What Is Tacotal?
Tacotal is the term for the secondary succession growth phase of deforested land. Here we find thick jungle regrowth of once cleared cattle pasture.
About Tacotal Colectivo:
Named for this forest phase, Tacotal Colectivo was founded in 2007 by a group of friends as a back to the land attempt at community living. Slow and steady in growth, Tacotal does not believe in excessive heroic community development, but the gentle and gradual stewardship of land, through environmental construction methods, minimal extraction and clearing and the intentional expansion of forest. Adhering to the Principles and Ethics of Permaculture, Tacotal is an accessible model of living for the working and middle class, producing little waste, designing from the patterns of nature, working to conserve natural resources and being fully off the grid, encouraging community interconnectedness, Tacotal is an experiment and grounded model in community design. Members are environmental activists, biologists, herbalists, space holders, designers, and musicians.
Nestled alongside the Machuca River in the Alajuela Province of Costa Rica, just an hour west of the San Jose International Airport, this river is filled with quartz crystal and other precious minerals, found in the rich colors of its massive boulders and giant canopy trees. The watershed for the local town of San Mateo, here we find peace and rejuvenation from the hot summer days, and abundant wildlife along her shores. Get ready to fall in love with a River!!
The Goddess Garden and Casa Colibri:
Various neighborhoods make up Tacotal Colectivo. In the Goddess Gardens, we have three powerful women stewarding land and creating their dream homes. Sarah Wu, Cyrille Amiée and Maria Cardona Vaselli are the pillars of the neighborhood, creating grounded examples for female leadership and land care.
The home of Sarah Wu, Casa Colibri, the Hummingbird House, is a sanctuary made of wood and waddle & daub materials, situated over a tertiary valley and seasonal creek, Sarah spent two years in construction, working with a local Costa Rican and indigenous Nicaraguan crew to gently create a low waste home that is actively preventing erosion, building soil and in the early stages of food and medicine production.
Sarah is most honored to welcome students into her home, to share in the transparent realities of building a home as a woman, and along with Lala share what it is like in making a move to another country, creating regenerative and meaningful work and living a life of service to Mother Earth.
MachuCampo is a private riverfront sanctuary glamping campground situated directly beside the Machuca river. Tranquil and lush, nestled in nature on 3 acres of land, with easy to follow trails and rock staircases that create access to the toilet house, kitchen, laundry and parking. Experience living on a food forest farm in a tent village immersed in dense jungle with pools and waterfalls, monkeys, tucans and a myriad of other wild creatures, Machucampo offers an ideal atmosphere for inner quests and connecting with nature. The song of the river caresses your soul…everywhere you look there is nature’s beauty and embrace. MachuCampo is an experiment in how close and integrated we can live with the natural world while taking care of our human needs and comforts in the simplest most satisfying ways.
Just an hour west of the San Jose International Airport, Machucampo is easily accessible by car, taxi and bus, no 4×4 needed. Students can either hire a taxi for $50 or take the bus to Orotina and from there taxi to the location.
On the grid, yet away from it all, the space is comfortable, relaxing, inspiring and accessible.
Laundry service off site, limited cell service, yet there is wifi in the kitchen.