Search our Worldwide Residential Retreats
The Writers' Retreat

COSTA RICA: Barva, Mountains of the Central Valley

Metta Spiritual / Writer's Retreat. Here at this breathtaking spot, overlooking the city of Alajuela and the Gulf of Nicoya, we have a lovely guest house that we rent out, short term. This guest house was created from a shipping container and has a queen bed and bunk beds. It has a kitchen, bathroom with walk-in shower, living /dinning area, and roof deck with hammock and places to sit.

It is cooler up here, at 1700 meters / 5700 feet elevation. It is peaceful, with amazing gardens. Guests can wander all over our 3 acres of rolling hills. Guests can use the solar heated salt water pool and the dry sauna. The optional organic meals are filling and delicious. We live on site and can help with tours, activities, transportation.

This is a wonderful, healing retreat. Many have come here to find themselves and peace within. Some come to write. This is a very different part of Costa Rica than most people visit. These mountains of part of the "Little Switzerland" of Costa Rica. We have majestic cypress trees, lots of fruit trees and deciduous trees.
We have secure parking just below the guest house. You walk up some steps from the parking lot. The property is fenced and gated with an intercom at the gate. This is a rural, mountain area with precious dairy farms (very different from N. America), commercial flower farms and local people.


We have places to sit and work, meditate or ponder, all over the property, indoors and outdoors. You can be inspired here amongst the towering Cypress trees, abundant flowers and bird songs.

The hosts, Wendy & Erich, have both done much writing in their lives and careers. Both have done Grant writing, Articles for Magazines and Newspapers. Wendy is a chef and Erich is a baker. They love taking good care of those on retreat. And, they know how to let guests be here, in peace. However, they are present for any needs that come up.

A stay here is all-inclusive. Wonderful meals, catered to your likes will be delivered three times daily. Coffee, tea no problem.


Your Host and Retreat Operator:  Wendy.

Region:  Central Valley of Costa Rica, 35 minutes from SJO Airport, in the Mountains of Heredia. We are in San Miguel de San Jose de la Montana, Barva, Heredia, Costa Rica

Location:  7.5 kilometers on Rt. 114 above the village of Barva, Heredia


Tourism information:  Canopy Adventure Volcan Barva


Studio Name Description Weekly Rates
Lotus House Separate Guest House $1050


  • High Speed
  • Wireless
  • Printer
  • Phone
  • Refbook
  • Weekmaid
  • Private bathroom
  • Swimming pool

Payment terms:  50% upon reservation, balance upon arrival

Cancellation policy:  Cancellation anytime with credit for a future visit.

A sampling of memories from our residents

The Writers' Retreat
Each retreat is independently owned and operated.

| Home | Our Team | Editing | Mentoring | Newsletter Archive | Contact Us |

Copyright© 1998 Cote International and The Writers' Retreat - All rights reserved. Unauthorized use of materials strictly prohibited.
Legal Notice