Exploring Art and Culture in Costa Rica

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Founded in 2007, Intercultural ODYSSEYS is Costa Rica's premier artist-in-residence program. Having hosted artists from as far abroad as Newfoundland, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal, Argentina, Mexico, USA, and England (including the remote island of Guernsey, of the English Channel islands) - and growing.

Though Spanish is our local language, English is spoken widely, and we've hosted artists who spoke neither. Those are the challenges we love. So if you can imagine your project and have the professional skills to make it happen during your residency, we do everything possible to provide you with the uninterrupted time, space and inspiration you need.

We provide each artist-in-residence with the following:

  • Selection Committee review and evaluation of portfolio or manuscript.
  • Airport pick-up on arrival date as arranged in advance with ODYSSEYS staff (though transportation to the airport on departure is not included in the Residency Fee, ODYSSEYS staff members will assist with making those arrangements).
  • ODYSSEYS standard food, lodging and workspace accommodations in a Home Stay with a carefully selected host family. This includes three meals daily, Monday through Friday, a private bedroom and shared bathroom, weekly laundry services, housecleaning and change of bed & bath linens, plus access to all common spaces within the home's indoor and outdoor areas. Work spaces vary by home. Standard Residency Fee applies.
  • Also available, ODYSSEYS optional food, lodging and workspace accommodations at our partnering Holistic Wellness Center. This includes a private 2 bedroom 1 bathroom suite with mini-fridge and sitting area, as well as access to the Center's ample common areas, workspaces, indoor garden spots, and two huge salons for yoga and dance/choreography practice. Meals are on your own locally or delivered for under one U.S. dollar. Onsite space is provided for storage and preparation of your own meals if desired. Weekly laundry services may incur an additional fee. Optional Residency Fee applies.
  • Individual workspaces are provided as described below as well as possible, according to the artist's discipline, any arrangements made during the application process, and the artist's choice of Home Stay or Wellness Center for accommodations.
  • Both Home Stay and Holistic Wellness Center accommodations provide WiFi/Internet on site.
  • Abundant and inexpensive local Internet cafes are within walking distance of artist accommodations.
  • Cultural immersion into a truly community-based Artists' Colony.
  • Opportunities to practice Spanish or learn some (a working knowledge is helpful but not required, classes and tutoring available)
  • Same-day as arrival or next-morning orientation to the program and Costa Rica, with a tour of San Ramón.
  • Two weekly events hosted by ODYSSEYS, always optional, integrating all artists in residence: 1) An afternoon or after-dinner get-together, usually Tuesdays, for all artists in residence to share their work with each other, local artists when possible, and with the Program Director; encouraged, never required, in the form of open studios, presentations, readings, and general discussions. And 2) One local outing, usually Fridays, to galleries, museums, theaters and other aspects of local culture, as well as adventure trips to beaches, volcanoes, and other natural wonders of Costa Rica. Friday day trips abroad are generally by efficient and inexpensive local buses. 


Our writers are provided a private space with standard desk or table and chair (adjustable when possible).


Our composers are provided private work space for their own equipment, or the option of either a professional electronic keyboard in their accommodations/workspace, or access to a piano at SINEM, our local music institute, within a 15-minute walk from either Home Stay or Holistic Wellness Center accommodations. Composers working within the environments of either their Home Stay or our partnering Holistic Wellness Center, will need to be respectful of their surroundings, which may require use of earphones or other forms of working silently. In the private studio rooms of our local music institute, pianos are available and noise is not a factor.

Many of our visual artists are photographers, videographers, multi-media artists, muralists and plein air painters who work out and about. For those who work indoors our host families typically have indoor and covered outdoor garden areas with natural light and space for work. This requires ingenuity and flexibility on the part of the artist, but has worked well for many over the years.

Visual artists who require more formal indoor studio space must request this during the application process, and must understand that this may only  be available with our partnering Holistic Wellness Center accommodation option. Though in general, equipment and supplies are the responsibility of each artist, we are often able to provide at least one large work table per artist.

Though not guaranteed due to various logistical factors, over the years many of our visual artists have exhibited publicly during their artist's residency, often at the end, at appropriate local venues such as SiNEM (Institute for the National System of Music Education) the Figueres Museum and Cultural Center and our favorite venue for events that combine readings, music in concert and visual art, Costa Rica Regional Museum of San Ramón. As well as at the National Museum and National Gallery in our country's capital city, San Jose.

More feasible for visual artists who wish to exhibit during their residency, is an exhibit in a sizeable salon in the entry of our partnering Holistic Wellness Center. Some artists have chosen to finish their work back at home and send it to be exhibited in one of the venues above. Others have returned for a follow-up residency to include more work and an exhibit of their completed work so far.

                                                                                                                                                         STANDARD RESIDENCY FEE (Calculated in U.S. dollars)

HOME STAY with host family accommodations and workspace; three meals daily, Monday - Friday, included.

Individual Artist

Up to one full month counted as 28 nights: 

  • $1,248
  • Up to twenty-one nights:
  • $995

Up to fourteen nights:

  • $825

Additional nights per category above:

  • $34 per night 

Artist Couple (two artists or artist with non-artist companion, sharing a bedroom)

Up to one full month counted as 28 nights:

  • $1,872

Up to twenty-one nights:

  • $1,492

Up to fourteen nights:

  • $1,238

Additional nights per category above:

  • $53 per night

OPTIONAL RESIDENCY FEE (Calculated in U.S. Dollars)

HOLISTIC WELLNESS CENTER accommodations and workspace; meals prepared by a nutritionist and delivered on demand at local prices, (pay-as-you-go; not included in Residency Fee).

Individual Artist:

Up to one full month counted as 28 nights: 

  • $1,548

Up to twenty-one nights:

  • $1,234

Up to fourteen nights:

  • $985

Additional nights per category above:

  • $64 per night 


Artist Couple (two artists or artist with non-artist companion, sharing a bedroom)
Up to one full month counted as 28 nights:

  • $2,985

Up to twenty-one nights:

  • $2,265

Up to fourteen nights:

  • $1,525

Additional nights per category above:

  • $98

Not covered by the Residency Fee:

  • international airfare
  • taxi or other transport fare to the airport on departure
  • travel or health insurance
  • costs related to optional travel and outings