Color Costa Rica, January 2019

NOTE: It was FABULOUS! If you’re interested in a repeat of this workshop in 2020, please email

Color Costa Rica: Color and Shape in the Jungle
Painting and Mosaic
January 20 – 27, 2019
$1980 per person Double Occupancy; $2380 per person Single Occupancy

Grab your shorts and escape the cold in tropical Costa Rica for a fabulous exploration of color and shape in the jungle.


Finca Luna Nueva
Finca Luna Nueva

Our home base will be lovely Finca Luna Nueva, a sustainable forest ecolodge and organic farm in the volcanic highlands, nestled among both primary and secondary rainforest and adjacent to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. The farm includes comfortable cabins, a poolside dining hall with farm to table organic meals, open-air studio, ozonated chlorine-free pool, solar-heated jacuzzi, yoga pavilion and spa.


Our program will be suitable for painters, mosaic artists, and those who want to dabble a bit in both — novices welcome! We’ll present lessons on pattern, scale, shape, color, and freestyle work all inspired by the jungle around us, working with abstracted views. Our emphases will be on interpreting the colors and forms of our environment into paintings as vibrant as our surroundings. We’ll work on small pieces that can later be combined for maximum impact. All students will leave with several completed pieces in acrylic, stained glass mosaic, or combinations of the two. Students will be asked to bring some materials.


Art Studio

We’ll have a scheduled lesson each day, as well as on-site tours during our first days in Costa Rica, as well as twenty-four hour access to the open-air studio overlooking the forest and gardens. During free time, you may choose to continue art projects, enjoy the grounds and pool, grab a smoothie and head for the hammock, schedule an on-site bird watching tour, or make transportation arrangements in the office for any number of local adventure activities.


  • Transfer from Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose to the Lodge and Return Transfer
  • Seven Nights Accommodation (rooms will be assigned in the order received)
  • Six Breakfasts, Six Lunches, Seven Dinners when at Lodge
  • 5-Day Color Workshop and Open Studio Time
  • One Guided Rainforest Tour
  • One Guided Farm Tour
  • One River Safari with Transportation
  • Access to the Secondary and Primary Rainforests


  • Airfare To and From Costa Rica
  • Optional Tours and Activities
  • Transportation for Optional Tours or Local Transportation (Arrangements Provided)
  • Offsite Meals
  • Trip Insurance (Recommended) (More info here)
  • Gratuities
  • Alcohol, If Available


  • Retreat has a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 13. Please sign up early, but don’t make flight reservations until notified that we’ve met the minimum.
  • Participants may bring their own materials; details to follow.


  • Temperatures  for January average High 73, Low 59, with .4″ of Rain
  • Central Standard Time
  • Latitude: 10° North of the equator, with equal hours of light and darkness
  • Currency: US dollars are accepted pretty much everywhere, including tips
  • Electricity: 110, with standard US plugs
  • Fast Facts: Literacy rate 96.3%; Military abolished in 1948
  • Costa Rica is among the countries with the highest amount of protected land in the world; 25% of the nation is dedicated to park systems, reserves, or natural wildlife areas
  • Bridging the northern and southernmost points of the two American continents, Costa Rica is the meeting point for a variety of cultures and a density of plant and animal species said to be unlike any other country in the world
  • Approximately 850 bird species, 9000 plant species, 34,000 insect species, 205 mammalian species, 220 reptilian species, and 160 amphibian species
Rainforest Photography


You can download the More/Information/Registration form by clicking on the link below, OR contact Pam to be added to the information list, request a registration form, or with questions. Registration requires a 50% deposit, refundable in full if the minimum number of students isn’t reached. Final payment will be due November 7, 2018.

WHA Costa Rica 2019 More Info and Registration



Jean Cauthen grew up in Naples, Italy, New Orleans and the Carolinas, completing her education with an MFA  (Painting and Drawing) at James Madison University in Virginia. Her art career has led her to Moscow, Russia as a set designer, and she regularly returns to Italy (sometimes with students). When not working plein air, she creates large scale paintings in her Charlotte, NC studio. “My concentration is simple. No matter the subject, my focus is color against color. Shape with shape. Mark to mark. From this, and with care, expression and meaning can emerge.”

Pam at Dali's House, Barcelona

Pam Goode is a mosaic artist, writer, founding partner of Ciel Gallery, and founder of Mosaic Art Retreats and Wild Hair Adventures. An avid traveler, Pam is most inspired by being in unfamiliar surrounds where every sight, every thought, is new. “I see everything differently — feel everything differently — and the ability to communicate my own transformation though art thrills me.” A lifelong writer, Pam has been creating mosaics for nineteen years, always with a concentration on color. “I want the leaps, the brazen, the WAKE-UP raucous combinations that stop you in your tracks and make you rethink your life and where you’re going.”

Laura in Ireland

Laura McRae Hitchcock has been painting for over 30 years. She is a partner artist and teacher with Ciel Gallery and recent Artist in Residence at Olive Stack Gallery in Listowel, Ireland. Additionally, she is a 2016 participant in the nationally celebrated ArtPop program and grant recipient from the Arts and Science Council. “I try to get to the heart of the matter … my heart, that is. I’ve given up trying to be perfect, and instead I focus on finding that space where my heart speaks with paint. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but wow, what a ride it is!”

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