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2016 Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living: Permaculture, Natural Building, and Homesteading Skill

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2016 Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living: Permaculture, Natural Building, and Homesteading Skills at Rancho Mastatal


Nestled against the virgin rainforest of La Cangreja National Park, Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center has been teaching, exploring, and promoting techniques of living harmoniously in the landscape for 14 years. Renowned for it’s natural building and delicious culinary spreads of fresh homemade food, the Ranch offers profound, innovative and authentic apprenticeships throughout the year.  Apprentices will experience a rural Costa Rican community, delight in 325 acres of pristine forests and waterfalls, and participate in a working permaculture farm.   

Currently we are seeking applicants for our twelve month 2016 Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living beginning January 2016.
2016 Program Overview
Participants in Rancho Mastatal's Apprenticeship in Sustainable Living live and work with amazing people at the Ranch and in Mastatal. They make lifelong friends, participating in a style of living that oftentimes changes them forever. This experience offers the unique opportunity to become a part of the magic and beauty of a remote area of Costa Rica, while simultaneously learning tangible skills to take back home.

Our goals for this program are to:
-empower individuals who are genuinely interested in creating a more sustainable world.
-be a “living laboratory” for experiential education and the daily practice of skills you can use for the rest of your life.
-inspire and enable individuals to continue to develop creative solutions and generate positive social change and sustainable practices in their own lives and communities after they leave.
-prepare a group of capable individuals to help manage and care-take the Ranch during the months of August, September, October and November.
-provide post-apprenticeship support through our networks.

We offer five to seven positions for our year long apprenticeship and a limited number of half year positions. The year long apprenticeship costs $475 per month for the first 7 months and includes your Wilderness First Responder Certification. The last 4 months of the apprenticeship is run as a work-trade. The total cost for the year long apprenticeship is $3,325. The cost of the half year apprenticeship is $375 per month.

Half year positions are only for the second half of the calendar year. The training differs significantly from full year positions in that it is done over a shorter period of time, and much of it will be led by the full year apprentices as part of their learning process. Roughly half of this time period occurs during our caretaker season, when the Ranch Core Team is absent from the site. This is an ideal opportunity for individuals interested in learning the in's and out's of managing our site and systems.

Dates and Instruction
Start Date Year-Long Apprenticeship:  January 16, 2016
End Date Year-Long Apprenticeship:  December 16, 2016
Start Date Half-Year Apprenticeship:  June 18, 2016
End Date Half-Year Apprenticeship:  December 16, 2016

We strongly encourage applicants who are serious about our work and are motivated to be part of our industrious team, working towards solutions for current environmental and social challenges.  We offer a unique and focused program based on experiential education and practical skill-building. Our apprenticeship offers specific instruction, course work, and/or project-based learning opportunities in the fields of permaculture, natural building, and homesteading skills. The following topics are often part of our program, but vary year to year in their depth of exposure:

For detailed information on specific instruction, course work, expectations, costs, and how to apply please visit the apprenticeship page of our website.

For any additional information or questions please please contact us directly.  

Rancho Mastatal
001 (506) 2200-0920
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