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 30: Celebration of the Arts or July 7: Wind Up Party).  Gumbo Night (July 6) 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, which is a 40 minute drive from Victoria. 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 MISSA on 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.

MISSA Shuttle: Please contact the MISSA office directly if you want to arrange for a pick up at the Victoria International Airport or the downtown bus depot (Victoria Capital City Station). Please note that this service is in process and details are not yet finalized.

Carpooling: Participants are encouraged to carpool to save on travel costs and meet fellow artists. Parking on campus is limited.  Please let the MISSA office know if you are interested in carpooling and we will try to put you in touch with others who are also interested. You can also share your request with the MISSA facebook page.


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.

The Summer Handbook 2017 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 Saturday, Monday and Tuesday at 7:15 pm (open to all)