Journey to the Heart of Creativity in the Costa Rican Rainforest

Draw, Paint, & Photograph to Energize the Artist Within
February 21- March 2, 2025

Central Valley, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

We had a fabulous trip to Costa Rica in 2024 and are looking forward to 2025~ Make sure you register by September 1, 2024 to receive the early bird discount of $250!!! We SOLD OUT in 2024.......


Trip Leader

Mindy Lighthipe is known for her amazing ability to put her passion to paper depicting the beauty of the natural world. Since 1999 she has taught hundreds of budding artists through The New York Botanical Garden, The University of Florida and numerous specialty courses throughout the USA, Europe and Central America.

She is best known for thinking outside the box in her teaching. She teaches you the classical rules and foundations and then boldly shows you how to break the rules. In her Book, “The Art of Botanical and Bird Illustration”, she demonstrates multiple techniques which artists find inspiring and creative.

Mindy is passionate about teaching and traveling with fellow artists. It is her goal to introduce you to the wonders of nature and have it capture the heart of your creativity.


  • $4,349 USD – shared room (double occupancy)
  • $4,714 USD – private room (single occupancy)
  • A $200 per person deposit and enrollment form are required to secure your space on the trip.
  • Deposit is refundable excluding a $100 cancellation fee until 95 days prior to departure. Cancellations after this date will result in loss of full deposit.
    Enroll by September 1, 2024 to receive a $250 discount. Use code: ARTIST24
  • Final Payment is due November 18, 2024 at which time cancellations received after this date are not refundable.

Easy Steps to Register

For your comfort and well-being I am partnering with Holbrook Travel. Your registration and payment go through Holbrook Travel. Click on the link below to go to their website. The Orange tab: JOIN THIS TRIP on their website will take you to the registration and deposit page.

In 2013, I was a retired research scientist with a love for nature and a strong desire to develop the skills necessary for capturing its beauty in a photograph, drawing and/or ultimate painting. Not knowing how, when or where to start, I immersed myself with a small group of similarly minded people into the jungles of Costa Rica. By bus we traveled with Mindy Lighthipe, a professional natural and botanical artist.

The 10 days was packed with the knowledge and tools necessary for absorbing the attributes of nature in all its colorful glory. For me, this was the journey of a lifetime and an opportunity to explore any “hidden talents” I had yet to discover in myself. Each day was filled with a nature walk, a visit to an animal reserve, at least one natural wonder, and a “Master’s Class” in drawing, painting and/or photography, with continuous “how to” instructions for almost every imaginable curiosity. There were new lessons around every corner, more miracles to see and more surprises to experience.

Four years later, I still “draw” on that experience for inspiration with my extensive library of photographs, documented notes, and sketches and paintings from our trip. Today, I have grown as an artist, I continue to take classes and I am starting to feel confident as an animal portrait artist whose journey began lovingly in the jungles of Costa Rica.

Jill Crouch