This workshop is exceptional. Not necessarily because I’m teaching there, but because the hosts and the ranch offer the best chance for you to still experience the essence of Mexico's soul.
We're driven into untouched backcountry, to hospitality, horseback riding, bbq, wine and tequila-infused discourse about the day, probably while playing billiards or enjoying a mellow campfire. You will not forget these 4 days.
Raul and Caroline are salt-of-the-earth, genuine hosts. Their staff is efficient, your comfort is their priority. They built the ranch a decade ago and it is a testimony to their good taste -- that it feels authentic and at least 100 years old. Raul’s experience and knowledge of Baja (and Tequila), is a rare and amazing gift. Caroline's attention to her guests makes you feel part of their very special family. From ponies to petroglyphs, to local food and wine tasting in the Guadalupe Valley, you will be part of living in the moment - and in the past. It’s something that few people experience in their lifetimes.
You will not want to leave.
All you do is pack your stuff (We’ll help with a list). Meet us in San Diego where we carpool to the Tecate border crossing. We walk across about 2 blocks, are picked up by the ranch staff, stop at Calimax for any food, drink, snack needs. About 90 minutes later we descend into the valley that is Ranch Belotta.
You should come. For the price, just riding horses is a good deal. But then we eat well, paint, hike, laugh, learn, explore, tell stories (that stay in Baja), sleep and then do it again the next day. Join us!
Since 2003, Jeff Yeomans' work has explored urban and rural perspectives, SoCal beach culture and the changing face of contemporary California. In the summer of 2015, the Irvine Museum, Oceanside Museum of Art, Frederick Weisman Museum in Malibu and Huntington Beach Art Center, all featured his paintings in their exhibitions."I grew up in Southern California in the 60s, and all I wanted to do was surf with my friends and do anything involved with art. Since then, painting, teaching and being near the ocean with my family, is how I spend my time. Although I'm getting older, retirement is not my goal. In painting and teaching, I think I've found something better." During the last decade, Yeomans has received recognition as a respected regional artist. Among his awards is “Best Urban Landscape” at the California Art Club’s 97th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition (2008) and a commission for the Naval Hospital in San Diego giving recognition to the wounded warriors of our military. Seven of his paintings are included in “Land of Sunlight” a book of landscape paintings of the San Diego region, and in “California Light: A Century of Landscapes,” published by Rizzoli and the California Art Club. He is an Artist Member of the California Art Club, a Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and he teaches painting at the La Jolla Athenaeum Art & Music Library.