Join Sonoran Muses for the next international “Las Sirenas” Mermaid Photo Shoot Retreat in the small, safe fishing town of San Carlos, Mexico this November (exact dates aren't set yet)! Stay with us at the Shell Castle and witness your transformation into a maiden of the sea that includes your elaborate mermaid makeup, and a stunning shell crown to wear! On your free days there are many things to go and experience ranging from beautiful canyon hikes to fun beach bars that play live music! You can sun bathe on one of the many beautiful beaches or you can rent snorkeling gear and swim out into the shallow waters to observe colorful fish and other amazing sea life. For people who are foodies, San Carlos is a fresh-seafood haven and there is always something amazing being cooked in the castle’s kitchen!
Although the shell headdresses and latex facial fins will be made in advance, 1 week before our departure date we will gather to create your mermaid top during the mermaid costume-making party! This party will be a potluck where everyone can bring food to share and meet each other before the trip! During the evening you will get a chance to be a part of the design process and create your own shell bra or bodice. Don’t worry if you aren’t crafty, I can help you! Choosing how to create the illusion of a tail will be up to you! There are tons of options for this that I will go over with you!
This one-of-a-kind photo shoot retreat is $600, which includes your 5 day, 4 night stay at the Shell Castle! Partners/friends/family who are interested in coming along but don't want to be involved with the shoot are welcome too, but please contact me directly so we can chat about their costs and scheduling availability. Travel expenses, daytime activities (like fishing/snorkeling/restaurants) would be on your own dime. I would estimate having an additional $150.00-$200.00 for these extras.
PAYMENT SCHEDULE FOR RETREAT:
Retreat total: $600
$150 deposit due ASAP, deadline: September 1st
The sooner the deposit is paid the better, so that your place can be held. There is a limit of only 6 models for this retreat, so availability is limited. There is a ton of planning and initial investments that go into organizing this event, therefore the deposit is non-refundable. Please contact me if you need an extension on the deadline.
1st payment of $225 due, deadline: October 6th
If you would prefer to pay the lump sum of $450 the day we leave instead of splitting it up into 2 payments that is fine as well!
Final payment of $225 due the day we leave in November
This is a very communal retreat so that costs can remain low for everyone! We will all carpool down to Mexico together since San Carlos is only about a 6 hour drive from Tucson! Everyone will be chipping in for gas money, Mexican auto insurance and road tolls. I will be taking my car but we will need more vehicles! If you have a vehicle that can seat multiple people and would not mind either driving or having someone else drive it, please get in touch with me so we can start planning this!
We will also purchase food together and take turns cooking meals for each other at the castle once we are there! Each person/couple will be responsible for cooking several meals for everyone. This way, the cooking and food purchasing is fair and we can avoid purchasing doubles of the same food items! We can bring some food from home, but there are also several nice markets in San Carlos where we can buy produce and meat.
I am going to once again rent out the shell castle (and yes, it really is as cool as it sounds!) that sleeps up to 8 people. You may not have your own personal room, but you will have your own sleeping area! The first people on board, especially couples or those who bring friends, will have first dibs on the best rooms!
You will need a passport card or a passport book to be able to travel into Mexico. (the passport cards are much cheaper and take much less time to process than the full passport book). The passport cards can be expedited right here in town 2 weeks before we leave. I can easily walk you through this process if you do not already have a passport. I will update this event page with approaching deadlines and more info so please check it frequently!