Writing Retreat with poet Ciona Rouse & The Porch

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

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Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2019
Group size: 1 - 12
Writing Retreat with poet Ciona Rouse & The Porch
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

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$1650
Deposit: $500
Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2019
Group size: 1 - 12

About this trip

SOMETIMES, WRITERS JUST NEED TO GET AWAY. TOGETHER. 

San Miguel de Allende lies in the center of Mexico and is truly a beating heart of the country. A destination for writers for many years, San Miguel draws people passionate about beauty and inspires creation within them. Just one day in the city, and you’ll be elevated creatively by the enchanting doorways, colorful celebrations, charming parks and gardens, numerous art galleries, divine culinary offerings and, especially, the joyful humans who call it home. In this partnership with Atmalogy & The Porch Writer’s Collective, we are excited to take you to this surreal destination that makes it “easy to smile,” as Mary Oliver says in her poem “First Day in San Miguel de Allende.” Every writer benefits by getting away from their norm, and we especially love getting away together.

CIONA ROUSE

Ciona is a poet, editor, teacher and the curator of several poetry experiences, including Atmalogy’s monthly poetry series Writings on the Wall. Rouse is the author of the chapbook Vantablack (Third Man Books, 2017) and poetry editor of WORDPEACE journal. Her work can be found in The Account, Gabby Journal, Matter: a journal of political poetry and commentary, and Talking River. She lives in Nashville, Tenn., and in 2017-2018, served as a resident poet for the Nick Cave: FEAT exhibition and live performance for Frist Art Museum. She co-hosts Re/Verb, a podcast of Third Man Books where music, literature, and pop culture collide.

KATIE MCDOUGALL

Katie McDougall, co-founder of The Porch and a native Nashvillian, first took Fiction Writing as a senior at Colorado College, where she earned her BA in English. In the nearly thirty years since, she has been writing stories, crafting novels, scribbling in journals, and teaching, reading, selling, breathing literature. She earned her MFA in Fiction Writing at Colorado State University, and her short stories have appeared in BarcelonaReview.com and in Storyglossia.com. Katie’s writing awards include a four-week writing residency at the Kimmel•Harding•Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska, Association of Writers and Poet Intro. Journals Award Nomination for Colorado State University, and the Paul Gillette Writing Contest Finalist. She is currently in the process of finding a home for her second novel, Lady of the Lake.

Katie has over fifteen years experience as a teacher of literature and creative writing. Since leaving the traditional classroom, she has worked as the Master Teacher in Residence at The Island School in the Bahamas, as an outdoor educator, as a freelance writer, a tutor, and a proud bookseller at Nashville’s fabulous Parnassus Books. Additionally, she has coordinated writing workshops, ranging from the annual one-day Nashville Young Writers Workshop to the week-long Sense of Place Workshop with Richard Bausch at Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas. She was also a guest teacher of Fiction Writing at the Ah Haa School of Arts in Telluride, Colorado.

About San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel is known to be the most enchanting town in Mexico. In 2008, UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende as a World Heritage of Humanity sites. It is quaint, cosmopolitan, and built for relaxing. With its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details, and sumptuous interiors, you will not be disappointed! Ninety percent of the attractions are within walking distance and the city is safe for traveling.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Posada Corazón is an enchanting bed and breakfast in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. It is in a narrow valley, which makes its streets narrow and winding. Most are alleys that cars cannot pass through, and some are long sets of stairs up the mountainsides. Many of the city’s thoroughfares are partially or fully underground. The historic center has numerous small plazas, colonial-era mansions, churches, and civil constructions built using pink or green sandstone.

FOOD

Daily breakfast, coffee, and juice is included in the price of this retreat. You can enjoy your meal in a lovely and authentic bed and breakfast private setting. They offer homemade enchiladas or huevo divorciados and the bread basket with homemade marmalade and honey is divine. There are a lot of bars, cafes, and restaurants nearby that offer Mexican cuisine. Their food is primarily a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with European, especially Spanish, elements added after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in the 16th century. The staples are native foods, such as corn, beans, avocados, tomatoes, and chili peppers, along with rice which was brought by the Spanish. Europeans introduced a large number of other foods, the most important of which were meats from domesticated animals (beef, pork, chicken, goat, and sheep), dairy products (especially cheese), and various herbs and spices.

What’s included

  • 5 night's accommodation
    Private or shared rooms in the serene & beautiful Posada Corazon are available
  • Group writing sessions
    Daily communal craft conversations/writing prompts
  • Private writing session
    One-on-one writing session with Ciona or Katie
  • Daily breakfast
    They offer homemade enchiladas, huevo divorciados & other traditional mexican options, and the bread basket with homemade marmalade and honey is divine.
  • Day Trip
    Day trip to Sanctuary of Atotonilco and Dolores Hidalgo
  • Flight/transport
    You can fly into MEX (4 hrs away), QRO (1 hr away) or BJX (1.5 hours away). We will help you coordinate transportation once you book your flight.
  • Lunches & dinners
    These meals are on your own, but we will often dine together when desired!

Available Packages

Private Room
5 left
$1650
Deposit: $500
Shared Room
8 left
$950
Deposit: $500

Itinerary

Welcome!
OUT TIME IN SMA!

*itinerary subject to change*

Thursday, September 26th

WE BEGIN OUR TIME TOGETHER IN BEAUTIFUL SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE WITH AN INFORMAL WELCOME RECEPTION AT THE VILLA TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER, TASTE SOME MEXICAN BOTANAS, AND MAYBE HAVE A MEZCAL OR TWO...

Friday, September 27th

FOLLOWING BREAKFAST, WE GATHER FOR OUR FIRST GROUP CRAFT CONVERSATION IN THE MORNING, FOLLOWED BY LUNCH AT THE VILLA. AFTERWARDS, WE OFFER A WALKING TOUR TO ORIENT YOU TO WHERE THE CENTRAL JARDIN IS, THE ATM, THE MERCADO, THE PARK, THE ART GALLERIES, THE BEST RESTAURANTS AND JUST A GENERAL SENSE OF HOW MAGIC THIS PLACE IS. WE ENCOURAGE SETTLING DOWN ON A BENCH UNDER THE SCULPTED TREES OF THE JARDIN OR FINDING A SWEET CAFE JUST OFF THE SQUARE TO HUNKER DOWN AND WRITE BEFORE SELECTING ONE OF THOSE YUMMY RESTAURANTS TO DINE ON YOUR OWN OR WITH A NEW FRIEND YOU PROBABLY MET IN THIS FRIENDLY BARRIO.

Saturday, September 28th

AFTER BREAKFAST, WE GATHER FOR A SHORT COMMUNAL CRAFT TIME, AND THEN DURING THE COURSE OF THE DAY EACH PARTICIPANT HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET INDIVIDUALLY WITH EITHER CIONA OR SUSANNAH TO DISCUSS WRITING GOALS, WORKSHOP SOME OF YOUR WORK, OR DISCUSS ORGANIZING A PROJECT--WHATEVER YOU NEED TO ADVANCE YOUR WRITING. NOW THAT YOU KNOW THE CITY, WE ENCOURAGE EXPLORATION! SAN MIGUEL IS FAMOUS FOR ITS FIESTAS, SO THERE’S BOUND TO BE ONE SOMEWHERE. ENJOY THE FIREWORKS AND/OR SKYROCKETS UNDER THE FESTIVE NIGHT SKY WHILE YOU DINE ON YOUR OWN.

Sunday, September 29th

TODAY WE VENTURE TO THE NEARBY DESTINATIONS OF SANCTUARY OF ATOTONILCO AND DOLORES HIDALGO. WE OFFER WRITING PROMPTS TO YOU AS YOU EXPLORE WHAT MANY DUB MEXICO’S SISTINE CHAPEL OR AS YOU TAKE IN THE HISTORY OF MEXICO’S LEADER OF THE FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE, MIGUEL HIDALGO, IN HIS HOME. ENJOY PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY TO WRITE, SHOP FOR GREAT POTTERY AND CONNECT THROUGHOUT THE DAY. THEN RETREAT PEACEFULLY BACK TO OUR LOVELY LODGING UPON RETURNING TO SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE.

Monday, September 30th

OUR FINAL DAY! AFTER BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL, WE OFFER ANOTHER CRAFT CONVERSATION AND SPACE FOR WRITING. THIS DAY IS YOURS FOR WRITING, WALKING, TAKING IN THE CITY UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN AT OUR LODGING FOR A SALON-STYLE READING OF WHAT WE CREATED THIS WEEK. THEN IN CELEBRATION OF OUR WORK, WE DINE TOGETHER, AND MAYBE WE LAND AT A LOCAL HOT SPOT FOR DANCING OR AN OUTDOOR CAFE FOR PEOPLE-WATCHING. SALUD!

Tuesday, October 1st

BREAKFAST & ADIOS!

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