Timo - Rancho Mastatal - Costa Rica

Avec Robin, ils sont les fondateurs du Rancho Mastatal. Timo respire la bienveillance, c’est lui qui nous fait visiter le Rancho. Il est gentil, a l’air très patient et heureux de nous raconter l’histoire du lieu. Timo a un diplôme en agriculture et en économie. A l’époque de ses études, il faisait l’été des petits jobs dans la construction. Tout frais sorti de l’université, Timo est embauché dans une grosse entreprise d’agroalimentaire. C’est la désillusion et la dépression. Un livre en particulier lui parle tout particulièrement : Bitter Fruit, qui raconte k’histoire de Chiquita, une grosse entreprise de l’agroalimentaire qui ira même jusqu’à renverser le gouvernement du Guatemala en 1955 pour son propre profit. Il s’engage dans la Peace Core et se retrouve envoyé en Uruguay où il découvre l’organic farming. A son retour, il replonge toutefois dans l’agrobusiness avant de définitivement quitter ce monde pour finalement s’installer au Costa Rica et fonder le Rancho Mastatal avec une conscience aigüe des enjeux environnementaux de la planète ainsi qu’une volonté de fonder un mode de vie différent, hors du système standard de d’hyper-consommation et de dépendance. 

Tout l’endroit est donc à l’image de cette philosophie aujourd’hui. Le chemin n’a pas été facile car quand ils sont arrivés, ils n’avaient rien d’autres que leurs rêves et tout à construire. Peu à peu toutefois, ils perfectionnent leurs techniques d’éco-construction et réalisent de superbes habitats dont les formes souples et harmonieuses s’intègrent parfaitement au mode de vie ouvert sur la nature qu’ils pratiquent. Il y a 7 permanents sur le lieu, une véritable communauté, qu’il faut gérer et animer, c’est le facteur humain le plus difficile nous dit Timo, plongé dans ses souvenirs au détour d’un chemin tracé dans la forêt nourricière. Si c’était à refaire, il nous dit aussi qu’il accorderait plus d’importance aux moments partagés en couple, il aurait essayé de ménager plus de temps pour leur couple. Au moment où nous le rencontrons, la gouvernance de la communauté est encore entrain d’être mise en place. Le fonctionnement en sociocratie est préféré et les moments de la communauté bien définis, cependant il reste à mettre en place des rôles bien établis ainsi que les relations, attentes et reconnaissances matérielles, d’autant plus difficile à définir a posteriori qu’il y a un historique et un existant, souvent basé sur l’évolution naturelle de la communauté et non sur des bases explicites et partagées. Pas facile mais Timo est gentil et optimiste, il nous parle avec douceur aussi bien des plantes que de sa vision du monde. Il y a un village autour de cette communauté nichée au milieu de la jungle, la vie autrement, loin de la lourdeur dévastatrice de l’industrie monoalimentaire, est son quotidien.

With Robin, they are the founders of the Rancho Mastatal. Timo is a kind-hearted person, he guides us through the visit of the palce. He is gentle and seems to be very patient and happy to tell us about the history of the place. Timo has a diploma in agriculture and business. At the time of his studies, he use to work small jobs in summer in the building field. Freshly out of university, Timo is hered by a huge agro-business company. It is the time of disillusion and depression. A book in particular reaches out to him: “Bitter Fruit”, which tells the story of Chiquita, a big agro-business company which will even topple the government of Guatemala in 1955 for its own profit. He commits himself to the Peace Core and gets sent to Uruguay where he discovers organic farming. When he is back, he stills again goes back into agro-business beforepermanently leaving this world to end up in Costa Rica and founding the Rancho Mastatal with an acute awareness of the environmental stakes and a will to start up a new alternative way of life, outside the standard system and hyper-consumerism and dependency. 

Everything in this place is at the image of this philosophy today. The way hasn’t been easy as when they arrived, they had nothing else than their own dreams and everything to build. Little by little, they perfected their natural building skills and build up beautiful accomodations which have supple and harmonious shapes which integrates perfectly with their way of life opened to nature. There are 7 permanent people onsite, a true community which needs to be animated and managed. The human factor is the most difficult one says Timo, deep into his memories around a trail in the food forest. If it was to be done again, he says, he would give more time and importance to his couple. At the time when we meet him, the community governance is still under construction. The sociocratic way of functioning is preferred and the community moments are well defined, however there is still work to be done to establish properly the roles of each as well as the relationships, expectations and material recognition. It is even more difficult to define this all after the people are already there as there is an existing way of functioning as well as a history based on the natural evolution of the community and not on explicitly shared basis. Not easy but Timo is kind and optimistic, he speaks softly whether it is about plants or his vision of the world. There is a village around this community nestled in the jungle, an alternative life, far from the destructive heaviness of the mono-culture industry, is his daily life.

Everything in this place is at the image of this philosophy today. The way hasn’t been easy as when they arrived, they had nothing else than their own dreams and everything to build. Little by little, they perfected their natural building skills and build up beautiful accomodations which have supple and harmonious shapes which integrates perfectly with their way of life opened to nature. There are 7 permanent people onsite, a true community which needs to be animated and managed. The human factor is the most difficult one says Timo, deep into his memories around a trail in the food forest. If it was to be done again, he says, he would give more time and importance to his couple. At the time when we meet him, the community governance is still under construction. The sociocratic way of functioning is preferred and the community moments are well defined, however there is still work to be done to establish properly the roles of each as well as the relationships, expectations and material recognition. It is even more difficult to define this all after the people are already there as there is an existing way of functioning as well as a history based on the natural evolution of the community and not on explicitly shared basis. Not easy but Timo is kind and optimistic, he speaks softly whether it is about plants or his vision of the world. There is a village around this community nestled in the jungle, an alternative life, far from the destructive heaviness of the mono-culture industry, is his daily life.


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