Artist testimonials - 2020-22


Ana Balcazar/ visual and mural artist

Lima, Peru - 2021

I spend most of my time alone in Sachaqa reflecting, which I really appreciated, and in the company and with the help of Mathias, who made my days easier.

We have nice conversations with Trina as well, about the natural pigments, and about life, about my knee problems especially. I felt comfortable with just nature and my watercolors. Since I could not walk, I drew a lot.

I needed silence but the sounds of nature, every night was a wonderful experience to hear all beings full of life, and the bonfires, the power of the fire in the dark.

The amazon rainforest has a special energy, in Sachaqa I felt safe in solitude. I am very grateful for this opportunity.

Instagram: @anabalcazarbartra


Artist testimonials - 2019


Alex Rudd - Visionary artist

USA - October 2019

My time at Sachaqa was nothing less than special. It’s tucked away in the Jungle mountains in a small village, named San Roque de Cumbaza. The village is about forty minutes outside of Tarapoto, just far enough to feel like you're really secluded. This village has such unique magic to it, with the river running through it, warm friendly faces everywhere you look, and murals bringing the houses and markets to life. Sachaqa is about a five-minute walk up the hill from town and is engulfed with the jungle and all of its glory.


Artist testimonials - 2018

Lorraine Buckrell - Painter
CANADA  - October  2018

Carla Van Del Berg - Sculpture Trail

Italy -December  2018

The Amazon influenced my work on so many different levels, but at the same time, I think there must be only a few human beings in the world who could manage not-being influenced in such an environment.
For starters the multitude of lines and patterns and shapes nature has to offer were overwhelming.  I felt like everything needed an exaggerated amount of attention, for everything is beautifully powerful in the jungle. Spending a month immersed in the rain forest is what made me realize my love for tiny details.  It made me pay more attention to the small things and creatures that live with us and that we barely consider.
And as an extra, I’ve also learned that nature itself can become not only the subject of a work but also the tool to make it. Stones for colour, Sticks for brushes and Leaves for prints. Which I think is just too fascinating.


Artist testimonials - 2017

Julie Kim - Painter

Seattle USA - October 2017


Charlotte Jolly - Painter

New Zealand  - November 2017

My time at Sachaqa was like stepping into a bubble.  Trina and Julie spoke about San Roque as the unplugging of the matrix.  Goodbye high-velocity image consumption and aggressive globalization.   Hello, trees, monkeys and bugs.  Hello, slow-paced, simple, sweet life.  Being so removed brought clarity to mind that I have never experienced anything like.  Days consisted of waking, drinking a lot of local coffee, painting, reading and daily dips in the Cumbaza river to cool down.  This simplicity was a beautiful base for creativity.


Artist testimonials - 2016

Nora Teichert  -

Illustrator and travel blogger

Germany - December 2016


Nanao TSUKUDA - Ceramics

Japan - September and October 2016

I did the Shutu firing the traditional way of firing on the land of Sachaqa. The first time was almost completely a failure, and almost all the pieces I made were broken, actually exploded, but this experience was the most unique and wonderful gift from the jungle. I learned a lot about the relationship between material and the environment. I learned how important it is to use the material that has been traditionally chosen in that place.

This experience of failure told me how I should choose the material in one place, and also how much I should respect the traditional knowledge that has been built up for a long time at that place.

These experiences not only gave me much important knowledge, but also led me to get a wonderful piece of ceramic work at the end, and I am very happy to bring them back to Japan.

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Artist testimonials - 2015

 Nathan Smallwood- USA

Visual artist -November 2015


Maisie Mc Neice - UK

Visual artist -September 2015

My residency with Sachaqa Centro de Arte was one of the best artist residency experiences I have had during my time in Peru.  In just under a year I completed four artist residencies and Sachaqa was my second.

I worked there over a period of five weeks; during this time I was introduced to the use of natural pigments and spent this time exploring this new methodology. The studio space was well equipped, very spacious and a pleasure to work in. At the time of my residency, there were three people working in the space and it was perfect, at no point did we feel like we were on top of each other.


Artist testimonials - 2014

Shan wang- USA

Fabric designer - March 2014


Shelby Crisco - USA Florida 

ceramics and painting September 2014


I stumbled upon Sachaqa one late night after getting home from my second job. It was in that moment that I decided to take a hiatus from life. I had been working 70 hour weeks, along with a full schedule at the University.

Sachaqa gave me the opportunity take a breath of clean jungle air and introduced me to our true planet, without the chaos of what we have created.

My time there was the most artistically inspiring time of my life thus far. Only here can you experience painting with natural minerals, in a bamboo hut, surrounded by mother earth's untouched jungle, and all the music that vibrates from within it.

What I didn't anticipate gaining from my adventure in the jungle, were the amazing friends that I would meet along the way, that will last a lifetime. 

Sachaqa has taught me how to slow down and appreciate this life for how truly beautiful it is. There isn't a day that I don't think about Peru.    


Artist testimonials - 2014

Laura Tonks-UK

Painter and art teacher- Nov 2013


Megan Walsh-USA

Oh, Sachaqa... I could really go on and on. Chances are, if you’re on the website (which you are if you’re reading this), you’re probably considering attending. In which case I have a few words of advice:

First, if you want to experience our planet at it’s finest, GO. If you want to meet and befriend the loveliest people and experience time and space in a different way, GO. If you want to immerse your body in a beautiful river, fall asleep to the sounds of thriving life, and breathe in air that will make your lungs eternally grateful, GO. If you want the essence of the jungle forever in your heart, GO.

But, if you’re afraid of bugs or being far away from a big city, DON’T GO. If you’re lazy, or can’t stand rain or humidity, DON’T GO. If you feel like you need the internet and other contemporary technologies to survive or be happy, DON’T GO. (Unless, of course, you’d like to confront those fears or irrational preferences...)


Artist testimonials - 2011

Lena Huber
Switzerland, Photographer, Painter, writer.


Lindsay Seligman from California Painter, Dancer, Designer

Trina’s art center is a transformative place that offers anyone, artist or not, a place to reach creative potential in any form. I stayed

Reconnect with the earth, collect her gifts, create your own art from her rivers and plants, see the faces of people with souls as old as the Amazon, learn their ancient knowledge of arts, clay, paper, dance and the mysteries of medicine from the jungles wealth, swim in the river, build an earthen house, teach the children, let the children teach you, learn from the plants, connect back to the mother earth you may have lost…she has been waiting for four months and was changed in ways I will never know. Trina is a truly generous teacher who will do all she can to share her knowledge of creating mineral paints from the earth and give you a space to truly dive into your creativity. In the nearby artisan and historical town of Lamas you have opportunities to exhibit and sell your work.