Inspiration: A Sustainable Community in Costa Rica

Inspiration: A Sustainable Community in Costa Rica

Amber Byfield
May 14, 2009

La Casa de Tiburon, looking into La Cangreja National Park.

It was this time four years ago that I traveled with a group to Costa Rica, and yet the value of that trip seems to grow as time goes on. The theme of our trip was "Service and Sustainability." We went to plant trees to combat erosion in a small village, and then made our way through the mountains to a self-sustaining community called Rancho Mastatal. You may remember the bamboo treehouse — but there's so much more to be seen there...

Trent's post yesterday about clay ovens reminded me of just how sustainable Rancho Mastatal is: they've got it all covered, from composting toilets to rainwater collection, homemade yogurt to solar-powered showers, hand-made adobe buildings to that wonderful adobe oven.

When the kind folks at Rancho Mastatal begin a project, they do it in the most sustainable way possible, utilizing their local materials and talent, and giving back to the environment in all aspects. That's their purpose: to promote sustainable living in every way.

Take a gander through their site, and if you ever have the chance to go to Costa Rica, be sure to arrange a visit to Rancho Mastatal. You will leave very, very inspired.

Image: La Casa de Tiburon, via Rancho Mastatal's image gallery.

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