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Artist in Residency

Location is everything

Located in the remote tropical mountain jungle, Mauser Ecohouse creates a unique tranquil, inspirational, health-conscious, and community-minded living experience for the artists. The Mauser EcoHouse is situated in the beautiful rural Central Pacific region of Costa Rica on a 3 acre plot concealed in the lush jungle mountains. About 123km (about a 3-hour drive) from the capital city, San Jose, the Mauser EcoHouse is considered home to the artists that reside in it. The home has indoor or outdoor shared studio spaces with serene tropical surroundings. Individual or group projects can flourish in a beautiful haven alongside native Costa Rican jungle plants, flowers, animals, insects, and hundreds of birds. The property contains numerous indigenous fruit trees, edible plants, herbs, and a working greenhouse. Two banana circle composts and five swales are also on the site. 

The Mauser Foundation offers residencies for a period of one month or more year-round for visual, performance, and literary artists. We encourage artists with a concentration in other fields to apply, as acceptance into the program will be judged on an individual basis.

The Mauser EcoHouse is a sanctuary for artists to create, explore, and experience Pura Vida - the Costa Rican way of life. Our private and shared studios are fully equipped with WiFi and provide natural light with views of the backyard gardens. The outdoor veranda provides the perfect opportunity to paint en plein aire or enjoy a leisurely nap in one of the hammocks.



Who can apply for the artist residency?

Mauser EcoHouse invites applications from individual artists, artistic collectives, and organizations worldwide. Artists of all ages (21+), at various stages of practice, cultural backgrounds, gender identities, and expressions are encouraged to apply. Please note the residency is remote. The EcoHouse is accessed via a gravel route in the rural Central Pacific region of Costa Rica. It is situated on a secluded three-acre plot within the Saint Michael Sustainable Community, nestled amidst the lush jungle mountains. Due to the remote location of the house, it is not currently wheelchair accessible. 

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What Do We Offer?


Because we truly believed that being comfortable is more important than anything, Mauser Ecohouse offers a 6,000 square ft. Spanish Style villa including:
- 2 private rooms, each with matrimonial bed and private bathroom
- 1 communal bedroom with 2 XL bunk beds plus 2 single beds sharing a large bathroom with Jacuzzi included

All beds are made by local artisan with wood repurposed from fallen trees. In addition, we have a spacious veranda equipped with sofas, chairs and little tables to enjoy the view and feel inspired by the surrounding. 4 colorful hammocks designed with love decorate the house and are available for our residents.

Vegetarian meals are provided for breakfast and dinner, Monday through Friday. Our team and monthly volunteers will prepare delicious and tasty recipes that include international culinary traditions. We make it more interesting adding our herbs from the Green House and fruit trees. You are also welcome to cook up something new from our on-site gardens in our fully equipped community kitchen.



We offer a wonderful Main Studio 20’x22’ with capacity for 3 big desk that can be used individually or collectively. Their location in our lower level of the house provides natural light and large wooden doors with view to backyard gardens. 
Open air studios on covered veranda overlooking jungle create different work spaces around the first floor.
You are welcome to set up a work space in our gardens
and organize the furniture as you prefer. 
Private rooms include personal studio spaces equipped with a desk and chair.

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