Tropic 08°N


IN COLLABORATION WITH GUNA YALA INDIGENOUS PROVINCE. EXPEDITION INTO OUR remote research base, engulfed by wild nature for artists, to explore CRUCIAL environmental + social THEMES of our time, through SITE-RESPONSIVE creative projects.





At the gateway between South and Central America, in one of the richest biomes on earth, in collaboration with the first politically autonomous indigenous group in Latin America. Here community and respect for mother earth remains at the heart of this place, despite increased connections to the globalised world.


La Wayaka Current - Tropic 08°N presents a rare opportunity to support the research and development of new works informed by the environment, that engage in urgent matters of our time, whilst presenting reciprocal benefits for local communities socially + economically through cultural exchange, focussed on spreading their messages to others globally.

Program Overview

This program offers participants a unique chance to reconnect with nature and share with indigenous + rural communities who live from the land and sea with ancient knowledge still carried through their culture.

Live this transformative experience with an international group of participants, in a supportive and creative environment that seeks to experiment and push boundaries of researching and developing progressive interdisciplinary works, in relation to relevant subjects of our time.

Tropic 08°N is a self-directed program over 21 - 42 days offering the space, time, and inspiration to develop new projects in order to promote necessary dialogues and understanding between remote areas of this planet and cities worldwide.



We run a series of rolling deadlines in the period upcoming to our programs. Decisions on applications take between 10-15 days after the deadlines.

  • 25.03.2018
  • 17.04.2018


This program is designed for participation for either 3 or 6 week periods on the following dates.

  • May 17 - June 7, 2018
  • June 10 - July 1, 2018
  • Sep 25 - Oct 16, 2018 (NEW)
  • Oct 18 - Nov 8, 2018 (NEW)



+ Living

A shared room in accommodation constructed by locals in the heart of the community, simple with shower, toilet and communal space with areas to work and relax. If you would like to request a single room please contact us for availability and fees. Stay connected with other creative participants and focus on your projects while we take care of daily logistics.


Participants will be given a combination of served / prepared meals and ingredients for communal cooking during their stay. This includes breakfast, lunch + dinner. Ingredients are locally sourced and native to the area. Microbiologically filtered drinking water channelled from the local water source will be available to participants during their stay.


Create in a communal and diverse workspace in the heart of the community where you will have the opportunity to utilize basic, local tools and materials in a creative + supportive environment.


A series of exciting talks with english translation, developed around the local culture, politics + ecology by a member of the community will be given to participants along with providing time for informal discussions and questions.


Access all the resources you need beforehand to get the most out the experience, including advice on planning the trip, how / where to book and arrange your travel international + local, health and safety advice + more.


Enrich your experience by sharing with a group of other participants from different creative fields from all over the world with merging interests and concerns.


Participants will have a network of support throughout the duration of your stay from both English speaking guides, experienced in fields of art + cultural subjects along with knowledgable local guides from the community.


Welcome on arrival with english speaking guides offering assistance through immigration with a specially arranged transfer via speedboat or trekking (without luggage + depending on sea conditions) directly from the landing strip into the difficult to access community, surrounded by dense tropical rainforest and sea.


Explore the raw nature and surroundings in and around the Guna Yala National Park, and gather information to inspire works in a creative group environment, through our curated research trips focussed around ecology, community + local culture with both local and english speaking guides experienced in fields of arts + cultural subjects.


Take part in an array of interesting on-location activities that will introduce participants to surrounding local marine + forest ecology, solar-powered + conservation projects, farming + cultural traditions within the community to inform and expand your research, practice and understanding.


Local taxes are covered per participant to further support both the Guna Yala Comarca and local community in their autonomy and independence alongside the protection of their culture and land.


Depending on the nature of the project participants will be given opportunities to showcase works or work-in-progress on a local level within the community or La Wayaka Current group, as well as through our online platform and in exhibitions reaching or intl. audiences.

+ Activities

Opportunities to interact and learn from experienced cultural practitioners within the community practicing traditional indigenous skills using native + local materials through demonstrations and collaborative workshops.


We offer support to participants without the means to support themselves privately to apply for further funds, after being accepted onto the program. This includes providing comprehensive lists of intl. funders, checking through applications, offering advice based on experience with previous successful applicants, supporting letters, documents + information. Previous funders include Arts Council's in UK, Australia, Scandinavia and more.


Fees + Financial Aid:

How to Apply:



(shared room 3 weeks)




(shared room 3 weeks)



(shared room 6 weeks)




(shared room 6 weeks)

STEP 1: Fill out all information on the Online Application Form including personal information, selection of dates + location.

STEP 2: Provide an online link to demonstrate recent work or link to download files via wetransfer.

STEP 3: Develop a project proposal in relation to the location along with an explanation of your past experience and a short bio that may be used on our website if accepted.

If you are applying for financial aid please check the appropriate box on the application form.

For applications of more than 1 person an individual must fill out one application on behalf of the group.

 *What you can expect to pay. (Zero Application Fees)

To help fund your experience view a compiled list of national and international opportunities HERE