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Pool at Galeria Atotonilco

Maia’s Magical Art, Architecture & Design Tour

Escape to the Country: Artist Home, Studio, and Gallery Tour

SOLD OUT: FRI, Nov. 29, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
SOLD OUT: FRI, Dec. 20, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
FRI, Dec. 27, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
FRI, Jan. 24, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
FRI, Feb. 7, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
MON, Feb. 17, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
FRI, Mar. 6, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
FRI, Apr. 3, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
FRI, May 8, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
* Tours will resume in July, 2020, dates TBD.

Advance Ticket Purchase:


$65 usd includes transportation, fees, and light refreshments

Departs at 10:30 AM
Gather in front of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, El Cardo 6, Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende
Questions? Maia Williams,

Bring your camera! The jaw-dropping homes and landscapes, studios, shops, and galleries create an unforgettable San Miguel experience. Stops highlight the genius of artists, architects, and designers. This unique outing includes a tour of the most unusual home and gallery in all of Mexico, Made by Anado, coupled with a tour and light refreshments at a second extraordinary home in a stunning setting.

We complete our escape to the country at the “Sistine Chapel of Mexico,” Santuario de Atotonilco. Built in 1750 by priest Luis Felipe Néri, the walls and ceilings are covered with poems and Bible stories. It is the second most visited pilgrimage site in the country.

You will have time to discover mementos along the way including a leisurely stop at Galeria Atotonilco, Trip Advisor’s #1 San Miguel shopping destination featuring world-renowned folk art. Optional, no-cost, tour extension: explore the region’s most comprehensive arts complex: Fábrica la Aurora.

This tour often sells out, please purchase your ticket today. The tour is led by Maia Williams, San Miguel Writers’ Conference co-director. Proceeds help to support:

  1. the building of a community center in San Miguel’s original indigenous settlement, San Miguel Viejo by the local nonprofit, Ojalá Niños, A.C.
  2. San Miguel’s annual arts and culture magazine, Crossroads: La Vida Creativa en San Miguel de Allende.

San Miguel Writing Workshops – Monthly

The Wild Muse

Show up and Write!

[Short Forms: Prose and Poetry]

This series offers a multidisciplinary approach to personal writing as creative expression. We will explore short forms (poetry and prose), and co-create a community of encouragement. This program is offered periodically. Details below.

“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”
—Roman Payne

It’s Story Time!
We all have stories to tell, poems to write, songs to sing.

If your writing would benefit from a safe place to share your voice and your stories, either series will be a welcome gift of time and space. We will invite our unique creative expressions to emerge from their favorite hiding places (to-do lists, fear of failure, rejection, or success, and the status quo).

Workshops are planned through July of 2020. Request a schedule via email.

For twenty-five years, Maia Williams has created and led popular workshops on this and other topics in the U.S., Europe, and Mexico. Maia is Co-Director of the San Miguel Writers’ Conference and founder of San Miguel’s Poetry & Prose Cafés Bellas Artes.

For more information and to pre-register, send an email to:, Subject: Workshop Date

What Matters Most…to Maia:

Love, family, friends, kindness, contribution, equity, books, food, travel, art, laughter, interdependence, silence, truth-tellers, wind in the trees, enough, wonder, whidbey island, beauty, water, photos, music, ramble on (led zeppelin), courage, belief, poetry, dance, sunshine, san miguel de allende, mountains, dark chocolate, paris, red wine, venice, color, tuscany, life is beautiful, whale rider, gandhi…did I mention dark chocolate?