While the cold wind blows in North America, our serendipitous group, a maximum of eight women, will be staying in delightful accommodation within walking distance of the center. The temperature around this time of year is usually very pleasant, between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77°F). We will enjoy daily in-house breakfast and many delightful dinners together. Inspired by our surroundings, we shall unleash our creativity with some intuitive acrylic painting and Mexico-themed collage workshops with Shanti (who has many years experience running such classes) as well as an art class with a local artisan!
Mexican Creativity Retreat!
18TH-24TH FEBRUARY 2020
6 nights accommodation, walking distance to the center
welcome group dinner on day 1
freshly made breakfast in house daily
3 creativity workshops with Shanti
1 traditional folk art workshop with local artist
group outing to Aurora Fabrica (renovated textile mill)
group outing to El Jardin and centuries old cathedral
group Taste of San Miguel Food Tour
5 group dinners at local restaurants
free time to explore the markets, shops & art galleries
women-only retreat (fabulous like-minded ones)
This retreat is for you if you want to relax, feel inspired, have fun being creative (no art experience necessary) and explore authentic
Mexico with some great women!
COST: C$1500 (about US$1200) Please email Shanti to receive payment options at
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
This small city in central Mexico has picturesque cobblestone streets and colonial architecture everywhere. It offers a magical blend of old world Mexican charm, sprinkled with fabulous shopping opportunities, from traditional folk art direct from the makers in markets, to modern shops and art galleries. It also boasts numerous cafes and great restaurants!
*6 nights accommodation - note that some are private rooms with own bathroom & some rooms are shared - so the first few to book get the best rooms. :)
*1 welcome dinner in-house
*Breakfast made fresh daily
*Group trip to Aurora Fabrica and to El Jardin & cathedral.
*Taste of San Miguel Food Tour
*3 creativity workshops with Shanti (all art supplies provided!)
*1 art workshop with local artist
What's Not Included
*your flights & shuttles/buses
*5 dinners: we will dine together and pay separately.
DAY 1: Arrival and group welcome dinner in-house, (Mexican cook!)
DAY 2: Breakfast & trip to Aurora Fabrica (renovated factory with art galleries, cafes & more). Lunch & walk to the center, El Jardin & cathedral! then free time to explore & meet later for group dinner at a popular restaurant.
DAY 3: Breakfast & creativity workshop with Shanti. Afternoon Taste of San Miguel Food Tour (with gluten free recommendations!)
& group dinner at another restaurant.
DAY 4: Breakfast & special Folk Art workshop with a local Artist. Lunch/rest/free time to explore & meet later for group dinner at a different restaurant.
DAY 5: Breakfast & creativity workshop with Shanti. Lunch/rest/free time to explore & meet later for group dinner at another fab restaurant.
DAY 6: Breakfast & creativity workshop with Shanti.
Lunch/rest/free time to explore & meet later for group dinner at a different restaurant.
DAY 7: Farewell breakfast, pack your treasures - leave with great memories and new friendships!
What Else you need to know
San Miguel de Allende has cobblestone, uneven streets and some hills - so you do need a reasonable level of fitness! To me it's a great opportunity to explore this fabulous city on foot at a relaxed pace, with lots of time for cafes, people watching and of course shopping! (taxi's are readily available at around $3 a trip if you need one).
(Sorry, wheelchairs/people with health concerns cannot be accommodated on this retreat).
SMA is considered a safe city, however you will need to take the usual precautions for travel, behave sensibly and drink bottled water during your stay. You will be able to spend all your time with other women on this retreat (unless you choose some alone time).
YOU WILL NEED:
A valid passport & Travel Insurance (Trip cancellation insurance is a good idea too).
Comfortable, flat walking shoes.
It's easy to arrange a good shuttle service, either from Mexico city (cheaper flights but longer car ride to SMA) or from Leon (about an hour or so to SMA) to transfer you to/from the airport, such as: https://bajiogo.com/
Please feel free to email Shanti with any questions or concerns - this is going to be a fabulous trip with memories to last a lifetime! Email: ...I can also phone you and then we can chat. :)
Due to the limited timeline and number of participants there can be no refunds UNLESS you have someone suitable to take your place, or unless there's someone on the cancellation list.
In the unlikely event of insufficient number of registrants and the retreat being cancelled, you will receive a full refund no later than 10 December, 2019.
Please note that the itinerary may be subject to slight changes - it's a good idea to leave a little room for some spontaneity and flexibility!
In San Miguel de Allende