After moving away from California, I spent the winter of 2015 in Michigan, which was enough to remind me why I never wanted to spend another winter in Michigan. So last year I decided to take a break from the cold and gray for a while. I had long wanted to visit Costa Rica, and I found a listing on AirBnB for a small resort near Alajuela called Norma’s Villas. The price seemed reasonable, the pictures were gorgeous, and the description said that it was a quiet place perfect for writers and artists. That sounded pretty good to me, so I booked a reservation from mid-January to mid-March. I worked with Norma’s granddaughter, Lisa, to book the trip. I blogged about my trip here.
I was already planning on going back to Costa Rica this winter, so when Lisa told me she was organizing a writer’s retreat for January, I volunteered to be part of it. The retreat lasts for three weeks, with each week focusing on a different aspect of writing. The details are here. You can come for one week or all three. If you’re a writer or aspiring writing and you’re looking to get out of the cold for a little while this winter, I highly recommend looking into the retreat. It promises to be very educational as well as a lot of fun.
La Garita is a small town about an hour-and-a-half drive from the Pacific beaches and about forty minutes from the capital, San Jose. It’s a very quiet, peaceful place, but it’s within day-trip distance of a lot of the great attractions Costa Rica is known for. I will be arriving around the beginning of the second workshop (January 12). Then I will be running a workshop on self-publishing from January 21-28. (After that, I’ll just be screwing around until the middle of March or so.)
You can read more about the retreat here. If you have any questions about Norma’s Villas, the retreat, or Costa Rica, let me know. If I can’t answer them, I can put you in touch with Lisa.