Writing in the Blue Zone: Eco-Flash Retreat in Costa Rica, March 21-27th, 2020

Jungle walks ending at the untamed ocean. The sounds of parrots, iguanas and howler monkeys. You, barefoot and writing, writing, writing…

Playa Negra sunset

The Nicoya peninsula of Costa Rica is one of five “Blue Zones” in the world, areas where people are healthier, happier, and live longer. And if that wasn’t enough, Costa Rica is also a world leader in environmental initiatives and action–surrounded by the beautiful wilds they have taken it upon themselves to be leaders in preserving and caring for their piece of the planet. According to Adventure Sports Network, Costa Rica is “paving the way  to sustainable tourism:”

”The land of “Pura Vida” produces 93 percent of its energy using renewable resources, and in 2017 it broke its own record by running for 300 days solely on energy from renewable sources. Despite being small in size, Costa Rica accounts for five percent of Earth’s biodiversity, and luckily 25 percent of its territory is protected by the National System of Conservation Areas. The country is forward thinking, and by 2021 it hopes to be the first carbon neutral country in the world.”

Join us for our return to Peace Retreat in Playa Negra, Guanacaste, a short 20-min walk to the Pacific Ocean (and one of the world’s rare black sand beaches) for an immersive experience of discovery, creation, inspiration and building community. You will gain perspective, respite, focus, time, camaraderie and the gift of prioritizing yourself and your art.

Find your inspiration and happiness in the Blue Zone as we write together in symbiosis with nature, breathe clean air, eat gentle, healthy foods, sleep to the sounds of the wind, shed the excess mental baggage and find our bare, creative hearts in the land of Pura Vida (pure life), all the while remembering that the care of our planet and the care of our our creativity always comes from our hearts.

Connect with your Creative Heart and discover the secrets of the Blue Zone with us in March.


This 7-day 6-night retreat will feature generative classes, workshops, craft talks, and one-on-one mentoring sessions as well as plenty of inspired individual writing time. All activities/classes are optional and participants can create a schedule that is supportive and nurturing to their process while finding just the right amount of motivation, guidance, and camaraderie.

Our fees are all-inclusive and provide you with:

    • Double occupancy accommodations (limited upgrades to private spaces available on a first come basis) in a variety of choices, from the main house to the darling jungle cabinas!
    • All instruction and classes with Kathy and Nancy
    • Two 25-minute private mentoring sessions 
    • Transportation to and from Liberia Airport (some coordination required)
    • Three lovingly prepared meals a day
    • Bonus: Yoga every morning! (for an additional drop-in donation!)

Available accommodations & all-inclusive retreat fees HERE.

Note: Peace Retreat is a beautiful, inspiring, wild, and rustic retreat space. Nancy describes it best in her wrap-up of the 2019 retreat: “Eco-friendly Peace Retreat is the perfect blend of authentic Costa Rica with just enough creature comforts to make it relaxing without sacrificing the true experience for the sanitized resort version. Simple, loving, comfortable, perfect.”

Peace Retreat, Costa Rica

Read more Nancy & Kathy’s impressions of the 2019 Writing Wild in Costa Rica Retreat to get a sense of its unique flavor.

Also, see owner Kevin McQuillan’s interview, where he beautifully describes the Peace Retreat experience. 

“Kathy and Nancy’s Writing Wild in Costa Rica was one of the best experiences I have had as a writer.” Laura Alexander

“I will always look back on my “Writing Wild in Costa Rica” experience as a highlight of my life. The setting was over-to-top lovely, the food fantastic, and the inspiration, support, and camaraderie invaluable.” Traci Mullins  Read more testimonials HERE.

Spots are limited.  Register now! We look forward to having you join us.





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