I’ve now been ruined for other retreats. This is the bar. :) Better than anything I could have expected.
— Lani Kent, Isla Holbox 2018
Holbox Writers, March 2018

Holbox Writers, March 2018

The location

Come write with the flamingos and the sea turtles on sandy, sunny Isla Holbox, Mexico. Located on the north coast of the Yucatan peninsula, in the vast Yum Balam biosphere reserve, Isla Holbox is a delicious and as-yet almost undiscovered hideaway. Sandy streets, tiny food stands, colorful Caribbean buildings, fresh fruit and fish under a canopy. Ringed by beaches, visited by whale sharks and tropical birds, Isla Holbox is a welcome refuge and an ideal location for us to gather for a winter writing retreat.


The REtreat

Join us for five days of writing and yoga and relaxing with those of us called to the dazzling colors of this tiny island. In our own private villa there will be morning yoga al fresco, prompted writing sessions and guided feedback. Here, we build a community where, regardless of your writing background, you can explore the story you need to tell.  

Our group writing sessions will take place in the mornings and/or early evenings. Afternoons will include plenty of free time for lolling about, playing or focusing on your own writing.    



We'll stay in a beautiful and private oceanfront villa with a pool, just a few steps from the beach. It’s a barefoot, carefree world where space and time expand around us. Boating, fishing, swimming, sightseeing, lying on the beach or walking the little streets sipping a fresh juice or a margarita, you can take this time to fill your creative coffers and to soothe your spirit.



Deliciously fresh, colorful Mexican breakfasts and lunches are included with coffee and tea and chocolate breaks, as well as group dinners upon arrival and the eve of our departure. For the free evenings, there are wonderful little restaurant gems to explore, music and even a little dancing if you’re inclined.

THe Island

Easily accessible by ferry from Cancun's Aeropuerto Internacional, Isla Holbox was named by the New York Times as one of the places to visit in 2016, and is considered by many to be Mexico’s best kept secret. What was Tulum twenty-five years ago is Holbox now, sans tour buses and crowds. Just off the radar, the island has a chill, relaxed vibe all its own. Like us, you'll want to stay or (again, like us) console yourself by promising to return again and again.    


The cost of this retreat is $2200 and includes five nights in shared accommodation, fresh, 'casero' breakfasts and lunches, two dinners (one upon arrival and one on the eve of our departure), transportation to and from the Cancun airport by private shuttle, roundtrip ferry tickets, daily morning yoga and all workshop fees. Also included is an individual therapeutic treatment. Discounts available for those interested in attending both weeks.   


What I loved was that this was not about page count, magic formulas for story arc, 3-act structure, elevator pitch, how to get an agent, etc... Wide Open Writing is about going deep, about slowing down and listening to your own self, soul, muse.
— Ann Hedreen, author of "Her Beautiful Brain" - Isla Holbox, 2018
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If you're interested in more information to find out whether or not this retreat is for you, please contact us using the form below. We are happy to put you in touch with a past participant, too! 

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