We warmly invite you to our first big course at Bamboo School Costa Rica, with Rodolfo Saenz as teacher and owner.

 This is our inaugurating course and we will be thrilled to have you here and become part of our growing family

The objective of this course is to offer knowledge and practice of the basic techniques of construction from houses and furniture in bamboo. They are for anyone, over 18, who wants to learn the techniques of cutting, preserving, drying and assembling the guadua and the philostacias aura, either to make buildings or furniture. It is not necessary to have prior knowledge or skills of carpentry or other.

The course begins on Monday, July 1 and ends on Saturday, July 6. The arrival is scheduled on Sunday, June 30 at night. The departure will be on Sunday 7, after breakfast.


The thematics of the course will include the following:

· Learning about bamboo varieties, harvesting, processing, treatment, and curing methods.
· Select the proper bamboo right from the plantation and cut it.
· Practice the cleaning and curing method.
· Demonstration of tools and how to make a special knife.
Before the practice sessions, each one will choose together with the instructor a small piece to make and to take home.
During the building practice, we will work together on making a small part of a cabin. During this process you will learn:
· Proper use of tools
· How to split, bend and lash bamboo
· How to make a fish mouth
· Make bamboo nails
· All kinds of holes
· Split panels
· All possible joinery techniques.
· A lot of valuable advice from one of the most experienced bamboo artisans in Costa Rica

After the course there is the possibility to extend your stay and practice even more, receiving extra individual instructions and guidance. You can extend your stay for 1, 2 or more weeks (ask for special prices for long term courses) until you feel you dominate completely all the techniques. For more information look at our page in NuMundo https://numundo.org/center/costa-rica/bamboo-school-2 (different activities)
You can as well extend your stay for vacation and take profit of the central location of Bamboo School. There are hiking trails close by. National Park Carrara is at 40 min. drive away and we are 1 hour drive from the beach.


Arrival: June 30th afternoon/night
Lessons start July 1st and end July 6th
Departure: Sunday 7th after breakfast

7.30 a.m. - Breakfast

8.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Workshop

12.30 p.m. - Lunch

1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. - Siesta

2.00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Workshop

6 p.m. - Dinner

We serve delicious vegetarian and vegan meals with fresh ingredients. Fresh fruits, tea and coffee will be available during the whole day, for free.

Artisanal ginger beer for sale.

There will be at least one guided meditation evening.

Further on you can ask for a massage, a Reiki session or a guided personal healing session.

Additional information and travel instructions will be emailed upon registration.


Rodolfo Saenz began his career as a craftsman, furniture maker, and builder over 30 years ago. He first learned to work with wood and later received training in a variety of techniques with bamboo from a Taiwanese Master, which led him into bamboo furniture design combined with hardwoods and various other materials.

Originally trained in conventional construction, he switched gears to natural building methods and design with a concentration on bamboo, cob, and earthen plasters. Rodolfo is passionate about sharing his skills and knowledge by teaching sustainable building and design and has over a dozen years of experience teaching courses.

Besides his career and experience with bamboo building and craftsmanship, he has cultivated his healing gifts in the form of Reiki and massage therapy.


The course will take place in the beautiful property of Rodolfo Saénz where he currently lives and built his amazing home. This will be the first big course here where we are inaugurating Bamboo School Costa Rica.

The first student to book the course will have the opportunity to sleep in one of the rooms inside the house. The rest will have the option to stay in a large tent with six more people or you can bring your own camping tent, or pay extra to stay at one of the locations of nearby cabins that have partnered with us for accommodation

What to bring

For the workshops:

· half-inch chisel

· pencil

· hammer

· 5-feet measuring tape.

For your accommodation:

· clothes for warm weather and a light sweater for the evening

· umbrella or cape (in July it rains in the afternoons)

· closed shoes for work

· mosquito repellent.



  • Make your own Bamboo piece
  • Lots of possibility to practice
  • Building part of a cabin as a team
  • Enjoy delicious vegetarian meals

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping
  • private room
  • shared rooms


  • fast: streaming video

Ongoing classes

  • meditation
    1-2 times per week

Getting here.

Bamboo School is located 10 minutes away from the town Orotina, in San Juan de Mata de  Turrubares. In the El Barro neighborhood. Full directions will be provided upon reservation to your email.


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