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Costa Rica Workshop and Artists' Retreat






Costa Rica...

The name evokes images of natural beauty and unspoiled beaches - a tropical paradise.

The Nosara area is the perfect embodiment of these images.  Located in the Nicoya Peninsula, at the edge of the Nosara Biological Reserve, Nosara's climate is characterized by a steady, year-round temperatures of between 25 and 32 C (77 and 95 F).

We could not think of a better setting in which to hold a week-long Workshop and Artists' Retreat,

to which artists of all skill levels are invited to register.

Spaces are very limited, so booking early is the only way to guarantee your spot.


Improve your drawing and painting skills, escape from your daily routine,

explore the beach or the river in your free time, enjoy the local lifestyle...

This experience will surely change you!





Arrive:   Sunday, January 26, 2014

Depart:  Sunday, February 2, 2014


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Art Instruction


Five half-day sessions (Monday to Friday) of intensive art instruction, which will include drawing techniques, acrylics techniques, a review of composition, values, colour theory, and so much more.  This schedule will ensure that participants also have time available to work on personal projects, explore the beautiful surroundings, enjoy optional activities, or simply relax.


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Bonus Activities

Included free of charge for all workshop participants:


bullet Reference gathering field outings
bullet Hike to a bat cave
bullet Night walks
bullet Special evening presentations
bullet Critique of participants' work





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Optional Activities

Some of the optional activities available in the area include:


bullet The beaches of Playa Pelada and Playa Guiones:  white sand beaches, stunning sunsets, gentle coves, and world class breaks.
bullet The Nosara River and the Nosara Biological Reserve:  explore the jungle trails, where monkeys play in the trees, and parrots, toucans, wild orchids, bromeliads, along with other exotic plants and wildlife abound.
bullet Sea Turtle egg laying and hatching:  The nearby beach of Ostional is world famous for its "Arribadas," huge Olive Ridley turtle egg laying seasons. The nesting beach can be covered with hundreds, and even thousands of turtles during an "arribada".  If you are lucky, you might also witness the hatching of the eggs, as baby turtles race to reach the ocean.
bullet Kayak or boat river tours
bullet Horseback riding
bullet Stand Up Paddling
bullet Surfing
bullet Massage
bullet Yoga
bullet Canopy and Zipline tours
bullet Sport fishing


Please note that charges for these activities, if any, are not included in the rates shown below.





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Location and Accommodations



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bullet $1,250 (single-occupancy in A/C rooms)
bullet $1,200 (single-occupancy in fan-only rooms)
bullet $875 per person (double-occupancy, if sharing with another workshop participants).
bullet Please note that there are only a few rooms where this can be done comfortably, so this option is offered on a first-come first-served basis.


Rates above include:


bullet Five half-day sessions of Art Instruction
bullet Bonus activities (as described above)
bullet 7 nights accommodation
bullet 2 meals each day (breakfast and dinner)
bullet Room taxes
bullet Food taxes
bullet Assistance arranging airport transfers to/from Nosara
bullet Assistance booking optional activities


Rates do not include:


bullet Flights to/from Costa Rica
bullet Travel and trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
bullet Airport transfers to/from Nosara
bullet We will work with participants to keep this expense to a minimum, ensuring rides to and from the airport are shared, whenever possible
bullet Meals not specified above (e.g. lunch, snacks, etc.)
bullet Drinks
bullet Optional activities


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Reservation and Cancellation


bullet 50% deposit due by July 15, 2013.
bullet Deposit is refundable is participant cancels by November 15, 2013.
bullet For the reduced double-occupancy rate, deposit is only refundable if we can secure another person to take participant's place.
bullet Final 50% balance due by November 15, 2013.  No refunds will be made after this date, unless workshop is cancelled.
bullet Payment can be made by PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.
bullet We reserve the right to cancel the workshop in case the minimum number of participants has not been secured by November 15, 2013, in which case any amounts paid by participants will be fully refunded.







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