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 Opportunites

Full workshop and course listing β†’

Sustainibility Primer:
Permaculture immersion

AUGUST 1 - OCTOBER 27, 2018

Join us for this hands-on 3-month permaculture immersion experience.

Wilderness First Responder  Certification

august 2-10, 2018

Get your WFR certification during this intensive training in wilderness medicine.


march 27-April 4, 2019

Learn the fascinating art of polished plasters and clay carving.

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!