MISSA has a reputation of offering transformational learning experiences through instruction by a local, national and international faculty of practicing artists. Specialized courses are designed for professional artists, teachers and serious adult students. Participants have options to stay on or off campus, see Accommodation page for more details. Course fees include daytime meals  and supply fees are unique to each course. Breakfast and dinner are included in the accommodation cost. Courses run 9 am – 4 pm each day. You can take one course or back to back courses. Plan your summer and enjoy the many offerings of MISSA @ Shawnigan Lake!

Registration is open! Browse the 38 workshops on offer and see which one (or two!) catches your eye!

There are only a few spots left in the following workshops (click on the workshop title to learn more):

Note about 2023 prices: MISSA makes every effort to keep costs at a reasonable level while balancing increased costs. This year, increased costs beyond our control such as inflation, higher food costs, and an increase in our campus day rate have resulted in increased prices for 2023. Thank you for your understanding.


2023 Summer Program July 14 – 28

Mentored Residency (7-day): July 15 - 21

WEEKEND ONE: July 15–16 (2-day)

WEEK ONE: July 17–21 (5-day)

WEEKEND TWO: July 22-23 (2-day)

WEEK TWO: July 24-28 (5-day)


Teach With Us

Are you interested in becoming an instructor at MISSA? In early fall the MISSA Board of Directors starts planning the workshop program for the following summer to be able to have the new classes posted to the website in January/February of the new year.

The MISSA 2023 Summer Program will take place July 14-28 at Shawnigan Lake School.


Teaching contracts are offered on a per workshop basis and are not an assurance of year-to-year employment. Workshop proposals must be submitted each year. We prefer that instructors new to MISSA start with a two-day proposal. Instructors receive an honorarium and all meals and accommodation are covered. Economy travel and supply expenses are to be discussed with MISSA.

If you are interested in becoming an instructor at MISSA, please consider the following:

1. You will need to include a brief bio with teaching, education and reference details
2. Short course proposal (2-day or 5-day) Class size is limited to 10-12 students and classes run 9-4 each day.
3. Contact info and website details (Please note that a website or equivalent web presence is a must.)

Applications for teaching in-person workshops are closed for 2023, but we are accepting proposals for 2024 (exact dates to be determined).

Apply using the following form: CLICK HERE

We look forward to hearing from you.


UPCOMING VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS: Stay tuned for updates!


2022 (Sept 17): CATHI JEFFERSON  “Exploration in Design”

The workshops listed below are part of a developing educational partnership connecting geographically from the west coast to the east coast and Canadian artists to American artists. MISSA is proud to partner with  WOOTEN CLAYWORKS based in New Jersey, USA, for these on-going educational opportunities. Stay tuned for more!

2022: TAYLOR SIJAN: “Thrown, Darted & Hand-built: Mugs” (July 1)

2021: DALLAS WOOTEN: “Water Etching and Alternative Methods” (Nov 20)

2021: JULIE WOODROW: “Gestural Figures: Chicken Scratch” (July 31)

2021: BILL WILKEY: “Pouring Vessels” (June 26)

2021: JUSTIN PAIK REESE  &  HAYAN SURL & DALLAS WOOTEN: “Three ways to Throw Mid-Sized Vessels”  (May 8)

2021: BRAD SCHWIEGER:  “Gestural Forms & Faceting” (March 13)

Past Summer Program Workshops

MISSA’s summer workshops have been running since 1984.

Please see our archives of workshops since 2017: Past Workshops.