Clive Matson writes from an itch in his body

Writing Costa Rica

January 31 – February 7, 2015

Nosara Retreat Center
Guanacaste, Costa Rica

A eight-day creative workshop in the jungle and on the beach
- Professional-level 
    workshop instruction
- Comfortable, well-furnished
- Five-minute walk 
    from gorgeous beach
- Custom-prepared meals
- Field trips
- Small, inspiring
    writers’ community

nosara beach  Nosara retreat

Nosara C 326 smallCheck out more photos from previous Writing Costa  Rica retreats.


Join us for an inspiring, relaxing retreat in Costa Rican paradise. Our group will be small and you will receive individual guidance on your writing. This workshop is perfect for all writers, whether this is your first foray into the wilds of creative writing or if your are a seasoned writer ready to expand and deepen your craft. The instructor, Clive Matson, draws on many years’ experience helping writers merge words with the power of their creative unconscious.

There will also be ample time to enjoy: swinging in a hammock, siestas, reading, taking in the spectacular sunset, and practice the fine art of doing nothing. The comfortable lodgings invite you to completely unwind, watch the monkeys and listen to the birds.

ENVIRONS: Nosara, on the Pacific coast south of Liberia, Costa Rica.

The buildings and gardens of the Nosara Retreat Center are inviting, gorgeous, comfortable and our writing area has been tried and tested, it’s inspirational. The location is almost out of this world: rich jungle, a short walk to the beach, to the Nosara River, to a biological preserve, and a brief drive to the wild animal rescue center. The cooks are excellent and the food is grown locally and, best of all, the management responds to our needs, quickly and lovingly. We’ve gone there four years in a row and if you could dream up the ideal retreat, this would be it.


Most workshop days include two independent free-writing sessions, morning and afternoon. The group convenes each evening to share the day’s work following the syngenetic format where members will receive general suggestions for increasing the power of their writing.

One full day and two afternoons during the week are set aside for field trips to neighboring attractions, including a cruise up the Nosara River, visits to the jungle Biological Preserve and to the Animal Rescue Center, where you can hold young monkeys in your arms. Nosara holds no shortage of other spectacular places.

On the last full day in camp workshop members discuss their progress during the week, and make plans for continuing their writing, a long way away, back in civilization.

List of this year’s workshops:

February 3, Nosara Retreat Center, Costa Rica
Workshop 9am to 1pm, afternoon 4pm to 6pm

February 4, Nosara Retreat Center
Workshop 9am to 1pm, afternoon 4pm to 6pm

February 5, Nosara Retreat Center
Nosara River boat tour
Workshop 11am to 1pm, afternoon 4pm to 6pm

February 6, Nosara Retreat Center
Workshop 9am to 1pm

February 7, Nosara Retreat Center
Workshop 9am to 1pm
Afternoon workshop at San Juanillo beach

February 9, Nosara Retreat Center
Workshop 9am to 1pm
Workshop open to community, 7:30-9:30pm

February 10, Nosara Retreat Center
Workshop 9am to 1pm, afternoon 4pm to 6pm

February 11, Nosara Retreat Center
Wild Animal Rescue Center, 10:30am
Workshop 4pm to 6pm



The Nosara Retreat is located near one of Costa Rica’s best protected wildlife preserves, and is situated on two acres of lush tropical gardens and jungle. Looking out, you are surrounded by magical green flora, flowers and abundant nature. The setting is pristine and quiet, the air, clean and fresh.

The ocean roar becomes more audible during high tide. Bird songs, butterflies, and an occasional humming bird contribute to the secluded and inspiring atmosphere of the location. In between sessions, a four minute walk brings you to the secluded Pelada Beach, with its fine white sand and pristine, clear warm tropical water.

Exceptional healthy food is prepared by experienced staff is served buffet style. Food can be vegetarian, raw or including fish, chicken and meat according to your preferences. We provide seven charming rooms with single, double and triple occupancy, all with fans and hot water.


To register and for information on the workshop, contact Clive Matson:
510-654-6495, 510-508-5149

For information on accommodations, contact Deborah Tommassini:
212-381-1823, 011-506-2682-0209

Payment accepted through Paypal. Please click on the button below and pay to Clive Matson’s account (associated email



“Was it watching the green flash at sunset? Seeing the sea turtles lay their eggs? Holding a young monkey in my arms? Eating delicious meals with fascinating companions? Costa Rica is a portal to magic. Clive knows how to create a safe, free writing environment where the raw, the new, the wild jungle imagination can flow through. I can’t recommend it enough.”

– Elaine Watt, 2012 participant