Two retreats in Yelapa, Mexico 

 A 6-day Residency for Writers

January 15-20, 2018


An 8-day Creative Writing & Yoga Retreat

January 20-27, 2018




Join us in the lush mountainside jungle beside the gentle waves of Yelapa Bay for one or both of these creative writing & yoga retreats.

You will arrive by boat in Yelapa, a rustic beach village south of Puerto Vallarta. The entire valley is cut off from civilization by the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains. There are no cars in Yelapa, transportation is on foot or by donkey. Swim or sun on one of the local beaches, snorkel, kayak, hike up river, play in waterfalls, birdwatch, explore the jungle, or the amazing village where you can find quality restaurants get a latte and meet amazing local characters.

At Casa Isabel, you will nestle on the mountainside above the ocean, while at Los Naranjos, you will be upriver in a secluded jungle retreat center. Choose one or both and go kayaking, hike to mountain-high waterfalls, paraglide, ride horses, watch exotic birds and walk through the peaceful village. It’s the old world with no cars and a sky filled with stars.

For our first retreat, we invite you to a 6 day/5 night writing residency at Casa Isabel perched on a mountainside over the beach. This is an opportunity for those with on-going writing projects who wish to make serious headway supported by Patricia Lee Lewis, Charles MacInerney and Jane Mortifee. At Isabel’s you will be able to work as often and long as you wish, stopping for meals, conversation about writing, to explore and perhaps to dream.

Following the residency at Casa Isabel, Patricia Lee Lewis, Charles MacInerney and Jane Mortifee will return to the newly refurbished Los Naranjos Retreat Center (the location of their earlier collaborative international retreats) to lead the 8 day/7 night creative writing & yoga retreat.

Attend both retreats and you’ll receive a discount!


Important Information

Casa Isabel is on the point, with easy access to Isabel’s beach. It has been called “an artistic wonder,” with each space unique and customized for open-air, back to nature comfort. Many of the palapas are equipped with outdoor kitchens and showers. Beautiful views of Yelapa Bay are everywhere.

Meals at Casa Isabel: most of our meals are included in registration fee and will be catered on site except for 3 evening dinners, for which participants are encouraged to explore any of the wonderful restaurants in the village, the beach, or upriver. Of course, if anyone chooses to stay on site for one of these evenings, you will have a full kitchen to prepare a meal for yourself if you prefer.


Los Naranjos Retreat Center is a rustic, newly-refurbished, peaceful haven located along the Tuito River that runs through the jungle into Yelapa Bay. We will be housed in several thatched palapas. We will practice yoga on wide terraces, and write in circles indoors or among the flowering trees, according to our desires. There are hot showers and toilet facilities scattered on-site.

Meals at Los Naranjos: all meals are included in the registration fees and will be catered by retreat center staff, with much of the food grown at the retreat center in their organic gardens. You are always free to explore any of the local restaurants on your own, but would have to pay for any meals taken off site.


In both spots, we will have maid service daily, clean linens (except for beach towels) and drinking water specially filtered for us from pristine sources located on the property. [Note: we suggest for the boat trip to Yelapa, that you carry your own drinking water, which can be purchased in PV stores].

Bring $200-$500 US to spend on dinners in the village, and extras such as Huichol art, rosewood carvings, textiles, jewelry at thatched shops on the beach. Credit cards are not common.

If your travel timing works out to join the group on the day your retreat begins, you will be met in Puerto Vallarta.  At 4 p.m. we all board a water taxi for the 45-minute boat ride down the beautiful Pacific coastline to the bay of Yelapa. If you choose to arrive earlier or later, we will instruct you in how to get to Yelapa on your own. The cost is approximately $25-$30. Your first evening will be spent enjoying a wonderful dinner and the tropics by candlelight. Much lighting is by candle. This peaceful atmosphere is further enhanced by the absence of cars.

About the Staff

Patricia Lee Lewis, a native Texan, lives and works at Patchwork Farm Retreat in Western Massachusetts, where she shares the world with trees and stones, chickadees, writers and bears. A prize-winning poet, she is currently writing a novel set in West Texas in the 1930’s. For over 20 years, she has led weekend writing retreats and weekly workshops at Patchwork Farm and throughout the United States, and yoga and writing retreats at sacred sites around the world – in Guatemala, Mexico, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Spain, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe and New Zealand.

Patricia holds an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and completed her undergraduate degree at Smith College, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1970.  She is a prize-winning poet, whose poetry books include A Kind of Yellow and High Lonesome. Patricia is a founder and past president of Straw Dog Writers Guild and a member of the Texas Writers League, the Berkshire Writers Room, and the American Poetry Society.  You can contact Patricia at

Charles F. MacInerney, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT-1000, has been a full-time teacher of yoga, meditation and mind/body skills since 1989. He holds the highest level of accreditation from both the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. He teaches ongoing yoga classes in Austin, Texas, offers yoga workshops at studios around the country, and leads Yoga & Meditation Retreats as well as Yoga & Writing Retreats throughout the US, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala. He is founder of Expanding Paradigms through which he regularly presents at National and International Conferences, and offers training for businesses, hospitals, education and government. He has written articles for numerous magazines including the Yoga JournalCharles has created and run two Cardiac Yoga programs, for Seton Hospital and for the Austin Heart Hospital, and been keynote speaker for two Cardiac conferences sponsored by Seton Hospital, along with numerous other conferences around the country, most recently, the International Association of Yoga Therapy conference in 2014.

Charles is Co-Founder of the Free Day of Yoga, Living Yoga Teacher Training Program, and the Texas Yoga Retreat. Please visit his primary website at, or contact him by email.

Jane has the RYT500 certification and has been practicing and studying yoga and various forms of meditation for some forty years. Her approach to yoga is gentle and accommodating to all levels of practitioners. She has been delighted to lead the yoga for Patricia’s Creative Writing retreats in Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and New Zealand. Jane is also certified in the AWA method of leading creative writing retreats. She has been active in the music industry, theatre, film and television for over forty years and was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2002. She has recorded 3 CDs and is in the midst of trying to get her first novel published. Find out more at

What Writers Have Said About Our Retreats

“Can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this year’s retreat. Was very apprehensive about going back — how could it ever live up to that first magical experience? But miraculously it was an altogether deeper, more substantial adventure. It was earthed this time. I felt connected and recharged at such a profound level. My earlier memories have been supplanted! The impossible has happened! And that’s the beginning, middle and end of it.” Therese C., Ireland

“If you need a life transformation, this might very well do it for you. If you are seeking reconnection to your innermost feelings and creative ideals, go for it. If all you want is some good times in a garden of Eden with wonderful, supportive and generous people, then this is where you want to be.”  Valentine L., Memphis, TN

“The Yelapa Writing and Yoga retreat was unique in my experience. The quality of the writing and instruction, plus the generosity and presence of the teachers, combined with a rustic, wild, and evocative jungle setting made this a week of pure pleasure. The fascinating and diverse group of participants added to the fun!”  – Marcy J., Bainbridge Island, WA

“As a novice writer, taking my first baby steps, I felt very supported in a beautiful, safe environment. In such a vulnerable process it was very freeing to have the emphasis on what works in the writing as opposed to what doesn’t work (that I can work on later!) and to have the freedom to just explore, assisted by the exercises and prompts that helped to unlock the creative flow…it was an eye opener! I now have some wonderful tools to use when I am stopped by my own insecurities.  It was truly a life transforming week.” – Jane M., Vancouver, Canada

“The experiences in Yelapa were remarkable, everything about our week in the jungle. The writing, the good people, the yoga could not have been better.”  – Susan S., River Forest, IL