Why I’m Doing a Women’s Art and Writing Retreat in Mexico for Women 50+

Meaningful, creative connection with my peer group.

This is something I’ve craved my whole life… ever since my teen years.

Sometimes I found it. Always I’ve worked to create it. This connection with creative women peers remains as important to me now as ever.

What I’ve learned

in sharing what I want most, and also daring to admit what I feel is missing, is that… lo and behold… those who resonate come forward with a resounding ME TOO!!!

That’s why I’m going to be bold and start creating offerings for women over 50.

The rest of this post share more about what and why.

I’m teaming up with a good friend and longtime colleague, Emily Trinkaus, to put together an mini online workshop (this Saturday!) and a weeklong creativity retreat in September.

Are you a woman over 50 (or on the verge) craving MORE creativity, meaningful connection and community with your peers?

I’d love to hear from you!

Meanwhile, please do join us this Saturday with a notebook and something to write with. We’ll be on video so you can see us, and you can join the workshop on your computer, phone or tablet.

Details for FREE mini-workshop webinar:

Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 12:00 Noon Central Time (10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern)

Just pop your email in to the form, below, and you’re IN!

If you have trouble adding your email: please use this link
We’ll be writing together and you can ask us questions about the upcoming LIVE retreat in September.


Wiser & Wilder: Women’s Creativity Immersion

Art and Writing Retreat in Mexico for Women 50+

with Emily Trinkaus and Lisa Sonora

September 12 — 18, 2018

Oaxaca, Mexico

Now more than ever, we need women’s wisdom and women’s voices in the world. We need women in their full creative power. Especially women over 50.

Sadly, older women in our culture feel invisible and irrelevant. We’re conditioned to believe that our value is in our appearance, our youth, our ability to bear children.


But we know that 50+ years of living on planet Earth means that we’ve gathered a wealth of incredible experience, tools, skills, insights, wisdom and power.

The world needs us to share these gifts in bigger and bolder ways, to be inspiring role models and mentors to younger generations of women who have rarely seen what an older woman in her authentic feminine power looks like.


And WE need – and deserve – the fulfillment, joy and vitality of expressing our creativity and living our dreams and passions.

Are you ready to break the cultural myths around women, creativity and aging?

What if 50 were just the beginning? What if we were just getting started??

The Wiser & Wilder Creative Immersion Retreat

offers a unique opportunity to gather, create, play, explore and have FUN in a sacred, safe and supportive container.

The gift of a 5-day creative immersion allows you to step away from your ordinary life, connect with kindred women peers, and have the time and space to create without interruption.

Imagine: someone else is be doing all of the cleaning and cooking and organizing! All you need to do is show up and open to your own creativity.

This retreat is for you if want to:

  • Awaken, re-spark or amp up your creative fire and passion
  • Receive support for evoking and inspiring your creative gifts
  • Take your creativity off the back burner and commit to living your dreams
  • Feel nourished and inspired by being immersed in a sisterhood of peers
  • Gain a new perspective on your life, your future and your gifts.
  • Return to your center and uncover your inner guidance
  • Rest, regenerate and recharge your batteries
  • Take a break from your ordinary reality and the everyday demands of your life

It’s Not Too Late to Create!

Even if you think it’s too late to be creative or start a creative project, and even if you have never written or made art, you are welcome and encouraged to join us.

We’re here to support you. Two facilitators with 10 participants max, means you’ll get plenty of individual attention and creative hand-holding if you want it.

You’ll be immersed in a fun, encouraging, and supportive environment where you can listen to all the parts of yourself, create with freedom and joy, and see the bigger picture.

Our days will be spent in the practices of creative writing, art and optional movement – energizing dance in the morning and gentle Yin Yoga stretches in the afternoon. And you’ll have plenty of time to explore the incredible city of Oaxaca, with group excursions and on your own.

You’ll have the freedom and permission to use the time on retreat however is best for you.

Again, absolutely no previous experience in writing or art is needed! All women age 50+ are welcome!

Here’s what we’ll be doing:

Writing Workshop Sessions

We will write together daily in a safe and encouraging environment designed to spark inspiration and allow our creativity to flow freely. The workshop will allow women of all backgrounds, experience levels, and genres to work together and grow as writers.

By listening deeply to ourselves and each other, we will allow our voices to emerge, expand, and have deep impact. All of our workshop sessions will use the Amherst Writers and Artists writing workshop method, created by Pat Schneider and described in her book Writing Alone and With Others.

Mixed-Media Visual Journaling in the Studio

oaxaca creativity retreat

Visual journal by Lisa Sonora

Creating a Wisdom Journal taps into your intuitive, imaginative and creative powers as you play with all manner of art supplies in the least intimidating and most freeing ways possible.

It’s easy to access this wisdom waiting to guide you. It’s right here inside you. Hiding in unexpected turns of phrase, in daring splotches of color, and bold mark-making.

You’ll quickly transform big, unassuming pieces of blank paper into collaged, painted and inked pieces that automagically become the pages of your Wisdom Journal.

Workshop Location — Oaxaca, Mexico 

Oaxaca is a Unesco world heritage site, with one of the most beautiful zocalo’s (town centers) in all of Mexico, and no less than 21 cathedrals within the historic center. (Oaxaca is pronounced Wa-Ha-Ka, and is both a city and a state (like New York, NY) in Southern Mexico).

Oaxaca, Mexico is a land of magic, mythos, and art. You’ll find traditional weavers, sculptors, potters, dancers, musicians, storytellers and curanderas (indigenous healers) mixing it up with modern painters, photographers, writers, and poets—all in a renown food destination.

The pace of life is slower here, and things are still done the way they were thousands of years ago: vibrant local markets, deep social connections, food of the Gods. Think: Chocolate and Mezcal.

The light and air are extraordinary, without humidity. Oaxaca is situated in a high desert valley ringed by mountains. Warm, sunny days and cool balmy nights.

Art & Writing Retreat Details

Dates: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (arrival day) – Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (departure day)

September 12 and September 18 are travel days with no activities. Workshop dates are September 13-17.

Lodging Options:

Our workshop is held at Lisa Sonora’s own art studio in Oaxaca, Mexico. There is a villa on-site with four en-suite rooms available. Meals are plant-based, organic and are prepared and served in our cafe (with full espresso bar!) right at the studio.

Lodging On-Site is limited (4 rooms available).

Your room has it’s own en-suite bathroom and private entrance.

Workshop Registration with DOUBLE Occupancy Lodging On-Site — Early Registration: $1995  (before June 1, 2018 after $2295)

Workshop Registration with SINGLE Occupancy Lodging On-Site — Early Registration: $2295 (before June 1, 2018 after $2595)

Workshop Registration Only — Stay OFF-Site and arrange your own lodging in Oaxaca (we’ll email you our list of favorite places a short walk away when you register). Early Registration: $1795 (before June 1, 2018, after $1995)

$400 deposit to hold your space. The balance is due by July 1, 2018.

Registration includes:

  • Workshop instruction
  • Pre-trip notes and guidelines
  • Six nights double occupancy lodging if staying on-site –  Check-in on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 — Check-Out on Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Six breakfasts
  • Six lunches
  • Our meals are plant-based whole foods, and accommodate gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan diets (we get it!)
  • Advice on travel plans before or after the trip, if desired

Because Oaxacan cuisine is so wonderful, dinners are not prearranged to give you freedom to choose where and what to eat. We will point you to our favorite restaurants and even make reservations for you.

Everything is an easy walk from Art House Oaxaca (where you’ll be lodging and enjoying studio time). Taxis are abundant and affordable if you prefer not to walk.

Most people pair up or go to dinner in groups, so don’t worry about dining alone.


By registering, you agree to these terms. Confirmation: You’ll receive an email after you make your deposit. This is your registration confirmation, and contains helpful info to get you started planning your trip to Oaxaca. Please keep this email in a safe place. It’s recommended that you print it out. Important: All retreat information will be emailed to the email address you used when registering. If you require the materials be sent to an alternate email address,  please email Jen (@ lisasonora  (dot) com) and let her know right away.

Cancellation, Refunds, Payment  Schedule…A deposit of $400 off-site lodging, $500 Double, or $600 Single Occupancy will hold your space. Deposit is fully refundable until June 1. On or after June 2, your deposit is non-refundable.

The balance is due by July 1, 2018.

You’ll receive an invoice from us for the balance. If you’d like to pay the balance in smaller payments over time, no problem. We’ll set up a payment plan that works for you at no additional charge.

Cancellation before July 1: a refund of monies paid, less the $500 deposit will be issued to those that cancel their registration. After July 1, registration fees are non-refundable.

Refunds will be issued to those that cancel their registration by emailing Jen at (at) lisasonora (dot) com. Please include Cancellation Request in the subject line, and in the message, include the name and PayPal email address you used to purchase your registration.  A full refund will be made to you via PayPal within 72 hours of receiving your cancellation email.

Got Questions?

Please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns about the workshop. Not sure if this is the right workshop / retreat for you? Got travel questions? Please do get in touch.

Email Emily: emily (@) emilytrinkaus (dot) com

Email Lisa: heya (@) lisasonora (dot) com

Hurry! Lodging on site is very limited, just 4 rooms available.

Your Retreat Guidesses

lisa sonoraLisa Sonora is an American artist and creative entrepreneur living in Mexico, who wants to live in a world where following your heart’s desire is considered practical, and making a living from your gifts is a no-brainer.

Her first book, The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Guidebook to Making Business Ideas Real (Quarry, 2008), won two independent publisher awards and launched a movement that has helped thousands to make their creative business ideas real. The Creative Entrepreneur is used as a textbook in many business, entrepreneurship, and arts programs, including University of Madison School of Business.

A sought-after facilitator, she’s led international creativity workshops on five continents for the past 20 years: at schools in Africa, inside tech companies, coach training programs, churches and zendos, and at retreat centers and universities. She trains others to lead creativity workshops in her Creative Journey Facilitator Training, and has a Creative Entrepreneur School in the works.

When she’s not consulting or in the studio making stuff, you can find her journeying to foreign lands in search of textiles, trying to take better photos, and adding to her visual journal sketchbooks in cafes around the world.

emily trinkausEmily Trinkaus is a writer, astrologer and teacher currently based in Olympia, Washington. In 1999, after having her world rocked and life changed by participating in a writing workshop using the Amherst Writers & Artists method, she trained with Pat Schneider to become a certified workshop leader. She led writing workshops in Brooklyn, NY, and later moved to Portland, OR, where she founded Portland Women Writers.

For several years she led writing workshops and retreats for women, then took a break to focus on astrology full-time. She now leads writing workshops in Olympia, in addition to teaching unique online classes in Divine Feminine astrology and working with clients around the world.

Emily’s background includes a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in Women’s Studies from Emory University. She is a regular contributor to The Mountain Astrologer magazine, and the author of Creating with the Cosmos: An Astrological Guide to Awakening and Enhancing Creativity.

A devoted practitioner of Yin Yoga for over a decade, Emily loves to share her passion for this gentle yet transformational practice. Her favorite place to be is on the dance floor, practicing conscious or ecstatic dance.

7 Responses to Why I’m Doing a Women’s Art and Writing Retreat in Mexico for Women 50+

  1. Theresa February 20, 2018 at 1:16 am #

    Please consider conferring with Emily.
    Briefly- BD 12/31/57 thank you, Theresa

  2. Theresa February 20, 2018 at 1:12 am #

    LISA’ (not shouting caps-no) Emphatic ones!
    I’m coming…be there in March. I definitely fit the criteria/age and ‘drawn’ bit! for the new offering.
    I have my passport now and though this March will be our 1st meeting in person…
    (I did join the event this coming weekend- (packing time be shortened…so be it!)
    My qestion is…if I can pull off being with you again- in this new
    Creative adventure….can we talk a bit during the upcoming textile/talisman retreat
    Or will I possibly miss a spot in your limited >50 offering if I don’t sign up
    Right after the on line ‘meet and play’ this weekend?
    Might I be able to do both….despite your limited # of desired participants?

    • Lisa Sonora February 23, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

      Hi Theresa – absolutely we can talk while you’re here. No rush to sign up, please come experience the place and my work and then see if it feels aligned with what else you’ve got going on.
      We do already have ladies signed up, but don’t feel pressured.

  3. Margaret February 19, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

    The retreat sounds amazing. On the question of rooms, I’d be travelling on my own, would there be a chance to share a room with someone else on their own?
    Thanks, Margaret

    • Lisa Sonora February 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

      Hi Margaret! There are single rooms available on a first-come basis for a slight upcharge from the double room option. For those who purchase a double room, we will match you with a roommate.

      So you can register for a double room even if you’re traveling solo!

  4. Angeline February 19, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

    HEY! I’m under 50 and so was another of our group during Dias de los Muertos 2016. We BOTH had a great time and learned so much!

    I understand why the “rebranding,” but help us under 50 that seek the same things feel that we are included, too.

    LOVE and sunshine and wagging puppy tails….

    • Lisa Sonora February 23, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

      Hi Angeline! It’s not rebranding, but another workshop. I’m still doing all of the other workshops for all ages. 🙂

      I adore your presence and would never want you or anyone to feel left out.

      It’s just that I’m trying to do something special for women 50+. I hope that makes sense!

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