Writing Retreats in Mexico

With Writing Coach and Author of Writing with Cold Feet
and The A to Zen of Writing,

Kathrin Lake

Annually: Middle week in January or Middle week of February, outside Manzanillo, Mexico.
2016: Jan. 11 – Jan. 17  see prices below

* note January retreat must be filled before February


If you want to talk to someone about our retreats call:
We will return messages promptly and answer all your questions.


The Retreats Include:

1Group Classes in writing and publishing

1One-on-one Coaching in writing and publishing

1Accommodation Choices

1Social Events and networking with writers


1Guided fun events (everyone goes on the boat tour!)

1Some evening meals and snacks

1 Week Retreats (7-day)

January 11 – 17: $897 per person15% off with early bird booking

*February 16 – 22: $897 per person15% off with early bird booking

NOW $767 CAD when you book before December 30th

PLUS $50 rebate ($717) if you book before November 20th, and attend in January or February!

A confirmed schedule will be sent to participants well in advance. Accommodation is chosen in advance from economy apartments and rooms starting at $55/night, to mid-range suites in or beside the retreat house, and hotel service. Participants can join us early and stay beyond retreat dates as they wish. Flights to Manzanillo and ground travel to the retreat house and accommodations are arranged by the participants (many use their points).
*January will be filled before February


$200 deposit Reserves Your Accommodation and spot at the early bird price.
Fully refundable up to 25 days before the retreat. Balance due by December 15th for January retreat and January 2nd for February retreat.

More questions? Call 1-604-564-4444 and we will return your call promptly.

I Want to Write a Book Retreat

Kathrin Lake is an author and speaker who has over 20 years experience teaching writing to adults and coaching speakers and authors. Kathrin is an award winning playwright, former newspaper editor and has helped hundreds of people write their first published works, and helped many more get over their fears and procrastination around writing and speaking. You may find her books on Amazon.

retreat 2011

“Every Winter, usually in mid February, I take people on a retreat to my beautiful small town in Mexico to show them how to start to take their dream out of the box and write their book.” – Kathrin Lake

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or Phone:1-604-564-4444 and we will return your call promptly.


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“I got my passion for writing back and what I accomplished is both valuable and sellable… the group was great, and we contributed and supported each other (so important !). The town was great and rustic. Loved the people. Loved the food. Loved the weather. Kathrin as a facilitator is extraordinary and for me personally gave me exactly what I was looking for. Confidence… Coaching on how to have my dialogue and the “gory” scenes work. Also great coaching on next steps for getting an agent and a publisher. The retreat was basically everything I wanted and more!”                   – Ellen Chauvet, When Darkness Falls

“The town is a really good choice for the retreat. The timing – mid Feb – worked
well, too, and I appreciate the flexibility of being able to attend for just
one week. The accommodation was perfect, and you really gave a lot of attention
to detail. I finished a novel, and already have the first chapters and synopsis agent-ready! So, the retreat worked for me. I would never have finished the
novel without the kind of support we had – I could write all day, then meet up
with people, so I never got lonely!” – Julie H (published author)

“I really enjoyed the whole experience. Being a part of a group of writers who share a common goal was a valuable experience that yielded new contacts and connections that I treasure. To me, the town was a little scruffy, but felt safe and comfortable fairly soon after arrival and seemed a good choice for such an event, especially because of the familiarity and friendships. Kathrin and Jim were great hosts, warm and personable, offering suggestions for activities and creating a bond between the participants by providing opportunities for the group to socialize together while allowing freedom for individual options. As a facilitator, Kathrin was insightful, and helpful, and kept the classes interesting.” – Jacquelyn Johnston

“I thought the town was a friendly place, and I felt completely safe there, even at
night. I also appreciated the apartment being so central. Kathrin’s guidance was extremely helpful, especially in the areas of character development. Asking me what my characters were like made me realize they needed more meat on their bones. I enjoyed the writing exercises in our class too. Jim and Kathrin were excellent hosts. ….Thank you for the delicious meals you prepared for us and the recommendations you gave for restaurants (Mexico Lindo’s was my favourite).” – Kelly Madden

“This is exactly what I needed to move me forward and get me going in the right creative direction. I enjoyed meeting an amazing group of dynamic, creative and energetic group of writers. Kathrin’s classes gave me the inspiration and knowledge to move me forward. She was refreshing, inspiring and I could ” hear” what she was saying. It spoke to me. Thank you so much Kathrin!” – Bev H

The Benefits of joining the Writing Retreats in Mexico

  • You will be writing and be able to get your project well on its way to completion
  • You will be taught great techniques
  • You will learn about the latest in publishing and how to be successful in the new Amazon age of publishing
  • You will gain new ways of thinking to help you through blocks
  • You will have fresh material that excites you
  • You will get clarity and organization
  • You will be shown how to and share your stories through an impactful story format
  • You will get coaching on your book, character development, etc.
  • You will have a plan
  • You will be suffused with the beauty of Mexico
  • You will share fearlessly and proudly

Assured Accommodation



NOW $55 / night

If you don’t want a private apartment and want to upgrade, more expensive and full service hotel accommodation is readily available with pool and all usual amenities.


We recommend you use your points to get best values on a return flight to Manzanillo. The retreat is in a coastal town to the north of the airport that is a taxi ride away. For best values without points, try (go to discount airfares tab), Alaska Airlines, or Air Transat or for Canadians



Continental breakfasts and refreshments during classes  and an evening farewell meal will be provided given at the Retreat House . Other evening meals and readings are enjoyed at the many excellent restaurant choices around the corner. We prefer to move the evening meal around and you can also have the fun of discovering your own favorites within a comfortable walking distance. The apartments have kitchenettes allowing those who want to cook for themselves to do so. In Mexico, food at restaurants is generally much cheaper and there are no taxes. For evening meals we may have some reservations and discounted group rates for a full meal and drinks, like at our final farewell dinner. At restaurants, you should allow for hearty breakfasts to cost = $2-$5, lunch = $3-$10 and dinner = $8-$15. Allow for street vendor tacos which are hot and fresh and you get 4 for about $2.


$200 deposit for Annual Mexico Writing Retreat in January or February.
Reserves your accommodation and spot at the early bird price.
Balance due by January 2nd for February retreat. More questions?
Call 1-604-564-4444 and we will return your call promptly.

You will be invited on a boat tour!

You will be invited on a boat tour!

Other Opportunities

  • Boat, Fishing, Snorkeling or other Tours
  • Shopping! Great arts and crafts! Weekly open air markets!
  • Beach is free and you can walk to the next town on it in about about 45 minutes
  • Booze is cheap and bars are relaxed
  • Clubs and bars often have live music, no cover charge unless a charity event
  • The infamous Mexican Drag Queen Show at “Bar Siboney”
  • Taxis to neighboring towns are inexpensive
  • See the crocodile sanctuary one hour away in another town via taxi


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