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Writing on Tico Time: Memories of a Costa Rica Retreat

by Allyson Latta

Sunset at Playa Herradura

I’m sitting at Juanita’s, a rustic beach-front restaurant, sipping a foamy piña colada as the departing sun drifts shades of pink over the Pacific. We arrived early to watch the sunset and for just one drink, and it was quiet then, but with the Latin-rhythmed Costa Rican music pumping from the speakers and the aroma of garlic-sizzled sea bass wafting out to the street, other patrons have been enticed and the place is filling up. Several tables draped in bold orange clothes are pushed together for our group, and looking down the line at the smiling faces of exuberantly chatting writers, I think, not for the first time, how remarkable it is that we’ve found our way to this place.

Many of us met only a week ago. And when these women and men first stepped down from the airport shuttle in front of Namaste Gardens — a small yoga retreat in Playa Herradura on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast — they were all slightly rumpled and sheened, visibly tired from travel, unsure of what to expect, and a tad shy with me and one another. One whispered to me as I showed her to her room, “I don’t want to be here,” which startled me, until I realized what she meant. She was worried about fitting in, about whether she belonged here with “real” writers.

But as a writing instructor of mine once said, and I took this to heart, “If you are writing, you’re a writer.” And everyone who’d come to Namaste Gardens Writing & Yoga Retreat was here to write. They were also here to experience a bit of Costa Rica: the rich sunsets, lively music, beaches and cuisine.

Oh yes, and “Tico time,” an extremely relaxed view of clocks and schedules subscribed to by Ticos (informal for Costa Ricans) that, depending on the circumstances, can delight travellers or drive them crazy. Trust me: delighting in it is the best way to go.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Discover Writing, Discover Costa Rica — January 2012

Namaste Gardens Writing & Yoga Retreat

Playa Herradura, Costa Rica

with guest speaker, award-winning novelist William Deverell

January 21 to 30, 2012

Pura vida … It’s Costa Rica’s unofficial slogan and it means “pure life.” Costa Ricans use the expression as a greeting and a farewell, and to mean thank you and you’re welcome, but more than this it symbolizes their philosophy of letting things go and just enjoying life …

Experience pura vida with writing instructor Allyson Latta and yoga instructor Jamie Wood during this creativity-nurturing and restorative 10-day tropical retreat in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Region. It’s open to participants of all ages and writing levels who enjoy travel and want to discover—or rediscover—a path into creative writing, whether memoirs, fiction or poetry.

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011