Quixotic Retreat (9-15 July 2018)

Experience this literary trip with one of the greatest novels in literary history: Don Quixote


Live Don Qixote's stories.

Meet the "giants" (or windmills) in Campo de Criptana.


Watch a play in a real Corral de comedias, literally a "theatrical courtyard" - a type of open-air theatre specific to Spain -, by one of the great dramatists in Spanish Literary Golden Age.



Copy of María Ortega García

Adventures and misadventures

A road trip around the scene of Cervantes' The Ingenious Nobleman Mister Quixote of La Mancha. Visit Puerto Lápice, where the first adventure took place, the windmills in Campo de Criptana and the home town of his beloved Dulcinea.

Quixotic Retreat

A classic play in its original setting

A "Corral de comedias" is a popular outdoor theatre set up in the inner patio of a block. Almagro "corral de comedias" is  the best preserved example in the world of the corral de comedias of the 17th century. 

Retreat Schedule

Day 1

Monday 9th July 2018

  • Arrival
  • Settle and Practicalities
  • Lunch
  • Workshop 1
  • Dinner
Day 2

Tuesday 10th July

  • Breakfast
  • Trip Route of Don Quijote
  • Dinner
Day 3

Wednesday 11th July 2018

  • Breakfast
  • Workshop 2a
  • Trip to Ciudad Real*
  • Workshop 2b
  • Dinner

*Lunch in Ciudad Real won't be provided as you'll enjoy then free time to explore the city.

Day 4

Thursday 12th July 2018

  • Breakfast
  • Workshop 3a
  • Visit Valdepeñas (including visit to a winery + lunch)
  • Workshop 3b
  • Dinner


Day 5

Friday 13th July 2018

  • Breakfast
  • Workshop 4
  • Bookclub: Classical Play
  • Lunch
  • Guided Visit Almagro
  • Dinner
  • Theatre Night (Classical Play)
Day 6

Saturday 14th July 2018

  • Breakfast
  • Workshop 5a
  • Bookclub: Don Quijote extracts
  • Lunch
  • Workshop 5b
  • Dinner
  • Guided Night Walk Almagro
Day 7

Sunday 15th July 2018

  • Breakfast
  • Departure

*This is a sample retreat schedule, and subject to changes.

The workshops

Daily workshops

The retreat comprises five three hour workshops around different aspects of the Spanish culture. These themed workshops deal with relevant vocabulary and structures in a relaxed atmosphere.

Bookclub style discussions

This retreat also includes two bookclub style discussions (2h each) around different extracts of the novel "Don Quijote de la Mancha" and the classical play we will watch one of the nights. Every night, after dinner, we will also read or discuss fragments of Don Quijote while indulging in Spanish wine.

The location

Almagro is a town and municipality situated in Ciudad Real province, in the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha, Spain. A tourist destination, Almagro is designated a Conjunto histórico, a type of conservation area.

Almagro lies within small Paleozoic mountain ranges, with some reserves of shallow creeks, including the Pellejero and de Cuetos. It also lies within a volcanic zone (Cerrro de la Yezosa).

An International Festival of Classical Theater has also been celebrated here annually since 1978.


We will stay in Casa Rural La Huerta, in Almagro.

  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue and beer tap
  • Tennis and basket pitch

The house

  • 6 bedroom house
  • 2 toilets
  • Wifi

The rooms

There are single and double rooms.

Your options: 

  • Single room with a shared bathroom.
  • Shared double room with a shared bathroom.

How to get there

The closest airport is Madrid Barajas International Airport.

You can take a train or a bus to arrive in Almagro (about a 2 hours trip). Click here to see schedules for trains and buses.

Once you confirm your attendance and send me your flight details, I will email you the detail information about how to best get to our accommodation.

Your experience also includes...

Free access to Bookclub calls

Once every two months, from the moment you enrol, you will have lifetime access to our bookclub, and participate in the calls to discuss the book in the booklist.

The investment

6 nights accommodation
Full board (Home cooked meals from the house chef)
3 x Road trips (Route of Don Quijote, Ciudad Real and Valdepeñas).
1 x Visit to winery in Valdepeñas
2 x Guided visits to Almagro (day and night)
1 x Theatre Ticket for the Almagro International Festival of Classical Theatre
5 x Workshops
2 x Bookclub guided discussions

Early Bird

Available until November 15th 2017.

Single room


Shared Room


Regular Price

Single Room


Shared Room


  • Shared room: bring a friend or colleague with you to enjoy this discounted price.

Are you in?


You need to send a deposit of 350€ to secure your spot and contact me to get to know each other and arrange what happens until the day we all meet in person.

Interested but have some questions?

Reach out, I'd love to hear from you! 

Comment below or email me at learn@mariaortegagarcia.com