A Writer's Retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
June 19 - 26, 2020
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org for payment link.
2020 RETREAT DETAILS & INFORMATION
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!
Breakfast & lunch daily
Daily writing prompts & and writing support
Shuttle transportation to and from the airport in León, Guanajuato
Lodging in the historic center (with private room and bath) for 7 nights
In-room massage appointments
Lunch and wine tasting at Cuna de Tierra vineyard
Trolley tour of San Miguel
Tips for service providers (a 15% gratuity is customary)
Shuttle service from other airports/cities
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.
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
Yoga & Meditation
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 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.