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Rancho Mastatal hosts workshops, courses and groups during all times of the year. Most but not all of these are mentioned below. They include but are not limited to activities in natural building, organic gardening, sustainable agriculture and agro-forestry, community growth, permaculture, yoga, environmental and ecological research and studies, green education and outreach, conservation and preservation, and wilderness medicine.

The schedule below helps keep interested parties and prospective visitors abreast of what is happening here throughout the year. Although space is often available, special events, workshops, and group visits can and do limit space. Please contact us prior to your visit for up-to-date details on availability and current goings-on.

This calendar is subject to change and is updated as often as possible.

For payments to Rancho Mastatal using PayPal, go to our Accommodations Rates page.

We are open and able to host small, ecological weddings, business retreats, conferences, and family reunions and getaways.  If you would like to have us host your event or use our facilities, or need more detailed information about anything below, please contact us directly at

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  Greenwood College School Sustainable Living Class   January 2 - January 9
  Eastern Iowa Community College   January 11 - January 18
  Wilderness First Responder Certification Course   January 20 - January 29
  Semester in Wilderness Medicine   February 1 - February 26
  Villanova Service Learning Program   February 28 - March 7
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Course Details

Greenwood College School Sustainable Living Class - Evolve Tours

Event Dates: January 2-January 9, 2015 Register Here

We'll once again be receiving students fromGreenwood College School for this life-changing experience focused on sustainable living. 

Eastern Iowa Community College - RM and EICC

Event Dates: January 11-January 18, 2015 Register Here

This will be our first group from Eastern Iowa Community College.  The course focus will be ecology and sustainability.  For more information please contact Tim O'Hara.   

Wilderness First Responder Certification Course - Aerie Backcountry Medicine

Event Dates: January 20-January 29, 2015 Register Here

For the twelfth year running Aerie and Rancho Mastatal are offering this 72-hour certification course for guides, tour operators, lodge owners and others interested in learning more about and getting trained in backcountry first aid and first response.  This Wilderness First Responder (WFR) curriculum is the standard wilderness medicine class for many outdoor organizations' supervisors. The course addresses injury and illness prevention, patient assessment, long-term injury management, improvised splint and litter construction and environmental emergencies. Approximately half of the course is classroom lecture and half practical scenarios. Students also receive American Heart Association CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification.  This course is a unique opportunity for students to receive outstanding wilderness medicine training in a spectacular setting. Aerie's courses are dynamic and challenging, preparing students for travel and work in remote, outdoor settings. This WFR is ideal for individuals or outdoor leaders traveling and/or working in Central America and/or the Tropics.  There will be one free day scheduled in the middle of the course so students can rest and enjoy the incredible surroundings. 


Aerie instructors present at national and regional conferences, including the Wilderness Risk Management Conference, the International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education, the Spring Fever Trauma Conference and the US Forest Service Incident Medical Specialist program.


This course will be offered in English.  If we have enough interest from Spanish-speaking students, we will translate the course to Spanish.   


Students should plan on arriving to the Ranch no later than 8 a.m. on the morning of the first day of the class.  We encourage students to arrive the night before (this night is included in the cost of the class).  


Foreigners $925; Ex-pats living in Central America $850; Costa Ricans $750; Rancho Mastatal Interns $475. A $250 deposit will secure your spot in the course. We will also be offering a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course and a Wilderness First Responder Refresher course on January 28 and 29.  The WFA costs $195 plus $40 per day for food and lodging.  The WFR refresher costs $250 for non-Aerie alumni and $225 for Aerie alumni plus $40 per day for food and lodging.  CRP is $35 plus $40 per night for food and lodging.  There is a 15% discount on food and lodging for Costa Ricans ($35 per night).  

About Aerie

Aerie provides outstanding training on a local, national and international level. Their courses, from Wilderness First Aid through Wilderness EMT, are taught to employees and members of the Student Conservation Association (SCA), NOLS, Outward Bound, the US National Park Service, the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Missoula Backcountry Horsemen Association, and others. Aerie provides training for the US Forest Service Smokejumper's EMTs and the USFS Wildlands Firefighting program.

Cancellation Policy

We receive the right to cancel the course due to inadequate enrollment and circumstances beyond our control. In the event of cancellation, all payments, including deposits, will be refunded.

For more information on the course and/or to register for the course, contact:

Dave McEvoy

Aerie School for Backcountry Medicine

315 S 4th St E Suite 202

Missoula, MT 59801



For more information about the accommodations and course site, please contact Tim O'Hara at Rancho Mastatal.

Semester in Wilderness Medicine - Aerie Backcountry Medicine

Event Dates: February 1-February 26, 2015 Register Here

Program Overview: The Wilderness Medicine Semester is a unique program designed for people with an interest in wilderness and travel medicine and their associated industry-leading certifications. It provides students with the training and credentials to live and work in the most challenging environments in the world. With one month in the tropics of Costa Rica and a second in the mountains of Montana, Aerie’s Wilderness Medicine Semester is a 15-credit intensive program designed to give students the most valuable, well-rounded training in wilderness medicine, outdoor survival and risk management. At the center of the semester is Aerie’s Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) class. Integrated with the WEMT, the semester includes in-depth training in swiftwater rescue, avalanche rescue, Search and Rescue, tropical survival, alternative medicine and winter survival.

Students will learn human anatomy and physiology at the University of Montana cadaver lab. They will have instruction from local, traditional healers from the small village where they will live in Costa Rica. Optional evening instruction will include Spanish immersion and homestays with local families. Students will participate in an overnight survival exercise and orienteering training, taught by members of the Costa Rican endurance team, and then travel to Montana where they will be trained in winter survival and Search and Rescue from experts in mountain medicine.

Course Locations: Students will live in two of the most beautiful locations possible. The first month in Costa Rica will primarily be held at Rancho Mastatal, a sustainable-living organic farm and education center located eight miles from the Pacific Coast. Class in Mastatal will focus on wilderness and travel medicine, traditional healing, local flora and fauna, and survival in a tropical environment. They will participate as EMT students in a free health clinic that Aerie offers to residents of Mastatal. They will then travel together to Missoula, taking a night there to meet at the cadaver lab and review anatomy and physiology. The following day, students will travel to the Northwest Connections facility in the Swan Valley, located between the Bob Marshall and Mission Mountain Wilderness areas and just South of Glacier National Park. In the Swan, students will be in a mountainous, winter environment and we will complete the WEMT curriculum, focusing on altitude, hypothermia, avalanche rescue, winter survival and Search and Rescue.

Certifications: Successful students will receive certifications in

        Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
        National Registry Emergency Medical Technician – Basic
        State of Montana Emergency Medical Technician – Basic
        Rescue III International Swiftwater Rescue Technician
        American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR
        Level 1 Avalanche

Additional Training:

        Vehicle Extrication with Missoula City Fire Department
        Helicopter rescue with LifeFlight in Missoula
        Search and Rescue Training with Missoula County Search and Rescue
        Program and outdoor risk management
        Human anatomy and physiology at the University of Montana cadaver lab
        Organizing and offering community health clinics

15 credits are offered through the University of Montana Department of Health and Human Performance.

Room and Board: All room and board is covered while in Mastatal and Montana.

Costs: Please contact Aerie directly. 

For more information on the course and/or to register for the course, contact:

Dave McEvoy

Aerie Backcountry Medicine

315 S. 4th Street East, Suite 202

PO Box 8146

Missoula, MT 59801



Villanova Service Learning Program - RM and TAE

Event Dates: February 28-March 7, 2015 Register Here

Tropical Adventures in Education will be leading students and student leaders from Villanova University on this yearly service learning trip to Mastatal. They will be working on community projects in the surrounding communities. For more information, please contact Robert Tournay.