Nosara, Costa Rica

april 9 to April 15, 2018
Cost: $1500- 2800 USD

*This adventure is sold out*

Join us on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. A paradise where the jungle meets the sea.

We'll take over a lush secluded retreat center for 6 days & nights of making art, nurturing relationships with other women, and adventuring in the jungle paradise of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. Our group will lodge in a private villa compound with our own pool and secret path to the beach surrounded by jungle, falling asleep to the sound of the surf.

Each morning after a delicious breakfast served by our house cook, there will be optional yoga or surf lessons with our private instructors to begin our day. After morning beach time Mati Rose McDonough and I are teaming up to take you on a layered painting adventure, we'll dive into lessons on our gigantic open air painting porch filled with hammocks, comfy couches and tables for us to paint on. We will begin each day diving into layers of Watercolor for our Watercolor warm ups practice. Then in daily acrylic painting workshops we'll lead you through many topics including collage, working with stencils, silk screening, spray painting, gold leafing, layering with drips and washes, incorporating geometrics, and creating abstract layers along with painted Mandalas and Feather Power Girls! At the end of our time together you'll leave with at least 2 finished paintings and tons of new skills under your belt to invigorate your painting practice back home! All of our painting lessons will be based on our book Painting The Sacred Within! This is our 5th retreat at our Jungle Beach House location, its like our own private jungle tree house, with a secret path to the sea!

We will have inspiring Ayurvedic Bodyworker Lara Cornell with us to lead our group in 3 gentle morning yoga sessions. Lara will also be offering private flower essence consultations and ayurvedic facials with flower essences for each retreat participant. With the consultations each person will get their own special grounding blend elixir of flower essences to take home.

Visit our rooms & rates.

 Pura Vida Costa Rica painting retreat with Faith Evans-Sills and Mati McDonough
 
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Consider this your invitation to join us for painting in paradise!

WE WILL BE STAYING AT THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE...THE JUNGLE BEACH HOUSE

Put on your sarong and we'll show you around....

NESTLED IN ITS OWN PRIVATE GARDEN OASIS, THE JUNGLE BEACH HOUSE IS AN AMAZING GROUP RETREAT; MADE UP OF THREE SEPARATE BUILDINGS IN A WALLED COMPOUND FULL OF FLOWERING GARDENS AND PATHWAYS,  WITH A TOTAL OF 8 BEDROOMS, THIS UNIQUE PLACE IS WHAT VACATIONING IN THE TROPICS IS ALL ABOUT! THIS HIDDEN GEM IS LOCATED WITHIN THE HEART OF THE SLEEPY BOHEMIAN BEACH TOWN OF NOSARA, IT IS THE PERFECT LOCATION FROM WHICH TO EXPLORE THE AREA ON FOOT. THREE GUEST ROOMS ARE SINGLE OCCUPANCY, OTHER GUEST ROOMS ARE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.

THE JUNGLE BEACH HOUSE HAS ITS OWN PRIVATE PATHWAY TO THE BEACH (JUST A MINUTE WALK) SO FALLING ASLEEP TO THE SOUNDS OF THE SURF IS A DEFINITE. THERE IS ABUNDANT WILDLIFE HERE, YOU'LL OFTEN HEAR THE SOUNDS OF MONKEYS IN THE JUNGLE NEARBY, IGUANAS RUNNING AROUND THE PROPERTY, AND SO MANY BIRDS TO WELCOME YOU INTO EACH DAY! THIS LARGE PROPERTY IS VERY PRIVATE, IT COMBINES AUTHENTIC CHARM AND A TROPICAL ATMOSPHERE. ENJOY THE DIFFERENT RELAXATION SPACES THE JUNGLE BEACH HOUSE OFFERS. THE PRIMARY GATHERING AREA IS IN THE PROPERTY'S OLDEST BUILDING, THE RANCHO, A RUSTIC STRUCTURE WITH SOARING CATHEDRAL CEILINGS UNDER ITS THATCHED ROOF, BUILT IN THE TRADITIONAL LOCAL STYLE. THE SIDES OF THE RANCHO ARE OPEN TO THE OUTDOORS WITH SOUL. IT HAS A GIGANTIC OPEN AIR PORCH WHICH WILL BECOME OUR OWN PRIVATE JUNGLE STUDIO SPACE FOR THE LENGTH OF OUR STAY, COMPLETE WITH HAMMOCKS AND COMFY COUCHES, A LIVING ROOM, CONVENIENT BATHROOM AND LARGE KITCHEN. THE PRIVATE POOL AREA IS EQUIPPED WITH LOUNGE CHAIRS & TOWELS, GIVING YOU THE OPTION TO UNWIND IN THE SUN OR IN THE SHADE OF ONE OF THE THATCHED ROOF PALAPAS. IN ADDITION TO THE SPACIOUS LOUNGE AREAS, THERE ARE FIVE DOUBLE-OCCUPANCY, AND THREE SINGLE OCCUPANCY, GUEST BEDROOMS SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE 3 BUILDINGS ON THE PROPERTY, ALL WITH SHARED OR PRIVATE EN-SUITE BATHROOMS.

THE RANCHO BUILDING AND OTHER COMMON AREAS WILL ACT AS OUR CENTRAL MEETING SPACE FOR RELAXING, GATHERING, ART MAKING OR EATING. THIS CENTRAL OPEN AIR SPACE OFFERS US A BEAUTIFUL EXOTIC ATMOSPHERE IN WHICH TO CREATE ART IN PARADISE!

Cost: The retreat week rate ranges from $1500- $2800 depending on your choice of accommodation. (airfare & ground transportation not included)

$600 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT REQUIRED TO HOLD YOUR SPOT. TOTAL BALANCE IS DUE JANUARY 15TH, 2018. PAYMENTS PLANS ARE AVAILABLE, PLEASE SEE FAQ'S BELOW FOR DETAILS.

DUE TO HIGH AMOUNT OF INTEREST, WE EXPECT THIS RETREAT TO SELL OUT QUICKLY.  WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO PUT YOUR DEPOSIT DOWN EARLY, THAT WAY YOU'LL HAVE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME TO COMFORTABLY SPACE OUT YOUR PAYMENTS. 

TO SEE RATES AND CHOOSE YOUR ROOM CLICK ON THE BUTTON ABOVE. ONCE WE RECEIVE YOUR DEPOSIT WE WILL BE IN TOUCH AND SEND YOU TIMELY UPDATES AND TRAVEL TIPS AS NEEDED.

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What's the typical day like at the Jungle Beach House?

“It’s hard to sum up our Pura Vida painting retreat in Costa Rica. This will be the 5th time we’ve held it at the paradise of the Jungle Beach House. It’s an intimate chill nourishing experience— 7-12 ladies depending on room sharing. My routine there is to bring coffee to the beach and walk along the ocean, come back and eat delicious fresh fruit & breakfast prepared by our lovely chef Marta, take a dip in the pool, take an outdoor shower. Do some gentle yoga led by Lara Cornell, then teach painting alongside Faith Evans-Sills in the open aired palapa, jump in the pool again, eat an amazing Marta made fresh Costa Rican lunch, so many veggies!! Then we paint more... repeat... till sunset where we grab our glass of wine and wander the short path to the beach to watch the sunset. Then we walk down the street for dinner at many tasty local places. Not to mention a day for surfing with our in house instructor or deep sea fishing or zip lining or getting massages or shopping for handmade goods. Most of all are the awesome friendships & art cultivated in this inspiring space!!” ~Mati Rose McDonough

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OUR CREATIVITY FILLED 7-DAY ITINERARY:

Monday, April 9 {day 1} Arrival, Opening CIrcle & Welcome Dinner: 

Arrival, settle in, explore the sweet hippie town of Nosara and enjoy the beach and pool. Opening Circle and Welcome Dinner at the Jungle Beach House.

Tuesday, April 10 {day 2} Morning Yoga, Walking tour of nosara, Painting Workshop: 

Breakfast, Morning Yoga, beach time. Walking tour of the area, we'll show you all the best spots to get a smoothie, a massage, our favorite restaurants & shopping. Afternoon Watercolor warm ups & abstract painting with Faith. Buffet catered lunch. Painting & free time.

Wednesday, April 11 {day 3} morning Surfing, Painting Workshop, Flower Essence COnsultations: 

Breakfast, beach time, Surf Instruction with our private instructor. Watercolor warm ups & abstract painting workshop with Mati. Buffet catered lunch. Flower Essence Consultations with Lara Cornell. Painting & free time. Group dinner at fabulous local restaurant La Luna!

Thursday, April 12 {day 4} morning Surfing & *Free Day* to relax & explore the area: 

Breakfast & Buffet catered lunch. Morning Surf Instruction with our private instructor! Then you've got a Free Day to enjoy all that this beautiful part of Costa Rica has to offer...horseback ride on the beach, go on a ziplining adventure, sink deeply into relaxation with a massage, surf, go deep sea fishing, take a jungle hike, all are close by! You can also choose to simply stay at the jungle beach house and paint your heart out, its all up to you!

Friday, April 13 {day 5} morning Yoga, Painting Workshop, Facials: 

Breakfast, Morning Yoga, beach time. Watercolor warm ups & abstract painting with Faith. Nature Mandalas. Buffet catered lunch. Private individual Facials with Lara Cornell. Painting & free time.

Saturday, April 14 {day 6} morning Yoga, Painting Workshop & Evening Celebration: 

Breakfast, Morning Yoga, beach time. Watercolor warm ups & abstract painting with Mati. Buffet catered lunch. Evening closing circle and celebration!

Sunday, April 15 {day 7} Farewell & Departure: 

Breakfast & farewell. Shuttles will leave for the airport by 10am.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS OUR PROSPECTIVE ITINERARY. SMALL CHANGES MAY BE MADE DUE TO WEATHER, DESIRES OF THE GROUP AND UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES. 

:: FAQ'S ::

Are there payment plans?

Yes! Upon receipt of your $600 non-refundable deposit you may divide your remaining total into up to 2 separate payments. Total balance is due January 15th, 2018.

What does the cost cover?

  • 6 nights accommodation in a private compound
  • healthy breakfast and lunch daily by a private chef—lots of amazing yummy fresh tropical fruit, veggies and fresh local fish! 
  • daily painting lessons taught by Faith & Mati …using our jungle beach location for inspiration we’ll dive into mixed media layered goodness with lessons in creating abstract paintings through a variety of marks and materials to express natural space and tropical inspiration. Through a slow build up of process you’ll create two large paintings in our open air studio. Mati and Faith will lead you through lessons in collage, wash painting, stenciling, silk screening, spray painting along with painted mandalas and feather power girls. You’ll come away with work that you love, and lots of new ways of seeing and working, to take home to jump start your own studio practice.  
  • a gift bag when you arrive, full of goodies & gifts for you to use in your art making!
  • 1 private flower essence consultation, and personalized special blend of flower essence elixir to take home, from Lara Cornell.
  • 1 private ayurvedic kansa wand facial with a blend of jojoba oil, tridoshic aromas and flower essences.
  • around the clock access to our own open air art studio & art supply buffet, where you can let your inspiration run wild and work into the night if you desire. Create & explore with...paints, silkscreens, stencils, brushes. Students will be asked to bring along their own canvases, watercolor and acrylic paints. We'll send out a recommended supply list letting you know all that you will need to bring!
  • private beach access, one minute walk down a private path to the most beautiful beach in the area!
  • private swimming pool, surrounded by lounges....the perfect place to refresh, morning or afternoon.
  • 3 mornings of centering yoga, (optional) led by our private instructor.
  • 2 mornings of surfing lessons,(optional) led by our private instructor.
  • daily housekeeping service
  • 1 free day for horseback riding, zip-lining, massage, surf lessons, local wildlife tours, fishing, jungle hikes and sinking deeply into relaxation.
  • lots of free time to explore the local beauty, nature preserve, and nurture relationships with other creative women.
  • a short walking distance to Nosara, a funky, holistic, hip enclave in the jungle, with cute restaurants, juice bar, shops, spas and yoga. Lots of fun places to go out to dinner and to grab groceries.

Also as a bonus gift for our lovely retreaters: ~You'll receive a FREE year of access to Painting the Sacred Within: A Year of Exploration, Self Discovery & Finding Your Voice Through Painting; the year long online painting class with Faith & Mati (a $349 value). 

 
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What isn't covered in the cost?

Your airfare and ground transportation are not included in the cost. Any meals eaten off the Jungle Beach House grounds (5 dinners). Expect to pay about $20-$30 depending on the restaurant for dinner. Anything you buy in the markets or on various trips will not be covered as well as any extra tours or excursions that you choose during your free time if you choose to go.

Do I need travelers insurance?

We highly recommend it.

How much money should I bring for spending?

That is totally personal and depends on how much shopping you plan to do. ATM's are available to you and credit cards are taken at some major retailers.

Do I need immunizations?

Please see the CDC recommendations here

Do I have to share a room?

The Jungle Beach House is a luscious and intimate retreat space, we will have the entire property at our disposal. Each of their rooms are unique, make sure you choose the one that suites you best. Three of their rooms are single occupancy, which will be given on a first come first served basis (these rooms are sold out). Their other rooms are double occupancy with two beds per room. We will do our best to pair you up with someone we think you'll match well with. On our retreats the sharing of rooms has fostered close bonds of friendship within the group.

What kind of food will be served?

The Jungle Beach House never uses processed foods and all meals are prepared the old fashion way – from scratch.  Vegetarian options are available if we inform the cook before hand, gluten free can also be accommodated. They provide a fixed daily menu that relies on fresh and local ingredients.

Breakfasts - daily made pancakes, toast, tortillas, eggs, fresh tropical fruit, juice, coffee and tea

Lunches – light and fresh with lots of local flavor: fish, chicken, lots of veggies, rice and beans, plantains, tortillas, daily fresh pico de gallo, and the best guacamole we've ever had! Fresh fruit smoothies, juice, filtered water.

How do I get to the jungle beach house from The airport and back again?

The Jungle Beach House is located on Playa Guiones in the town of Nosara, about a 2 hour drive from the international airport. We can recommend a few shuttle companies for you to book a round trip shuttle from the airport, this is easy and can be done online. Once you book you will be added to our retreat's private Facebook group where women have arranged to meet up upon arrival and share airport shuttles! On our departure day all shuttles will depart for the airport by 10am.

What airport do I fly into?

When booking your flight please fly into Liberia International Airport. We recommend booking your flights at least 90 days before the beginning of the retreat.

What will the weather be like?

Weather in April is likely to be in the high 80's. This is the dry season in Costa Rica, it is hot, humid and usually sunny with a possible passing shower. The Jungle Beach House is located on the beach so there is always an ocean breeze, however plan for hot weather! We take breaks often to jump in the pool or the ocean for refreshment. It is expected to be a bit cooler in the evenings with highs in the 70's and low 80's.

I've never been anywhere this exotic, will I like it?

We ask you to approach this trip with a sense of adventure in your heart. We think you are going to love this retreat! We encourage you to do a little research on the area before you come. Costa Rica has a vibrant friendly culture, this is the tropics with wildlife all around, dirt roads, heat and humidity. We will be outdoors painting in a covered open air studio, there will be shade but it will likely be hot. This retreat offers a chance to step outside of your day to day through experiencing a week immersed in topical lifestyle, feeling pampered with chef made meals, painting 24/7 as much as you want to dive into your art.  We foster a welcoming atmosphere where we want all women to feel comfortable, appreciated and safe as they journey with us. We love that deep friendships form between the women on all of our retreats, getting to know creative women from around the world is one of the best parts! The retreat will be a mix of laid back down time, lots of painting, exploration, pampering and immersion into an exciting, lively culture. 

Is there anything special I need to bring?

We will send you a supply list two months before the start of the retreat. We'll bring lots of fun supplies for you to play with on the retreat in our 24 hour art supply bar! You will bring your own canvases, a selection of paints and brushes that we'll recommend. We also recommend that you bring an extra bag (a collapsible duffle) to bring home your goodies you have collected on our shopping trips. Don't forget to pack a bathing suit and sarong, that might be all you want to wear!

Do you offer refunds?

There will be no refunds for this Retreat due to the planning and logistics involved. When you register be sure to know all you can about traveling to Costa Rica.


We invite you at take a peek and immerse yourself in the tropical inspiration & beauty that we've gathered on our Costa Rica Retreats.......

What are former retreat participants saying?

"This week in Costa Rica I focused on the practice of being wild hearted and learning how to let go. I'm so thankful for all of the women I got to spend time with and learn from, at the Pura Vida Retreat with Mati Rose and Faith Evans-Sills. I feel so blessed to call all of these ladies my friends. I didn't understand what holding space was before this experience but after feeling the unconditional love and acceptance and lack of judgement this week I've come away with an appreciation for creating an environment that nurtures others while they are on their journey. I'm excited to return home full of inspiration and ready to allow new learning to unfold with an open heart."~ Christine B.
"My recent trip to Morocco with Faith and Mati was the soulful healing I needed. I have been painting for years, and was in a bit of a creative lull.  I was looking forward to spending time with like-minded women and seeing a new area of the world...and hopefully leaving with some inspiration.  By painting with other women and delving into the creative process in such a spiritual place,  I ended up uncovering some deeper truths and returning home with a sense of creative wholeness.  My trip to Marrakesh was a gift in so many ways..... and Mati and Faith's guidance made it possible.  Not only did I have a wonderful experience, but I left having made some lifelong friendships." ~Daniela B.
"When people ask what my favorite memories are I can say it’s been traveling to beautiful destinations with Mati and Faith! I’ve gone to Costa Rica and Morocco with them and both trips have changed my life for the better!  Not only are you discovering new places, but also exploring parts of yourself through art making. Being able to travel and create colorful artwork while making new friendships have been the most transformative and joyful moments in my life. If you want to be nurtured and truly feel awakened, I suggest their art retreats because they are 100% happiness!"~Lily U.

 

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see you in costa Rica!

 

A bit more about our teachers...

Mati Rose McDonough is an artist and daring adventurer whose name is pronounced Matey, like Ahoy! She is an Oakland, California based artist, illustrator, painting teacher and author of “Daring Adventures in Paint”.  After wanting to be an artist for many years, but feeling like it was “impractical”, at 29 years Mati took the leap and went back to art school at the California College of the Arts. Almost 10 years later, she is still excited and terrified every time she sees a blank canvas. She has had dozens of art shows, taught painting classes internationally and had her art used by clients Patagonia, University Games, Pier 1, as well as greeting cards, and her very own home decor line. She also has illustrated several children’s books including “i carry your heart” written by EE Cummings. Through her workshops, book, and popular online course, she spreads a warm message of creative courage: it’s never too late to show the world your magic. 

Faith Evans-Sills is a painter, wife, mother, world traveler and New York City transplant. With 20+ years of personal painting experience she enjoys inspiring others to manifest their most heartfelt ideas through creating art. Her art has been exhibited widely, included in multiple publications and she is very excited to now be fulfilling her longtime dream of offering creative workshops and retreats. She lives with her husband and 3 young children by the sea in Charleston, South Carolina, where they enjoy exploring southern beaches and maintaining a close connection with nature through frequent trips to wild places. Follow along here on her eponymous blog and on Instagram where she posts daily beauty and inspiration.