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 […]
One quick picture. Our students are sad that their time in beautiful Costa Rica is over but they are also excited to share all that they have learned and start working towards a more sustainable future. We are so proud of our future leaders!
Today we kayaked on lake Arenal and had a tour of the ranch. We engaged in themes of agriculture, reforestation, hydroelectric energy, bio digesters, compost, and much more! Students are all happy and healthy and a little sad to be ending their time in Costa Rica very soon.
Pictures from La Selva and Arenal
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 […]
A couple of photos from a very rainy ecology lesson in the RAINforest!
Today we enjoyed a very stimulating day of ethnobotany, where we learned about different rainforest plants that are connected to the Costa Rican culture, particularly for their medicinal use. We also had our first opportunity to see howler monkeys and celebrate Melissa’s birthday with a student-led flash mob and cake. We are about to leave […]
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 […]
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 […]
Hello friends and family, we have spent a long week learning much about organic agriculture at Rio Muchacho Organic Farm. A long, hard work week deserves a well needed day of fun at the beach. Some of us chose to ride the surf and all of us got to explore the beauty of the small […]