We still have some of the best writing retreats in the WORLD!

Don’t take our word for it, The Write Life has us in their top 45 writing retreats to attend in 2020.

If you went to one of our retreats your comments in the comment section would be appreciated!

Meanwhile, here are a few from past years…

Quote about Mexico writing retreat from repeat participant:

“It has been the best writing retreat ever and I’ve been coming to it for a few years now and never want to miss it.”

– repeat participant,  Suzanne B.


Some comments from past participants:

Michele Hall says:2 Nov 2019 at 7:22 pm

Knowing that they are expecting to see ‘x’ number of pages by the end of the week is a great motivator. … Very, very helpful. Getting a pro’s perspective on what I was writing was also important. Sometimes it’s hard to know whether what you are writing is any good at all, so it’s great to hear, “Please keep writing. I love it.” or “I am waiting to hear what happens next.”

Judi Lees says:
Attending Kathrin Lake’s writing retreat in the historic village of Barre de Navidad in Mexico is a gift to oneself. Kathrin’s knowledge and time is generously shared. I was impressed with the considerable amount of individual time each writer is given. This is the best of writing worlds as you can stay at Casa Creatividad (enjoying hammock time seems to intense the creative juices!), mingle with like-minded and fun writers from all over the globe and your writing skills benefit. There is also the great food that Barre offers and the activities that surround the picturesque bay. It doesn’t matter what state your manuscript is at, there will be benefits. Give yourself a gift and book in.


David Pelzer says:
31 Jan 2018 at 2:20 pm
This writing retreat is a must for anyone needing to take time away from their daily routine to reassess their writing, whether it be in non-fiction, poetry or novels. Kathrin creates a supportive, nurturing environment while challenging each participant to explore their work in a deeper and more meaningful way, both in group work and individual coaching sessions.While writing is a solitary profession, it is also a community process and result, in that an expert writing coach and an informed group of beta readers can enrich our work immeasurably. Kathrin’s workshops provide both of these opportunities. Highly recommended!

Jill L-B says:
27 Jan 2018 at 7:14 pm

Wonderful writing retreat. Kathrin Lake creates a very safe, supportive & fun writing environment that gets the creative and imaginative juices flowing! Where I felt vulnerable in exposing my insecurities as a writer, she made me feel safe and encouraging to go further. She sees the strength(s) in each writer and shows how each of us can get even better! It has been the best writing retreat ever and I’ve been coming to it for a few years now and never want to miss it.




6 thoughts on “We still have some of the best writing retreats in the WORLD!

  1. Kudos to Kathrin! This workshop was great on so many levels. Kathrin is a supportive writing coach and her sessions, both group and individual, were excellent. In addition, the setting, near the sea and in a small, sweet Mexican town, was idyllic. Kathrin is not only a wonderful writing instructor, but a terrific host and, as a bonus, her husband Jim cooked us some delicious meals! Our group bonded famously and I’m sure some of this was attributable to the warm, accepting atmosphere that Kathrin created. Thanks again Kathrin.


  2. This course exceeded my expectations. The setting is idyllic, in Pacific Mexico town, in January.
    Most participants were writers who needed to share their experiences in producing manuscripts, and the vibe was great. The teaching is first class, and geared to genre- a mixture of group and private lessons.
    Not all work …….
    Very positive experience.


  3. I was gifted the retreat in what could have been the best birthday gift ever! The experience was just what I needed to help me really become serious about my writing. Our group was fantastic, small enough to really gel yet large enough to provide a variety of points of view and experiences to share. The feedback I received on my writing has been tremendously motivating and inspiring. Finally, you just cannot beat the setting. Barra de Navidad is a quaint and very friendly Mexican village with breathtaking sunsets and ocean views, delicious authentic restaurants, and cute shops. We stayed at the hotel, which was wonderful – good-sized rooms and a great pool! I highly recommend this retreat and will look for it again myself in the future.


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