Food with Philosophy

We’re looking for Food Storytellers to dig deep and explore the challenges and rewards of sustainable eating.

The Storyteller in Residence Program is an opportunity for creators from a wide range of digital disciplines to live and work from our sustainable luxury hotels and lodges for 8-14 days.


In the spirit of this year’s theme, “Food with Philosophy”, we focus on the simple rituals that bring people together, the local tastes that define a culture, and the re-imagining of how food even ends up on our plates.


The 2017 Storyteller in Residence Program is ideal for you if:


• You’re a professional food entrepreneur, home cook, eco chef, food author, or digital creator focused on all things food; have formal training or equivalent experience and recognition among your peers

• You’re focused on connecting your professional work to the sustainability movement

• You’re interested in exploring the challenges and rewards of sustainable eating


During your residency, you’re provided with accommodation and meals, hotel-operated adventures and tours related to your project, a dedicated Cayuga host, and behind-the-scenes access to our operations, staff, wildlife guides, and community projects.

Food with Philosophy

2017 — Costa Rica & Nicaragua

Call for Applications

Apply May 3 – June 15, 2017

We’re seeking applications for residencies starting June 2017 until the end of the year for a duration of 8 to 14 days.

Residencies may take place in remote rainforest areas and small coastal communities. To minimize the impact and carbon footprint in these communities, we’ll select a limited number of residencies in 2017.


If you’re selected, you’ll be responsible for acquiring the necessary visa if travelling from a foreign country.

  • 8-14 days in Costa Rica or Nicaragua
  • Half-day orientation with your Cayuga host
  • Dedicated Cayuga host during your residency
  • Accommodation at one of 5 participating sustainable luxury hotels and lodges. We recommend you focus on one or two properties at most
  • Lodge and hotel-operated adventures and tours that are related to the 2017 program theme are included
  • Gourmet meals and non-alcoholic beverages included
  • Behind-the-scenes access to operations, staff, wildlife guides and community projects
  • “Meet and Greet” lunch with the Co-Founder of Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality
  • The Storyteller and their work featured on the Cayuga Collection and Coffee Abroad’s web and social media
  • The Storyteller and their work featured on the website & social media of Host Hotel(s)

The Details

  • The call-for-applications opens on May 3, 2017 at Noon EDT
  • The call-for-application ends on June 15, 2017 at Midnight EDT
  • We’ll announce and contact Storytellers on June 17, 2017
  • A panel of judges will select the Storytellers-in-Residence
  • We’ll announce the Storytellers on Instagram and Facebook, so follow us for updates!
  • Residency travel time is flexible: Travel anytime between June 17, 2017 to end of 2017
  • Residency does not include Airfare

About the Presenters

The Cayuga Collection

Cayuga_Logo(G3)The Cayuga Collection is a group of award-winning sustainable luxury hotels and ecolodges in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, each with a deep commitment to preserve the communities and ecosystems in which they operate.

Coffee Abroad

Kim Bagayawa and Mike Dell are the Founders of Coffee Abroad, a husband-and-wife digital arts team with a mission to inspire others to travel far, wide, within and with each other. They started the Storyteller in Residence Program to help creators connect their professional work to the sustainability movement.

Food with Philosophy

2017 — Costa Rica & Nicaragua