Additional Info / FAQ for Writing Wild in Costa Rica

What’s Flash Fiction? 

Flash fictions are tiny stories–under 1,000 words–that use skills such as compression, ambiguity and implication to tell complete stories in minimal words. These skills ultimately translate to any genre, so whether you are a poet, a novelist, a creative non-fiction writer, or already a seasoned flasher, our workshops are perfect for all levels of experience with the form.

Where is Peace Retreat located?

Peace Retreat is located in the town of Playa Negra, along the stunning Pacific Gold Coast in the Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, near Tamarindo. It is a thriving, intimate, boutique-style retreat center just a sixty-minute drive from Liberia International Airport (LIR).

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What is your payment schedule?

$500 deposit due at time of booking

50% payment due November 1st, 2019

Remaining balance due by January 1, 2020

What is your cancellation policy?
Full refund (minus PayPal fees) if cancelled before Nov. 1st, 2019

50 % refunded (minus PayPal fees) if cancelled before Dec. 1st, 2019

Please note: After January 1, 2020 no refunds can be made. In some extenuating circumstances, a $500 credit may be applied to a future retreat.

May I bring along a non-writer guest or partner?

We understand that some may want to bring along a non-writing friend. This may be possible depending on space available–please contact us to inquire about particulars.

Will you be offering any additional activities or excursions?

Your retreat fees do not cover additional activities or excursions, and we do not schedule these ourselves, but there are several options available (such as surf lessons, snorkeling, nature hikes, ziplining, horseback riding, etc.) that may be arranged through Peace Retreat at a cost of $80-$100 per person. These are arranged through locals and as such are simple, economical, and also help support the local economy in Playa Negra.  Transportation can be included if enough people are interested in going together. We will schedule in free time during the retreat (probably one morning and one afternoon on different days) for excursions, extra time at the beach, or just a “deep dive” into your writing.

Should I purchase traveler’s insurance?

Yes. We highly recommend you get traveler’s insurance for our international retreats, ideally at the time of making your deposit. Good travel insurance can cover you when medical insurance won’t, particularly for international travelers. It protects against trip delays, offers rental car coverage, and covers lost luggage and accidental death. More info here:

Will I need vaccinations for travel to Costa Rica?

The CDC recommends, but does not require, certain vaccinations for travel to Costa Rica. See:

I have dietary restrictions and/or preferences. Can these be accommodated?

Absolutely. Just let us know in advance. Regarding meals: “At Peace Retreat, we prioritize our guests’ health, preserving the environment, and supporting the local economy and culture. As such, we are committed to buying local, organic, and in-season produce and products. We avoid buying imported foods to minimize our carbon footprint, we avoid processed foods, and we support local farmers. We also use a range of traditional ingredients, infused with Ayurveda food combining principles, in our menus to support our “food as medicine” approach. We are committed to serving the freshest ingredients possible that are delivered daily to our kitchen.”

Is Peace Retreat accessible for the mobility-impaired?

Unfortunately, the venue is neither wheelchair accessible nor suitable for mobility impaired.

Additional Information

About Peace Retreat: “Peace Retreat was founded in 2011 with the specific intent of being a holistic wellness and learning center. We are located in Playa Negra, situated on 5-acres in a jungle setting, at the heart of Costa Rica’s extraordinary northwest Pacific coastline. Peace Retreat is an approximate 10-minute walk to the town center of Playa Negra, and an approximate 15-minute walk to the beautiful beach of Playa Negra. The black sand is what gives Playa Negra its name. With sand that glows in the sunshine and stretches far into the shallow, warm pacific water, Playa Negra is one of Costa Rica’s most celebrated beaches. Our mission is to presence peace, enhance well-being and inspire new possibilities for self-expression and vitality.”

Please note that Peace Retreat is an “eco-friendly” venue. “Eco-consciousness is one of [Peace Retreat’s] core values. Energy and water efficiency is built into our daily operations and encouraged among staff and guests. We encourage using biodegradable personal products at the Peace Retreat.”

Wi-fi: There is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout most of Peace Retreat and in most of the accommodations. There are no computers for use on property. As such, we encourage guests to bring their own devices for use, if so desired.

Release Forms: We will require that all participants read and sign a release form prior to the retreat.