The Costa Rica Quilt Retreat

The Retreat Program

View from the pool

Our standard quilt retreat includes five full days of quilting and sightseeing, in addition to the arrival and departure days. See below for a detailed description of the activities included in this package.

The minimum group size for this package is just three guests, so call your quilting buddies and choose a date! If you are interested in a retreat but don't have a group of three, click here to coordinate with other quilters!

We can take a maximum of six quilters at a time, or ask about our new couples' retreat - quilting for you, extra sightseeing for your significant other! This option is available for groups of two to five couples. Pricing differs from our standard package, and depends on the tour options selected by the non-quilters. Contact us for more information.

Meals at Villa Rita are served buffet or family style, so please let us know well ahead of time if you have special dietary needs. In addition to regular mealtimes, you are welcome to help yourself to coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice and snacks at any time. Alcoholic beverages are available for one dollar. Guests staying in the main house have access to the kitchen, and each cottage has its own kitchen facilities.

Day 1 - Arrival

We will meet you at the airport and bring you straight to Villa Rita, where you can unpack, unwind, set up your work space, take a swim, etc.

Lunch and dinner will be available for anyone who has arrived by mealtime. We'll take a few minutes in the evening to make introductions and answer questions.

Our front veranda, perfect for morning coffee!

Day 2 - Quilting

The leaf block

Today will be spent at Villa Rita, beginning with a lesiurely breakfast buffet, followed by quilting, lunch by the pool, and more quilting!

When you sign up for a retreat, we will ask you to select a colorway and four of our original block designs. Your patterns and materials will be waiting for you when you arrive.

Jennifer will introduce the construction technique, then provide individual assistance and suggestions as needed. Beginners will receive plenty of support in learning to use a rotary cutter, freezer paper, sewing machine, etc. More advanced quilters will soon find themselves comfortable working with the technique, and will advance at their own pace.

We will have dinner at a nearby restaurant for a sampling of traditional Costa Rican dishes.

Day 3 - Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Poas Volcano La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Now that you've had a relaxing day of quilting, it's time to get out and see the sights! After an early breakfast, we'll head out to the Poas Volcano, about an hour from Villa Rita. Costa Rica's most-visited volcano, Poas is surrounded by cloud forest. The main crater holds a hot, intensely blue-green acidic lake. A total of 79 bird species have been recorded in the Poas National Park.

After visiting the volcano, we'll enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, then drive over to La Paz Waterfall Gardens. You will have time to explore this nature park at your own pace, wandering the 3.5 km of paved trails winding above, below and even behind five spectacular waterfalls, relaxing in the hummingbird gardens, and strolling through the world's largest buttefly observatory. We will return to Villa Rita in time for dinner.

Click below for additional information on today's destinations (these links will take you away from the Costa Rica Quilt Retreat site): Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Day 4 - More quilting!

We'll begin the day with a breakfast buffet, then "retreat" to the workspace to make some progress on the quilt project. Plenty of instruction and support will be available for beginners or those new to the technique, while advanced quilters work at their own pace.

The Hummingbird Block

Day 5 - Crafts and Hot Springs

The topiary gardens of Zarcero An artisan at work in Sarchi

Today we will visit the town of Sarchi for some souvenir and gift shopping. This community is known for its artisans and quality handmade crafts and we will stop by a woodcrafter's workshop where the tools are powered by a waterwheel located right inside the workshop! Then we'll go to a crafts cooperative with a great selection of souvenir and gift items in all price ranges.

New for 2006! Feel free to shop till you drop, because our next stop is a natural hot spring! This little family-owned spot is a new discovery for us, and we knew immediately it had to be part of the retreat. Naturally heated water flows through a series of pools so you can choose your temperature and relax your cares away. Those interested can arrange to have a massage, with or without a natural mud facial, for an additional fee.

Day 6 - Odds & Ends

Stack of turtles Flower closeup

Today you'll have time to finish up or reach a stopping point on your retreat project. We'll also make some local trips, including a nearby bird zoo and rehabilitation center, one last souvenir shop, and a local supermarket for the best prices and selection of coffee, candy, liquor and other popular take-home items.

If you have friends or family in Costa Rica, or have made new friends on any of our day trips, you are welcome to invite them to this evening's farewell barbecue at Villa Rita.

Day 7 - Departure

The road home...

Time to go! Breakfast will be provided (and lunch as well, if you have a late flight), with transportation to the airport in time for your flight home.