The Team

Amanda Marsh/Bermudez

Co-Founder / Root Member

Amanda a natural nurturer, space holder, and initiator. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a guardian of the land that hosts EcoMaste. Living an inspired and harmonious existence with the natural world is her passion.  She offers workshops and events in alternative healing modalities; yoga, breath work, meditation, herbalism, new moon circles and also teaches women how to utilize the wisdom and power of their menstruation cycle. At EcoMaste she plays many different roles from host, chef, gardener, event/operations manager, and oversees and coordinates many seen and unseen aspects.


Jose Bermudez

Co-Founder / Root Member

Jose is native to Bogotá Colombia. He grew up in the U.S.A but felt a pull that eventually led him to travel back to his home country and other countries, ultimately connecting back to himself.

Rooted in the earth and fluent in the disciplines of technology and hospitality. In 2009 he received his Bachelors of Arts in Computer Information and Technology. He began working in hospitality before going to college and continued to work, putting himself through college, gaining over 20 years experience in hospitality. Curiosity and love of nature guided him to explore nature-based education and holds certifications in, aquaponics, permaculture, bamboo building, and timber framing. 

Jose blends his experience, education, and passions to create holistic way of living, creating opportunities for people from all walks of life to grow in collaboration and harmony with nature.

Rodolfo "Rodo" Saenz

Bamboo Master / Trunk Member

Rodolfo Saenz began his career as a craftsman, furniture maker, and builder over 35 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. Now, Rodo is working to become a root member and with all his knowledge and expertise, he is a great addition to EcoMaste.


Desiree Wells

Permaculture Teacher / Community Member

Desiree Wells originally from Marin county California USA worked as a certified nursery person for the Sloat Nurseries for 5 years. Taken by the plant kingdom she then obtained her PDC at Occidental Arts Ecology center with Penny Livingston. She completed her permaculture teachers training at Eartheaven with Peter Baine and team, where she was an intern for earthen building with Kleiworks. Her primary years of learning various tropical climates was through the teachings of Douglas Bullock, Rosemary Morrow in Thailand. 

First landing in Costa Rica 2001. She began her journey in the lap of Punta Mona. Eventually making her way to the Diamante Valley and began bioregional mapping between primary organic farms and new clients of several watersheds from Chirripo to Uvita and Ojochal. She has nurtured a number of projects and farms to grow their roots including Finca Autentica, Finca Amrta, Cascada Verde, and Finca Morpho. At New Dawn she co-taught a PDC with Ed Burhardt, and neighboring Finca Amrta with Suzanna Leff. 

Bios for Byron Escobar (Landscape & Garden Manager) and Esteban Venegas (Landscape Designer) are coming soon.

Would you like to be part of our team? EcoMaste is calling in passionate, focused, 

dedicated, and heart centered individuals in the following professional fields: Sustainable Economy/Finances, Chef, and Hospitality. If you are that person, Please contact us