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May 2017

Stone Carving Adventure

May 7 - May 16
Palos Studios/Casa Alexandra,
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Looking out over the blue waters of Puerto Vallarta is an arts destination designed to inspire and enable your creativity.

Join us for an incredible Stone Carving Adventure in Puerto Vallarta, MX, taught by renowned Master Sculptor Manuel Palos and Award winning Sculptor Martin Distancia.  Manuel Palos is an accomplished master stone carver and architectural sculptor with more than 40 years of experience.  His work can be found internationally from private commissions to major public placements including several projects for the City and County of San Francisco.  Martin Distancia has taught Plastic Arts and Ceramics at the University of Guadalajara and has received awards for his work in Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, MX.
The workshop offers a complete live-work experience in the heart of Puerto Vallarta.  Palos Studio is a fully equipped sculpture and visual arts studio attached to the warm and inviting Casa Alexandra, a charming and comfortable guest home complete with 7 bedrooms and swimming pool.

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Workshop Includes

  • Individual and group instruction.
  • Technical support and assistance from skilled professionals.
  • Tour of art galleries and visit to bronze foundry in Puerto Vallarta.
  • Lodging in comfortable guest rooms decorated in traditional Mexican décor. All rooms have ceiling fans, private bath, daily housekeeping.
  • Single or double occupancy
  • Breakfast and lunch on workshop days. Vegetarian upon request. Water included with your stay.
  • Airport transportation.
  • Welcome Dinner.

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Features and Benefits

  • Ample studio space with natural and enhanced lighting.
  • Full access to materials and equipment including pneumatic and electric tools.
  • Imported and domestic stone available for purchase on site.
  • Close to boardwalk and beach. Conveniently located in downtown Puerto Vallarta.
  • Rooftop patio with breathtaking views of Banderas Bay.
  • Free WIFI and Vonage Long distance phone calls.
  • Assistance with planning additional activities such as onsite massage appointments and outdoor recreational activities.

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  • $180 per day for instruction, studio use, and double occupancy lodging.
  • Assistance with crating $25 USD per hour.
  • Private instruction $50 per hour.
  • Single supplement additional $150 per night.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit.

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Student Testimonials
“Manuel is a joyful and generous teacher.  He helps me to see and gently and clearly guides me through my sculpture process.  He has taught me when and how to switch from hand carving to using pneumatic tools.  When I wanted to learn to scale up from a model and make a mold he gave me the clay and took me step-by-step through the mold making process. He gets involved in my work without intruding and helps me to realize my ideas. I relish my time in Manuel’s class. I’ve learned a great deal, a day at Manuel‘s studio enhances the entire week.”

“Great experience! This is a very inspirational studio to work in.  Just the feeling you get as you work the stone is an experience all in itself.  Martin and Alexandra were very gracious hosts and made us feel very welcome.  Martin’s expertise was beyond anything that we expected.  Just watching him work was very much a terrific treat.  Our overall experience here was wonderful.  Thank you for letting us share space with you. We look forward to returning soon.”

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Palos Studios and Casa Alexandra Photos

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Quetzali Self Care Retreat with Dr. Martina Ayala

May 26 @ 8:00 am - June 3 @ 5:00 pm
Palos Studio,
1039 Calle Brasil
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco 48350 Mexico


WHAT: Self-Care Retreat

Regenerate your body, mind, and spirit in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!

WHEN: May 26 – June 3, 2017

WHERE: Casa Alexandra, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Teachers, Direct Service Providers, Non-profit Leaders, Social Workers, Therapists, Community Activists, Artists, Dancers, Writers, Photographers, Artisans, Jewelry Makers, Sculptors, Musicians, Filmmakers, Graduate Students, Healers. Anyone who can benefit from creative “me” time in paradise!

Cost of retreat is $1,500 USD per person – double occupancy. A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to reserve your space by November 21, 2016. Payment plan requires full payment for total cost of retreat by April 30, 2016.
If full payment is received by December 16, 2016, you will receive $100 off the total retreat cost. Total amount due $1,400.



Give yourself the gift of self-care and rest during a retreat aimed at helping you connect with your body, mind, and spirit through balanced creative experiences that awaken your creativity, support your sense of adventure and self-discovery in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, encourage exploration and social connectedness with others in an intimate setting.

Our flexible gentle schedule allows for you to spend time alone to journal, reflect, create, and self-nurture. Our small group guided activities and treatments give you the tools that allow you to set your self-care plan that rejuvenates, reinvigorates, and regenerates you body, mind, and spirit.

Enjoy the relaxed spacious Casa Alexandra traditional villa located in Puerto Vallarta with sweeping views of the Bay of Banderas, the call of church bells, warm breezes by day, and spectacular sunsets each evening. Casa offers a relaxed and intimate setting for workshops and retreats.

Palos Studios/Casa Alexandra offers you a complete live/work experience within a 7-bedroom, 7 bath traditional villa with a connected art studio equipped for your choice in medium such as stone carving, painting or drawing.

The open floor plan makes an ideal setting for casual living, where you can take a dip in the pool, enjoy the view from the terrace, or relax in the hammock.

Casa Alexandra is walking distance to Puerto Vallarta’s “Malecon” (seafront walkway), the beautiful Cathedral, “El Centro Cultural Cuale”, galleries, local art and folklore , near store fronts, clubs, restaurants, spas, beautiful beaches, the botanical gardens, zoo, and aquatic adventures.

Cost of retreat is $1,500 USD per person – double occupancy. A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to reserve your space by November 21, 2016. Payment plan requires full payment for total cost of retreat by April 30, 2016.

If full payment is received by December 16, 2016, you will receive $100 off the total retreat cost. Total amount due $1,400.


Total Retreat Fee Includes:

• 8 nights – 9 days - lodging - 1 Double Occupancy room with private bath and shower.
• 2 Meals Daily – Breakfast / Lunch
• Potable Water
• Tequila / Mezcal Tasting
• Full use of swimming pool and roof top patio
• Full use of art studio space
• Free Internet
• Free Vonage phone calls from Mexico to US
• Laundry Facility
• Guided Tours
• Local transportation to and from airport
• Day Trip (Sayulita or Yelapa)
• Facilitated creative life art activities.
• Facilitated self-care activities and workshops.
• Local tours of art galleries and surrounding areas.

INCLUDES - YOUR CHOICE of 3 Services listed below:
Temazcal Ceremony
Huichol Healing – Limpia/Cleanse
Body treatment (various options available)
Sound Healing
Sculpture Class
Individual consultation, private session. Self-care plan, or professional life coaching.
Tarot Reading

This intimate retreat is limited to 12 participants. Rooms are double occupancy, you will be assigned a room to share with same gender participant, unless you request otherwise, if you are coming with a friend, you may request a reservation for two, and you must register together to ensure room assignment together.


Dr. Martina Ayala is an educator, writer, artist, business owner, and professional consultant with over 30 years of experience leading personal growth, spiritual development, team building, business, and board development retreats. She has conducted numerous trainings and workshops for women, men, children and youth on a wide range of topics. Her creative approach and rich life experiences provide her with wisdom and strength that is shared with those she mentors and works with. She is an inspirational and transformative leader that supports those who are seeking to discover their life purpose and personal truth.

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