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The Writers' Retreat

MEXICO, Jalisco, Barra de Navidad

How to write and publish a book while in Mexico

Sponsored by the Vancouver School of Writing, this established writing retreat includes classes, writing coaching, readings and the latest information on publishing. Participants move towards their writing goals in a supportive atmosphere where they will learn, grow, make friends and have fun in the sun for an unforgettable experience.

Formal retreats are 7 days in length over the winter months Jan, Feb, Mar and April making it an ideal place for those escaping winter cold.

Retreats include:
- Five daily classes in writing and publishing; non-fiction and fiction
- Continental breakfast with classes
- Two to three one-on-one coaching sessions in writing and publishing
- Accommodation choices to fit your budget
- A complimentary copy of “Your Plans For Writing a Book”
- Social events and networking with writers
- Readings
- Farewell dinner
- Guided fun events that may have nominal costs
- Bicycles to use for Retreat House guests.

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Our retreat is located in a picturesque, safe, fishing village - a short taxi ride north of the Manzanillo ZLO airport where you will be a short walk to the beach and great restaurants, music and cafes.

Casa Creatividad - Escape to creative happiness - is a brand new facility with three levels and three palapa and hammock areas. At the garden level is the Grand Palapa with a large polished dance floor, overlooking the garden.
Our classes will be held outdoors in perfect climate with a breakfast spread of local fruits, baked goods, cereals, juices coffee, tea and iced Jamaica tea. Yum!

Upstairs, are deluxe guest rooms with large private bathrooms, your own writing desk, coffee area, two palapas, hammocks and look-out area. Across the street are other rooms to enjoy your stay.



Classes are open to all levels of experience for those wanting to write novels, memoirs, non-fiction books and other long-form genres (including screenplays).
There is a maximum of 10 persons in a class. We keep group small size so quality and individual attention is high. Participants often come a day or two early so they are refreshed for morning class.

Kathrin Lake, author of Writing with Cold Feet, is our resident writing coach and host. She has over 20 years experience teaching writing in a way that has students raving. Author of several books, she is also an award winning playwright, screenwriter, editor who has helped hundreds successfully write their first published works.


Your Host and Retreat Operator:  Kathrin Lake .

Region:  The region is a picturesque, safe town that has a perfect climate favored by expats from Canada and U.S.A. You will find it easy to walk to the beach, cafes, restaurants and other terrific amenities.

Location:  The retreat is in a coastal town 30 minutes to the north of the Manzanillo airport, so a taxi ride away.

Closest airport:  ZLO Manzanillo, Mexico. 25-30 minutes by cab. PVR Puerto Vallarta is a 4-5 hour bus ride away.

Tourism information:  Delegacion Regional de Turismo de Costalegre


Studio Name Description Weekly Rates
Master Room 1 King, private bath 525 USD
Nopal Room 1 Queen, private bath 385 USD
Palma Room 2 Twin beds, private bath 385 USD
Casa Juanita Rooms (budget) Single beds, private bath 270 USD


  • Wireless
  • Desktop
  • Printer
  • Phone
  • Refbook
  • Weekmaid
  • Private bathroom

Payment terms:  $200 deposit required in advance. The balance for retreat fee only will be needed by December 15th or approximately 5 weeks before the retreat.

Cancellation policy:  Retreats can be cancelled up to 30 days before the event for a refund of the deposit. If you have paid for more than the holding deposit less than 30 days to the event, your payment for the live event is only transferable to another date. Should you have to cancel your attendance with extenuating circumstances, you must advise and Kathrin Lake at or call 604-564-4444 immediately.

A sampling of memories from our residents

K. Madden Many of these people were not authors before they worked with Kathrin, now… “Kathrin’s guidance was extremely helpful, especially in character development. She made me realize they needed more meat on their bones. ...Thank you also for the delicious meals you prepared for us.”

E. Chauvet “What I accomplished is both valuable and sellable… the group was great, we supported each other. The town… Loved the people. Loved the food. Loved the weather. Kathrin as a facilitator is extraordinary. The retreat was basically everything I wanted and more!” - now author of When Darkness Falls

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