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Like this sloth, we'll settle in. With our notebooks as companions, we'll explore new terrain.
Dates
  • Feb 28-Mar 6, 2015
  • Duration 7 days
    Group Size 8-10
    Land Cost $2,295 Details
    Single Supplement $570
    Lodging 3 stars
    Grade I
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    Writing Our Way Into Costa Rica

    Practicing the art of writing in the lush green world of the Sarapiquí

    On this seven-day trip into one of the richest environments of Central America, led by writer/teacher Hannah Ensor, 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 air conditioning and ceiling fans. 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. Read Hannah's blog, "Why I Write When I Travel," to learn more about her philosophy.


    Brief Itinerary

    Day 1San Jose arrival
    Day 2Via Braulio Carillo N.P. to the Caribbean lowlands
    Day 3-5Writing our way into Sarapiqui
    Day 6Bringing it all together
    Day 7San Jose / Onward

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