Natural Building, Farm to Table & Permaculture

Rancho Mastatal is an education center, working permaculture farm, lodge and community rooted in environmental sustainability, meaningful, place-based livelihoods, and caring relationships.

We offer profound, innovative and authentic apprenticeships, residential workshops and guest experiences.  We practice, promote and teach about natural building, fermentation, permaculture design, renewable energy, agroforestry, wilderness medicine, homesteading in the tropics and more. 

Our campus encompasses more than 300-acres of beautiful waterfalls, pristine rivers, idyllic swimming holes, impressive trees, extraordinary wilderness views, and intact habitat for the area's rich flora and fauna.  Visitors and participants have access to over 10 kilometers of trails, an extensive library, our working permaculture farm, and the tireless team who make the Ranch such a unique place to learn. 

We are located in the rural farming town of Mastatal, situated on the edge of the last remaining virgin rainforest of Costa Rica’s picturesque Puriscal County. It is a wonderful place to take in Costa Rica culture, practice your Spanish, visit other permaculture projects, or catch a pickup game of fΓΊtbol.

Come on out to pay us a visit and please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions  or suggestions regarding our work.  

Upcoming Workshops and Learning Opportunities

Full workshop and course listing β†’

natural building: cob oven construction

june 8-9, 2019

Join prominent local natural builder Ayal Bryant for this weekend long Cob Oven Workshop.

Syntropic farming


june 23 - 28, 2019

Syntropic Farming seeks to cultivate resilient ecosystems that are abundant, financially viable and heal abused land.

Wilderness First Responder Certification (WFR) 

August 5 - 14, 2019

Join us for our annual 72-hour wilderness medicine certification (WFR) course.

Other Ways to Participate

Bring a group

Custom designed sustainability programs to meet your group's needs.


Put permaculture into practice during this year-long intensive experience. 

come stay awhile

Planning a trip to Costa Rica? Enjoy the authentic, rural Tico life in Mastatal!