Writing Wild in the Blue Zone: Eco-Flash Retreat in Costa Rica, May 8-14, 2021

UPDATE: This retreat was rescheduled from March 2020. We are monitoring the travel situation and will let you know when we feel safe to open registration. Thank you for your patience!

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

“Kathy and Nancy’s Writing Wild in Costa Rica was one of the best experiences I have had as a writer. The classes were very informative with a lot of class participation.They provided a safe atmosphere in which to share our work.The venue was beautiful, peaceful and conducive to writing.I felt relaxed and spoiled the entire week and hated to leave.I went away from the retreat confident and inspired.” ~Laura Alexander

Playa Negra sunset

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, and the gift of prioritizing yourself and your art.

Come write wild with us! This innovative retreat experience in one of Earth’s stunning Blue Zones is aimed at really stretching, writing outside your comfort zone, both in language and in content. What happens when we unbind ourselves from the constraints of tame, domesticated realism and let our imaginations run wild? We will explore playfulness of language and structure as well as trying our hands at surrealism, magical realism, slipstream, etc. Be inspired by the abundant wildlife and exotic flora and geography of Costa Rica. We’ll also show you how to go “deeper into the jungle” in revision and from “machete to Swiss army knife” in your editing. 

This one-of-a-kind 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 your 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

Peace retreat
Peace Retreat, Costa Rica

What is unique about this part of the world?

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:”

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”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.”

Register now! We look forward to having you join us. Pura Vida!