Art Retreat in the Desert

Monday, January 30th – Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Come join us in Tucson, Arizona for Art Retreat in the Desert! Held in February during the Tucson Bead and Gem Show, the retreat offers more than 50 classes over a six-day period that range from metalsmithing to art jewelry classes. And in true Vivi Magoo style, we bring in the best artist-instructors that provide excellent teaching in combination with a welcoming, inspirational setting.

Registration is now open!

Event Details

Hilton Tucson East
7600 E. Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85710

Vivi Magoo will have a block of rooms held for this event.

Reservation Link

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View the Our 2017 Class Catalogue:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Because instructors need time to gather materials for kits and plan for their classes, we have thoughtfully created the following deadlines for our retreats. 

Switching from one class to another

  • Prior to December 5, 2016, there will not be any processing fees to switch classes.
  • From December 5, 2016 through January 2, 2017, switching classes will incur a $25 per class processing fee.
  • On or after January 2, 2017, switching classes is not permitted out of consideration for our instructors.

Canceling classes

  • Prior to January 2, 2017, there will be a $50 per class processing fee to cancel classes.
  • On or after January 2, 2017, all fees are non-refundable.

Registration fees are always non-refundable.

A registration fee of $55 is charged once-per-student-per-retreat and due at time of initial registration.  Please be sure to select the appropriate prompt to add the fee to your cart at checkout.  Contact with any questions or concerns.  Please note that registration fees are always non-refundable. 

Art Retreat in the Desert is held in Tucson, Arizona at the Hilton Tucson East. With stunning views of the Catalina Mountains and only minutes from Tucson International Airport, the hotel is the perfect setting for the retreat.

From TIA take Tucson Blvd out of the airport to Valencia. Turn right (east) onto Valencia and drive approximately 5 miles until you reach Kolb. Turn left (north) on to Kolb and drive approximately 5 miles to Broadway Blvd. Turn right (east) on Broadway Blvd. Hotel is located on the right (south) side of the road at the corner of Broadway Blvd and Prudence.

You may choose to ship your things ahead of time to Tucson. Here is the address for the Hilton. Make sure to put your name on your boxes so we know where to direct them when they are delivered. We would appreciate it if you would time delivery one day prior to the start of your first class.

Hilton Tucson East
c/o Vivi Magoo and (your name)
7600 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85710

  • We offer an a la carte menu of classes and outings.
  • You can register for just one class or as many as you’d like.
  • Our classes range in length from 3-hours to several days. Each is priced accordingly.
  • Classes range from beginner/novice to advanced/professional.
  • Each class description will state the level of skills needed to complete the project.
  • Classes are small enough in size (no more than twenty students/instructor) so that each student will be able to receive a bit of personal instruction should you need it.
  • We are always available by email to discuss particular classes with you.

Want to know more about the retreat,
location, what to do in the area?

Read the Desert Blog