To celebrate International Women's Day this year, meet a group of talented female artisans from Guaitil, a small town in Santa Cruz. They have been using their skills and creativity to make beautiful pottery, just like their Chorotega ancestors did over 3,000 years ago.
By Danielle Finnegan | March 1, 2023 | Guanacaste

In Guaitil, a small sleepy town about 1hr 15 minutes from Papagayo, Women of Papagayo will journey to learn the ancient techniques of mixing clay with their feet and painting with Chorotega motives. It’s an experience that will transport you back to an era when artistry and craftsmanship were revered above all else. Guests will enjoy a local lunch and have the opportunity to support the community by purchasing their handcrafted creations. It’s a chance to connect with the women and take a piece of their magic home with you.

“This initiative is a great way to celebrate women, culture, and tradition while promoting community building and economic empowerment,” said Women of Papagayo director Hanna Storrosten. “It’s amazing to see how a simple clay pot can bring people together and help preserve an ancient art form.”

The secrets of their craft have been passed from generation to generation over the past 3,000 years, creating a centuries-old cultural bond that economically supports the community. Pottery sales are residents’ primary livelihood source, and students at Guaitil’s schools are also taught ancient ceramic art.

“The cooperative is important to empower us as women artisans in the community and society. We are proud to share our culture to continue growing and training the younger generations to keep our tradition alive,” said Yolanda, a co-op organizer.

Looking ahead, the Women of Papagayo have another exciting event on July 21st called “Surf like a Girl” at Playa Iguanita. This event is about empowering women to try something new and learn the art of surfing from professional female surfers. Participants can step out of their comfort zone and participate in a half-day experience that includes a boat ride, pre-surf meditation, yoga, a surf class and a beach picnic.

After the surf session, the professional surfers will share their stories about what it’s like to pursue professional surfing in Costa Rica. It’s a unique chance for women to learn from experienced surfers and be inspired by their journeys. “Surf like a Girl” is an exciting event encouraging women to try new things, push their boundaries, and have fun.

For more information about WOP or to RSVP for events, please email Hanna.Storrosten@ppgy.net.