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At The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito, a "Top 50 Eco-lodge of the World" - National Geographic Traveler

Dates: 2019 dates to be announced soon
Price: TBD

Join teaching artist and professional illustrator Christine Elder for this exciting sketching holiday in the tropical rainforest of Honduras. We will combine nature exploration and artistic expression amid the rustic luxury and solitude of Pico Bonito, creating a truly transformational week in paradise!


No prior art experience is necessary, just a playful curiosity about nature and an open-minded desire to learn and practice new skills. Even experienced artists will enhance their skills as we immerse ourselves in splendor!



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Along the northern coast of Honduras is a luscious rainforest filled with exquisite flora and fauna; the perfect place to learn and practice nature sketching skills, filling your sketchbook with hummingbirds and heliconias. You’ll find ample inspiration at the luxurious and tranquil Pico Bonito Lodge.
The Lodge sits at the edge of Pico Bonito National Park, inside Central America's largest contiguous rainforests, with views of cloud-enshrouded 8,000 feet peaks and lush gardens showcasing an amazing diversity of tropical vegetation. During the week, we will explore the Lodge’s network of private trails, following the ridges and canyons of two wild rivers through seven different ecosystems. The property supports over 400 bird species, plus monkeys, coatis, and the elusive tapirs and jaguars.




TRIP BLOG - Link to our blog from Honduras

PHOTO ALBUMS - Link to Steve's Honduras photos

Motmot sketches




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Like all Paradise Birding tours, this retreat is largely all inclusive and includes the following:


I enjoyed my nature sketching trip to Honduras with Christine Elder and Stephen Shunk. It was the perfect combination of seeing incredible wildlife, learning new sketching skills, seeing birds that I’ve never seen before, and enjoying some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. This trip has changed my idea for future travel. I love that my travel dollars went to helping preserve nature in a pristine environment, and making Honduras a better country through tourism (rather than agribusiness farming). I came home inspired to paint all the beautiful wildlife that I had experienced while there and I have noticed that my sketching skills have improved dramatically!

-Julie H. from California

"I want to say again how wonderful our trip was to Honduras. I loved everything about it. There are so many nice memories, and it was lots of fun trying to sketch plants and animals, and great food, and a really lovely place to stay. Esdras was fab, and so were you. Thanks again for a great trip"

-Kris Falco, Oregon

"Thank you for a wonderful trip and an excellent introduction to nature sketching! I had a fantastic time and am leaving Honduras inspired and looking forward to future travels with you! "

-Veronica Bowers, California

"Should you be interested in visiting Honduras, I strongly recommend this trip"

-Robin Duska, Florida

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Christine Elder, retreat leader

You’ll study with professional naturalist, teaching artist, and biological illustrator, Christine Elder. Christine has been teaching people of all ages and ability levels to draw and paint nature’s wonders for over twenty years. Christine’s experience as a freelance illustrator includes projects for organizations such as the National Park Service and the Botanical Society of America.
Some of you will also know Christine as one of our regular birding guides, having traveled with us from Alaska to Florida, and to international destinations such as Italy, Mexico, and the Caribbean. In our Honduran paradise at Pico Bonito, she will share her best secrets and techniques for sketching birds and blossoms in pencil, pen and watercolor. Learn more about Christine on her website.


“Christine Elder has a refreshingly welcoming approach to teaching about birds through art that reflects her obvious passion for wildlife and conservation of our natural environment. Whether at her home in Oregon or visiting us deep in the tropics at the Vallarta Botanical Garden, she has a marvelous potential to connect people with birds in a rich and meaningful way”

– Neil Gerlowski, Executive Director, Vallarta Botanical Garden, Mexico

lovely cotinga painting