Costa Rica WILD: Color and Shape in the Jungle
Painting, Mosaic, Adventure
January 9 – 16, 2022
$2200 per person Double Occupancy;
$2300/2450 per person Single Occupancy
Rain, snow, sleet, gloom … does anyone really love January? Eh, not so much. Grab your shorts and escape the cold in tropical Costa Rica for a fabulous exploration of color and shape in the jungle.
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. About 72 miles from San Jose and 15 miles from Mt. Arenal, the farm includes comfortable cabins, a poolside dining hall with three farm-to-table organic meals daily, open-air studio, ozonated chlorine-free pool, solar-heated jacuzzi, bar area, yoga pavilion and spa.
Our program is 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. Our emphasis will be on interpreting the colors and forms of our environment into art as vibrant as our surroundings. Mosaic artists will work with glass, china, or paper — your choice. All students will be asked to bring some materials due to individual weight limits and preferences.
We’ll have a planned lesson each day, as well as on-site tours during our first days in Costa Rica. All participants have twenty-four hour access to the open-air studio overlooking the forest and gardens. During free time, you might choose to continue art projects, enjoy the grounds and pool, grab a smoothie and head for the hammock, join an on-site bird watching tour, schedule a massage, or make transportation arrangements in the office for any number of local adventure activities.
In addition to on-site fun, we’ll schedule at least one activity off-site. We’ll also have plenty of suggestions for those who want to take full advantage of their time here.
Prices are based on room selected, and include everything listed below. Prices are per person. Room Options include:
- $2200: Double Room in Casa Luna (Upstairs) or in Family Bungalow with bath (Ground Level)
- $2300: Single Room in Family Bungalow with shared bath (Ground Level)
- $2450: Single Room in Casa Luna (Upstairs) with private bath
- Transfer from Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose to the Lodge and Return Transfer
- Seven Nights Accommodation (Your choice of Single, Double, or Triple)
- Six Organic Breakfasts, Six Lunches, Seven Dinners when at Lodge
- 5-Day Workshop and Open Studio Time
- At Least One Guided On-Site Tour
- One Guided Off-Site Tour with Transportation
- One Off-Site Adventure
- Access to the Secondary and Primary Rainforest On Site
- Airport Transfer to San Jose for Return Flights
- Airfare To and From Costa Rica
- Passport Fees
- Optional Tours and Activities
- Transportation for Optional Tours or Local Transportation (Arrangements Provided)
- Offsite Meals
- Personal Items
- Trip Insurance (Required) (More info here)
- Gratuities (US $)
- Alcohol (Available On-Site)
NEED TO KNOW
- You MUST present PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION to the group leaders by November 1, 2021 in order to be accepted for the retreat.
- If virus numbers make travel to Costa Rica unsafe for January 2022 and the trip is cancelled, payment will be refunded in full.
- Retreat has a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15. Please sign up early, but don’t make flight reservations until notified that we’ve met the minimum.
- Participants may bring some of their own materials; details to follow.
GOOD TO KNOW
- Bridging the northern and southern most points of the two American contents, 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
- Currency: US dollars are accepted pretty much everywhere, including tips. No need to exchange currency.
- Electricity: 110, with standard US plugs
- 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
- 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
FUN TO KNOW
- Costa Rica contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity.
- Costa Rica has a population of 4.5 million and a life expectancy of almost 77 years, one of the highest in the world. Nicoya, on Costa Rica’s western coast, is a well-known Blue Zone, meaning that its inhabitants commonly live active lives past the age of 100.
- Costa Rica has no military, having proudly abolished it in 1948.
- Costa Rica generates more than 99% of its electricity using renewable energy.
- Costa Rica has more than 800 miles of coastline.
- Costa Rica is around the same size as Lake Michigan, and slightly smaller than West Virginia.
- The US is roughly 181 times the size of Costa Rica.
- Costa Rica has equal hours of light and darkness yearlong. Bring a flashlight.
Laura McRae-Hitchcock’s art moves between realism and abstract, much the way she treasures both being at home and the adventure of travel. An award winning painter and co-founder of Wild Hair Adventures, Laura has taught painting workshops for over 15 years. She calls a barrier island near Charleston, SC home, sharing it with her husband and a sweet cocker spaniel named Gunner. In addition to spending time with her children and first grandchild, Laura’s idea of fun is exploring new places and ideas, collecting lovely sticks, rocks and shells, and gathering with friends to make art and share meals and stories. “I love how exciting it is to see new things, experience different foods and cultures, meet new people … it definitely influences my work. Sharing a bit of my life with other artists makes it exponentially more fun!”
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 endlessly inspired by unfamiliar surroundings where every sight and awareness is new. “I feel everything differently, and it deepens my awareness. There’s no greater gift than to walk into an unfamiliar setting and be transformed.” A lifelong writer, Pam has been creating mosaics for 21 years, always with a concentration on color. “I’m ridiculously shy for an adult and have always communicated through art. Raucous art. Happy art. Art that pours out every thought and feeling and passion. It’s what we’re here for.”