A Writer's Retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

June 19 - 26, 2020

Any questions, please contact us!



Named by Travel + Leisure magazine as the "best city in the world," San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, is a writer’s dream. Located in Central Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains, there is much to see and experience. San Miguel, as the locals call it, is known for its art galleries, cultural festivals, fine-dining restaurants, artisans’ markets and exquisite architecture. The streets are narrow and paved in cobblestone, the building façades draped in purple and red bougainvillea. The sunset colors of the city come to life against cloudless, blue skies—inspiration for the name Solana or "sunny place." San Miguel de Allende is a distinctly colonial city with Mexico’s indigenous and mestizo roots manifest in the history, art and culinary traditions of this pueblo mágico.

Our aim is to provide you with a relaxing environment in which to write. You’ll stay in a beautiful hacienda-style house, with your own room and private bath. You’ll have opportunities to meet and network with writers from Mexico and beyond and a chance to experience the México we know and love. Join us for a week of writing and fellowship! 

Price per person:

$2700                          Single Occupancy

$2200                          Double Occupancy

$2500                          Alumni Discount (Single Occupancy)

$2000                          Alumni Discount (Double Occupancy)

$1500                          Companion Occupancy (Traveling with a writer but not participating in writing workshops or coaching.
    Included: yoga, meals, receptions.)

Space is limited. Reserve your spot with a $500 deposit (non-refundable). Please send an email to dini@writersloftkensington.com for payment link.


 2020 RETREAT DETAILS & INFORMATION

What's included?

  • Welcome reception and dinner

  • Writer’s workshop at the Bellas Artes fine arts center

  • Dinner at the home of Culinarian Expeditions’ Gilda & Fulvio Carbonaro

  • Networking opportunities and bilingual reading with local and ex-pat writers

  • Coaching and optional mini-workshops with Writer-in-Residence (TBA)

  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions with TanO Mazi, certified yoga instructor

  • Afternoon master class on foreign writers in Mexico throughout history by Tanya Huntington

  • A mezcal and tequila tasting

  • And much more!

Also included:

  • Breakfast & lunch daily

  • Daily writing prompts & and writing support

  • Shuttle transportation to and from the airport in León, Guanajuato

  • Housekeeping services

  • Lodging in the historic center (with private room and bath) for 7 nights

Optional Add-Ons:

Not Included:

  • Airfare

  • Tips for service providers (a 15% gratuity is customary)

  • Shuttle service from other airports/cities

CANCELLATION POLICY
A $500 non-refundable deposit (per guest) will reserve your spot. We will refund this amount only if we must cancel the retreat due to low enrollment.  

The full fee for the 2020 retreat is due by February 1, 2020. Once paid, the full fee is non-refundable. We strongly recommend that you purchase traveler's insurance in the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent you from attending. The website https://tripinsurancestore.com/ is very informative and will allow you to compare options from different companies.


Past Retreats:

In 2019, we collaborated with Armida Zepeda, the Spanish Conference Director of the San Miguel Writer’s Conference & Literary Festival, to provide participants with a look at the local writing scene in San Miguel. Participants saw an exhibit of artist Leonora Carrington’s work and then participated in an afternoon writing workshop with local writers at the stunning historic art space Bellas Artes. We also provided our participants with the chance to work with a writer-in-residence, which included one-on-one coaching. And we offered daily yoga and meditation. 


2019 Alexandra Zapruder
Writer-in-Residence

Tanya Huntington
Master Class

TanO Mazi
Yoga & Meditation

Alexandra Zapruder began her career as a member of the founding staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Smith College, she served on the curatorial team for the museum’s exhibition for young visitors,  Remember The Children, Daniel’s Story . She earned her Master’s Degree in Education at Harvard University in 1995.  In 2002, Alexandra completed her first book,  Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust , which was published by Yale University Press and won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. She wrote and co-produced  I’m Still Here , a documentary film for young audiences based on her book, which aired on MTV in May 2005 and was nominated for two Emmy awards. In the fall of 2015, she completed a second paperback edition and a multimedia edition of  Salvaged Pages and worked with the educational nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves to develop interdisciplinary educational materials for the book designed for middle and high school teachers.  In November 2016, she published her second book,  Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film , which tells the story of her grandfather’s home movie of President Kennedy’s assassination. She is currently curating an exhibition called  And Still I Write: Young Diarists on War and Genocide  to open at Holocaust Museum Houston in 2019 and developing educational materials and programs for The Defiant Requiem Foundation in Washington, D.C. She continues to publish on a variety of topics and speaks to students, teachers, and the public about her work. She is the mother of two children and lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

Alexandra Zapruder began her career as a member of the founding staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Smith College, she served on the curatorial team for the museum’s exhibition for young visitors, Remember The Children, Daniel’s Story. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education at Harvard University in 1995.

In 2002, Alexandra completed her first book, Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, which was published by Yale University Press and won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. She wrote and co-produced I’m Still Here, a documentary film for young audiences based on her book, which aired on MTV in May 2005 and was nominated for two Emmy awards. In the fall of 2015, she completed a second paperback edition and a multimedia edition of Salvaged Pagesand worked with the educational nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves to develop interdisciplinary educational materials for the book designed for middle and high school teachers.

In November 2016, she published her second book, Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film, which tells the story of her grandfather’s home movie of President Kennedy’s assassination. She is currently curating an exhibition called And Still I Write: Young Diarists on War and Genocide to open at Holocaust Museum Houston in 2019 and developing educational materials and programs for The Defiant Requiem Foundation in Washington, D.C. She continues to publish on a variety of topics and speaks to students, teachers, and the public about her work. She is the mother of two children and lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

Tanya Huntington   .   Bi-national writer  and  artist  residing in Mexico City.  Managing Editor of  Literal: Latin American voices   .  She is the author of  Solastalgia  (Almadía, forthcoming),  Martín Luis Guzmán: Entre el águila y la serpiente  (Tusquets, 2015),  A Dozen Sonnets for Different Lovers / Docena de sonetos para amantes distintos  (Ediciones Acapulco, 2015) and  Return / El regreso  (Motín Poeta, 2009).She holds a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and has taught workshops and seminars at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Centro de Creación Literaria Xavier Villaurrutia and CENTRO in Mexico City. She has also co-produced, co-written and appeared on public radio and television programs dedicated to culture and the arts, such as:  PuntoDoc  for TV UNAM,  El Letrero  and  ReVerso  for Canal 22,  Lo Sonado  for Radio Horizonte. She has received first prize at the Bienal Internacional de Radio de México on two separate occasions. Her artwork has been exhibited both in the United States and Mexico and selected by prestigious venues such as the FEMSA Biennial. Her current interdisciplinary project,  Solastalgia , received a grant from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) in 2011. She has also contributed to  Comment Is Free at  The Guardian , the  Laberinto  section of the newspaper  Milenio , and the magazines  Casa del Tiempo, df, Diario de Cuba, Este País, Hoja por hoja, Langosta Literaria, Letras Libres, Literal, Metrópolis, National Geographic Traveler, Nexos, Sin Embargo, Periódico de Poesía, Transtierros  and  El Huevo . Follow her on Twitter at @TanyaHuntington.

Tanya Huntington. Bi-national writer and artist residing in Mexico City. Managing Editor of Literal: Latin American voices. She is the author of Solastalgia (Almadía, forthcoming), Martín Luis Guzmán: Entre el águila y la serpiente (Tusquets, 2015), A Dozen Sonnets for Different Lovers / Docena de sonetos para amantes distintos (Ediciones Acapulco, 2015) and Return / El regreso (Motín Poeta, 2009).She holds a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and has taught workshops and seminars at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Centro de Creación Literaria Xavier Villaurrutia and CENTRO in Mexico City. She has also co-produced, co-written and appeared on public radio and television programs dedicated to culture and the arts, such as: PuntoDoc for TV UNAM, El Letrero and ReVerso for Canal 22, Lo Sonado for Radio Horizonte. She has received first prize at the Bienal Internacional de Radio de México on two separate occasions. Her artwork has been exhibited both in the United States and Mexico and selected by prestigious venues such as the FEMSA Biennial. Her current interdisciplinary project, Solastalgia, received a grant from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) in 2011. She has also contributed to Comment Is Freeat The Guardian, the Laberinto section of the newspaper Milenio, and the magazines Casa del Tiempo, df, Diario de Cuba, Este País, Hoja por hoja, Langosta Literaria, Letras Libres, Literal, Metrópolis, National Geographic Traveler, Nexos, Sin Embargo, Periódico de Poesía, Transtierros and El Huevo. Follow her on Twitter at @TanyaHuntington.

In the spring of 2008, TanO took his first yoga class. It was not a life changing experience. However, he continued to takes classes all throughout the DC area and as his practice grew more consistent, something started to shift. TanO began to evolve physically, mentally, and even spiritually.  TanO became a fixture at various retreats, workshops, and trainings and, in March of 2010, he found a home at Down Dog Yoga serving part-time at the front desk. TanO set a goal to become a yoga teacher and never looked back. He taught his very first yoga class in September of 2010. For him, it was the most exciting, petrifying and fulfilling experience ever. From that moment, TanO knew he had found his purpose. Over the next few years, TanO trained with many in the yoga world including Patty Ivey, Rolf Gates, and  Baron Baptiste , all of whom he considers his teachers.  TanO intuitively teaches a high energy, power flow style yet he adapts to needs of each student. Whether you’re looking for a heated flow, a silent sitting session, or a little something in between, TanO offers a personable & professional approach to all that is possible through yoga. More about:  TanO Mazi Yoga .

In the spring of 2008, TanO took his first yoga class. It was not a life changing experience. However, he continued to takes classes all throughout the DC area and as his practice grew more consistent, something started to shift. TanO began to evolve physically, mentally, and even spiritually.

TanO became a fixture at various retreats, workshops, and trainings and, in March of 2010, he found a home at Down Dog Yoga serving part-time at the front desk. TanO set a goal to become a yoga teacher and never looked back. He taught his very first yoga class in September of 2010. For him, it was the most exciting, petrifying and fulfilling experience ever. From that moment, TanO knew he had found his purpose. Over the next few years, TanO trained with many in the yoga world including Patty Ivey, Rolf Gates, and Baron Baptiste, all of whom he considers his teachers.

TanO intuitively teaches a high energy, power flow style yet he adapts to needs of each student. Whether you’re looking for a heated flow, a silent sitting session, or a little something in between, TanO offers a personable & professional approach to all that is possible through yoga. More about: TanO Mazi Yoga.

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Master Class with Tanya Huntington

Since the Conquest, the foreign gaze has inextricably formed part of canonical Mexican literature. During our master class, we will survey how over the past century, authors have found in Mexico not only a geographic setting for travel chronicles, but also a source of inspiration for some of their more emblematic works. Authors who have published from and about Mexico in different genres will be approached, including: Lucia Berlin, Francisco Goldman, Graham Greene, Jack Kerouac, David Lida, Malcolm Lowry, Cormac McCarthy, Katherine Anne Porter, Oliver Sacks, ruth weiss, and Tennessee Williams, among others.


Solana 2018 Guest of Honor
Francisco Hinojosa

Francisco Hinojosa was born in 1954 in Mexico City. He studied Hispanic Language and Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Before dedicating himself to writing full-time, he edited various magazines and publications, including Los Universitarios and La Gaceta del Fondo de Cultura Económica. He has published over fifty books of poetry, short stories, travel writing, journalism, essay, children's literature, textbooks, and anthologies. His titles include: Robinson perseguido, La peor señora del mundo, La fórmula del doctor Funes (now a feature-length motion picture), Una semana en Lugano, Ana, ¿verdad?, Informe negro, Un tipo de cuidado, Migraña en racimos, Mexican Chicago, La nota negra, Cuéntame, Poesía eras tú, El tiempo apremia y Emma. His work has been translated into English, Korean, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Lithuanian, and Estonian. He has received various awards, including the Premio Nacional de Cuento San Luis Potosí (1993) and a series of grants from the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (1993 - present). In 2015, he was named Ambassador of the Feria Internacional del Libro Infantil y Juvenil. City Lights Publishers (San Francisco, California) has published an anthology of his short stories titled Hectic Ethics. Follow him on Twitter @panchohinojosah.


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