The MISSA campus is located in a British Columbia rain forest, on the West coast of Canada. The campus, with its dorms and classrooms are sheltered among old growth trees, perched alongside the Salish Sea. The beauty of the natural environment makes for a magical place to gather almost 400 artists every summer to live and work in community and be inspired.


“MISSA allows artists to be fully creative and free, to find their voice in a supportive and exceptional community… and to share their experiences, techniques and stories of how they found the MISSA magic.”

MISSA 2016 Bursary recipient

Accommodation on campus is limited and only available for registered students. Registrants will be prompted to book accommodation (or opt out) at the end of each workshop booking. More details to be found on the accommodation page.


At MISSA, meals are included in both the tuition and accommodation fees. Coffee and tea are available at all times. Course tuition includes lunch and two daily snack breaks and Accommodation fees include breakfast and dinner and the Friday special event depending on your stay (June 29: Celebration of the Arts or July 6: Wind Up Party).  Gumbo Night (July 5) is an optional purchase for all students.

We do our best to acknowledge people with food allergies and will accommodate special requests for dairy free, gluten free or celiac diets. Vegetarian options will always be made available. Please note your food requests when registering for your workshop or event.

Please note additional fees apply to guests requiring a specialized diet (cost TBD).

Students staying on campus are encouraged to bring their favorite snacks, including alcoholic beverages,  as the kitchen closes after 7 pm. A sink and fridge is available in the common room of each house. Please note that this is an adult only campus and only responsible drinking will be tolerated.

MISSA is located on the beautiful campus of Pearson College and it is a bit of a destination. The campus is isolated, but the Village of Metchosin is just a 10 minute drive from campus and offers a restaurant, small grocery store and a coffee shop.

Travel Time:  You will need to allow enough travel time to get to the Pearson College campus. There is limited bus transportation and a taxi can be very expensive. Travel times are approximate: By car it takes 40-45 minutes from downtown Victoria, 1 h 15 min from the airport and 1 h 30 min from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal.

Carpooling: Participants are encouraged to carpool to save on travel costs and meet fellow artists. Parking on campus is very limited.


Arrangements have been made with Wilson’s Transportation to help you get to and from the MISSA campus. Please purchase your tickets in advance. See below.

Please note that if your travel plans are outside of these times, you are responsible for making your own arrangements to get to the campus.

Getting to MISSA  – Click the Bus Depot to select date and time.

Leaving MISSA – Click your destination to select date and time.

Bring your walking shoes, binoculars, camera, bike, yoga mat! There are many options to explore Pearson College’s tranquil campus and its surrounding forest and oceanfront.

  • Walk the forest trails on campus, or to nearby Pedder Bay Marina or Weirs Beach (early morning guided walks are available).
  • Cycle, jog or walk on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail
  • Practice yoga (by donation) or quiet contemplation in the Spiritual Centre overlooking the bay
  • Book a massage with MISSA’s on-site masseuse.
  • Enjoy a creative retreat experience on beautiful Vancouver Island.
  • Please note that the campus swimming pool and fitness area are closed until further notice due to a crack in the pool’s foundation.

Always remember to be safe when exploring the area. Hike with a buddy.

A downloadable pdf of the course offerings for 2018 will be available in early February.

The Summer Handbook has all you need to know about your time at MISSA and a hard copy will be provided to you when you check-in. A pdf version will be available in May.

A day in the life of a MISSA student:

  • Breakfast* 7 – 8 am  (included in accommodation fees)
  • Classes 9 – 4 pm daily
  • Snack break 10:30 am and 2:30 pm
  • Lunch 12 – 1
  • Dinner* 6 – 7 pm  (included in accommodation fees)
  • Evening: Studios are open till late, MISSA Talks on Monday and Tuesday at 7:15 pm (open to all) and Open House Studio Tours on Saturday nights.

Victoria and the surrounding municipalities are active in creative activities of all sorts from music to theater to the visual arts.

Local arts resources include:

While we strongly suggest staying on campus to soak up the full MISSA experience, some people choose to make their own off-site accommodation arrangements.

It is important to note that off-site accommodation does not include a MISSA breakfast or dinner. Meal tickets will need to be purchased from the MISSA front desk if you wish to have breakfast or dinner on campus. Course tuition includes daily lunch and snacks.

The following selection of accommodation near the Pearson College campus, has not been endorsed by MISSA, but is provided to you as a courtesy.