Located in Sámara, Costa Rica, Órbitas is a unique residency intended to offer busy creative individuals opportunity to
reboot, to play, experiment: supporting research and exploration of ideas that may form the foundation for new works.
Órbitas welcomes International and Costa Rican creative professionals across a multitude of disciplines.
Órbitas locale and grounds are designed to encourage a slowing down: time and space to think, pause, conceive.
The location also offers opportunities to experience local culture, wildlife, various activities, ocean views and dips,
diverse settings for walks. The forest air, ocean breezes and abundant flora and fauna that make up Órbitas' natural setting,
provide a restful environment.
Individuals may taylor their stay by curating their residency: choosing who might occupy the facility during their stay
and complement their creative threads. Collaborative sessions are also encouraged. A small studio is available to support
research and development and media based explorations.
Visiting artists are welcomed to present their work via artist talks, school visits, public work or other means in Samara
to the general public.
This facility, conceived, designed, built and directed by artist Fiona Bowie, overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
The two residency guest rooms each have two quality queen beds, a fridge, safe, desk, ensuite bathrooms and front and back
patios (the back patio is shady). Other living areas are communal and include the kitchen, patios, library, upper deck,
saltwater pool, a large dining/conference table- suitable for spreading out documents and an open living area
suitable for movement/rehearsals/workshopping/experimentation.
The central digital hub of Órbitas is a wiki, currently under construction which will house information, projects, links and
profiles. Órbitas' developing wiki will also document the grounds flora and fauna, an ongoing project of Fiona Bowie.
Being at the edge of a large forest reserve, Órbitas also offers great bird watching opportunities. The beach is a 10 minute
walk down a road adjacent to Órbitas Lane. The town is a further stroll of about 10 minutes on the beach.
Due to the reefs, Sámara is an excellent place for water sports: Kayaking, SUP, beginners surfing, swimming
and excellent snorkling.
The facility is 100% pesticide/herbicide free, and grey water is recycled to the forest, therefore all toiletries must be
non-toxic/organic/biodegradable. While there are very few mosquitoes at Órbitas, there are locally produced, very effective
natural non-toxic repellents available in town for those venturing into town or who are particularly sensitive to bites.
Órbitas also has a bio-dynamic garden and forest garden, promoting the knowledge and use of native medicinals
and (seasonal) culinary plants including herbs, vegetables, many citrus, mango, cinnamon, papaya, cacao, coconut, fig,
hibiscus and other edible flowers, moringa starfruit, melons and other fruit. The proximity of the garden to the forest
promotes an understanding of supporting wildlife, both flora and fauna, with sustainable practices.
Entrance path and garden with gallinas (hens) Frankolina and Coco.
Sunset panorama photographed from upper deck.