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San Miguel de Allende
Sept. 26 - Oct. 1, 2019

Writing Retreat with poet Ciona Rouse & The Porch

“We travel not to escape life,
but for life not to escape us.”



San Miguel de Allende lies in the center of Mexico and is truly a beating heart of the country. A destination for writers for many years, San Miguel draws people passionate about beauty and inspires creation within them. Just one day in the city, and you’ll be elevated creatively by the enchanting doorways, colorful celebrations, charming parks and gardens, numerous art galleries, divine culinary offerings and, especially, the joyful humans who call it home. In this partnership with Atmalogy & The Porch Writer’s Collective, we are excited to take you to this surreal destination that makes it “easy to smile,” as Mary Oliver says in her poem “First Day in San Miguel de Allende.” Every writer benefits by getting away from their norm, and we especially love getting away together.

What's included

5 nights' accommodation

($950 shared / $1,650 private - select upon registration)

Daily communal craft conversations/writing prompts  

One-on-one writing session with Ciona or Susannah

Lots of space and time for writing, shopping & exploring!

Daily breakfast and drinks

Day trip to Sanctuary of Atotonilco and Dolores Hidalgo

What's not included


Transportation to/from airport to retreat center

Any extra tours or activities

Lunch and dinners


Posada Corazón is an enchanting bed and breakfast in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. It is in a narrow valley, which makes its streets narrow and winding. Most are alleys that cars cannot pass through, and some are long sets of stairs up the mountainsides. Many of the city’s thoroughfares are partially or fully underground. The historic center has numerous small plazas, colonial-era mansions, churches, and civil constructions built using pink or green sandstone.

Your Writing GuideS

ciona rouse

Ciona is a poet, editor, teacher and the curator of several poetry experiences, including Atmalogy’s monthly poetry series Writings on the Wall. Rouse is the author of the chapbook Vantablack (Third Man Books, 2017) and poetry editor of WORDPEACE journal. Her work can be found in The Account, Gabby Journal, Matter: a journal of political poetry and commentary, and Talking River. She lives in Nashville, Tenn., and in 2017-2018, served as a resident poet for the Nick Cave: FEAT exhibition and live performance for Frist Art Museum. She co-hosts Re/Verb, a podcast of Third Man Books where music, literature, and pop culture collide.

Susannah Felts

Susannah is a fiction writer, freelance writer, teacher, editor, and native Nashvillian. In 2009, after many years away from her hometown, she returned to put down roots with her family in East Nashville. Previously, Susannah taught creative writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, and in several other youth and community settings. Her first novel, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record, was published in 2008 by Featherproof Books.

Susannah was the recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction for 2013. She has been awarded the Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Oxford American, Literary Hub, Longreads, StorySouth, The Sun, Quarterly West, Hobart, Five Chapters, Wigleaf, Quick Fiction, and others. She earned her BA with Highest Honors in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Susannah is also a contributing writer for Chapter 16, Humanities Tennessee’s site devoted to literary culture.


san miguel de allende, mexico

San Miguel is known to be the most enchanting town in Mexico. In 2008, UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende as a World Heritage of Humanity sites. It is quaint, cosmopolitan, and built for relaxing. With its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details, and sumptuous interiors, you will not be disappointed! Ninety percent of the attractions are within walking distance and the city is safe for traveling.



Fitness center nearby

Gym nearby

Horse riding / rental nearby

Hot spring nearby

Massage nearby

Shopping nearby

Spa nearby


Swimming pool nearby


Air-conditioned rooms

Bar nearby

Cafe nearby

Dining area


Meditation garden


ATM/banking nearby

Beauty salon nearby

Convenience/grocery store nearby

Free wifi

Local market


Daily breakfast, coffee, and juice is included in the price of this retreat. You can enjoy your meal in a lovely and authentic bed and breakfast private setting. They offer homemade enchiladas or huevo divorciados and the bread basket with homemade marmalade and honey is divine. There are a lot of bars, cafes, and restaurants nearby that offer Mexican cuisine. Their food is primarily a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with European, especially Spanish, elements added after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in the 16th century. The staples are native foods, such as corn, beans, avocados, tomatoes, and chili peppers, along with rice which was brought by the Spanish. Europeans introduced a large number of other foods, the most important of which were meats from domesticated animals (beef, pork, chicken, goat, and sheep), dairy products (especially cheese), and various herbs and spices.


Enjoy horseback riding

Enjoy the delicious local food in the area

Explore the city

Go to local bars

Go to museums such as toy museum and mask museum

Go to the public library

Have a massage

Have fun going for a walk

Immerse in the city's historical culture

Join a historical and heritage tour

Look at architectural sites

Take part in activities done by the artistic community

Wine tasting

Email heather@atmalogy.com with questions!

Conveniently located next door to a 24 hr Fed Ex & an Office Supply Store!


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Anytime Treats

Our Atma Balls and Kind Caked Baked Goods are always great treats!


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Monday 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
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