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adventure travel trip to Costa Rica
Enjoy myriad opportunities for activity and for stillness amidst the beauty of Costa Rica. Here, a glass-winged butterfly.
Dates Please call for current departure information.
Duration 7 days
Group Size 8-10
Land Cost $2,495
Single Supplement $570
Lodging 3 stars
Grade I
Best Time

Mindfully Engaging Costa Rica

Practicing the art of mindful travel in the lush green world of the Sarapiqui

Day 1      San Jose arrival

You'll be greeted on arrival in Costa Rica's international airport near the capital, San Jose. Transfer to one of the city's coziest, artistically-adorned, small hotels. What a glorious place to "land" -- in every sense of the word.  Meet Lynn and Joan and the other members of our small group. Joan will offer an introduction to the region and the week's program. Lynn will introduce us to the mindfulness practice that will unfold over the coming days.

Lodging: Don Carlos

You may observe seven species of hummingbird.
Day 2      Via Braulio Carillo N.P. to the Caribbean lowlands

After breakfast, we depart on our beautiful drive, through the dark green coffee-covered slopes of Costa Rica's Meseta Central, past the forests of Braulio Carillo National Park, into the fertile Carribean lowlands. Our hosts at La Quinta will be waiting to welcome us.  "Su casa es nuestra casa." Their home is our home -- for 6 days and 5 nights.  Settle into your casita. Learn your way around the property, noting the frog walk, butterfly house, caiman pond, herb and vegetable gardens, swimming pool, open-air dining room, and cozy areas for reading, writing, and watching tropical birds. Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican dinner cooked with ingredients grown in La Quinta’s gardens.

Our settling in will be greatly enhanced by our instruction and practice in mindfulness. On this first day at La Quinta, Lynn will lead a 90-minute session. Sometimes our mindfulness practice at La Quinta will be in a thatch-roofed outdoor pavillion; other times in a cooled indoor space or on a veranda overlooking the river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: La Quinta

Family and staff at La Quinta greet us with open arms.
Day 3-5      Mindfully engaging Sarapiqui

Each long, gentle, tropical day offers its own charming blend of treats. Mornings, we wake early to birdsong, we greet the day with meditation, and we enjoy a Tico (Costa Rican) breakfast.  Each day, in the morning or afternoon, we venture out to enjoy a brand new nature experience or cross-cultural encounter. Together we'll visit Tirimbina Nature Reserve and we'll meet with the women of a local arts cooperative. If you would like to try an adventure activity such as zip-lining or rafting, there will be a space of time for that. Also, every day, Lynn will hold class and lead us in an array of mindfulness practices.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: La Quinta

The frogs, the birds, the butterflies, the flowers -- form a palette of saturated color.
Day 6      Half day silence in group; half day personal options

Today, Lynn guides us through a morning of structured silence. During the afternoon, we practice "social silence," each of us engaging in our own activities. Walk, swim, write, draw, take photos, watch birds, wander. Late in the day, we come together to reflect on our day of silence and on the week's experience. Lynn offers guidance and materials for our own ongoing practices.

In the evening... fiesta!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: La Quinta

There's a red bridge way down there in the jungle canyon.
Day 7      San Jose / Onward

Most group members return to San Jose for afternoon flights homeward, or to connect to explorations in other parts of Costa Rica or Central America. Some group members may extend for the JOURNEYS program, "Writing Our Way into Costa Rica," March 8-14.

 

 

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Meals: Breakfast

¬°Fiesta!


 
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