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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 info@ranchomastatal.com


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  SUNY ESF Ecological Engineering   March 8 - March 15
  Solar Electricity for the Developing World   March 21 - March 28
  Natural Building Intensive   March 31 - April 11
  Permaculture Design Certification Course   April 19 - May 2
  The Art and Practice of Live Culture Fermentation   May 5 - May 7
  Sustainable Homestead Design   May 9 - May 13
  Plants for Tropical Homesteads   May 14 - May 15
  Delphi Alternative School/Evolve Tours   May 16 - May 19
  Earth Construction and Natural Plasters   May 24 - May 30
  Wilderness First Responder Certification Course   June 8 - June 15
  Broadreach Educational Visit   June 27 - June 29
  Sustainable Summer Environmental Leadership   July 8 - July 15
  Broadreach Educational Visit   July 16 - July 18
  Sustainable Summer Environmental Leadership   July 19 - July 24
  UWC Costa Rica   July 29 - July 30
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Course Details

SUNY ESF Ecological Engineering - RM and SUNY ESF

Event Dates: March 8-March 15, 2015 Register Here

This class from SUNY ESF will focus on Ecological Engineering with a focus on sustainability.  More information to come soon.  In the meantime if you'd like more information, please contact Tim O'Hara.


Solar Electricity for the Developing World - Ian Woofenden

Event Dates: March 21-March 28, 2015 Register Here

$1,285, includes program, all meals, dorm lodging, and in-country transportation

Learn how to design and install small solar-electric systems to provide lights and cell-phone charging for poor rural people -- by doing it! Classroom sessions and labs support real-world installations in the field.

Domingo's House

Rancho Mastatal provides the food, lodging, and support -- but also a great example of a variety of sustainability endeavors, including natural building, agriculture, energy technologies, and community involvement. It's located adjacent to La Cangreja National Park, and the warm tropical environment  -- with swimming holes and waterfalls -- is a welcome break from the northern winter.

For more details:  http://renewablereality.net/pvdw2015.html

To register: http://renewablereality.net/store/solar.html

Please contact Ian Woofenden directly with questions.


Natural Building Intensive - RM, Liz Johndrow, Ryan Chivers

Event Dates: March 31-April 11, 2015 Register Here

Due to high demand for this class, we have added a second natural building class from May 24-30.  For more details and/or to register, please see below.  The March/April class is full.   

Liz Johndrow of Earthen Endeavor Natural Building and Ryan Chivers of Artesano Traditional Plasters will return to Rancho Mastatal to join the Ranch staff in late-March for 2-weeks of hands-on and feet-in learning and classroom theory and discussion coupled with slideshow presentations and evening topic discussions. We will cover everything earth, lime, and clay from site selection, foundations and earthen wall systems, to the fine art of sculpting, Moroccan tadelakt, and finish plaster. You will want to join us for this opportunity unlike any other! The Ranch provides years of beautiful and inspiring natural building to emphasize successes and learning curves, beauty and function. And Liz and Ryan both bring expertise, passion, fun, and serious learning opportunities to their workshops.

Hankey Composting Toilet

About the Instructors

Ryan Chivers
Ryan founded Artesano LLC in 1999 in order to move beyond conventional construction towards a more natural and inspiring way to build. Ryan soon discovered strawbale constuction and the art of plastering.  Fascinated with traditional techniques and materials, Ryan spends time researching, formulating, testing, and re-learning the old ways using materials that are abundant almost everywhere on earth. He has travelled to Morocco to expand his knowledge of tadelakt, and is well connected and respected in the natural building and traditional plastering fields.

Ryan Chivers

Liz Johndrow

Liz is founder of Earthen Endeavors Natural Building and has been building and teaching for several years. She has worked with all kinds of materials and techniques and has collaborated int the past with Kleiwerks International teaching a 4- month women's natural building apprenticeship. She also co-leads timber framing workshops with Sarah Highland of Highland Artisans and also enjoys all things mud, particularly all types of plasters. She is presently collaborating with women's organizations in Nicaragua to help increase quality of life through natural building opportunities for locals.  Liz enjoys spaces that bring her in touch with the natural surroundings. As a builder, she was thrilled to discover she could bring that contact deeper into a home experience through the choice of building materials. Since that discovery, she has been exploring the world of cob, strawbale, adobe, earthbag, earthen plasters and floor systems, and timber framing. The simplicity of these systems and materials allow for people of all ages and abilities to participate in some manner. The past several years have taken her further into the role of teacher, facilitator, instructor and co-conspirator. She is increasingly passionate about helping others learn these skills so they in turn can share their vision of beautiful, sustainable, and socially just structures. Her more recent work in Nicaragua with the women and youth in the northern pueblos has been her most challenging and rewarding work thus far. Check out her website for more of her vision and her work. www.earthenendeavors.com.


Liz

Arrival

Students should plan on arriving to Rancho Mastatal the evening before the start of the class.  This night is included in the cost of the course.

Cost
Central Americans, US$700; residents and ex-pats, US$900; foreigners, $1,100. Cost includes 13 nights lodging starting on the night before the start of the class, all meals except on Sundays when we patronize the local restaurant, course instruction and full access to Rancho Mastatal and its private wildlife refuge.  A $250 deposit will secure your space in the course. 

Ceiba Wall

Accommodations
For more information about food and lodging please see our website at accommodations.

Course Payment
Please follow the link for payment options.

Enrollment
To enroll in the class, please go to our Online Registration Form.  For more information please contact Tim O’Hara at info@ranchomastatal.com and/or call the Ranch at 2200-0920. We have a maximum of 15 openings for this workshop and a minimum of 5 students to run the course.


Permaculture Design Certification Course - Chris Shanks, Scott Gallant

Event Dates: April 19-May 2, 2015 Register Here

Join renowned permaculture instructors Chris Shanks, Scott Gallant, Mitch Haddad, and Laura Killingbeck for this annual life-changing 2-week experience. The course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum and emphasizes creating diverse multi-functional human landscapes based on ecological patterns. Utilizing Rancho Mastatal as a living classroom, the class will mix lectures and hands-on work, exploring design solutions for both temperate and tropical regions.  Putting Permaculture into practice, the course concludes with students working in teams to create their own permaculture site design. This course is applicable to anyone with an interest in designing resilient and regenerative futures as well as professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, ecology, education, farming and community development. The whole-systems design thinking outlined in the course will give participants the tools to re-design and improve their surroundings; from gardens, farms and homes, to livelihoods, relationships and communities.

Please note that permaculture is a principle and ethic based design science.  This course does not include metaphysical, spiritual, nor religious topics and practices.  For a general overview of what a PDC includes and what you can expect, please listen to this podcast from Permaculture Voices.

Topics covered include:

    •    Principles and ethics of Permaculture Design
    •    Site analysis and design, from the tropics to temperate regions
    •    Landscape master planning and microclimate design
    •    Reading the landscape and pattern recognition
    •    Design for climate change
    •    Regenerative land management and stewardship
    •    Water catchment, storage, filtration, and distribution
    •    Biologically based treatment of greywater and blackwater
    •    Natural building techniques including timber framing, bamboo and cob
    •    Integrated animal husbandry, including goats, chickens, and bees
    •    Aquaponics
    •    Nursery techniques, plant propagation and grafting
    •    Agro-forestry and organic horticulture
    •    Cultivation and use of medicinal plants
    •    Soil rehabilitation and fertility strategies
    •    Orchard design and maintenance
    •    Alternative cooking technologies: methane bio-digesters, rocket and bio-char stoves, cob and solar ovens
    •    Renewable energies and biofuels
    •    Local and regenerative economics
    •    Urban and suburban permaculture strategies
    •    Village design and community building strategies

 

Language:
The course will be taught in English and simultaneously translated into Spanish.


Instructors: 

Chirstopher Shanks

A multi-talented teacher, organizer, permaculture enthusiast, and design visionary, Chris has worked with some of the finest Permaculture and ecological designers in the Western hemisphere. Fascinated with living systems, Chris has invested himself heavily into the study of whole systems design, ethno-botany, horticulture, mycology, and ecology. His interests have led him to study agro-ecosystems and cultural anthropology in Spain, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, the USVI, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Hawai’i, as well as the temperate and sub-tropical regions of both coasts of the United States. Chris combines leading the ground team at Project Bona Fide, a non-profit research and demonstration farm in Nicaragua, with his own work in the professional design world. He works in master planning and site design with Whole Systems Design LLC and serves as their chief horticulturalist and Project Manager. Chris also founded and runs his own company, Living Systems Solutions, based in Nicaragua. When not working in the non-profit or design world he can be found masquerading as a builder, a mason, a decent plumber, a poor electrician, a sailor, a fanatic for bamboo, a lover of palms, a permaculturalist with a rock/tree climbing habit, and as an avid motorcyclist.

Scott Gallant
Scott Gallant is a food system designer from small town Ohio. He graduated from Wabash College in 2008 with a degree in Economics. He and his partner Laura traveled and volunteered extensively in Latin America prior to arriving at Rancho Mastatal. Over the past several years he has become a leader in the broader Costa Rican permaculture community. Passionate about tropical agriculture, systems thinking, ethnobotany, community development, and group leadership, he is currently immersing himself in the fields of Keyline Design and Holistic Management, while working with an amazing group to build the Ranch's food production systems. He is a principle founder of the Rancho Mastatal Design/Build Collective. When not talking about plants he enjoys running full speed on the community plaza, cycling over mountains, devouring books, and making lists.

Mitch Haddad
A dedicated community organizer and permaculture aficionado-in-training. He holds joint degrees in Latin American Studies, International Studies and Spanish from Providence College. Since joining the Project Bona Fide team in 2010, Mitch has grown into a key player within the organization. He emphasizes a community-based approach to project management and is a wealth of knowledge about the ins and outs of daily life at the farm. In addition to being an amateur builder and carpenter, he is passionate about natural building, food security and appropriate technology. When he’s not running around the farm and interacting with the local community, he gorges himself on guavas and continues to refine his jamming, fermentation, and chocolate-making skills.

Laura Killingbeck
Laura is wildly passionate about food, nutrition, and whole systems health. She has a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from the University of Rhode Island and is a current Wilderness First Responder. She worked previously as a superhero mascot, a sawyer, and a sustainability consultant. Laura spent several years traveling through Latin America by thumb, boat, bike, and bus before landing at the Ranch with her partner Scott in 2009. She spends her days concocting live culture ferments, curing vanilla, planting rhizome guilds, and living in community.

 

Other Information:

Arrival


Students should plan on arriving to the Ranch no later than 8 a.m. on the morning of April 19 and are encouraged to arrive on the evening of April 18 (the night of April 18 is included in the cost of the course). We will hit the ground running on the morning of April 19 with an orientation and tour. The course will wrap up on the evening of May 2. 



Cost


Central Americans, US$850; residents and ex-pats, US$1150; foreigners (non-Central American) US$1,300. These prices include 15 nights lodging (starting on April 18), all meals (except on Sunday nights when we support a local restaurant), course instruction and full access to Rancho Mastatal and its private wildlife refuge.



Accommodations


For more information about food and lodging please see our website at accommodations.

Course Payment


Please follow the link for payment options.



Enrollment


For more information and/or to enroll in this course please contact Tim O’Hara at info@ranchomastatal.com, call the Ranch at 2200-0920 or sign up Online Here. We have a maximum of 18 openings for this workshop and a minimum of 8 students to run the course.


The Art and Practice of Live Culture Fermentation - Laura Killingbeck and RM

Event Dates: May 5-May 7, 2015 Register Here

Join Laura Killingbeck and the staff of Rancho Mastatal for this life-changing course.  Experience the Ranch's tried and tested fermentation recipes, and leave with an understanding of the science and nutrition behind fermented foods as well as the skills to make your own ferments at home.   Learn how to ferment any vegetable into pickles, kimchi, or kraut; make herbal, fruit, and medicinal sodas and beers; and process dairy into basic cheese, sour cream, butter, and yogurt.  Take home live cultures, recipes, and the inspiration to ferment wherever you live!  For both beginning and advanced fermenters. 

Fermentation is both a strategy and a method for utilizing whole foods on a local and regional scale. It is an essential skill for anyone who farms or eats locally, and a foundational piece of personal and community health.

As humans and microbes coevolve, we continue a relationship that began billions of years ago when microbes began to co-regulate the world around them and diversify into other life forms. Whether we acknowledge it or not, this relationship and coevolution continues to the present day in our own bodies and food systems. By recognizing patterns of resilience in the microbial world we can utilize microbial diversity to build resilience in our own bodies and within our communities.

Fermentation is one of the oldest and most widely used food safety and preservation techniques in the history of human life.

Instructor
Laura Killingbeck
Laura, a member of the Rancho Mastatal staff, is wildly passionate about food, nutrition, and whole systems health.  After studying existential philosophy and sociology at university, she spent a number of years travelling around the world and working with various farms and non-profit organizations, most with a focus on food security.  Laura began fermenting at the Ranch in 2010.  The following year she took her live cultures on the road and travelled across Latin America trading kombucha, kefir, and soda cultures.  (Apparently having a kombucha SCOBY in your water bottle is an excellent conversation starter on long bus rides.)  Since then she has worked as a full time Fermentation Specialist for Round the Bend Farm, as a Local Food Liason for an organic vegetable business, and managed a local foods restaurant and store.  She currently manages the farm to table Food Smithing and Fermentation Programs at the Ranch, assisting in the production of thousands of gallons of fermented vegetables, sodas, herbal wines, and vinegars.   Over the last four years she has taught workshops and classes in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the United States.    She recently completed a fermentation residency with fermentation author Sandor Katz.

Cost


Central Americans, US$200; residents and ex-pats, US$300; foreigners (non-Central American) US$400. These prices include 4 nights lodging (starting on May 4), all meals, course instruction and full access to Rancho Mastatal and its private wildlife refuge.

Arrival
Students should plan on arriving to Rancho Mastatal the evening before the start of the class (May 4).  This night is included in the cost of the course. 



Accommodations


For more information about food and lodging please see our website at accommodations.



Course Payment


Please follow the link for payment options.



Enrollment


For more information and/or to enroll in this course please contact Tim O’Hara at info@ranchomastatal.com, call the Ranch at 2200-0920 or sign up Online Here. We have a maximum of 15 openings for this workshop and a minimum of 5 students to run the course.


Sustainable Homestead Design - Rachel Jackson and RM

Event Dates: May 9-May 13, 2015 Register Here

Learn the tools to design an abundant and harmonious landscape!

This five-day intensive course will introduce participants to the basic skills needed to analyze the landscape and design a sustainable homestead. The course will cover site analysis and mapping, goal setting, and designing to maximize the productivity, beauty, and sustainability of the land. This course is relevant to people who already own a home-site as well as people considering buying land in the future. During a final hands-on project, participants will put their new skills to work on a small-scale design. Students will leave equipped with the skills to more deeply understand their homestead and to design for the challenges and opportunities they encounter. The course will be conducted in Rancho Mastatal’s beautiful naturally built classroom and will mix lectures, drafting, and group work, with mapping and measuring in the field.    

Note: Participants with their own property should contact the instructor to see about the potential for using their land during the final design project.

Concepts and skills covered will include:

  1. Key permaculture principles
  2. Systems thinking
  3. Using the pattern language
  4. The design process
  5. Defining goals
  6. Site analysis
  7. Creating a base map
  8. Drafting tools and techniques
  9. Design alternatives and evaluation process

This class is part of our Applied Permaculture Series which is an evolving series of short courses hosted at top quality learning institutions like Rancho Mastatal.

About the Instructor:
Rachel Jackson
Rachel holds a Masters Degree in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design from the Conway School in Conway, Massachusetts. She has been practicing permaculture in the tropics since 2009, working in both the rainforests of Costa Rica and the dry forests of Nicaragua. She is passionate about creating harmonious, healthy relationships between humans and the landscape. From urban renewal projects in New England to food forests in Latin America, Rachel has used her skills to create integrated, whole-system designs in difficult locations. She has also worked as a garden-based youth educator, art handler, photographer and carpenter and harbors a life-goal of trying as many varieties of tropical fruits as possible. 



Other Information:

Arrival


Students should plan on arriving to the Ranch no later than 8 a.m. on the morning of the first day of the class and are encouraged to arrive on the evening before (this night is included in the cost of the course). We will hit the ground running on the morning of May 9. The course will wrap up on the evening of May 13. 



Cost
US$550.  Costa Ricans get a 15% discount.  Theis price includes 6 nights lodging (starting on May 9), all meals (except on Sunday nights when we support a local restaurant), course instruction and full access to Rancho Mastatal and its private wildlife refuge.

  If you take this course in conjunction with our Plants for Tropical Homesteads Course you receive a $50 discount off both courses. 

Accommodations
For more information about food and lodging please see our website at accommodations.

Language
The course will be taught in English.  If there is enough interest from Spanish speakers, we will translate the course into Spanish. 

Course Payment

Please follow the link for payment options.

Enrollment

For more information about this course please contact Tim O’Hara at info@ranchomastatal.com and/or call the Ranch at 2200-0920. To enroll in the class, please go to our Online Course Registration Form.  We have a maximum of 15 openings for this workshop and a minimum of 5 students to run the course.

 


Plants for Tropical Homesteads - Rachel Jackson and RM

Event Dates: May 14-May 15, 2015 Register Here

Come learn about choosing the appropriate plants for your tropical homestead with Ranch teacher and designer Rachel Jackson during this 2-day course.

From food to medicine to building materials, this short course will cover useful tropical plants for the homestead. We will go deep into selecting, planting and caring for your plants.

Topics covered include:

    •    Selecting plants that are right for your site
    •    Planting and caring for young trees
    •    Using plants to build soil fertility
    •    Designing plant guilds/companion planting

We will also introduce you to some of our favorite all-star tropical species and share resources for finding plants in Costa Rica!

About the Instructor:

Rachel Jackson 
Rachel holds a Masters Degree in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design from the Conway School in Conway, Massachusetts. She has been practicing permaculture in the tropics since 2009, working in both the rainforests of Costa Rica and the dry forests of Nicaragua. She is passionate about creating harmonious, healthy relationships between humans and the landscape. From urban renewal projects in New England to food forests in Latin America, Rachel has used her skills to create integrated, whole-system designs in difficult locations. She has also worked as a garden-based youth educator, art handler, photographer and carpenter and harbors a life-goal of trying as many varieties of tropical fruits as possible. 





Other Information:

Arrival


Students should plan on arriving to the Ranch no later than 8 a.m. on the morning of the first day of the class and are encouraged to arrive on the evening before (this night is included in the cost of the course). We will hit the ground running on the morning of May 14. The course will wrap up on the evening of May 15. 



Cost


US$250.  Costa Rican get a 15% discount.  If you take this course in conjunction with our Sustainble Homestead Design Class you receive a $50 discount off both courses.  These prices include 3 nights lodging (starting on May 13), course instruction and full access to Rancho Mastatal and its private wildlife refuge.



Accommodations


For more information about food and lodging please see our website at accommodations.



Language
The course will be taught in English.  If there is enough interest from Spanish speakers, we will translate the course into Spanish. 

Course Payment



Please follow the link for payment options.



Enrollment


For more information about this course please contact Tim O’Hara at info@ranchomastatal.com and/or call the Ranch at 2200-0920. To enroll in the class, please go to our Online Course Registration Form.  We have a maximum of 15 openings for this workshop and a minimum of 5 students to run the course.
 


Delphi Alternative School/Evolve Tours - RM and Evolve Tours

Event Dates: May 16-May 19, 2015 Register Here

Delphi Alternative School and Evolve Tours will be spending a bit less than a week at the Ranch learning about permaculture, sustainable living and community service. 


Earth Construction and Natural Plasters - Rancho Mastatal

Event Dates: May 24-May 30, 2015 Register Here

We have added a second Natural Building Course to our calendar due to the demand that we received for our Natural Building Instensive in April.  The course will focus on earth wall techniques and natural plasters.

This class will be taught by Rancho Mastatal instructors and will cover:

Practical
    •    Cob
    •    Chorizo
    •    Wattle and Daub
    •    Foundation with earth bags and cob
    •    Adobe demo
    •    Lime plasters
    •    Earth plasters
    •    Tadelakt Introduction

Lectures
    •    Natural building techniques
    •    Earth building
    •    Foundations
    •    Lime

Tentative Schedule
Saturday, March 23
Arrive to the Ranch

Sunday, March 24
Day 1
Orientation and lecture on natural building
Tour
Visit local waterfall

Monday, March 25
Day 2
AM:
Lecture on foundations
Earth bag foundation
Cob mixing and applying, make cob balls for tadelakt

PM:
Earthen plasters

Tuesday, March 26
Day 3
AM
Lecture on NB techniques and lime
Continue building with cob

PM
Start lime plaster

Wednesday, March 27
Day 4
Pre-breakfast
Mix lime

AM
Short overview on wattle and daub
Build with wattle and daub

PM:
Continue lime plaster



Thursday, March 28
Day 5

Pre-breakfast
Mix lime

AM
Short overview on chorizo
Build with chorizo

PM
Continue lime plaster

Friday, March 29
Day 6
Pre breakfast- mix lime

AM
Overview on adobe
Make adobe

PM:
Continue lime plastering
Tadelakt balls

Saturday, March 30
Departure

 

Instructors
Nic Donati
Nic, Rancho Mastatal's Director of Natural Building and Appropriate Technology, first came to the ranch in 2007 and fell in love with the community and lifestyle he experienced there.  Always good with his hands and wanting to get stuck in meant he was able to develop a wide range of skills both at the Ranch and other farms around the world.  The lure of the Ranch both as a community and working environment have continually drawn him back and he now considers the Ranch community and Mastatal his home.  He enjoys many aspects about living at the Ranch including communal living, proximity to wild and natural habitats, running around on the football field, solving diverse problems, and wielding tools from chisels to chainsaws to trowels.  He really loves and appreciates the freedom afforded to him to express and practice his ideas, develop new skills and hone existing ones, but above all else he believes in the ideology of the Ranch. He believes that to engage, educate and nurture a desire in people to change the way we live and take more responsibility for every aspect of our lives from food production, to healthcare, to energy production and everything else in between is the only way things are going to change.

Tim O'Hara and Robin Nunes
Tim and Robin founded the Ranch in 2001 and have almost 2 decades of experience building with earth. 

Cost
Includes all food and lodging except Sunday night dinner.
Foreigners:  $750
Ex-pats:  $700
Ticos:  $50

Arrival
Saturday, May 23.  The class ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29 (the nights of May 23 and May 29 are both included in the cost of the course). 

Enrollment

For more information about this course please contact Tim O’Hara at info@ranchomastatal.com and/or call the Ranch at 2200-0920. To enroll in the class, please go to our Online Course Registration Form.  We have a maximum of 15 openings for this workshop and a minimum of 5 students to run the course.

 


Wilderness First Responder Certification Course - RM and Aerie

Event Dates: June 8-June 15, 2015 Register Here

We are offering a second 72-hour certification course this year 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. 



Instructors


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.



Language


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



Arrival


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



Cost


Foreigners $925; Ex-pats living in Central America $850; Costa Ricans $750; Rancho Mastatal Interns $500. A $250 deposit will secure your spot in the course.

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

Register Here.


Broadreach Educational Visit - RM and Broadreach

Event Dates: June 27-June 29, 2015 Register Here

This will be our first group with Broadreach's Summer Program


Sustainable Summer Environmental Leadership - RM and Sustainable Summer

Event Dates: July 8-July 15, 2015 Register Here

Sustainable Summer Environmental Leadership Program.  For more information and to enroll, please go to Sustainable Summer's website


Broadreach Educational Visit - RM and Broadreach

Event Dates: July 16-July 18, 2015 Register Here

This will be our second group with Broadreach's Summer Program.


Sustainable Summer Environmental Leadership - RM and Sustainable Summer

Event Dates: July 19-July 24, 2015 Register Here

Sustainable Summer Environmental Leadership Program.  For more information and to enroll, please go to Sustainable Summer's website.  


UWC Costa Rica - RM and UWC

Event Dates: July 29-July 30, 2015 Register Here

Student group from UWC Costa Rica.