Costa Rican Conclusion

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After hiking to an overlook of Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest volcano, we concluded our trip with a two-night stay at Rancho Margot. Unlike Rancho Mastatal, whose primary purpose was to educate through communal living, Rancho Margot was a retreat center focused on eco-tourism. We evaluated the differences between these two permaculture systems, primarily highlighting the […]

Costa Rica Update

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These past few days at Sarapiqui have been magical. We’ve been lodging by the jungle, immersed by a spectrum of bizarrely beautiful insects, frogs, sloths, birds, and howler monkeys. Throughout the past few days, we’ve hiked through the jungle with an ethnobotanist, who taught us how to identify medicinal and sacred plants and explained their […]

Costa Rica: Thoughts Along The Way…

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Our students have been sharing their reflections on each day’s activities in our group journal. Each student has had the opportunity to share their thoughts and contribute to our communal memory piece. Here are a couple excerpts from some of their most recent entries… “I will never forget shelling, grinding and of course stuffing my […]

Costa Rica – Update (Days 4-7): Rancho Mastatal

After arriving in Rancho Mastatal, we began the morning of Day 3 with a meet-and-greet with the interns of the permacultural center. The interns gave us an opportunity to cogitate the principles of sustainability. We then toured the ranch and discovered the ecological interrelationships between the human inhabitants, the agriculture, and the wildlife. Tim, the […]