Food Writer’s Retreat in Oaxaca with Tucson Foodie & Wandering Writers Workshops

Eat, drink, and write about delicious food experiences on a retreat this summer.

Oaxaca, Mexico is a colonial mountain city known for fascinating indigenous heritage, exquisite scenery, colorful festivals, UNESCO World Heritage archaeology sites, and near-perfect weather.

It’s also gaining due accolade as one of the world’s most important foodie cities.

Eat, drink & write on a retreat this summer

This July, Tucson Foodie and Wandering Writers Workshops want to meet you in Oaxaca. We’re going to eat and drink and write about our experiences — and you should come!

Adam Lehrman, founder of Tucson Foodie, and Angela Orlando, author, cultural anthropologist, and founder of Wandering Writers Workshops will facilitate this immersive food writing experience.

The four-day, four-night retreat is for anyone who ever wanted to write about food or craves to improve their food-writing skills with a cool group of like-minded, curious eaters.

Learn & explore itinerary

Each day begins with a late breakfast at a gorgeous, well-located posada (inn). Later in the morning, Adam or Angela will present a workshop on the rooftop. Example topics include, “How to Start a Food Story” and “What Makes a Food Feature Particularly Awesome.”

After the workshop, bilingual guides will accompany us through Oaxaca’s historic Centro neighborhood, stopping in to eat at some of Oaxaca’s most interesting restaurants — all walkable from the posada.

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Mezcal tasting (flickr/Aaron Rodriguez)

You’ll explore local markets, learn all about mole (and maybe grasshoppers), and sip (that’s sip!) at mezcal distilleries. (Click here to check out a virtual tour of where we’ll eat.)

Later in the afternoon, you’ll return to the workshop site and write, receiving one-on-one as well as group feedback on your food-centered literary creations.

What more could you want?

You’ll come out with some solid food writing, enjoy one another’s company, and have free time to play.

Run away with the team to write of Oaxaca’s culinary scene, a la ‘slightly less rockstar’ Bourdain. Because no one is Bourdain.

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The details are as follows


YOU! This workshop is appropriate for writers of all levels, ages, and genders.

People with limited mobility can be accommodated and you don’t need to speak Spanish — we’ve got you.


You’ll spend your days eating, drinking, writing, learning, and retreating.

When and where?

The retreat will take place from 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 to noon on Sunday, July 7 in Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Included in the retreat:
  • 4 nights accommodation with private bath at the three-star Posada Don Mario
  • All breakfasts
  • Guided food and city tours
  • Workshop materials
  • One-on-one writing guidance and personal feedback from Tucson Foodie founder Adam Lehrman and author/anthropologist Dr. Angela Orlando
  • An experience of a lifetime in one of the greatest food cities on the planet
  • Retreat from summer
  • Packing and reading lists
  • Post-workshop communication and membership in Wandering Writers Workshops’ private alumni group
  • Some surprises

Please note that flights, transport, restaurant meals, and gratuities are not included in the ticket price.

How much dinero?

The retreat will cost $1,300 per person for a private room and $1,100 per person for a shared bed in a private room, with taxes included.

A nonrefundable $260 deposit is due on Saturday, June 1 to reserve your spot. The remainder is due on July 1.

Wandering Writers Workshops will be accepting deposits via PayPal or check.

How many people can join?

The workshop is capped at eight participants and will fill fast — don’t delay, reserve your spot now!


For more information, or to view the workshop schedule, visit Wandering Writers Workshops online or email Angela Orlando at

¡Nos vemos! Let’s go to Oaxaca!

Angela Orlando is an anthropologist who owns Wandering Writers Workshops — retreats that take writers around the world. She’s into all things plant- and animal- and food-related, especially when cheese is somehow involved. She throws pottery and eats from her own handmade plates.