Natural Building:  Bamboo Construction

may 17- 23, 2018

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An intensive training in traditional and contemporary bamboo construction techniques.  During the class we will build an entire medium-sized bamboo structure.  Course material includes:

  • Harvest and treatment of bamboo as a building material
  • Various bamboo connections for construction including bolting, lashing, pegging and fishmouth joinery
  • Techniques for cutting, splitting, drilling, bending and making strips out of bamboo
  • Practical applications on a full-scale building
  • Use of bamboo for walls, floors and ceilings
  • Key bamboo design principles
  • Basic furniture joinery
  • Tools for working with bamboo

instructor(s)/teaching organization bio(s)

Martin Coto
Rancho Mastatal has been working with Martin for over a decade and a half.  He has worked with groups and on projects in Costa Rica, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, Curacao and United States. He has more than 30 years of experience in Latin America designing, building, educating and giving consultancy in Natural Building projects.

course start and ARRIVAl dates

The class begins at 9 a.m. on May 17, 2018.  The night before the class begins, May 16, 2018, is included in the cost of the class.  

course end and departure dates

The last day of the class is May 23, 2018.  The night of May 23, 2018 is included in the cost of the class.  


Includes all food, lodging and instruction.  

Central Americans, US$500
Residents and Ex-Pats, US$600
Foreigners (non-Central American) US$700

A $250 non-refundable deposit will secure your spot in the course.  You can make your deposit with PayPal below or go to our Payment page for more information and options.  

We have partial scholarships available for this class.  Please inquire at and/or apply here.  


This class will be taught in a mix of Spanish and English.  


All food and lodging is included in the cost of  the course.   Students will stay in the Ranch bunkhouse with options for upgrades.  We provide high quality mattresses, linens and blankets.  Please see our Accommodations page for more information.  


Please see our  Payments page for more information about how to pay.  


Please see our Directions page for detailed information on how to get to Rancho Mastatal.  


To enroll in the class, please fill out our Online Registration Form.  


For more information about this class and Rancho Mastatal please contact us at and/or call the Ranch at 2200-0920.