Sustainable Living Immersion

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As a participant of the Sustainable Living Immersion, you will have an opportunity to re-establish a strong connection with the natural world, explore an alternative method of development that operates as a closed-loop system, and develop a model of sustainability that you can apply to your own life.

Sustainable Living Immersion is an introduction to the concepts of sustainable living in various aspects of your own life including relationships to food, energy, waste management, responsible production and overall consumption.

  • 6-Night Accommodation in Bunkhouse

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily

  • Daily Service Learning Component

  • Daily Sustainability Workshops

  • Twice-Daily Yoga Classes (7am & 4pm)

  • Introduction to Costa Rican Culture

       and much more!

$795 + tax per person​

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"After just one day in the Sustainable Living Immersion, we knew that we had gotten our money’s worth (plus so much more!). The course had an intelligible flow and was accessible for both my partner and me despite our different levels of exposure to sustainable agroecology. We began with a general overview of the closed-loop systems in place at Rancho Margot- tracing the cycles and learning the importance of every element in each stage: water, soil, energy, plants, and animals. It is amazing to see how each part of the ranch propels and sustains another process." -Kelsie Laing and Chad Rockefeller, January 2018

Hands-on Sustainability Workshops

Dairy Production

Dairy Production

Participate in the process of creating farm-fresh yogurt, cheese, and handmade butter.



Unearth mountain microorganisms in the rainforest and then craft these natural organisms into usable products for the Ranch.



Harvest produce directly from our gardens and pair that with the products you made earlier in the week to create your own dinner.

Costa Rican Culture

Costa Rican Culture

Experience an introduction to Costa Rica in which you will learn about local culture and also some very important Spanish words.



Learn about the benefits of earthworm composting with hands-on practice in preparing and applying in our chemical-free gardens.

Service Learning Components

Each Service Learning Component involves you working one-on-one with our skilled staff members for three hours each day in various areas of the Ranch, utilizing the practices and methods that make Rancho Margot sustainable and self-sufficient.

Seedlings & Planting

Prepare new garden beds for the transplant of seedlings, or get new seeds to start sprouting with special skills and knowledge shared by our agricultural engineer.

Chemical-Free Farming

Depending on the daily needs of our organic gardens you will prepare garden beds, transplant seedlings, weed garden beds, water, harvest and more.

Animal Care & Wellness

Work one-on-one with our knowledgable staff members caring for our delightful farm animals which include chickens, pigs & cows.

Permaculture Practice

Explore the benefits of permaculture as you learn about the living roofs, natural fences and other permaculture practices implemented at Rancho Margot.

Holistic Wellness

Enjoy a week of nutritional balance while you also share in daily yoga classes at 7am & 4pm. Health is at the forefront of learning.

Community Service Program

Spend time in our local community instructing English classes at the school or participating in community programs on an as-needed basis.




$795.00 + TAX per person includes lodging in dormitory-style bunkhouse, all meals, and participation in Sustainable Living Immersion along with all Rancho Margot amenities.

Reservations for Sustainable Living Immersion require full prepayment at time of booking to secure space.

There is a six night minimum stay for Sustainable Living Immersion. Additional nights can be added to Sustainable Living Immersion programs by contacting


+60  days from date of arrival: 10% cancellation fee

59-31  days from date of arrival: 25% cancellation fee

30-16  days from date of arrival: 50% cancellation fee

15 or  less  from date of arrival: 100% cancellation fee

No refunds for late arrivals or early departures.

NOTE: All refunds are processed via PayPal or the financial partner with which you paid. Transfers from a user’s PayPal account or other financial institutions to a bank or reimbursement to credit cards may incur additional charges for which Rancho Margot cannot be held responsible.



  • Two pairs of pants that you don’t mind getting dirty

  • Rain gear that dries quickly. Heavy cotton does not do well here

  • Tank tops, T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, and a sweater or sweat shirt

  • A rain jacket or a poncho

  • Several pair of medium to heavyweights tall socks to wear with boots

  • Rubber boots (which are easily purchased in La Fortuna or El Castillo)

  • A hat or a baseball cap

  • Sunscreen for face, body, and lips

  • Insect repellant

  • Tea tree oil for bites or any after bites lotion

  • Water bottle(s) to refill

  • Rubber palmed knit gloves


Learn Spanish, practice yoga daily, and experience sustainable living in a relaxed living classroom atmosphere.


Classes are based on the Communicative Approach with emphasis on speaking proficiency and are taught by highly competent and friendly teachers. All our educators are certified to teach Spanish as a Second Language

  • Mini-groups of no more than 6 students

  • Different levels available

  • Oral and listening practice daily while assisting one of our skilled team members in different working areas within the daily sustainable routine of Rancho Margot

  • Classes are held Monday – Friday from 9a – 11a or 11:30a – 1:30p

  • Community Service projects may be available based on the Costa Rican school calendar

program includes

  • 2-Hours of Spanish Classes Each Day

  • 2-Hours of Listen-Do Conversation Practice in a Working Area of the Ranch

  • Accommodation in the Bunkhouse (Double Occupancy)

  • Farm-to-Table Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Every Day

  • 2-Hour Guided Ranch Tour

  • Daily Yoga Classes (7a & 4p)

  • Our Natural Warm and Cold Pools

  • Learn some tips about Organic Agriculture & Medicinal Plants

US $795.00 plus tax per week per person ( 5 days - 6 nights) // US $645.00 plus tax each additional week per person (See additional Booking Terms and Conditions above)

aditional amenities


  • Rain gear that dries quickly

  • Clothes that dry fast and that you won’t mind getting dirty

  • A light sweater

  • Waterproof hiking boots or sneakers

  • Rubber boots (for the farm or even the rain) – you can get them in La Fortuna

  • Long sleeve blouses or shirts (people don’t think it is cold here but it does get cold, depending on the season)

  • A couple of clothes for going out

  • Two or three pairs of pants

  • Swimsuit

  • A travel towel

  • Flashlight (preferably with rechargeable batteries)

  • Poncho or rain jacket

  • Natural repellent, and maybe consider a mosquito net

  • Tea tree oil for bites

  • Sleeping bag if you choose accommodation in the Field House

  • Sunscreen

  • Sandals

  • Most importantly, bring your good vibes!