On this seven-day trip into one of the richest environments of Central America, accompanied by writer/teacher Hannah Ensor and Journeys International Director Joan Weber, we use writing to expand our engagement with the world around us, as we build our own senses of what it is to see, hear, feel, notice and even remember.
While much of what we think of as "keeping a travel journal" stops with a cataloging of places, names and sights, this trip allows us to write our way into the experience itself -- not only recording but creating our presence in self and place. Surprise is welcomed into our writing and our experiences as we find our way to the margins of our expectations.
Our home base is La Quinta, a lovely lodge that is part of the homestead and farm of the Gamez-Jenkins family, located in the tropical lowlands of the Sarapiqui region, two hours north of Costa Rica's capital of San Jose. Enjoy characteristic “Tico” (Costa Rican) hospitality. Our hosts are long-time friends of JOURNEYS. The setting is lush and intimate. Comfortable guest rooms offer choice of air conditioning or ceiling fan. Each has a private porch and hammock. Red ginger plants and banana trees bloom just outside the doorways, and gardens full of colorful frogs, butterflies, and tropical birds are footsteps away.
In the near-by nature reserves, we walk the rain forest trails, cross the high swinging bridges and float the waterways in the company of superb naturalist guides. Wild sights, sounds and fragrances abound. Focus wide on the expanse of the jungle canopy. Zoom in on the line of leaf-cutter ants. Distill the orchids and bromeliads from the surrounding abundance of green. Lock eyes with the monkeys. Zip-lining over the jungle canopy is an option.
Writing is both guided and individualized, with experiments in sharing and collaborating. This trip is for writers of all levels.
If you'd like to explore Costa Rica with pen in hand, with others who are likewise inclined, please call. The group will be limited to ten.
Cost includes: Nature activities, cross-cultural activities, hosting and guiding arranged and supported by Journeys International; Writing curriculum led by Hannah Ensor; 6 nights accommodation in twin share (singles may be available at extra cost); All meals beginning with breakfast on Day 2 through breakfast on Day 7; Airport transfers. Cost does not include: international air (estimate $550-$800); adventure activities such as zip-lining or rafting; alcoholic beverages; gratuities and personal expenses.
Hannah Ensor is a published poet and essayist and a passionate teacher. A graduate of the University of Michigan with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, Hannah is committed to the creation of place-based, community-minded writing spaces that allow participants room and safety to experiment, expand, and experience themselves as writers.
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