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Go Wild in Costa Rica with Candace Clough and Pam Goode

25 Mar

Go Wild in Costa Rica with Candace Clough and Pam Goode
January 13 – 20, 2019
$1980 Double, $2380  Single
(Double Your Fun Discount: See Info Below)

Join Candace and Pam for a rollicking jaunt through the Costa Rican jungle to identify favorite flora and fauna and then create your own mixed media art.

Our retreat will combine a six day mixed media mosaic workshop led by Candace Clough with onsite organic farm and rainforest tours, farm to table organic meals grown, prepared and served onsite, and a lazy water safari to view shore birds and monkeys. Accommodations will be at glorious Finca Luna Nueva (New Moon Farm), a sustainable rainforest ecolodge and certified organic biodynamic farm with single or double lodge and cabin accommodations, panoramic open-air workspace, wifi, ionized pool, jacuzzi, and spa. Optional activities at an extra cost include guided Arenal Volcano Lava Hike, Butterfly Garden or Cloud Forest Tours, Zipline Canopy Tour, Rafting, or Hanging Bridge Canopy Tour.

We’ll have a scheduled lesson each day, as well as on-site tours during our first days in Costa Rica, plus twenty-four hour access to the open-air studio overlooking the forest and gardens. During free time, choose to continue art projects, enjoy the grounds and pool, grab an organic smoothie and head for the hammock, schedule an on-site bird watching tour, or make transportation arrangements in the office for any number of local adventure activities.

Candace Coleoptera Wheel 3

Coleoptera Wheel by Candace Clough


If you’re a follower of Candace’s work, you might have noticed that she never seems to do the same thing twice. She calls herself “tess-curious”, and it’s that spirit of discovering new materials and new ways of using and combining them that keeps her excited about art. Take a close look at the colorful beetles above and you’ll see stained glass, smalti, china, millefiori, beads, formed tile, and eggshell, all uniting seamlessly into a dynamic expression of an everyday bug.

Inspiration will be taken from naturalist-led walks around the property, which includes rainforest, landscaped gardens, herb gardens, and farmland. Materials will be a mix of student and instructor-supplied yummies. Candace will share her process from inspiration to design, material selection, fabrication and completion and will also talk about her experimental work.

Candace Clough, Design to Installation


  • Bird WatchingTransfer from Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose to the Lodge and Return Transfer
  • Seven Nights Accommodation (rooms will be assigned in the order received)
  • Six Breakfasts, Six Lunches, Seven Dinners when at Lodge
  • 6-Day Mosaic Workshop and Open Studio Time
  • Daily Access to the Secondary Rainforest and Primary Rainforest
  • One Guided Farm Tour Onsite
  • One Guided Rainforest Tour Onsite
  • One River Safari with Transportation


  • Airfare To and From Costa Rica
  • Optional Tours and Activities
  • Transportation for Optional Tours or Local Transportation (Arrangements Provided at Lodge)
  • Offsite Meals
  • Trip Insurance (Recommended) (More info here)
  • Gratuities
  • Alcohol, If Available


  • Retreat has a minimum of 6  and a maximum of 10. Please reserve early, but don’t make flight reservations until notified that we’ve met the minimum.
  • Participants will bring their own materials; details to follow.


  • Costa Rica Art RetreatTemperatures  for January average High 73, Low 59, with .4″ of Rain
  • Central Standard Time
  • Latitude: 10° North of the equator, with equal hours of light and darkness
  • Currency: US dollars are accepted pretty much everywhere, including tips
  • Electricity: 110, with standard US plugs
  • Fast Facts: Literacy rate 96.3%; Military abolished in 1948
  • Costa Rica is among the countries with the highest amount of protected land in the world; 25% of the nation is dedicated to park systems, reserves, or natural wildlife areas
  • Bridging the northern and southern most points of the two American contents, Costa Rica is the meeting point for a variety of cultures and a density of plant and animal species said to be unlike any other country in the world
  • Approximately 850 bird species, 9000 plant species, 34,000 insect species, 205 mammalian species, 220 reptilian species, and 160 amphibian species


Read more about Finca Luna Nueva here.


Click here for MAR Costa Rica 2019 More Information and Registration form or contact Pam for questions.


Two weeks in Costa Rica??? Why YES PLEASE! Sign up for Candace’s workshop January 13 – 20 AND Color Costa Rica January 20 – 27 with Jean Cauthen, Pam Goode and Laura McRae Hitchcock and receive a $150 discount on the total cost. Email Pam for payment information.


Candace Clough

Candace Clough has worked as a professional landscape gardener for 30 years, a mixed media artist for 15 years, and an instructor for the past 5 years. Her mosaics have been included in juried shows and featured in Mosaic Art Now as one of 18 pieces selected from 500 international entries. An explorer at heart, Candace’s mosaics span all media, styles, themes and sizes, from micro mosaic jewelry to a seven foot concrete and mosaic Cat Couch. Most recently she’s added Designer/Inventor to her list of accomplishments, and is currently awaiting final delivery of Breda by CLC, an ergonomic mosaic tool that reduces stress and injury to the hand.

Pam Goode

Pam Goode is a self-proclaimed color slut who made her first mosaic nineteen years ago after a transformational trip to (coincidentally) Costa Rica. With five additional Costa Rica trips behind her, she’s well-versed in the locations and landscapes across the country and in love with the gentle spirits she consistently encounters there. In addition to her mosaic work at pamelagoodemosaics.com, Pam has been planning and leading retreats worldwide through Mosaic Art Retreats since 2013 and Wild Hair Adventures, new in 2018.

Global Mosaic Mural Project: Costa Rica 2013

17 Oct

Global Mosaic Tour: Costa Rica
Community Mosaic Mural Project
with Laurel True
January 10-19, 2013
$2225 Per Person

Global Mosaic Project Costa RicaBe part of a team of Global Community Builders by participating in the creation of a community mosaic mural in Costa Rica!

Laurel True, founder of True Mosaics Studio and The Global Mosaic Project is partnering with EcoTeach Costa Rica for the first Global Mosaic Tour. Share a unique experience that combines Voluntourism, art education and community process.

Laurel will facilitate the creation of a public mosaic mural with tour participants and local community members for a small medical clinic in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

Global Mosaic ProjectTour participants will learn firsthand how to facilitate and create a mosaic mural while involving community members of all ages. Participants will experience a group mosaic-making process through the actual creation of a mosaic mural. Experience with mosaics is not a requirement for this project. Laurel will teach all tour participants mosaic setting techniques and how to pass those skills onto others in the context of a community project.

Global Mosaic ProjectThis will be a fun and educational project that will bring art education, neighborhood beautification and an opportunity for cross-cultural exchange to the community of La Fortuna. Participants will be working with ceramic tile mosaic. Participants may be asked to carry some tile from their home city, and these materials will be combined with locally sourced materials.

Additional Educational Elements:
Casual evening sessions will include discussions focusing on different mosaic-making techniques that can be employed with groups with any level of training, approaching design development with community involvement and multiple approaches to project coordination.

This tour is suitable for artists and non-artists alike. Anyone who wants to come make a community mosaic mural in Costa Rica will have a great time. Artists who would like to add a community component to their work, teachers, and community organizers will find this education tour of particular benefit to their professional development training.


  • Be part of a team of Community Builders and participate in the creation of a community mosaic.
  • Learn how to pass mosaic setting techniques onto others participating in the community project.
  • Work with Laurel True, public artist, educator and community organizer specializing in sculptural and architectural mosaic projects.
  • Visit Asis Wild Animal Rescue Center
  • Enjoy dinner at Don Juan’s Organic Farm
  • Participate in zip lines or hanging bridges

Global Mosaic ProjectProgram Fee 2013: $2225/person
Program Fee Includes: Bi-lingual Naturalist Guide, accommodations, private in-country transportation, meals, activity & entrance fees, post departure travel insurance and exit taxes.
Trip Details: Please visit our Mosaic Making Tour web page with complete trip details.

Contact Us: For additional information, please contact Stephanie Hall at 1-800-626-8992, ext. 10 or stephanie@ecoteach.com.

Info Links:

Registration and Nuts and Bolts Info

General Information

Inspirational Photo Gallery

Global Mosaic Project Facebook Page

Eco Teach Facebook Page

Laurel True, True Mosaics

Global Mosaic Project Costa RicaAwesome Itinerary for Trip:

Arrive in the central valley of Costa Rica, home to 80% of the country’s population and surrounded by mountains. This area boasts fantastic vistas and a perfect climate. You will spend your first night in a comfortable country setting and have a chance to get acquainted with your fellow travelers.

Laurel True will lead participants in a group mosaic‐making process through the actual creation of a mosaic mural. Experience with mosaics is not a requirement for this project. Laurel will teach all tour participants mosaic setting techniques and how to pass those skills onto others in the context of a community project. The Mosaic workshops will be held in the town of La Fortuna at the base of the spectacular Arenal volcano. You will stay at the wonderful Don Juans’s Organic Farm for the first five nights and then two nights at Arenal Springs Hotel.

Activities outside the workshop will include a tour of the organic farm, time to explore the town of La Fortuna, and a visit to the Asis Wildlife Rescue Center which cares for rescued wild animals, from monkeys to peccaries, kinkajous, macaws and more! Before leaving the Arenal area you will have the opportunity to fly through the forest canopy on a zipline tour!

End the trip right back where you started ‐‐ in the Central Valley. This is the night to celebrate your accomplishments and reflect on your experiences.

Itinerary Printable Version is here.

About Laurel True:

Laurel True is a public artist, educator and community organizer specializing in sculptural and architectural mosaic projects. Her projects are focused mainly in urban and developing areas and she is committed to fostering arts education and entrepreneurship both in and out of the classroom. True is co‐founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in California and has lectured and taught internationally.

In addition to maintaining a professional studio practice, True facilitates community ‐ based mosaic projects in the US, Africa and Haiti through her organization, The Global Mosaic Project. Her work has been featured in independent and mainstream media, books and publications. She has created and facilitated hundreds of projects over the last 20 years.

She is a member of the Community Built Association, the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Americans for the Arts and the National Art Education Association.

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