Where and when do we fly in to?
The airport you fly into is Los Cabos International Airport, the airport code is SJD. Plan on arriving on June 16th and departing on June 20th. If you want to arrive earlier and/or stay later, you have that option, though you would then be responsible for your own transportation to/from Todos Santos, reach out to us if would like assistance.
Do I need a passport?
Yes, and be sure that your passport is not set to expire within 6 months of your travel dates.
Does the resort have internet and cell phone reception?
Yes, but it’s time to unplug! We know how important it is to stay connected, but try to use this time for yourself and as a brief respite from technology. There is limited service onsite. We do not guarantee internet and cell phone reception at Pachamama, however, our cell phones work just fine on the property. Contact your carrier before travel to verify rates and/or travel plans for Mexico.
How do we get from the airport to the retreat?
Your driver will be waiting for you outside the airport terminal. Please retrieve your luggage and then clear customs. As you are ready to exit the terminal take the right hand door to the public transportation area (groups exit), please exit the terminal towards the parking lot and look for your driver carrying a sign with your name on it at umbrella #5.
When is the full payment due for this retreat?
In order to keep your spot, all payments must be paid in full by May 1st, 2021. You will be prompted to make your payment before this date. If you wish to pay over time through a payment plan, let us know and we'll be happy to set that up for you. If you are booking this retreat after May 1st, 2021, then you will need to make the full payment to reserve your spot.
What is the total cost to attend?
Double occupancy is $1,200. Single occupancy is $1,800. This retreat is all-inclusive including your meals and drinks. It does not include airfare.
I’m nervous about Mexico, is this area safe?
Todos Santos is a small, artsy town on the Pacific coast, well away from the border and big cities of Mexico. We have family and friends who have lived in Todos Santos for over 20 years for a reason, they love it and consider it very safe and welcoming. Plus, you’ll be with us! So there is nothing to worry about.
I’m concerned about booking travel with Covid-19 still being an issue. What is your cancellation policy?
We understand your concern. Any deposits or payments made for this Retreat will be refunded in full if we are forced to cancel due to a pandemic or any other unforeseen issue. If our retreat is not impacted, but you become unable to travel, we will refund 50% of your payment, and the other 50% can be applied to a future retreat within next 18 months. For air travel, many airlines are now providing free cancellations or credits if you have to cancel your trip. You may also may want to investigate purchasing travel insurance
for further peace of mind.
Should I bring cash? What currency?
You may want cash for buying souvenirs or gifts, but you don’t necessarily need to exchange it. Many of the local vendors will negotiate prices in American dollars anyway. There are ATMs located in town if needed, be sure to tell your bank your travel dates so they don’t put a freeze on your card.
What should I bring?
Keep it simple. No special equipment or clothing required. A laptop or notebook for writing, sandals, clothes for 5 days, swim suit, sun glasses, personal items. We will provide bug spray, towels, and sunscreen. All of the rooms at Pachamama are stocked with soap, shampoo, and conditioner. This is a great opportunity to pack light!
Are genre writers welcome? What if I’m not published?
Though many writing exercises are geared toward memoir/personal essay, we find that genre and fiction writers have little trouble adapting those exercises to their current projects. Writers of all levels are welcome, both established and aspiring.
What if I have food allergies?
No problem, our chefs can accommodate any allergies or dietary needs. We will gather extensive information regarding your preferences before the retreat.
What if I don’t want to participate in a scheduled camp activity?
Prior to the event we will try to get to know more about you to see if there are certain activities you would prefer to do and not do. From there we build in activities that we feel will best deliver an awesome experience for you and the group. Don’t worry, we don’t do anything weird or extreme. There is built in writing time and there will be fun group activities and experiences that we’ll encourage you to participate in, but it’s always up to you if you want to join.
Can you help me get published and/or make my book a bestseller?
At Writers Camp we share our experiences and knowledge, our successes and our setbacks. Some of that knowledge will come from published and bestselling authors. That does not mean that you will walk away with a magic wand. Everyone’s path is different. Instead of focusing on publication and/or bestseller status, we encourage you to tap into your creativity, identify your writing goals moving forward, and focus on connecting with your reader.
Is this the same as a writers conference?
No. Writers Camp is as much about unplugging, relaxing, and experiencing the beauty of a magical place as it is about writing. Balancing out our writing exercises are activities that center around other forms of creativity (cooking, art). In addition, Writers Camp is a unique way to experience Mexico - in a small group exploring the hidden gems of Todos Santos as opposed to the typical tourist route.
What if I still have questions?