Exploring Art and Culture in Costa Rica

OUR ORGANIZATION 

Intercultural ODYSSEYS Costa Rica is a civic, social and non-governmental organization (NGO) founded by Royce Clay Slape Seiger, himself a lifelong artist. In the belief that creating and sharing art across borders is a powerful tool for opening up human hearts and challenging the barriers that separate them. We couldn't be prouder that between 60 and 75% of our proceeds go directly to the local community we serve.


"Apart from sentiment, quite as a matter of simple realistic fact, art outlasts all other forms of human endeavor. Kingdoms, empires and civilizations rise and fall; their laws, their political organizations, their religions vanish; their customs and all their ways of life disappear from the face of the earth; but the art that they have managed to create remains." -- Ernest Sutherland Bates


Holistic Wellness Center                                                                                        Home Stay with Host Family

OUR FOUNDER AND PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Royce Clay Slape Seiger is a dual citizen; U.S.A. by birth, Costa Rica by naturalization. A proud moment he eagerly recounts, was being invited to lunch in the home of José León Sánchez, Costa Rican novelist and author of "Isla de los Hombres Solos" ("Island of Lonely Men") also translated to English as "God Was Looking The Other Way." (Hint: in photos at left, Royce isn't wearing white.) 

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   A FEW OF OUR PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

If desired. meals catered by a nutritionist and delivered on demand, pay as you go--at prices similar to any ordinary cafeteria or restaurant in the local area.


Private bedroom in 2BR suite, bathroom shared with no more than one other person.


Mini fridge and small, comfortable sitting area.


Access to the Center's ample common areas, work spaces, and indoor garden spots.


Two spacious salons for yoga and/or dance/choreography practice.


Weekly laundry services, house-cleaning and change of bed & bath linens.

Residency Fee is calculated differently than for our Home Stay/Host Family option (see Residency Details page).

  ODYSSEYS   

Royce spent his childhood in a railroad town deep in the Colorado Rockies. A lifelong lover of the arts, he declared himself a poet at age five and was from his earliest years a voracious reader of world literature. His other passions even then included drawing, painting and photography, as well as singing and playing various instruments by ear.

Meanwhile, he dreamed of running away with the circus. An earliest memory: spinning the globe in a Social Studies class, stopping it where his finger landed, frustrating his U.S.A.-focused teacher with questions, like, "Who lives there? What language do they speak?"

Fortunately there was adventure in the cards, as he would spend his teens on a homestead in the Alaskan outback.


As a young adult he settled in Portland, Oregon for his college and early workforce years as a medical social worker. Over time his Spanish has gotten quite good, his French is improving. and frequent travels have so far taken him to numerous countries in Europe, Asia, and Central America.


In 2002 he was invited to Costa Rica for a yearlong internship with the Director of an artist-in-residence program.  Upon successful completion he was offered a full-time live-in position as Director and Writer-in-Residence, which he held for the next four years. In 2007 he left that position to found Intercultural Odysseys Costa Rica, S.A. 

OUR ACCOMMODATIONS

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS: President: Royce Clay Slape Seiger Secretary: Roberto Quirós Coronado Treasurer: Jesús Salvador

Fiscal:         Olga López Flores

Attorney:   Juan José Briceño Benavides

Three meals daily, Monday through Friday. Special diet requests can often be accommodated, but must be arranged for during the application process.


A private bedroom and shared bathroom (a private bathroom is sometimes available upon request).


Home's kitchen is available to artists who wish to store/prepare/cook their own food.


Access to all common spaces which vary by home, including indoor and outdoor areas, for work space and leisure.


Work spaces and salons within the Holistic Wellness Center can be made available.


Weekly laundry services, house-cleaning and change of bed & bath linens.


Residency Fee is calculated differently than for our Holistic Wellness Center option (see Residency Details page).