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 and more. 

Our campus encompasses more than 300-acres of picture-perfect waterfalls, crystal-clear rivers, idyllic swimming holes, impressive trees, extraordinary wilderness views, and pristine habitat for the area's rich flora and fauna.  Visitors and participants have access to over 14 km 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 Ricaโ€™s beautiful 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 fรบtbol.

Wilderness First Response

August 2 - 10, 2017

Get your 72-hour WFR Certificate with Aerie Backcountry Medicine and Rancho Mastatal

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farm to table fermentation

march 16 - 19, 2018

Learn the techniques, philosophy, and recipes needed to bring live-culture ferments into your own kitchen!

bamboo construction

May 17- 23, 2018

Learn to build with this abundant, strong and versatile material.


Other Ways to Participate

Bring a group

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

apprentice

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!


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