Art Retreat in the Desert


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 will open this summer for Art Retreat in the Desert 2019!

Don’t miss out on all your favorite classes!

Event Details

Hilton Tucson East
7600 E. Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85710

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

Our block of rooms is now full.

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View classes from 2018 and prepare to be amazed!

Take a look at what we offered in 2018

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 November 6, 2017, there will not be any processing fees to switch classes.
  • From November 6, 2017 through December 18, 2017, switching classes will incur a $25 per six-hour class processing fee.
  • On or after December 18, 2017, switching classes is not permitted out of consideration for our instructors.

Canceling classes

  • Prior to December 18, 2017, there will be a $50 per six-hour class processing fee to cancel classes.
  • On or after December 18, 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 skill level necessary to complete the project.
  • Classes are small enough in size (no more than twenty students/instructor) so each student will be able to receive a bit of personal instruction.
  • 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