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San Miguel de Allende

February 11-18, 2018

If you've been feeling burned-out, worried or anxious about the state of the world or your personal life, and need a way to renew your spirit and lighten up - join Eli and Joseph on this
fun, transformative and playful adventure in the HEART of Mexico!

It's time for a life-changing + empowering journey:

A memorable one-week retreat in magical San Miguel de Allende, Mexico!

From Overwhelmed to Overjoyed!

A Play-full & Soul-full Retreat

to recharge your batteries and tickle your funny bone! 

February 11-18, 2018

Imagine walking down these charming cobble-stone streets under an enormous azure blue sky - reminiscent of the Tuscan region in Italy. You will feel like you're inside your own movie, as you allow your intuition, and the amazing aromas wafting in the air from nearby eateries to guide you on a fabulous adventure in this colorful and inspiring place.

San Miguel is known as "The Heart of Mexico" not only because it's in the center of the country but because this magical town is filled with heartfelt spirit. The beauty of its colorful, colonial architecture and the soul of the people have a way of leaving an indelible mark in your heart.


This UNESCO World Heritage site, voted the # 1 city in the world more than once recently, is the perfect place to be to enrich your life in many meaningful ways!

Join us in
San Miguel de Allende
​The #1 City in the World
Charming Sa Miguel street
Gorgous San Miguel sunset

If you sometimes lay awake at night worried about the recent chaos in the U.S. and the world -or in your own personal life - and your spirit feels like a dried-up raisin, allow the warm and soulful culture of this wonderful place - and all the fun and healing we have in store for you - to juice you up with warm, loving energy and lift your spirits!

The town oozes charm at every turn and is a pleasure for your eyes and all your senses. Its physical beauty, amazing food, and friendly people with open hearts is truly a magical destination to energize and revitalize you.

After spending time together, playing and enjoying all the soulful activities we have prepared for you, you'll take a renewed sense of joy, vitality and clarity back into your life that will linger for a long time, regardless of external circumstances.

Join us during Valentine's Day week, February 11-18, 2018!

We very mindfully selected the retreat dates to include Valentine's Day.

Why? We believe that one of the keys to shifting from a place of feeling overwhelmed to overjoyed is, of course, Love. In order to live an empowered life with more joy, calm and optimism, it's vital to diminish as much fear as possible and begin to create a deep sense of love for ourselves, each other and the planet.

Regardless of whether you're aching to find "the right one" or are already in a relationship that could benefit from better communication and deeper intimacy, this is an opportunity for all of us to fall in love with our lives and our selves again, regardless of our relationships status or any external circumstances.

So, if you decide to come on your own, with a significant other, or your BFF, this time is all about you feeling great about YOU.

"The most important relationship you have in Life is the one you have with YOURSELF."  Diane Von Furstenberg

Nourish your Body & Soul - Quiet your mind
Rediscover your passions - Be playful & Get Happy!

What will we be doing?


We have a lot of fun in store for you, as well as mindfully designed classes and processes to make this a meaningful and transformational experience, offering you lasting tools and practices to use when you return home. 

There will be:

  • laughter! (which really is the best medicine, yes?)

  • healthy eating all week on-site (you're encouraged to make healthy choices when eating on your own, too)

  • a delectable vegetarian cooking class with Eli

  • a different grounding morning practice each day

  • empowering processes and workshops you will love

  • free-your-spirit dancing in a unique environment

  • creative time in the art studio creating your Let-It-Go box to take home with you

  • powerful cleansing ritual at La Gruta hot springs

  • field trip & special ceremony at the nearby pyramids

  • traditional home-made comida at a local horse ranch

  • plenty of FREE TIME to explore the town

  • shopping in the artisan's market for your perfect amulet

  • pamper yourself with a massage or two

  • time with a healing practitioner if you choose

  • a bunch of surprises we're excited to share with you!

      (See full week's schedule HERE.)

Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to press a reset button to REBOOT your life? Some way to release worries and anxieties about what's going on in the world or in your life right now? Even a way to de-Trumpalize?

San Miguel is the PERFECT place to spend

7 delightful days and nights to...


... reconnect with yourself again, get back on track, recharge your spirit, let your inner kid out to play and laugh, eat & cook delicious healthy meals, de-stress in the amazing hot springs, have fun, dance, meet other wonderful people, and let go of anything that might get in the way of your joy!


Our intention is to make that happen during the magical week we have mindfully planned for YOU!

If you've been eating a little too much sugar, maybe drinking a little too much wine, or whatever you tend to do that you know is not ideal, gift yourself with special time away tending to your Self, nourishing your creative muscle, slowing down, opening your heart, quieting your mind, rediscovering your passions, and connecting to your heart's calling.


We invite you to join us for an unforgettable week of healing, playing and grounding.

La Gruta Hot Springs
Delectable cooking class
Healthy meals all week!
All activitites are designed to feed your soul and lift your spirits.

While everyone is welcome, this special retreat is open to the first 10 people who register.

So, why should you join us?

There has been a major shift in the planet recently - and many of us are feeling a significant loss, sadness, overwhelm and more. This shift has manifested itself in our bodies, minds and hearts with symptoms of worry, insomnia, grief, separation and anxiety.

If there's any part of you that hopes for a better world, the change begins within. To help us heal, it's vital to begin to lighten up, have fun, let go of the funk and get in touch with our play-full selves to invite in a fresh sense of lightness and joy to permeate our lives. Regardless of what's going on "out there."


Will you accomplish all of that during this week together? Yes! 


Our intention is to spark all of the joy within you, and support you during the week so that you will be well on your way to truly loving your life, reconnecting with your passions, becoming more clear about what matters most to you, and begin to honor your body and soul like never before by making healthy, life-affirming decisions.

You will have new tools and practices to take home with you so that you can continue to use them well after the retreat is over!


Your participation in the retreat includes TWO GROUP VIDEO CALLS:

  • one before the retreat, to get to know one another before we meet in person and answer all of your questions about logistics.

  • and one afterwards, as a FOLLOW-UP to make sure you are staying on track with your vision and to share our results together.

Also, we are including a FREE One-on-One 1/2-Hour Strategy Session with each person after the final group call to determine the specific steps YOU need to take to ensure you will carry the energy of the retreat into your life.

We want to make sure you acquire and use new tools so that what you experience during the magical week away will have a positive impact in your life continually.

"My time with Joseph and Eli was pure love and light into creating my vision... Their work supported and inspired my dreams. Thank you dear ones... I am so grateful for your work!!!"

Bobbi, Brooklyn, NY

"...a beautiful and peaceful retreat. Eli and Joseph went above and beyond to make us feel at home and provide us with everything we might need." 

Jennifer, San Diego, CA

"I need to share my appreciation for your commitment to make the world better. As a former motivational speaker, I know how much time and energy it takes to create a safe, playful, nurturing, and stimulating environment for people to thrive... and you got what it takes!"


Carole, Victoria, British Columbia

"Eli & Joseph are masterful facilitators of group process. With a light touch and great wisdom, they know how to bring out the best in people." 

Mitch, Woodstock, NY

This special time away is for you if you:

The garden with organic pomegranate, olive and lime trees.

This retreat is not for you if you:

  • dislike working in small groups

  • have an aversion to healthy food

  • dislike Mexico and Mexican people

  • have difficulty walking (cobble-stones in San Miguel can be tricky & there are stairs on the property)

  • require medical assistance (we're not a medical facility)

  • tend to complain a lot

  • would rather stay home and not go on a fun adventure

  • need a break from the overwhelm

  • are ready to tend to your own inner work to create lasting change

  • want to get back on track with your health & develop healthy practices

  • would enjoy delicious, mainly vegetarian meals

  • are open to new experiences, and playing again

  • are willing to do some introspection, letting go and journaling

  • want to be embraced by the warm Mexican culture

  • want to free-style dance without a care in the world

  • love hanging out with awesome, empowered people

  • are ready to fill yourself up with positive, loving energy

  • are ready to reconnect with your passions and explore your soul's calling.

  • would enjoy creating a FUN art project in our art studio

Eli's Let-It-Go box to release worrisome thoughts

What to bring:

  • an open heart

  • a thirsty journal

  • a current passport (valid for at least 6 months)

  • bathing suit for the hot springs

  • yoga mat 

  • comfortable clothing

  • good walking shoes

  • special images to use in your Let-It-Go Box

  • reusable water bottle

  • small drum or other musical instrument for the campfire

  • presence of mind

  • your BFF or significant other if you want company.

What not to bring:

  • old, useless baggage (if you do, you'll leave it here)

  • habits that don't serve you (we'll help you get rid of some of these)

  • drugs/alcohol/cigarettes

  • perfumes/scented lotions (some folks are sensitive to fragrances)

  • high heels (really)

  • family members that will be demanding of your time and attention.

Want to know about The Venue?

The retreat takes place in our home: Casa de la Paz. It is a beautiful and inspiring, light-filled and environmentally friendly space, perfect to facilitate retreats and workshops. The 5,000 sq. ft. property, located 1.05 mi / 1.7 km from the town center, is our dream come true.


The property offers two guest spaces (see below), an on-site art studio/community room/theater, terraces for al fresco dining and outdoor yoga, two hammocks, a charming garden with organic fruit trees, lush vegetation, a beautiful kitchen for cooking classes, a large living room for gatherings, a delightful outdoor shower/tub, and sublime views of the city and mountains!

San Miguel de Allende is a picturesque and magical small city in the center of Mexico. It is a colonial town with several cathedrals in the downtown centro area, with colorful architecture, cobble-stone streets, parks, bougainvilleas cascading over ancient walls. It is considered high desert (altitude of 6200 feet above sea level), is dry in winter with typically chilly evenings and mornings, and gorgeous, warm sunny days. Layers are a great way to go.

The property is 100% smoke-free (except for the occasional campfire) and we use eco-friendly cleaning products.

There are 3 loving and adorable rescue dogs on the property as well - Jackson, Chester and Luna. They're great at giving

hugs and kisses (or leaving you alone if your prefer.)

Accommodation Options

Because different people have different tastes and budget considerations, rather than asking you to stay where we choose, YOU can decide the best option for yourself. (Independence!)


We offer some suggestions below and will give you contact information for drivers you can schedule ahead of time to pick you up so you can get to our venue on time for planned activities.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Suite has already been booked for the retreat; the Casita is available. 


For those wishing to stay on-site with us at Casa de la Paz (yes!) we have two charming and delightful spaces: The Casita and The Suite. If your heart is telling you this retreat is perfect for you, we encourage you to book one of them now. They're available on a first come, first served basis for the retreat and will go quickly.

Each is a master bedroom studio, with a king bed, writing desk with WiFi, mini-fridge, coffee maker, micro (not a full kitchen), private bath, towels, linens, all the comforts of home. The rate for either space is a very affordable $650 USD for 7 nights, single or double. 


If you want to come earlier, or stay later to enjoy the town, additional nights are $89 USD. Send us an EMAIL to check availability.

NOTE: If you're a local San Miguel resident, you already know about the magic that permeates everything here. You are VERY WELCOME to join us in all of our retreat activities!

The Casita

The Suite


is a detached space within the property and it includes an outdoor dining banquette surrounded by lush vegetation, a private bath and shower, large closet, bookcase filled with books and games, twin-sized hammock, all the features mentioned above,

and lots of charming decor and local art.

casita 101
Casita with super comfy king bed
Casita interior
Organic garden on lower terrace
Casita with hammock
Casita Closet
Casita Bath
Terrace with amazing views!
Casita interior
Entry stairs
Caracol front
entry door


is attached to the house, yet it has its own separate, private entrance and is adjacent to a large terrace with two chaise lounges, king-sized hammock, quaint bistro garden bench and chairs, and a charming garden. It is a little larger, yet doesn't have a dining area, like the Casita. It includes a sunken bath tub, all the features mentioned above, and lots and lots of charm.

Super comfy canopy king bed
Suite desk
the garden
Suite hall
Entry to the Suite
Adjacent terrace
Terrace adjacent to the garden
Suite space
Recent guests...
Charming, curved entry
This empowering and inspiring retreat is facilitated by
Eli Hans + Joseph Bennett
Life & business partners for 17 very happy years, Eli + Joseph share
a passion of supporting others to their highest potential.
They founded San Miguel Retreats at Casa de la Paz
as an oasis to "Rest, Heal, Thrive and Be Inspired!"
We strive to create a whole-being experience for you
that is transformative, empowering, fun and inspiring.
Please know that wherever you are on your path, you're welcome to
let go of overwhelm and welcome abundant JOY into your life!

Eli Hans

Healthy Foods Aficionado/Chef, Life + Wellness Coach,

Certified Passion Test Facilitator, Acting Teacher,

Cancer Thriver (yes!) Writer, Actor.

Joseph Bennett

Certified Hypnotherapist, Life Coach,

Spiritual Counselor, Law of Attraction Practitioner, Artist, Actor

Workshop Facilitator.


In addition to being known for its creative and artistic energies, San Miguel de Allende is home to many gifted practitioners. We're happy to arrange the following practitioner services for you during your visit (scheduling ahead of time is vital; all services subject to availability.) Please see their photos and bios below.

Who's preparing our delectable meals?

Meet our delightful natural foods Chef

Alicia Wilson Rivero! Yum!

Meet our retreat practitioners. Double-click on any photo below to read their bios.


Massage - Watsu



Mattika & Isaac

Thai Massage







All of us are 100% committed to making this an exceptional experience for YOU!

Not even close! We want to make this super affordable

so that you can JOIN us and be part of an AMAZING week!

It's only $997 USD!

That includes a heck of a lot of stuff. See below!

(Early Bird discount is over.

Thanks to those who have already registered!)

You can secure you spot with a $250 deposit.

Remember, the retreat is available for the FIRST 10 people who register,

so if your heart tells you this is exactly what you need,

please sign up now to make sure you get in.


A generous donor has provided a partial scholarship of $500 for one or two people ($250 each)

who would love to attend, yet might need financial support to do so.

If that's YOU, please CONTACT US and we will send you a brief application form.

What's included, you ask?

     Retreat price includes:

     Retreat price does NOT include:

  • Your flight and ground transportation to/from San Miguel de Allende

  • Accommodations

  • Meals not included in the retreat plan (see Retreat Schedule for details)

  • Optional appointments with healing practitioners (massage, acupuncture, etc.)

  • Transportation to destinations not included in retreat (taxis to/from centro, etc.)

Not too shabby, right?



There are several airports you can fly into, depending on your departure city: Leon/Bajio (BJX), Queretaro (QRO) or Mexico City (MEX). You will need to take a shuttle to get to San Miguel from any of them. (We use a company called It takes about 1.5 hours from the first two airports, and 3.5 hours from Mexico City.

NOTE: If you live near San Diego, we always cross the border at the CBX bridge into Tijuana and fly from there. (We love Interjet Airlines. The rates are often 50% lower than US carriers.)  The bridge offers easy access and brings you right into the airport.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you have a current passport (valid for at least 6 months from the dates you will be traveling.) If you don't have one, you have time to get one, but please do it as soon as possible.

How to Book Your Retreat

While this retreat is open to all, as mentioned there is only room for the first 10 people who sign up.

Please register now to ensure that we have room for you! We anticipate that the retreat will sell out.


You'll find more info and instructions on the Registration Page.



February is a very popular month in San Miguel and all hotels and housing options fill up quickly.  If you want to stay with us, on our property, send us an EMAIL with your desired dates and we'll let you know if we still have availability. (SORRY, WE ARE BOOKED UP.) Otherwise check out other accommodation suggestions below or visit AIRBNB.

It would be great to stay somewhere relatively close to us. Feel free to ask us about the area or places you are considering. We'll be glad to give you our feedback.

There's so much to discover in this magical town... and even more to discover WITHIN.


We hope you will join us for this FUN, inspiring and empowering retreat to learn how to go FROM OVERWHELMED TO OVERJOYED and stay that way as much as possible!

Thank you so much for considering sharing your time, energy and Self with us, February 11-18, 2018.


We look forward to creating an amazing, healthy, happy, focused, fun and empowering experience for you, so you can come back home to your Self again!


In love + deep gratitude,

Eli + Joseph

619 574 0196 usa landline

52+1+415 103 8027 mex cell

Your hosts Eli Hans + Joseph Bennett

Staying somewhere else in San Miguel?

Our spaces will fill up quickly; if you need to make arrangements for other accommodations we offer the following venues as suggestions and a good place to begin your search - most are within one mile of your retreat. Also, we're huge fans of airbnb

Please Note: We are not affiliated with any of these venues and therefore cannot be responsible for the quality

of hospitality you would enjoy. However, they are all well recommended.

Casa Alicia

This gorgeous property, owned by a dear friend, is about 1 block from our house and offers a casita with 2 beautifully appointed bedrooms (one is furnished with a queen bed, the other a king that can easily convert to two twin beds.) There are 1.5 baths and a full kitchen. One week minimum rental. 

Typically booked well in advance, they just had a cancellation for the month of February!

Please send Alice Edwards an email ASAP and let her know you are coming to our retreat.

You may consider sharing the space with another participant or two to lower costs. Let us know and we'll do our best to connect you.


Hotel Santa Monica

This beautiful property is directly across from Juarez park and is about an 8-minute walk to our house.

Live the experience of staying in a hotel full of Mexican history and traditions. Its colonial architecture of the XVII century hosted great artists of the golden era of Mexican cinema like Maria Félix, Dolores of the River, Agustín Lara, Pedro Armendáriz, Jorge Negrete, among others. The former host Jose Guadalupe Mojica, opera star and poet, named the property Santa Monica.

Casa de Los Chiqueados

This property is very sweet and elegant. It is, however, further from our house and would take about 20 minutes by taxi to get to us.

Feel as though you have stepped into a tranquil and elegant Oasis. This beautiful casa has been lovingly restored and refurnished by skilled local craftmen and artisans. Showcasing elegant iron work, finely carved woodwork, handwoven textiles, hand made tiles and handicrafts found in surrounding pueblitos. 

Casa del Parque

This very pretty property with a huge garden is also about an 8 minute walk to our house. Step back in time in this enchanting hacienda-style home. Located in the heart of San Miguel de Allende right on Parque Juarez, Casa del Parque brings the charm and hospitality of central Mexico to you.

Mansion del Bosque

This charming B&B property is on the other side of Parque Juarez, about a 10-minute walk to our house. It is simpler than other choices, and perhaps more economical. There are several units around a courtyard with various sized rooms and options.

Isn't this exciting? Are you ready?
If your heart is saying YES! Sign up here! 
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