an Artistic Adventure

Art Retreat in Paradise

January 11-16, 2020

Nosara, Costa Rica

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Start your new year painting in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the world - on a mountain overlooking the majestic rainforest and beaches of Nosara, Costa Rica. Join this unique creative retreat at the Costa Rica Yoga Spa, a beautiful boutique lodge, to nurture your body, nourish your soul, and dive deeply into your creative process. 

Each morning will begin with gentle stretching to awaken the senses led by Ricki Grater, certified yoga teacher, dance movement therapist and psychotherapist. Then spend the day learning plein air landscape painting with internationally acclaimed artist, Sonya Sklaroff. Each 3-hour painting session will take place in a different stunning location - on a picturesque beach, atop a mountain summit, by a jungle river or waterfall, and will include a master demonstration, instruction and one-on-one guidance. Sonya will focus on teaching traditional plein air landscape painting techniques while guiding participants to develop a more personal form of expression. Artists may wish to use oils, acrylic, or watercolor.

Yoga, stretching and mindfulness exercises will be offered throughout the day to help participants drop more deeply into their bodies and tap into their creative core. Some days will close with optional meditation or a silent nature walk.


Participants also have the option to join in a host of adventure activities such as surfing lessons, horseback riding, paddle boarding, zip lining, or they may choose to enjoy spa treatments or lounge by the retreat center’s beautiful dipping pool.

The retreat can be completely customized to suit the needs of the individual.  Participants may wish to paint each morning and afternoon, or they may choose to experience a variety of different yoga and adventure options.

This retreat is for:

  • The beginning artist wanting to learn basics

  • The intermediate artist wanting to learn more techniques

  • The professional artist seeking new inspiration

The retreat experience will include:

  • Five nights accommodations at Costa Rica Yoga Spa. All rooms have spectacular views

  • Organic breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day (vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian options)

  • One night out to celebratory dinner at one of the best local restaurants (transportation and meal included)

  • Eight 3-hour landscape plein air oil painting workshops with Sonya Sklaroff that include master demonstrations, instruction, and one-on-one guidance

  • Daily stretching, meditation and mindfulness explorations with Ricki Grater

  • Guided hike to mountain summit with 360-degree views and possibly other guided nature inspiration hikes (time permitting)

  • Tour of on-site permaculture garden (where we'll be getting lots of our food each meal)

  • Daily shuttle transportation to beaches

  • End of retreat cocktail/mocktail art reception

  • Gracious and generous hosting from Costa Rica Yoga Spa on-site managers

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 What is not included:

  • Airfare to/from Costa Rica (nearest airport Liberia Int'l Airport)

  • Transportation between airport and Costa Rica Yoga Spa (we can assist in booking)

  • Art Materials*

  • Off-site activities such as surfing lessons, horseback riding, stand up paddling, zip lining, visit to a monkey rehabilitation center, private tennis lessons, and more! You will have opportunity to choose activities evening before and all prices will be posted

  • Spa and Healing Arts services; including massage, sound healing, private stress management, yoga and life/career consultations with Ricki

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Gratuity for staff *We recommend 10%*

  • Traveler's Insurance (highly recommended)

*Upon registration you will be sent a recommended list of art supplies to purchase and bring. While Sonya will be using exclusively oil paints for all plein air painting demonstrations, you can choose to paint with oil, acrylic or watercolor.  A recommended list will be provided for each.


$500 deposit due at time of booking to secure your spot

The remaining total balance due 90 days before retreat (10/13/19) 

All payments are nonrefundable unless we can fill your spot

Early Bird Special: $300 off any room package if booked by September 15, 2019 with 50% non refundable deposit.


Shared quad

2 Sets of Bunk Beds

Price: $1600pp (tax included)

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Triple Suite

2 Queen Beds and 1 Single Bed

Price: $2050pp (tax included)


Double Suite

1 King Bed and 1 Single Bed

Price: $2300pp (tax included)


Private room

1 King Bed and 1 Single Bed

Price: $2800 (tax included)

Application For Retreat Participation

Please only fill out this application if you are ready to participate. Deposit due within 14 days of application being accepted.

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