7 Days & Nights

You & Your Story

Breathtaking Surroundings

Exquisite Meals

Only 7 spots available.

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Come and immerse yourself in the spectacular town of Tepoztlán in Mexico's Central Highlands.

Daily memoir writing workshops will be complemented by free time to write, relax or explore. Optional excursions to the town's famously colourful markets and historic buildings and/or a hike in the surrounding mountains are also on offer. Evenings will be celebrated with gourmet meals, stories, informal readings, and an optional night of dancing.

The setting for this retreat is Casa Temictli, famous for its architectural beauty, gastronomical wonders, luxuriant art gardens, and warm, welcoming hosts.

This intimate workshop will be limited to 7 participants. Couples are welcome.



Each day will begin with a leisurely buffet breakfast on the terrace, followed by a 3- to 4-hour writing workshop with Alison Wearing. In addition to offering essential tools and guidance through obstacles and questions, these workshop sessions will give participants an opportunity to share and receive valuable feedback on their writing. People may be at different stages of the writing process and the sessions will be sculpted to ensure that every person receives tailored attention within the workshop, in addition to a one-hour private session with Alison at some point during the week. A simple application process will also aid in the curation of a mutually inspiring writing environment. For a detailed description of a memoir writing workshop and testimonials from similar workshops, please visit the memoir workshop page.

Following the midday meal, people are welcome to do as they please! In the heat of the afternoon, rest and relaxation may be in order, a swim in the pool, a visit to the local bookstore/garden café, or a bit of writing time in a shady spot in the garden or living room. (For a full tour of Casa Temictli, please see the video at the bottom of this page.)

Optional excursions will include: a tour of the village, ending with a margarita on a hotel terrace overlooking the valley; a visit to the town centre on market day; a hike to the pyramid in the surrounding mountains; two meals in excellent local restaurants. (Guided by the natural rhythm of a tropical climate, some excursions may need to take place in the cooler hours of the morning, in which case the writing workshops would take place in the afternoon of that day.) Tepoztlán is also a fabulous place to simply wander on one's own...

The retreat will begin in the evening (dinner) of Sunday, February 25 and end after breakfast on Sunday, March 4, 2018.


Exceptional gourmet meals will be prepared daily by the house chefs. Vegetarian options are available; limited special diet accommodations can be made.

Breakfast: Freshly-squeezed juices, coffee/tea, variety of tropical fruits, cereal, plus hot options

Lunch: A substantial midday meal with hot and cold options

Dinner: Gourmet meal including 1 complimentary glass of wine/beer*

* Beyond 1 complimentary drink, wine/beer will be sold by the bottle at cost. People are also welcome to buy/bring their own alcohol. Both wine and beer are easily available at village shops and supermarkets.

There is no way of overstating this: the food at Casa Temictli is EXQUISITE. This is food as an art form.


Participants fly to Mexico City International Airport (MEX). Tepoztlán is a 90-minute ride from Mexico City airport (see map) and airport transfer to/from Casa Temictli can be arranged for an additional cost.


There are four bedrooms available in Casa Temictli (see video tour at the bottom of this page), plus one room in a neighbouring 4-star hotel, a 5-minute walk from Casa Temictli:

1. Canada Room (2 TWIN beds, shared bathroom*, balcony, double-occupancy OR 1 KING bed, single-occupancy)

2. Mexico Room (QUEEN bed, shared bathroom*, single- or double-occupancy)

3. Casita (Separate from main house, QUEEN bed, ensuite bathroom, single- or double-occupancy)

4. Master Bedroom (Deluxe room with KING bed, ensuite bathroom, balcony, single- or double-occupancy)

5. Luxury King (neighbouring 4-star hotel; KING bed, private bathroom, single- or double-occupancy)

* The Canada Room and the Mexico Room share one bathroom.

A video tour of Casa Temictli, the setting of the retreat.

Alison's own story...

It was January of the year 2000, when the world was expected to fall into millennial chaos but somehow didn't. I had hoped it would, or at least, I had hoped that some kind of shift would occur. Because I was looking for change, massive change. A rescue of sorts.

I was a new mother. And the transition had been tough for me. While I loved my son ferociously, I also ached for the loss of my life as a freewheeling travel writer, the independence I used to prize, the solitude, the spontaneity, the sleep...

One afternoon, in the middle of a freezing rain storm that had kept us housebound for days, I saw an ad for a house for rent in a legendary Mexican village with spectacular mountain views. I'd never been to Mexico before, knew nothing of its legends or its mountains, but on a whim—a desperate one—I called and booked the place for the following week. 

With my six-month-old slung to my hip, I set off. And within a day or two of arriving, I began to feel better than I had in months. The more I wandered Tepoztlán's cobblestone streets, inhaled its vistas and flowers, ate in its lively market, drank in its colour, warmth, blossoms and sacred natural surroundings, the more I wanted to live there, raise my son there.

To make a long story short, that is eventually what happened. And although we are all back in Canada now and happy to be here, Tepoztlán is still home to us in many ways. So it is with particular pleasure and heart that I offer this retreat this winter.