By Gaby Orwick
Bellavista is a magical place in the cloud forest, about 90 min northwest of Quito, Ecuador. We had the fortune to not only visit, but to spend a memorable weekend in the Reserve’s “Research Station.” Real adventure with lots of lush greens,colorful hummingbirds, and best of all – excellent friends. Augusta – my dear college friend from Willamette University, whom we were visiting in Ecuador – was the mastermind behind it all. We would have never found the place on our own tourist (or even long-term travelling) selves… and are sure glad we got to experience it.
What made it even more special is that we had 8 kids – ages 7-12 – who were eager to paint as a part of our global StudioEverywhere “how you see yourself in the world” project. I hadn’t even pulled the camera out before they had the supplies all laid out, and were going at it.
Elena (11) and Mikaela (12) collaborated on a colorful collage. It was such a joy to watch them all connect at an even deeper level as they drew and painted together.
The parents took a turn, too – so fun! Nice job,
Ana, Jacindo, and Mike!
The cloud forest backdrop was inspiring, the light marvelous, the new friendships heart-warming, and the weekend – one we’ll never forget.
~ Gaby Orwick | Oct 4, 2015