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Mexican Board Meetings: Finding Community in Zihuatanejo by Caley Vanular

Posted on January 22 2019

Mexican Board Meetings: Finding Community in Zihuatanejo by Caley Vanular


When you bring together a group of creative women, a world-class, left-hand point break and cheap tacos you are bound to have a good time. And that we did.



This past November, 25 women from all over the U.S., Canada, and Norway got together to shoot, surf and stretch at Nordic Retreats in Zihuatanejo in Guerrero, Mexico. Nordic Retreats is a retreat unlike others, catering to photographers to come together to hone skills and expand their creative community. Every day in Mexico was jam-packed with yoga, food, workshops, photoshoots and surfing. There was so much going on each day that you felt like you earned your rest.



We were posted up at a beautiful artist bed and breakfast called La Casa MX by LOOT. LOOT is a group in town that is working hard to bring art and community to Zihuatanejo. They have an inspiring restaurant/shop/gallery just down the street from the villa and often host events that bring out the entire town. On our first night, we went to LOOT for a 5-course welcome dinner that was delicious. We ate, drank and danced to live music until the night grew thin. LOOT has done an amazing job bringing a vibrant youth culture into the community.



Often, we would venture into Zihuatanejo and get lost amongst the shops and winding streets. The handwoven blankets, baskets and shoes are so unique and worth it to bring back home. One of my favorite things was a mural of Frida Kahlo by my friend Marynn that she painted on a wall in town. Go find it if you are roaming around Zihuatanejo and take a moment to enjoy her burst of creativity in such an unassuming location.




My favorite aspect of the trip was the raw beauty of Playa Saladita. Somehow it still sits as an undeveloped gem, nestled in mainland Mexico. With little options in the town, there is nothing to do but surf, chill and make friends with the locals. The locals who live here are some of the best surfers in the water, dancing gracefully as they glide across the wave. I spent all day surfing with them while the strong sun hit my back and my arms turned to spaghetti during the long paddle back to the point. But somehow everyday you regain strength to just catch a couple more. On our last day, we headed to a wonderful restaurant called Angustina Mezcal & Cocina to eat and drink in celebration of the end of our trip. But it won’t be the last time you’ll see me in Zihuatanejo.




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