… I was writing methods and procedures all over, and then flipping pages to write down the ideas lest I forget them before being served a whole other way of looking at things. So fun! Thank you Robert, for sharing so freely, for teaching so well, and most of all for the atmosphere of openness, sharing and play that you set. I have a long shopping list to attend to, mostly at the hardware store :-)

I cannot top Robert and Betty's eloquence… what a great bunch of people to hang out with. You ladies are an inspiration! Such grace… And then two perfect gentlemen rounding out the bunch. I loved seeing everyone "get it" and run with it, from the more experienced to the fierce beginner. You inspired me and pushed my thinking in all different ways. I just need to go burn some Faux Bone now… Just lovely. It would be my honor to share laughter, meals and camaraderie and some more street dancing with all of you again. Stay in touch! If Robert is keeping that Facebook page open, maybe we can all share our work there?"
Anabella, Jan/ Feb, 2014
"So.... where shall I begin??? The wonderful work you all did, the fabulous comradery you exhibited, the friendships formed that I trust will be with us for a very long time???t Perhaps the all the laughter or Sam's seemingly inexhaustible energy, grace and attentiveness??? Or maybe......... the food?!?! OH - I forgot to mention the sunshine, the setting, the town and
.......the food!!! I think you're probably getting the drift here.
I truly can't thank you enough for giving me such a terrific time in virtually every way. Each of you has etched yourself indelibly on my mind and shall remain there. I look forward to the work that I do in the next months and sharing it with you - all of which will be informed by the gifts each of you has given me and for that I again, thank you.
I hope and trust that we will all cross creative paths again in the not to distant future
and until then, Happy Trails and Play Well.

Fondly, and with great respect for you and your muse, "
Robert Dancik, February, 2014
"Robert - you are the only teacher I've had at the Hacienda who made me FORGET to make my annual trek to the hardware store. I'll forgive you, though, cuz my head is so filled with ideas, that I probably wouldn't use anything I bought until I get a chance to go next year.
Thank you both, Sam and Robert, a million times for the wonderful week and the things you did FOR me and gave TO me - both mental and physical things - knowledge, ideas, inspiration, the book, the clothes, the necklace and the PARTY. My cup runneth over."
Betty McNaughton, Texarkana, 2014 8th season!

"I am so glad you have sustained that haven all these years. It is such a special place.
I will never forget my time there. As a matter of fact, when I have to think of a happy place,
that is where I imagine myself to be."

Artfully,
Deborah Gregg, 2014
"Hi Sam- Just wanted to thank you again for such a great experience at Hacienda Mosaico. Have written a rave review on Trip Advisor so check it out!! I'm sure you're aware that Hacienda Mosaico is ranked #3 of 64 specialty lodgings in PV :))........ See you sometime soon...... "
Lynn, Encinitas CA. 2014
"I doubt if you remember me, but I had the pleasure of helping Linda O’Brien celebrate her 50th? birthday at your lovely hacienda. I would love to attend another workshop there. Please keep me on the mailing list because someday I might win the lottery!

I just wanted to send a little note because your email instantly sparked lovely memories of a marvelous creative time. I still speak longingly of the fabulous cooking, the creative peace of the place, and the rare and amazing friendliness I encountered.

Thanks for a blast of sweet sunshine into my cold northern day!"
Terri Greenberg, April 2013
"Sam, I am sending you a deposit to hold my spot for the workshop next year!
I would also like to thank you for the wonderful time I had at your magical Hacienda this year! You are a gracious and lovely hostess~thank you for creating such a unique and fabulous experience.....it truly fed my soul!! Yea Art!!!:)

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! With big appreciation,"
Anita Garelick, Feb 2013

"Thank you so much for taking such good care of us, when we visited you,
and for inspiring Emma, as she goes forward in her new life.

Your big heart and creative muse mind are so needed on the planet. We salute you
and all that you have done and will do to help humanity."

Big Canadian Bear Hugs,
Zena & Peter
March 2013
"Dear Sam- just wanted to thank you again for setting up another wonderful workshop with Richard and Jane and hosting us! Everything was as perfect as it was last year. We participants didn’t want for anything. The Hacienda is as beautiful, charming, warm and welcoming as ever.. A place that also allows for so many artists of all mediums to learn, practice and enjoy the "artful" process while enjoying the company of other artists...Thanks so much Sam. "
Kate Schomp, January 2012
"I was totally impressed and in awe as soon as I took one step down the winding walkway through the landscaped courtyard at Hacienda Mosaico. It is the perfect environment to create art with the studio open 24/7. It’s not just a B&B away from the large touristy resorts, it’s where magic and art line the walls and inspiration is all around, from the artfully decorated accommodations to the lush landscape that Sandra (Sam), the hostess and owner has fashioned. We are offered deliciously prepared breakfast and lunch poolside by their chef daily, dining leisurely in a lush, tropical paradise. Throughout the hacienda there are hidden spots of cozy sofas, color and beauty to relax and put your feet up. I am looking forward to returning with friends and offer another workshop in Dec 2012. I’m hooked!” "
Carol Shelkin, instructor/teacher
"Hacienda Mosaico has become for us the perfect way to start off each new year.
Not only do we escape the snow and cold of New Mexico in January,
but get a vacation and workshop all rolled into one.
While the weather has been outstanding each time we have visited Puerto Vallarta,
the hospitality, service and food at Hacienda Mosiaco is even better. Hostess Sandra Leonard
makes sure that our ever need is met. She is the perfect Innkeeper.
In addition to the first rate room accommodations, the workshop facilities are spacious
and well equipped. With both indoor and outdoor working areas, Hacienda Mosiaco
is able to have workshops in every medium.
I have only the highest praise for Hacienda Mosaico and hope to return
there for many years to come. "
Richard Salley
"I believe your place is one of the most healing and inspiring places on the planet for me.
I am grateful."
Jenna Rizzo 2011
"I have to tell you the veil of wonderment has not diminished since leaving. I cannot imagine another place to create art in the world that would do to me what the sanctuary that you have created did. It will stay with me for a long time. And meeting you was very special indeed. You have a calm, kind quality to you that I love being around. I will indeed return."
Deborah Gregg
South Florida
"I think all the work you do to promote and forward the creative possibilities for
people is as inspired as it is inspiring.
I have heard story after story about the transformations that take place at your center and under your direction. Both students and teachers have told me of the pure magic of
their experience at Hacienda Mosaico."
Robert Dancik
www.robertdancik.com
"Words cannot adequately express the beauty of the Hacienda Mosaico. When you arrive, you immediately feel at home. When it is time to leave, you don't want to go!"
Cynthia Fawcett
Toronto
Jan 2009
"What an experience! My life back home will never again be so beige! Thank you for so much color, creativity and inspiration. I know I will be back again."
Heather O'Brien
Virginia
Jan 2009
"I totally love it! Hacienda Mosaico, owned and run by a woman named Sandra Leonard, nicknamed Sam, is a complete delight: personable, helpful, fun, incredibly artistic in many different areas, warm, inclusive......"
Shelley Bond
Ca
Feb 2009
"A wonder filled week!"
Deb Rumer
California
"Everyday was a new discovery…for the eyes, taste, touch and for the heart."
Elliott Night
Florida
"What an amazing idea you have breathed life into. I can't stop talking about it ...
I was so happy there."
Tess Sinclair
California
"I had seen photos of Hacienda Mosaico online but I was not prepared for the beauty and luxury of where we would spend the next two weeks."
Christopher Garcia
New York
"...an amazing sanctuary for all who are fortunate enought to have the opportunity to experience Hacienda Mosaico...a true gift, beautiful, artful, tropical environment, full of color and uplifiting for th spirit and sould. I am forever changed."
Kathryn Zwald
CA
"....a magical world here....everywhere one looks is a visual delight!"
Susan Barnhart
CA
".....this is my new mecca."
Brooke Dunbar
Los Angeles
"I had such an incredible life-changing experience at Hacienda Mosaico. Never before have I dwelt (even temporarily) where every object was a work of art - where I sat on, ate off of, slept under, and gazed upon works of art in every direction! It was so colorful, so inspiring, so reflective of the idea that one's whole life can become an art-making. You so embody this for me - you seemed more like a nurturing friend than a business owner. You took such care of us, anticipating our every need and making everything we did so much fun. I will return to Hacienda Mosaico in a flash if I ever have the chance. It was one of the most wonderful times of my life."
Ellen Specht
California
"Reaching out to say Thank You and share thoughts about the week but I'm still just a bit speechless. The week was incredibly profound for me in so many ways and became a
wonderful personal journey.
The hacienda is a magical paradise, as you know, and has an energy that easily attracts and
creates miracles. Look no further than your backyard!
The way that we all came together during that week and the energy we shared I know was supported by the love that oozes throughout Hacienda Mosaico. You've created a magical
paradise and I'm so grateful to have been there....and to have met you."
Sara Bronson
"The fates were very kind to us when they led us to your abode. There are not enough adjectives to describe your paradise. We loved every minute of our respite.... the culinary delights, the stimulating early evening conversations, the fantastic workshops....
they all bombarded our senses..."
Mary Blake

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