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Tree, Stone, Eye | Costa Rica

We will stay at Hacienda Barrigona on the Nicoya Peninsula

We will stay at Hacienda Barrigona on the Nicoya Peninsula

This class is full. Register below to get on the wait list.

Join us for a full week at the elegant and secluded paradise in Costa Rica’s Blue Zone. Our housing is in 163 acres of jungle that borders the beautiful white sand beach of Playa Barrigona. The class size is limited to 8-10 students.


We will be able to work inside and outside our classroom, with drawing, painting and writing.


Our subject is Tree, Stone, Sky. The stone is contained, representing stillness and structure. The tree expands toward the sky, representing movement and expression. In developing one’s own voice in the creative pattern, there is a balance that needs to be maintained between form and expression. One must learn a form well enough to internalize it. This mastery of form leads to freedom of expression.

The eye is the third element, the observer, who notices and notates. In this class we will explore form, expression and observation in the continuum of drawing, painting and writing. Line is the unifying element.

What came first, drawing or painting?

How much closer do you get to a cloud by walking toward it?

How long does it take for the thing you are observing to become the thing itself, observing you?

In the cave paintings, there is no separation between drawing, painting and writing. Even the surface, the stone of the cave, is integrated with every line. The painting is the story. As Paul Klee said:

At the dawn of civilization, when writing and painting
were the same thing, (line) was the basic element.

From exercises in playing with line, we will learn to draw, write and paint. You don’t need to have any experience to learn to do this.

Fees: $2500 includes a double room, board (breakfast and lunch and dinner), workshop & materials fee. Single room: $3200 includes a single room, board (breakfast and lunch and dinner), workshop & materials fee.

Cancellations and Refunds: If you need to cancel your registration for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible by sending an email to If we can fill your spot, we will refund your payment, minus a $350 nonrefundable administrative fee. If we are unable to fill your space by October 1, 2019, we will not be able to issue you a refund.

Attendance Policy: Due to the meditative and structural nature of Laurie's classes, classes are reserved for students who are able to attend the entire time. Cell phones, smart watches, and other pesky gadgets are forbidden in the classroom.

To reserve your place in the class:

  1. Fill out the form by clicking on the “Registration” button below.

  2. Pay your $500 deposit online, or send a $500 check to Laurie Doctor: 

    8116 Wolf Pen Branch Rd., Prospect, KY 40059.

Registration is complete once we receive your deposit. You can pay by PayPal or credit card via my store: Students are registered in the order in which their deposits are received. Balance is due October 1, 2019.

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