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adventure travel trip to Costa Rica
Like this sloth, we'll settle in. With our notebooks as companions, we'll explore new terrain.
  • 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
    Best Time

    Writing Our Way Into Costa Rica

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

    Day 1      San Jose arrival

    You'll be greeted on arrival in Costa Rica's international airport near the capital, San Jose, and transferred to a nearby hotel, reknowned for its extensive gardens. Meet Hannah and the other members of your small group. We'll get acquainted with place and our notebooks in tandem. After checking in with ourselves and with each other about our writing practice for the week, we will settle in for the night.


    Lodging: Bouganvillea

    Bienvenidos - Welcome - to Costa Rica where wildlife is safe. This Jesu Cristo lizard can walk on water.
    Day 2      Via Braulio Carillo N.P. to the Caribbean lowlands

    As we will each morning, we begin early with some loosening of our minds into our notebooks. After breakfast we depart on our beautiful drive, through the deep-green coffee-covered slopes of Costa Rica's Meseta Central, past the forests of Braulio Carillo National Park, into the fertile Caribbean lowlands. We will enjoy many pauses to write and reflect. With Hannah's guidance, we will begin thinking of place -- in this case the drive -- as collaborator and co-writer.

    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 comfortable corners for writing. Note too the frog walk, butterfly house, caiman pond, herb and vegetable gardens, swimming pool and open-air dining room. Food here is traditional and fresh, prepared with ingredients grown in La Quinta's gardens.

    Together we close the day by sharing our day's writing, and spending a few minutes writing on a common theme.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: La Quinta

    We love La Quinta where we "read" the weather report on the rock!
    Day 3-5      Writing our way into Sarapiqui

    We wake early to birdsong, greet the day with our now-familiar writing practice, and enjoy a Tico (Costa Rican) breakfast.  In the morning or afternoon, we venture out to enjoy a new nature experience or cross-cultural encounter. The towering jungle canopy and swinging suspension bridge at Tirimbina Nature Reserve, the rushing Sarapiqui River, the unpretentious market town of Puerto Viejo, and the pineapple plantation next door to La Quinta, are fertile grounds for our footsteps and our imaginations.  ( If you would like to try an adventure activity such as zip-lining or rafting, there will be a space of time for that, too.) 


    Time for writing will be both individual and shared, both guided and free. Each day we grow more comfortable with our writing practice and with each other, as we travel through new terrain. With Hannah's guidance, we try our hands at folk tales, mythologies, letter-writing or individualized personal atlases.  We experiment with collaboration, sharing ideas and inspiration with each other. 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: La Quinta

    VIew through a wide angle at the whole rain forest or zoom in.
    Day 6      Bringing it all together

    On this final full day, collaborations and experiments may continue, and there is also a longer stretch of uninterrupted time for individualized, self-guided writing. This is a wonderful opportunity to check in with yourself and with Hannah about your writing and your practice.  We come together on the riverside veranda in the late afternoon to read to and with each other. Later, after a delectable final dinner, accompanied by the sounds of the tropical night, we close the evening with group reflective writing.



    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: La Quinta

    Our writing leader, Hannah.
    Day 7      San Jose / Onward

    Breakfast and birdsong, and a final session of writing, and then on to San Jose for afternoon flights home or connections to other parts of Costa Rica or Central America.



    Meals: Breakfast

    So long rocking chair, hammock, La Quinta and rain forest.

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