MEXICO The Writer’s Odyssey: A Mythopoetic Writer’s Retreat with Phil Cousineau

by Lisa Sonora

MEXICO The Writer's Odyssey A Mythopoetic Writer's Retreat with Phil CousineauMEXICO
The Writer’s Odyssey

A Mythopoetic Writer’s Retreat with Phil Cousineau

March 11-18, 2019 | in Oaxaca City, Mexico

“The artist and pilgrim, soulful travelers in parallel realms, are by nature similar; like Siamese twins, they are connected by the tissue of desire to experience the world directly. The pilgrim is a poetic traveler, one who believes that there is poetry on the road, at the heart of everything.”

— from The Art of Pilgrimage by Phil Cousineau

Writing Retreat – Meets – Pilgrimage, in this all new workshop led by bestselling author, documentary filmmaker and scriptwriter, Phil Cousineau.

Writers of all levels and genres are welcome, to gather with kindred pilgrims who want to discover their next (or first!) writing project or burnish current work with expert coaching and support from Phil.

Perhaps you want to work on a piece of travel writing? Or a personal memoir? A novel, a collection of poems…or even a movie script?

Phil has worked with authors, memoirists, poets, scholars, and screenwriters over the last 30 years, and helped scores of them publish their work.

We’ll spend a week together in the heart of Oaxaca City, Mexico, an ancient land of magic, mythos, and art, where traditional weavers, sculptors, potters, dancers, musicians, storytellers and curanderas (indigenous healers) mix it up with modern painters, photographers, writers, and poets.

Each day includes readings and talks on writing and soulful journey-taking, drawn from Phil’s popular books, The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seekers Guide to Making Travel Sacred, and Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination, as well as The Book of Roads: A Life Made of Travel.

These reading and talks, practices and exercises, are designed specifically to ignite your creativity and embolden the writer within.

Each of these invigorating sessions is followed by guided writing sessions designed to help you find and refine your own natural writing voice.

About Phil Cousineau

Phil Cousineau photoPHIL COUSINEAU is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer and travel leader, storyteller and TV host of Global Spirit. His fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.” With more than 35 books, and over 20 screenwriting credits to his name, the “omnipresent influence of myth in modern life” is a thread that runs through all of his work. His books include Stoking the Creative FiresOnce and Future MythsThe Art of PilgrimageThe Hero’s JourneyWordcatcherThe Painted WordThe Oldest Story in the WorldThe Book of Roads, and The Accidental Aphorist.

Workshop Location — Oaxaca City, 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).

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.

Retreat Lodging Details

Lodging Options:

Our workshop is held at Art House Oaxaca, in Oaxaca city, Mexico. There is a villa on-site with five en-suite rooms available. Beds can be configured king size for couples, or with two individual beds for roommate.

Meals are plant-based, organic and are prepared and served in our cafe (with full espresso bar!).

“Being cared for my the Art House kitchen and grounds staff soothed me again and again.”

March 11-18, 2019

March 11 – Our retreat begins with tapas and beverages at 5pm.  March 18 is the departure day with no activities.

Registration with Double Occupancy Room On-Site

Early Registration (through Dec. 15) with Double Occupancy room on-site | $2,400 

Registration is $2,600 after December 15.

$500 Deposit holds your space. The balance is due by January 1, 2019.

Reserve Double room now with $500 deposit

Choose the double if you are a couple, attending with a friend, or don’t mind being placed with a roommate.

There are also spaces available for those attending the workshop and staying off-site at a hotel down the street.

Stay Off-Site – 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 (through Dec. 15) | $2,200 

Registration is $2,400 after December 15.

$400 deposit to hold your space. The balance is due by January 1, 2019.


Registration includes:

  • Workshop instruction with Phil Cousineau
  • 1:1 Session with Phil Cousineau
  • Pre-trip notes and guidelines
  • Seven nights double occupancy lodging if staying on-site
  • Welcome tapas and beverages
  • Six breakfasts
  • Four lunches
  • Our meals are plant-based whole foods, and accommodate gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan diets (we get it!)
  • Excursion to Monte Alban Ruins
  • Walking tour of Oaxaca City
  • Advice on travel plans before or after the trip, if desired
  • Discounted rate to stay extra nights at Art House Oaxaca before or after the workshop

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 our workshop and some lodging is located. 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.

A deposit of $400 off-site lodging, $500 Double Occupancy will hold your space.

Cancellation, Refunds, and Payment Schedule:

The balance is due by January 1, 2019. You’ll receive an invoice from us for the balance. 

Cancellation before November 30, 2018: a refund of monies paid will be issued to those that cancel their registration. On or after December 1, 2018 deposit and registration fees are non-refundable.

Refunds will be issued to those that cancel their registration on or before November 30, 2018, by emailing Jen at (at) lisasonora (dot) com. Please include Cancellation Request in the subject line, and in the message, include the name and email address you used to purchase your registration.  A full refund will be made to you within 72 business hours of receiving your cancellation email.

Getting to Oaxaca City, Mexico:

You DO need a passport that doesn’t expire for six months from your date of entry to Mexico.

You’ll fly into the Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca airport. There are easy connections from Mexico City and Houston, Texas. If you’re near San Diego, there are direct flights between Tijuana and Oaxaca. The cross border express makes it so easy!

Airport code is: OAX

From the Oaxaca airport, you’ll take a taxi to the lodging and workshop location. We’ll give detailed instructions and the address with your trip welcome info.

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