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Aprende a realizar cremas y exfoliantes artesanales, formuladas con aceites esenciales, extractos de plantas, semillas y especias.
En el recetario encontrarás cremas faciales, corporales y medicinales, como por ejemplo.
Activante de la circulación
Elaboraremos exfoliantes suaves y amigables a base de granos y semillas, eliminando el uso de azucar y sal que crean microroturas y maltratan nuestra piel.
Costo del talller 25.000 colones.
100% practico, incluye materiales, manual digital y certificado.
Lourdes de Montes de Oca 300mts este de la Universidad Latina, sobre la carretera a Vargas Araya.
Que debes traer:
Un cubrebocas o panuelo.
Cuaderno si quisieras tomar apuntes, pero el manual esta muy bien explicado.
Una llave maya para guardar el manual.
Merienda para compartir.
Reserva el espacio con 10.000 colones
Banco Nacional Colones 200-01-006-045778-6
Cuenta Cliente 15100620010457781
BCR Colones 001-0648741-6
Nathalie Castro Montero
Informes al 8860-5073
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.
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 (June 8). 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. A $250 deposit will secure your spot in the course.
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.
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.
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Creando mi huerto urbano
8:00 a 12:30
Como diseñar la huerta según el espacio que tengamos.
Preparación de tierra para la siembra.
Aporte de substratos para enriquecer la tierra y para que sirven.
Preparación de camas
Como hacer un semillero.
12:30 a 1:30
1:30 a 4:00
Siembra de tomates, lechugas. cebollino….
Trasplante de plantas.
Poda de plantas
Exposición de lombricompostera
Cuando: 11 de Junio
Donde: San Antonio de Desamparados, de la escuela República de Panamá 200m oeste 25m sur, entrada a la pr del Super Mora
Inversión: 10,000 Colones
Incluye: Materiales, plantas para que inicies tu huerta.
Reservas: 8362 1505
Como parte del mes del ambiente, brindaremos una serie de talleres para continuar promoviendo la necesidad y crecimiento de la agricultura urbana en nuestras comunidades y hogares.
Los talleres son gratuitos y abiertos.
Brindar habilidades teóricas y prácticas para la escogencia de materiales, herramientas y territorios necesarios, para el inicio de una huerta urbana.
BOMBAS DE SEMILLAS
Fecha: Jueves 16 / 2:00pm
Seguridad – Soberanía – Sabiduría Alimentaria
MAPEAR EL TERRITORIO
Fecha: Jueves 23 / 2:00pm
Diseño según los patrones de la Naturaleza
SEMBRAR LA HUERTA
Fecha: Jueves 30 / 2:00pm
Temas: Huertas Urbanas
FECOU – UCR
Asociación Kokopelli Costa Rica
Centro de Agricultura Orgánica – INA
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David H. (1978). La esencia de la permacultura. Traducción Jordi Alemany. Barcelona, España. https://holmgren.com.au/downloads/Essence_of_Pc_ES.pdf
Arvol. (2013). Manual de agricultura Urbana. Azoteas verdes de Guadalajara. Casa del Arvol Guadalajara, México.
Boeglin, N. (2015). La piña de Costa Rica ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos. Red Internacional de Derechos Humanos.
Carrasco, A. (2014). La ciencia y los OGM. Declaración Latinoamericana por una Ciencia Digna, por la prohibición de los OGM. Revista Biodiversidad 81.
Cháves, A y G. Guzmán. (2011). Agricultura Urbana Familiar. Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia. Sector Agroalimentario. San José, Costa Rica.
Ecodes. (2014). HUERTOS EN EL ASFALTO. Iniciativas de agricultura urbana. Revista esPosible, número 45. Zaragoza, España.
Ecology Action. (2010). Agricultura Biointensiva: Una Revolución más Verde. Perspectivas de Ecology Action. Ridgewood Road Willits, California, Estados Unidos.
FAO.org (s.f.) Agricultura urbana. Recuperado desde: http://www.fao.org/urban-agriculture/es/
García, A.. (2011). Impacto Ambiental de la Agroindustria. Febrero, 2011, de INGCO SAS. Recuperado desde: http://www.revistavirtualpro.com/revista/impacto-ambiental-de-la-agroindustria/3
GFA Consulting Group S.A. (2010).Estudio del Estado de la Producción Sostenible y Propuesta de Mecanismos Permanentes Para el Fomento de la Producción Sostenible, Costa Rica.
Hobbelink, H. (2014). 20 años con transgénicos: ¿Teorías de conspiración o realidad planificada?. Revista Biodiversidad 80.
Servicio de Gestión de publicaciones de la FAO. (2004). Política y desarrollo agrícola. Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO). Roma.
Leiva, A. (2008) Huertos urbanos, además de brindar beneficios terapéuticos y sociales, mitigan la acumulación del calor en las ciudades. Recuperado desde: http://www.ecoportal.net/Eco-Noticias/Huertos_urbanos_ademas_de_brindar_beneficios_terapeuticos_y_sociales_mitigan_la_acumulacion_del_calor_en_las_ciudades
Marshall, A.. (2012). El lado oculto de la agroindustria: Impactos sociales y ambientales. 2012, de Revista Agraria. Recuperado desde: https://cepesrural.lamula.pe/2012/05/30/el-lado-oculto-de-la-agroindustria-impactos-sociales-y-ambientales/cepesrural/
Moya, F. (2011). Responsabilidad social y ética en el sector agroindustrial colombiano. Escenarios, 9 (1), 90-95.
Zaar, M. (2011) Agricultura urbana: algunas reflexiones sobre su origen e importancia actual. Revista bibliográfica de geografía y ciencias sociales, 16 (944) Recuperado desde: http://www.ub.edu/geocrit/b3w-944.htm
Sustainable Homestead Design
JUNE 22 – JUNE 26, 2016
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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:
tKey permaculture principles
tUsing the pattern language
tThe design process
tCreating a base map
tDrafting tools and techniques
tDesign alternatives and evaluation process
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.
For more information about food and lodging please see our website at accommodations.
Cost includes 6 nights lodging, all meals, course instruction and full access to Rancho Mastatal and its private wildlife refuge. A $250 deposit will secure your space in the course. Please follow the link for payment options.
To enroll in the class, please go to our Online Registration Form. For more information please contact Tim O’Hara at email@example.com and/or call the Ranch at 2200-0920. We have a maximum of 12 openings for this workshop and a minimum of 4 students to run the course.
“If you value your human existence and think is worth telling, if you think your life has something epic, this retreat is to strengthen your urge to create a life full of adventure, full of dreams to realize, full of positive emotions that move your spirit towards what your heart desires!
We believe in you and in the realization of your dreams so we invite you to create an experience together where we can strengthen in community and continue visualizing ourselves in a constructive and positive way”
2 nights lodging
3 meals a day
Pipa and daily smoothie,
4 Yoga classes
Yoga Natyam (Energetic Activation Exercices)
Access to Nauyaca waterfalls and Baru river
$ 300 before May 24
$ 350 after May 24
** Reserve with 50% ($ 150)**
Renew and Rebalance in Costa Rica—Re-Turn to Yourself with Lisa Feder & Dana Baruch
June 25 – July 2
Playa Uvita, Costa Rica
Weeklong Costa Rica Women’s Retreat for the Mind, Body, and Spirit
Join yoga/wellness teacher Lisa Feder, and life coach/educator Dana Baruch for a week dedicated to YOU! Take a retreat from your everyday life and come together in magnificent Costa Rica, where you will have the opportunity to explore and empower yourself and your life–mind, body, spirit—through yoga, meditation, coaching, creating, journaling, and service to others. There will be group activities, and plenty of free time; time to come together, and time to be within; time to move and create, and time to rest and replenish; time to treat yourself; and time to serve others. This retreat is all about coming back to yourself, re-harmonizing (what better place than in the natural splendor of Costa Rica?!), and connecting with and rekindling your authentic, natural spirit. And we promise lots of laughter and fun!
Throughout the week, participants will have both group and individual access to yoga instruction and life coaching. All levels of yoga experience are welcome, even if you’ve never heard of, seen, or done a down dog! And you don’t need to have big ugly issues to reap benefits from the wisdom of coaching. We will be well cared for by the True Nature Staff at the breathtaking La Cusinga lodge facilities. For sure, what happens in Costa Rica stays in Costa Rica, but this retreat is also designed to help you plant seeds for intentional and positive change when you re-enter your life back home. Looking forward to seeing you in Costa Rica in June, 2016!
This Eco-Lodge and Retreat Center in Uvita, Co
sta Rica is hidden in the hilltops overlooking the pristine beaches of Costa Rica’s still-virgin South Pacific, where the ocean crashes into the jungle. Tucked away in a private reserve of over 600 acres, this rainforest lodge provides guests with sweeping ocean views, sandy beaches, natural pools, and the chance to experience the burgeoning forests and astonishing wildlife of the country’s most famous ecosystem.
t7 Nights Accommodation (1st night in hotel near airport, 6 nights in Uvita)
t3 Whole Foods Meals a Day
tTransport to/from the Airport to La Cusinga
tPersonal Retreat Time
tDaily Yoga Practices
tOpportunities for creative expression
Lisa Feder is a full-time Yoga instructor and wellness consultant living in Austin, Texas. She has had a passion for all things wellness for as long as she can remember. While working for over 20 years in the corporate world as a strategic marketing specialist, she began teaching fitness classes in her free time. This led her to explore Yoga, and she fell in love with the way it made her and her students feel— physically, emotionally and energetically. After teaching part-time for many years, she took the leap and started Being Well Yoga, where she brings Yoga on-site to companies to help employees learn how to live healthier, more balanced lives. She also teaches in studios, schools, senior centers, parks and private homes. Her approach is balanced, and she likes to bring humor, challenge and deep relaxation into her practices. Lisa is especially interested in helping students find a Yoga practice that really works for them, and she believes that Yoga can provide more ease and comfort to all. She has seen the effects of a healthy lifestyle on her family as well and wants to share. As a wellness coach, Lisa loves helping people explore how to incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives in a fun and sustainable way. One of her programs, a week of Being Well, is an inclusive and integrated approach to mindfulness in eating, working, exercising, meditating, media usage and sleeping. Her favorite thing is hearing about the positive change her participants make for themselves. Another workshop, “A Sigh of Relief”, teaches how Yoga practices can be used during the day to manage stress before it becomes chronic. Lisa, RYT-500, E-RYT-200 incorporates many Yoga traditions into her practices. She has certifications in Hatha, Hatha Flow, Kundalini, and I-rest Yoga Nidra. She has had the opportunity to study with Donna Farhi, Sean Corne, Sarah Powers, Anodea Judith, Beth Shaw, Amy Weintraub and Richard Miller. All of these wonderful teachers have shared wisdom that informs her teaching, and she is grateful to them all. Lisa received a BSBA in Spanish and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. She is fluent in Spanish, having fallen in love with the language during her junior year studying in Bogota, Colombia. She has served as President of the Board of Community Yoga, an organization that brings Yoga to underserved communities. She is also active with the Interfaith Hospitality Network, providing resources, housing and meals to homeless families. She lives in Austin with her husband and has two active offspring–a daughter completing high school and a son in college. She looks forward to the day that her family members adopt a regular mindfulness practice. For now, they just attend her Sunday morning class on Mother’s Day! For more information about Lisa, please visit her website at
Dana Baruch is a certified life-coach, educator of 30+ years, organizational consultant, and community builder. Her first job was as a teaching assistant when she was in the 5th grade (ask her about it…it’s a great story!), and she has been teaching in one fashion or another since then. She has had the pleasure of working with people in every stage of life from infants to seniors. One of her guiding beliefs is: SHIFT happens! She loves to help people and organizations set goals, get clear about their challenges, and feel motivated to make healthy and powerful changes. Dana is also a student of mindfulness and weaves together these teachings and philosophies, among others, into her coaching and consulting work with individuals and groups. She’s a highly skilled facilitator and expert in human and group dynamics. Dana offers her work always with a sense of humor, compassion, authenticity, creating a safe, warm, inviting environment. Dana specializes in coaching women in periods of transition (empty nest, divorce, retirement, entering or re-entering the workplace, dealing with illness, new relationships, etc.). She also works with men and women seeking coaching for specific issues (time management, getting organized, relationship coaching, parenting, etc.). She is grateful to be able to do her work from wherever she is by phone and Skype, as she has clients across the US, Canada and Europe. Dana is also a community leader. She is the Founder of the Austin Jewish Academy, co-creator and educational consultant for JLead (Austin-based leadership development program), long-time board member past board Chair of Shalom Austin, founding board member of Challah for Hunger, ADL Words to Action coach/trainer, UT Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies Advisory Council member, and mentor to many. Dana has a Master of Education degree from Tufts University, BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and is a certified life-coach from The Life Coach School in California. She has been married for 30+ years and is the proud mom of two mostly launched young-adult sons. For more about Dana, visit her website at www.danabaruch.com
Comfortable Bed & Breakfast Style (Eco-Friendly) accommodations situated amidst acres of lush gardens, hiking trails and a secluded jungle trail leading to Playa Uvita, a beautiful beach (a 15 minute walk). The atmosphere of the retreat center is simple, healthy and relaxed. Rooms are single (inquire if interested) or double occupancy or 2 larger group rooms are available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options along with fish and/or chicken. The food is organic when available, and prepared with nourishing ingredients. Single Occupancy Rooms Beautiful private bungalow style accommodations all with huge ocean views, where you can see Ballena Marine National Park, the Rainforest and much more. Limited singles available for an extra fee. Please register for a single room, and if spaces are full, register for a double accommodations and contact us to be placed on a waiting list. We will do our best to accommodate you. Double Occupancy Rooms
Beautiful private bungalow style accommodations all with huge ocean views, where you can see Ballena Marine National Park, the Rainforest and much more. All of the rooms are made from reforested wood from our trees planted on the same land 20 years ago. Local craftsmanship with wood, stone, shell, and sand is unique. Group Rooms The group rooms offers two big rooms equipped with comfortable bunk beds. These rooms have the best ocean view, because they are located in the upper side of the lodge, also have private bathrooms and have a beautiful breeze during day and night.
While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:
tRiver Wildlife Tour
*Price of Activities are not included in Tuition
Payment and Online Registration
tTo register – go to our Online Registration Platform *.
tAt the checkout you will have the option to choose your payment method. The minimum deposit you can make is the $300 which will “Hold Your Spot” and Lock in Your Price for your retreat. There is a $35 Service and Administration fee that will be added to the tuition rate.
tFor future tuition payments please use the same Online Registration Platform
t* For Online Registration Technical Issues please call Reg Online support at 1.888.351.9948 Ext. 1
* Our on-line system does not accept checks, but if you need an alternative payment arrangements,contact us.
$2395 Single Room SOLD OUT CLICK HERE TO BE PUT ON WAIT LIST
$1995 Double Room – SOLD OUT CLICK HERE TO BE PUT ON WAIT LIST
$1595 Group Room SOLD OUT CLICK HERE TO BE PUT ON WAIT LIST
tInitial deposits are non-refundable
t50% of payments are refundable upto 90 days before program excluding initial deposit
t89 days prior to a program, tuition is non-refundable
tFull tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
We understand that many questions come up when visiting a place you have never been. What do I bring? What is the weather like? We have created Participant Packages that will clarify these type of questions and more Once you have registered, we will send you these materials. In addition, on our website we have a comprehensive FAQ section, that also gives detailed answers to common questions. If you have other questions, you can always write us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can support you.
All international flights will arrive at San Jose International Airport (SJO). True Nature Education has a Group Travel Agent that will be happy to help you book your flights. Just ask us if this interests you. Some of our retreats also have a Group Flight Option so you can travel with your fellow retreatants. The first night you will be staying at a hotel near the airport and the following morning you will travel to Uvita in a group shuttle. A group shuttle to and from the retreat center is included in the tuition. Once you are registered you will be receiving information about appropriate flight times. Before booking your flight, be sure your retreat has been officially confirmed.
True Nature Education
True Nature is an Educational Travel Company which provides full service in the planning, support, and guiding of a diverse catalog of trips to Costa Rica each year. We believe in the power of experiential travel abroad and the multitude of affects it has on ones growth. We have hosted thousands of participants and have been honored to share in the life-changing experiences of our guests. It is True Nature’s goal to strive to meet the needs of our guests and to be of support from the time you first contact us, to the time you land in Costa Rica, and until you return home from your journey.
If this retreat isn’t up your alley, take a look at the variety of other retreats coming up around the globe! There’s a retreat with your name on it!
Costa Rica Summer Program
Costa Rica has been the model for sustainable economic development in Latin America for a generation. On this program, you’ll spend most of your time living in or alongside some of Costa Rica’s most important biological reserves while learning about integrated sustainability initiatives to protect these valuable resources.
In this Sustainable Summer Program…
tYou’ll visit an indigenous community and learn traditional agricultural practices
tYou’ll learn about the implementation of renewable energy at a variety of scales
tYou’ll harvest crops and practice permaculture at an organic farm
tYou’ll develop homesteading skills such as fermentation and soap-making
tYou’ll learn about natural building and work with natural building materials and techniques
Your Sustainable Summer experience will span from Costa Rica’s legendary Pacific beaches to the mist shrouded slopes of the Central Highlands to the tropical rainforest. Our Costa Rica summer program is ideal for high school students with a strong interest in environmental sustainability, and particularly renewable energy and agriculture. Costa Rica is widely considered an ‘easy’ place to travel by developing country standards, and we think this program is also a good choice for students that are looking to get their first taste of ‘adventure travel’ and life in a ‘developing’ country, although we caution that our itinerary is more challenging (in a good way) than many Costa Rica travel itineraries.
Picture yourself living on an organic farm on the edge of a national park, where you’ll help produce the food that sustains the local community. Or on a guided night hike through Costa Rica’s virgin rainforest, when the jungle really comes alive. You’ll feel the rush of rafting Costa Rica’s world famous whitewater, play soccer with local kids, and come to understand why the essential Costa Rican phrase – pura vida – is the perfect embodiment of this beautiful place and the Tico people that call it home.Not sure if this is the right option for you? Use our Compare Programs page to help you assess which Sustainable Summer is the best fit for your interests and comfort zone.
how sustainable energy and agriculture solutions are designed
tropical rainforests, hidden valleys, and pristine beaches
horseback to a towering waterfall in Cangreja National Park and raft Costa Rica’s legendary whitewater
2016 Facilitators *
Costa Rica Testimonials
Thank you so much for creating and running this amazing program!! I’m so grateful for all that you’ve done to make this organization so awesome!! Jess, student from Boca Raton, FL
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Core Curriculum & Program Components
Much More Than A Tour
Amazing destination? Check. Fun and authentic experiences? Absolutely. A smart, down-to-earth group of like-minded teens? Yup. An awesome itinerary and first-in-class lodging are just the start. Our programs prepare teens to become environmental leaders through dynamic place-based learning.
How do “small” and “local” provide a blueprint for a sustainable future? This essential question guides our experience studying sustainability in Costa Rica. Participants – through discussions, workshops, site visits, and fieldwork – will investigate sustainability with the understanding that truly sustainable solutions take into account not only the environment, but also the people, culture and economy of a given place.
Each program has a tiered tuition rate: standard (full tuition), tuition assistance (83% of tuition), or scholarship (as low as 15% of tuition).HOW IT WORKS
tOur standard course fee, which represents the actual cost of operating our programs, including the administrative costs that are necessary to sustain our organization in the long-term. This is the suggested rate for families living in high cost of living areas with household net assets of greater than $650,000 and/or annual household income of greater than $180,000.
tParticipants at this tuition rate cover only their direct participation costs, including lodging, meals, activities, in-country staff and transportation, and support for local projects. Participation at this level is based on the honor system. It is available to all families – no documentation required. We simply ask families to honestly consider their financial resources and ability to pay the full tuition rate.
$ 720 – 3355
tAdditional scholarship funding is available for students that are unable to participate at either of the other rates. Scholarship participants receive up to an 85% reduction of the standard course fee. Due to the limited availability of scholarship funds, a separate application is required, including a parent financial statement and recent tax return.
in eco-lodges and other locally-owned (and often sustainably-minded) establishments
3 meals daily while in-country. Local cuisine, served family-style, is on order most days. Dietary restrictions can typically be accommodated.
Guided activities, from the adventurous to the cultural, are a regular part of the itinerary.
Dynamic Learning Opportunities
Place-based. Interactive. Fun. Our programs prepare teens to become environmental leaders.
Once in country, all travel will be by private coach when we are traveling any significant distance, although we may occasionally use other transport when traveling locally. This can range from a cattle truck to the local bus. Traveling like a local is part of the experience!
2 Full-Time Professional Facilitators
Our international field team includes returned Peace Corps volunteers, college professors, seasoned wilderness guides, sustainability graduate students, and similar.
Pre-Program Materials and Support
Students and parents receive comprehensive and prompt pre-program support.
Tuition does not include airfare, $95 InternationalSOS membership (required), or personal expenses such as laundry, snacks, souvenirs, and internet or international phone calls, and other incidentals. A $29 Costa Rica exit fee, payable at the SJO airport on departure, is also not included.
We designate a recommended group flight for students. Students, whether arriving on our group flight or independently, will be met at the international arrivals area by our staff. Very detailed travel and booking instructions will be provided to all participants upon enrollment.Our designated round trip group flight:
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Escort on Both Outbound and Return Flight
San Jose (SJO)
San Jose (SJO)
tDo not make any flight reservations until explicitly directed by Sustainable Summer. Enrolled families – please check your MySummer accountfor more information.
tNot all of our group flights have a staff escort. Please see above for specifics and our Flights page for additional details.
tStudents NOT traveling on our designated group flight will be assessed a $35 fee if they arrive on a flight other than our specified group flight and/or a $35 fee for departing on a non-group flight ($70 total). Students must verify BEFORE BOOKING all non-group flight travel itineraries
Most students will arrive on our chaperoned group flight into the international airport outside San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital city. It’s a short drive by private transport from the airport to our hostel in Alajuela, where we will begin our orientation period.Day 1
Orientation at Rancho Margot
The next morning, after breakfast we’ll travel north to Rancho Margot, a stunning eco-lodge on the shores of Lake Arenal. Rancho Margot is the perfect destination to become acquainted with Costa Rica and your fellow students. It is fully self-sufficient, yet at a truly impressive scale – two different micro-hydro turbines provide all their energy needs; chickens, pigs, and cows number in the hundreds, yet exist in healthy, environmentally sustainable way; and the entire property of several hundred hectares has been reforested in the last decade.During orientation, we’ll become familiar with local customs, health and safety protocols, and share our individual and mutual goals for the program.We also will begin our investigation of sustainability as a subject of inquiry, as we learn about the various sustainability initiatives on the farm and consider how the systems and philosophies in place at Margot can inform a shift to more sustainable communities elsewhere in the world. No visit to the beautiful Arenal would be complete without some dedicated to exploring the surrounding countryside. We’ll have some time for a short hike in the area, as well as kayaking on Lago Arenal.Days 2 & 3
We’ll then move on to the Sarapaqui region, one of Costa Rica’s most important biospheres. We’ll be staying at an eco-lodge on the edge of Costa Rica’s largest National Park, Braulio Carrillo. The surrounding jungle is primary rainforest that serves as a critical ecological corridor. Much important research has been and continues to be conducted in the area. Conservation efforts have maintained the native forest on the southern side of the Rio Sarapiqui, although the numerous pineapple farms that dot the northern side serve as a constant reminder of the threat of development.During our five nights in the area, we’ll conduct biodiversity research with a local scientific organization; take an ethnobotany course from a local expert; go whitewater rafting on the Rio Sarapaqui; and go for a guided night hike through the tropical jungle. It’s not all adventure and sustainability, though. We’ll also take in some with local culture. You’ll learn to make the perfect gallo pinto and friend plantains in a cooking class and polish your Merengue, Salsa, and Cha-Cha skills in a Latin dance class, too.Days 4 – 8
The Cloud Forest
Leaving Sarapaqui, we’ll travel south and up in elevation to Paraiso Quetzal, a beautiful cloud forest lodge situated on a ridge overlooking Costa Rica’s southern valley. After lunch, we’ll have an afternoon hike in search of the elusive Quetzal, seen rarely throughout Costa Rica, but living in abundance in this area.While in this area, we’ll visit a cooperatively owned wind power facility and hydroelectric project and learn how the projects are producing clean energy at fair rates for rural communities that previously had no access to the grid. This segment of the program encourages reflection on the sources, uses, and economics of renewable energy. One of the principle questions we will consider is the size and scope of a project, which we will continue to explore later in the program.We’ll also visit a flower exporter and a coffee cooperative in an effort to better understand both the global supply chain as well as issues of equity and social justice associated with agricultural production and consumption.Days 9 & 10
Winding our way through the craggy, jungle clad valleys of the central mountains, our next destination is Mastatal and Cangreja National Park, one of Costa Rica’s least visited, but most remarkable destinations.We’ll spend a little over a week at Rancho Mastatal, an environmental learning center and eco-lodge situated on the park’s boundary. Rancho Mastatal is a sustainability pioneer that practices natural construction techniques (locally harvested woods and bamboo, earthen structures, etc), sustainable food production, and renewable energy generation.The American operators work closely with the surrounding community on conservation initiatives to help preserve and protect the last remaining virgin rainforest in this region of Costa Rica. Sustainability education of both local and foreign students is an important part of Mastatal’s mission.During our time there, we’ll study many of the initiatives that make Mastatal a stunning example of sustainability, from their use of biodigesters and rainwater catchments to traditional agricultural production methods and reforestation efforts.We’ll visit the Zapaton Indigenous Reserve, play soccer with the local kids, and fill our minds with knowledge about the principles of permaculture, tropical ecology, and other remarkable subjects that are being practiced every day at Mastatal.Days 11 – 18
Our final days of the program will be at the beaches of Playa Esterillos, where we’ll reflect on our time in Costa Rica, share our Sustainability Action Plans, and prepare to say farewell.Days 19 & 20
We’ll wake up for breakfast and perhaps a final swim in the Pacific and then it’s about 90 minutes driving by bus back to the airport in Alajuela for an early afternoon flight back to the US.Day 21
An Important Note About Itinerary Changes
Sustainable Summer reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the program itinerary. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in weather or road conditions; to take advantage of a new activity or unscheduled opportunity (such as a local festival or event); to accommodate the health needs of an individual participant; or due to changes in activities or schedules of our local partners and providers.The itinerary shown here is based on previous programs and the anticipated day-to-day activities for this program. However, as with any travel experience, some changes may occur.
The Fruition Center for Holistic Ecology is offering a 3-month internship, SEPTEMBER 9 to DECEMBER 2, 2016. And it will be hosted at the lush and giving Finca Fruición: Permaculture Land Cooperative in Costa Rica!
Immerse yourself into a how-to for tropical homesteading. From tool sharpening and cracking a coconut, to watershed management design, experience an intercultural exchange of knowledge and experience that offers perspective and insight into solutions through Permaculture and Biodynamics. Enjoy a rural setting, community interaction, and the unique value of engaging in responsible land stewardship.
Areas of Focus
Tool Maintenance and Use
Organic Agriculture and Gardening
Seed to Table
Animal Husbandry (Chickens and Goats)
Tropical Tree Care
Culinary Arts in Tropical Food Preparation
Medicinal Herb Cultivation and Use
Rudolf Steiner’s Agriculture Lectures
Permaculture Ethics and Principles
Dorm-style bunk beds with mosquito netting or outdoor camping.
3 meals per day (a vegetable-based diet with farm-raised eggs and dairy, as well as occasional farm-raised meat). Solar heated showers, composting toilets, electricity, Wi-Fi, library, fresh on-site spring water, waterfalls, forest, river hikes, beach trip opportunities, as well as plenty of delicious foods medicines can be found here on the farm.
Direct facilitation will take place up to 4 hours per day, 5 days a week. Hands-on group and independent work, as well as discussion and observation upon Biodynamics and practical permaculture solutions will be proportionate to 7 hours per day. Saturday’s and Sundays are generally a time for free flow creativity, activity and adventure, on or off the farm. Along with exploring the tools of knowledge and hands-on learning, this internship program is also designed to cultivate self-discovery and community stewardship, by sharing in daily tasks and chores as needed to uphold a clean, safe, and inspiring space for all participants.
The price of this 3-month tropical farmstead living and education adventure is $2,800 for camping, or $3,100 for a shared dorm room.
(Private accommodations may be available upon request.)
* A deposit of $1,000 is required to secure your seat, either by bank transaction or PayPal account. Remaining payment is due upon arrival.
A Market Gardener and Activist, Frank has been growing for 10 years using Regenerative Agriculture, Organics and Biodynamics. He is affiliated with the Biodynamic Ambassadors international program, as well as La Via Campesina, as a social and political activist for agricultural communities. He currently resides at Finca Fruición as the lead food production coordinator.
As one of Finca Fruición’s co-founding members, Jason has 7 years experience in farm, project, and volunteer coordination. With more than a decade’s experience as a whole foods chef and nutrition enthusiast, he ensures that our guests routinely experience a delicious, wholesome, and balanced diet. Jason is also a Thai Massage Therapist, and is available for sessions upon request.
With roots in education, urban community gardening and organization, Joey has invested the last 3 years learning the values and necessities of tropical land and water stewardship, along with animal husbandry, as Finca Fruición’s resident farmer. He received his Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies with a focus in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of West Florida. Joey believes that the experience of land stewardship offers infinite wisdom for those who arrive to the challenge.
We are dedicated to facilitate an educational experience that encourages self-discovery through the basics of tropical land stewardship upon Permaculture ethics and principles and Biodynamic practices.
We currently have 5 more spaces available.
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A transformative week-long event that aims to inspire and empower participants on the benefits of embracing a fruit-based raw vegan lifestyle with a focus on permaculture, community building, and regenerative living