Mauser EcoHouse-Art, Permaculture, Health

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.

We offer 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.

We invite 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.

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

-1 deluxe suit provided with king bed, private bathroom, studio and garden

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

To read more about our program, please click here :

We also provide The Phoenix Grant once a year for artist that can afford our prices. To check the convocatory, click this link:


Residency Length
1 month - 6 months
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Art Conservation
Art Education
Book Arts
Costume/Fashion Design
Digital Media
Environmental Arts
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Graphic Design
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Multimedia Arts
Performance Art
Public Art
Social Practice
Sound Art
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Spouses/partners allowed for full stay (non-collaborators)
Children allowed for full stay
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Accessible Housing
Meals Provided
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Groceries provided for residents to prepare their own meals
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Shared Studios
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Shared bedroom
Additional Eligibility Information

Applications should be clear, concise and convey a clear understanding of how you will use the residency to further your artistic goals. Read the application closely and complete each question in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Completed applications include:

  • Artist Statement (500 words)
  • CV maximum, 5 pages
  • Statement of Motivation (250 words) 
  • Residency Plans (250 words) 
  • Statement on private or public funding plan (100 words) 
  • Portfolio maximum 10 pages with 10-20 images (no larger than 5 MB) Optional: 2 links to 1-2 minute video excerpts 
  • Links to website, social media accounts, recent exhibitions or press 
  • A non-refundable application fee of $15 is required for submission. Applications are to be submitted through Google Form and must be received by June 15th, 2024. Please be advised that a Google/Gmail account is required in order to apply. 

Apply here:

Upon receiving your letter of acceptance, artists must complete, sign, and submit the following within 14 days of receipt:

  • Liability form
  • House Etiquette Agreement  
  • A non-refundable deposit of 50% to be applied towards the total cost of the residency.
Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

Our residency is crafted with the artistic individual in mind.
Mauser EcoHouse removes the burdens of planning and budgeting by including an array of accommodations, enabling you to concentrate solely on your creative pursuits.
We provide comprehensive amenities to facilitate a worry-free stay.

Fees are calculated based on a one-month stay, with a 10% discount available for residencies of three or more months or groups of four or more.

What is included?

  • Airport shuttle service (AC) upon your arrival & departure on the 1st day of the month
  • Continental self-serve breakfast Monday-Friday. Includes some of the following: eggs, beans, rice, bread, butter, jam, seasonal fruit, granola, oatmeal, plantains, potatoes, yogurt, cheese, coffee, tea and sugar
  • Prepared gourmet vegetarian dinner at 5pm Monday-Friday
  • Fully equipped cooking utilities
  • Day-trips once a week with private transportation and entrance tickets (when is needed). Between the choices: Monkey mangrove tour, Manuel Antonio National Park, Rainmaker waterfall, Beach day at Esterillos Oeste, Art-walk at Esterillos Oeste
  • Weekly housekeeping services including laundry, bed linens, and towels are provided
  • Wireless internet
  • Engagement with the local community via artist presentations, potluck dinners, art open houses organized by the residency and optional volunteering teaching art at the grade school or doing a mural in the town of  Esterillos Oeste.


Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

The Phoenix Grant

The Mauser EcoHouse Phoenix Artist Grant is awarded annually to an emerging artist at any discipline in financial need.
Members of underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Grant covers accommodation in a shared room for a one-month stay during October.
The grantee will be notified by July 28th and must be able to attend during the month of October within the same calendar year of application. No exceptions will be made. 

Grant past recipients:

2023 Pedro Gomes @pedroetcetera 

2022 Caroline Mead @_meadeater

To apply, click here:


Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application