XQ and Garden of Dreams joining forces

360 Xochi Quetzal is excited to announce a new relationship
with The Garden of Dreams Boutique Hotel in Ajijic.

The Garden of Dreams is a small boutique hotel, located just blocks from the center of Ajijic. Formerly known as Los Artistas B&B, it is a haven for artists and the tranquil garden is a real attraction for the 360Xochi Quetzal Artist & Writers Residency.

The hotel is comprised of six rooms and two suites, each with a private bath. Each room is unique in size and décor and all of them overlook our stunning garden. All of our rooms are available for participants in the program and can be modified to meet your particular needs. Our sunroom is available 24/7 to our guests with fresh coffee, hot tea, snacks and fresh fruit. The sunroom has comfortable sofas for reading or tables where you can work or chat with other guests and resident artists. Deep-tissue massage appointments are available daily and we will be happy to arrange additional appointments for you, bringing self-care practitioners to the privacy of your room.

The Garden of Dreams is flush with sunny, grassy spaces and there are plenty of shady areas provided by the variety of indigenous trees that fill the garden. Seating areas abound, whether on the front terrace, in our cozy living room or under colorful umbrellas on the patio. On the north end of the property is a brick pavilion, which is perfect for working with a view of the garden, while under cover. Our koi pond and fountain offer the tranquil sounds of trickling water, the perfect backdrop for an artist or writer.

Our property is completely solar, including our pool, which makes for year-round refreshment. We are an eco-friendly establishment, sharing our coffee grounds with the vibrant garden plants. We manage a compost pile from our kitchen scraps and we are vigilant recyclers. Secure, off-street parking is provided and we are just three short blocks from the local bus route.

Our hotel is ideally located in a residential neighborhood but benefits from being just a few minutes walk from excellent restaurants, art galleries and is a mere six blocks from the plaza in Ajijic. A quiet retreat in the midst of colorful, Mexican village life, the hotel was called “One of the best, most relaxing lodging values in Mexico” by internationally- trusted Frommer’s Mexico 2001.

The guest rooms vary in size and depending on your chosen medium, we will work with you to be sure that your individual needs as an artist or writer are being met. Our two suites come with small kitchenettes and five of our remaining guest rooms can easily be outfitted with small appliances to create a kitchenette setting for you. It is our goal to make you as comfortable as possible, so you can focus on your creative work and make the most of your residency.

Being located in Ajijic, you will have the great fortune to get involved in many artistic adventures and become a part of this incredible community of creatives. Once a month the Ajijic Society of the Arts hosts its Art Market on the grounds of The Garden of Dreams. Over (50) artists show and sell their work, making for a great opportunity to meet other artists and network with them.

Art openings, special exhibitions, studio tours, writing groups, classes and presentations happen throughout the community. If you wish to be included, there are many ways to get you involved. 360 Xochi Quetzal and the Garden of Dreams will be collaborating every month to offer a salon series, Artistas Juntos … Artists Together. This series has been created specifically for the 360 Xochi Quetzal residents to share their work with their colleagues and the local community. You will be invited to participate and we hope you will be a part of the conversation.

Photo credits for these hotel photos: Tulasi Zimmer 

Artist Residency offers time to reflect

The Guadalajara Reporter does a wonderful job reporting on the thriving art community in Chapala and Ajijic. They did not disappoint this week in a wonderful interview with artist and performer Sunya Folayan. Sunya is the Co-Director of the new Bipoc Residency offered by 360 Xochi Quetzal , the international Artist and Writers Residency based in Chapala since 2012. On the occasion of their 10th anniversary, Sunya and Founder, Deborah Kruger, are offering a free residency for Bipoc creatives. 

See article: https://theguadalajarareporter.net/index.php/arts-entertainment/arts-entertainment/lake-chapala/arts-culture/59105-artist-residency-offers-time-to-reflect