San Miguel de Allende
is a magical Spanish colonial style mountain town set in the central Mexican highlands about 3.5 hours from Mexico City. Since the 1930’s, it has been a home to the arts, when the GI bill sent veterans to study arts programs. The arts have flourished ever since, and the city has become home to writers (the Beat writers frequented here in the 50's) intellectuals, painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, filmmakers, actors, chefs, vintners and foreign residents, happily integrating with local culture.
It has been marked a UNESCO world heritage site, named "number one city in the world", and is also home to a thriving bilingual culture, local artisans markets and a diverse, robust and progressive wellness/therapeutic community. It also has the best English speaking library in Latin America - which houses a charming, intimate theater where Daniel will host a hypnosis and past life regression performance.
Our retreat is set in the “campo” (countryside) about 30 minutes from town. It is a fully sustainable “ranchito" (see information about the location). Our hostess at the ranchito, Arleta Jeziorska, invites intimate groups to study in this gorgeous, rustic setting - with her local team of helpers providing delicious, organic cooking, home and gardening help, fire building and preparation for ceremonies. There is also a teepee for group meditation and gathering, and a hand constructed temazcal (Mexican sweat lodge), where Arleta conducts ceremonies. She has trained in a Mexican medicine tradition for 10 years.
Daniel's 5 day immersive workshop will all take place on the grounds, in different areas in and outdoors. We will breakfast, lunch, work, rest, gather and play, each day. Arleta will also offer her unique form of Mexican herbal massage.
In the evening, we share the magic of pure nature, under the wide open skies and bright stars, before heading back to the city, for dinner, adventure or solitude.
El Ranchito De Arleta
is an ideal place to rest, wander, read, gather, listen to the birds or appreciate the silence. It is lent for intimate workshops and retreats. The adobe houses are designed based on permaculture and sustainability with organic materials, solar systems, ecological sanitation and rainwater harvesting. It overlooks the mountains with beautiful sunrises and sunsets, surrounded by open land with stunning desert vegetation, plants, cacti, flowers and trees. There is a beautiful teepee where we can gather for talk, meditation, sharing a pipe and reflections/intentions each morning before our work. Arleta Jeziorska is the creator and hostess on the ranchito, and will host our gatherings in the teepee, temazcal ceremony on the land, offer her help and massage, and coordinate with Henrietta and the team cooking, setting up, preparing and making us comfortable.
The nearest airport to San Miguel de Allende is LEON AIRPORT, GUANAJUATO, one hour away from the town. Flights are 3 hours direct from LA, and 5 hours from NY, with a stopover in Houston or San Antonio. You can arrange a very good value pick up (about US$27) from the shuttle service, Baji O Go, either by phone or internet: www.bajiogo.
The alternative airport is MEXICO CITY AIRPORT, which is about 3.5 hours travel time to San Miguel de Allende. You are best to travel to the central bus station by cab (MEXICO NORTE) and catch a direct bus to San Miguel de Allende. The recommended bus service is Primera Plus: https://www.primeraplus.com.mx.
Please contact Henrietta Weekes for any travel questions at all: firstname.lastname@example.org 917 750 7598
There are many fabulous places to stay in San Miguel de Allende. Attendees are free to choose their own places to bed down during the retreat. Henrietta will help with ALL QUESTIONS, and recommend hotels and homes that suit your desire and budget. The retreat center is closest to these neighborhoods, but don't worry, our cars will pick you up wherever you choose to stay: Around PARQUE JUAREZ, ALLENDE, GUADIANA, SAN ANTONIO. Be aware that CENTRO (the center of town near El Jardin the main square) can be noisy compared to the outskirts of the town. But if you want to be in the heart of the town, there are plenty of wonderful small hotels for you to explore.
A few suggestions...
HOTEL QUINTA LORETO -- Affordable, clean rooms, in pretty surroundings and right next to the artisans market.
HOTEL CASA DEL PARQUE -- Medium rate, beautiful hotel, with gorgeous gardens, right on a park and not too close to the noise of Centro.
HOTEL POSADA DE LA ALDEA -- Mid rate, beautiful, well-reviewed hotel in lovely gardens and close to restaurants.
HOTEL ROSEWOOD -- Loveliness with amenities in a bespoke spa and hotel.
There are SO MANY hotels to choose from, so please scout around, and feel free to ask Henrietta any questions. She is on the ground there, so can help you find the perfect place. Trip Advisor link here.
Year 1: October 10-14, 2018
Wednesday, October 10 --
Thursday, October 11 --
Friday, October 12 --
Saturday, October 13 --
Past Life Regression
Sunday, October 14 --
ARTS AND CULTURE
San Miguel de Allende is literally a-buzz with arts and culture. Henrietta can point you in the direction of the best art galleries (www.fabricalaaurora.com) music, theater, film, talks, restaurants and bars, parks and gardens. There is a weekly paper, for news and what's on: ATENCION SAN MIGUEL
We also recommend this website and Facebook page to find out extensively about what is going on and what you can take part in: LOKKAL SAN MIGUEL
TRIPS OUT OF TOWN
Henrietta can advise you on where to go, to see a local village, farm, community or the hot springs.
La Gruta Hot Springs
An ancient village with one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in Mexico - with exceptional frescoes on wall and ceiling. 20 minutes out of town.
Mineral de Pozos 45 minutes out of town
Defined as a "pueblo magico", once a silver mining town, which feels, literally, magical. Henrietta can organize a lunch in the local hotel, or on a private ranch, if enough of us would like to go.
Comonfort 30 minutes out of town
A community with a few sustainable farms, where you can learn about, try and purchase local produce and meet some wonderful ex pats and locals, who are working together.