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

Coming in early 2020 | 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.”


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.