The New CIRENAS Campus

With its new campus, CIRENAS is prepared to expand its mission to host and support programs focused on experiential educational, conservation, permaculture, research, and rural development initiatives. Whether short courses, volunteering opportunities, transformative leadership, wellness, or adventure retreats, we are ready to welcome you to our new facilities. 


The new CIRENAS campus was conceived and built as an educational tool in itself, allowing visitors to experience first-hand more sustainable ways of living.

  • 6 bungalows (total capacity for 36 people)
  • Large dining hall (capacity for 40 people)
  • Fully equipped classroom (capacity for 50 people)
  • Hands-on laboratory
  • Natural spaces for meditation, yoga, and events
  • Hiking trails that connect to the shores of the Pacific Ocean and to the Caletas-Arío National Wildlife Refuge

Comfortable and inspirational spaces were created to host education and research programs for students of all ages and participants of all walks of life.

Buildings were strategically located to take advantage of natural views and to capture cooling on-shore and off-shore breezes. 

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Sustainable Design and Permaculture Systems 

Land formerly used as a cattle pastures were restored using permaculture, emulating the cycles and patterns of nature to produce food on site. Our techniques will be used to restore part of the Bongo - Ario watershed which supplies water to dozens of communities providing food and water security for the region.

90% of materials for the campus construction were sourced locally.

75% of food consumed on campus will be produced by onsite permaculture.

Water harvesting and management systems have been put in place to ensure a constant flow of water for human consumption and other uses during the rainy and dry seasons. 

Classroom & Event Space

The CIRENAS classroom is constructed with locally harvested hardwood including pochote, teak, and madero negro. The open air classroom design maximizes airflow for passive cooling, facilitates direct interaction with surrounding permaculture systems, and provides some great views of the landscape.