Join us on a journey through the tropical paradise of Costa Rica where we’ll embrace the local phrase “¡Pura Vida!” wholeheartedly. Soak in volcanic hot springs after a day of exploring the lush jungle, cool off in the crystal-clear pools made by the cascading tropical rivers, slow down and embrace the beauty of the countryside. Renew your creative practice through a variety of nature walks, learn about the local rainforest ecology, the lively culture, and expressive craft of the region, and enjoy fresh local fruit, food, and drinks galore in the company of a small team of artists. If you have been looking for a way to renew your creative energy, look no further because we have a program that infuses creative play, time for incorporating mindfulness into the way we interact with our art and our surroundings, and a great mix of soothing and exciting adventures against a backdrop of tropical wonders.
PROGRAM: Central Costa Rica
* We pride ourselves on finding the most incredible spots off the beaten path and have searched far and wide to locate spaces that are beyond the standard tourist guides! Earlier this year we embarked on a quest to build a program that counteracted many of the stressors that plague the creative industry: burnout, lack of inspiration, physical aches and pains, and fatigue. After much consideration, we’ve curated the perfect blend of relaxing, invigorating, and creatively renewing activities and spaces for individuals looking for the perfect creative cleanse for body, mind, and creative spirit. Join us in taking a closer look at the world around us, connecting with nature and the senses, and nourishing ourselves via a series of creative wellness workshops, activities, and more.
Our 7 day / 6 night journey will challenge creatives to explore, expand, and express themselves amongst the local Costa Rican culture, lush natural landscape, and serene exploratory adventures.
• Experience the incredible serenity of the rainforest via a variety of creative observational hikes
• Spot and identify tropical birds and their calls via a dawn birdwatching breakfast
• Enjoy and learn how to cook some of Costa Rica’s signature dishes with ingredients from the local market
• Take a dip with the locals in the natural pools alongside the Arenal River
• Visit local artisans and learn about the traditional art and craft of the indigenous Maleku people
• Spend an evening soaking in the brightly colored geothermal hot-springs of the local spa to unwind
• Enjoy a stay in hand-made housing with access to private forest trails & secret waterfall walks
• Cool down with a dip in our private outdoor pool
• Learn about and sketch parrots, toucans, and monkeys in a guided animal sanctuary tour
• Enjoy fresh fruits, coffees, and treats during visits to Costa Rica’s traditional ‘soda’s (family run restaurants)
• Experience and paint the vibrant sunset over the Arenal Volcano
• Spot leafcutter ants, hummingbirds, butterflies and sloths during an afternoon creature-walk
• Spend the evenings making, learning, and conversing alongside a group of exceptional creatives via nightly Light Grey led workshops on culture, craft, and practice
• Spend an evening of your choice in the hot river near Tabacon, or deep within the jungle on a nocturnal creature hike
• Get inspired by the incredible beauty of the rainforest landscape via plenty of hikes, walks, and wanders
AND OF COURSE... Plenty of time for creative conversation, sketching the gorgeous surroundings, and tons of LGAL led activities!
If you are interested in taking things a bit slower, looking a bit closer, and learning more thoroughly about yourself and your creative practice amongst an incredibly lush and ecologically diverse space, this is the adventure for you!
Let the magical spaces of the Costa Rican rainforest refill your creative reserves!
This program will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis based on the order that applications are received. If you are interested in joining with a partner or friend, please be sure to mention their name in the application form! Thank you!
Join us on an unforgettable adventure as we explore the lush countryside of Costa Rica’s immeasurable beauty as we travel a team of individuals looking to explore, learn, and create with alongside one another!
The Light Grey Adventure Programs are all about traveling to incredible spaces with like-minded people who want to take in culture, arts, history, and gorgeous natural spaces with their sketchbooks in hand! Whether you are an experienced traveler or someone just venturing out for the first time, we have everything set up so you can just relax and go!
LEADING UP TO THE JOURNEY:
Well before you leave the comfort of your home, the Light Grey staff will contact each person to coordinate arrival times and our rendezvous in Costa Rica. Each participant will receive all of the information they'll need to pack, prepare, and get excited about our journey, along with a welcome email introducing you to your teammates as soon as registration is confirmed.
We will be sending all of the necessary information for each participant to feel confident about traveling into Costa Rica, what can be expected, and how to coordinate with us at our rendezvous location in La Fortuna!
***Notice! Traveling before / after the journey!
If you are interested in continuing the adventure after your time with us, we recommend adding days AFTER your trip with Light Grey Art Lab, if possible! That way, you’ll be familiar with spaces we’re visiting and can adjust accordingly!
Please note that we take into consideration weather, seasonality of the program, and anything else that may disrupt enjoyment of the highlights during the trip and will adjust our schedule where needed in order to provide the best experience to all travelers!
OUR COSTA RICA ART CAMP PROGRAMS INCORPORATE A VARIETY OF SITE VISITS, CREATIVE PROGRAMMING, LIGHT GREY ART LAB STAFF-LED WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES, AND A HEALTHY DOSE OF SPONTANEITY.
Costa Rica’s unique landscape allows us to make the most out of the nooks and crannies of the spaces we visit. We make a point to create programing that is not only unique to each visit, but exceptionally varied. Our site visits will include a wide variety of ecologically specific spaces, wide-open vistas, secluded areas off the beaten path, and visits to areas of local beauty, shops, and areas of past and current cultural significance. As each session is unique, we do not provide a detailed day-by-day itinerary for our program, however; we do guarantee plenty of wild spaces, waterfalls, sketch-hikes through epic spaces, and tons of time to create work, learn, and explore with a group of incredible creatives.
The Light Grey Art Lab team is celebrating our 6th year of Art Camp programming around the world, and we’ve created this ART CAMP itinerary to reflect a new set of priorities, such as more time out in the field creating, more great context for the historical, cultural, and natural significance of the spaces we visit, creative challenges and workshops, and more fun surprises than ever.
The Light Grey Art Lab staff will be curating this special program based on a variety of environmental factors, weather, and accessibility. Participants interested in having a thorough adventure should apply!
ABOUT LIGHT GREY ART CAMPS:
The Light Grey Art Camps are designed to be fun, full of inspiring adventures & creative challenges including fun creative discussions and activities, and a chance for us to see incredible spaces together and learn from each other!
This adventure is perfect for people looking to connect with other creatives over a unique and intimate experience where we'll step out of our comfort zones and have a great time getting to know one another! For more information about Light Grey's other programs, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Light Grey Art Camp COSTA RICA: International Nature & Wellness Tour (7Days / 6Nights) $2150
The base price includes lodging, some meals, mandatory entry fees to all attractions, guided tours and lectures by experts, museums, and events that are part of the core program.
We offer payment plans where requested and would be happy help set one up for individuals interested in breaking up the program cost. Upon confirmation of your position in the program, we will reach out to assist you!
LODGING & OUR HOME:
Our Art Camps are for individuals looking for an intimate, camp-like atmosphere!
We offer shared sleeping accommodations with roommates in our Costa Rican homes for this program. We have coordinated an assortment of sleeping options, and couples are encouraged to apply together in order for us to assign the most comfortable sleeping arrangements for all. Our trips are planned with budget in mind and we do our best to keep the cost down by choosing spaces & places that allow us to share resources on our journey! Our homes for this program are family-style homes classic to the area, with local decor and access to the surrounding area.
This program includes all breakfasts, and two family-style dinners in the countryside as part of the cooking workshops. Light Grey Art Camp International trips allow for visitors to experience a wide range of local cuisine per their own tastes. We will be out traveling every day, and will be in populated locations that ofter several options for all other meals. A wonderful way to experience Costa Rican cuisine and culture is to enjoy meals from the local sodas (local family owned restaurants), the markets, and via recipes local to the area, so we will be visiting many different hand-picked locations on our journey. We will do our best to help find establishments that can accommodate participants dietary restrictions, but be aware the Costa Rican diet may vary from your usual fare, so please let us know if you have any allergies and we can try our best to assist all participants with dietary needs as best we can.
This is a moderate activity level trip that includes a lot of time spent on foot. We will be walking a great deal, in both villages and mountains. Participants should be ready to explore on foot and a spend a large amount of time outdoors. The average temperature in Costa Rica in January is between 70 - 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and cooler weather in the evening is common, and because we are in the rainforest where it can be humid or rainy at times, quick-dry, breathable clothing is suggested. We always plan for all types of weather, and will provide a full packing list with resources to participants in advance of the trip to assist each artist in planning their journey!
Flights are not included in the price of this program as people may be joining us from all over the country or beyond!
We encourage people to look into flights to San Jose International Airport in Costa Rica. Anyone wishing to spend more time in the area may also request information on other fun things to see while your'e in town, or recommendations on how to extend your trip!
** We will be sending recommendations for travel from San Jose to La Fortuna in the registration email and are happy to help you coordinate your journey to and from our rendezvous location to your flight!
This Art Camp International Culture Tour is 21+.
Positions are first-come, first-served. Please feel free to fill out the application form and upon receiving your application, we will contact you within a day or so to confirm your spot.
Recommendations for how to travel comfortably in Costa Rica will be sent after registration to help participants feel confident about beginning their journey.
Payments will be due upon receipt, and your position in the program will be confirmed as soon as payment is received.
** Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE, so please feel free to ask any questions you may have and we will gladly help! We highly recommend purchasing trip insurance for your travels.
If you have any questions about the experience, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com
*Photos taken by Lindsay Nohl and Jenny Wells, at locations that all appear on this Light Grey Art Camp International trip.