Welcome to Your Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica!
Venue Contact Info:
Name: Punta Mona Retreat Center
Location: Manzanillo, Costa Rica
Primary Contact: Sarah Wu
Plan to arrive into San Jose (SJO) International airport at the latest the day before the training. From there, please keep in mind that it is still a half-day's journey to Puerto Viejo. You can schedule your flight out of Costa Rica either in the late afternoon/evening of the last day or the following day (or stay longer and enjoy the beach and jungle!)
Click here for more detailed information about getting from SJO to Puerto Viejo. Options include shuttle (around $50) or taking the bus (around $15), both of which take around 4-5 hours.
After arriving to Puerto Viejo, your Lead Facilitator will give you the details on where to meet, and after which we will travel to Punta Mona together with a shared shuttle leaving at 11am, followed by a boat from Manzanillo at 12 noon. If you are staying at Casa Verde, please have your luggage ready to go, and if you are staying elsewhere please bring your luggage to breakfast so we can be ready to leave on time at 11am.
There will be an early morning 6 am boat for anyone who would like to depart at that time. There is a 7 am bus that stops in Puerto Viejo ($2) or goes to San Jose ($15 and arrives around noon). Check out from Punta Mona will be by 10 am and there will be an option for a slightly later boat. If you wish to stay extra nights, you will need to contact Punta Mona directly at www.puntamona.org.
Please be sure to have waterproof gear for your backpack and to bring a yoga mat with you. (Please see packing list below.)
THE EVENING/MORNING BEFORE THE TRAINING:
We recommend staying at Casa Verde Hotel in Puerto Viejo - please communicate with fellow students on our Facebook group if you would like to arrange an informal meeting that night.
We will all be meeting at Cafe Rico (breakfast optional), across from Casa Verde Hotel, between 9-11am where we will share informal introductions and get to know our new family.
During this time, we encourage everyone to steer away from asking questions about each other's identity (e.g. "Where are you from? What do you do?) and rather explore alternative ways of getting to know each other (e.g. What was your favorite thing about the journey here? What brought you to yoga? What are your passions?) There will be more information and suggestions about this invitation nearer to the time.
Book Extra Days If Desired:
Please contact Punta Mona at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange room and board payment.
If you wish to stay extra nights, you will need to contact Punta Mona directly at www.puntamona.org. The price is $85 each additional night (including 3 meals per day).
What to Bring/ Packing List:
Light weight, long-sleeved shirts and pants, Tall socks
Shower, hand and beach towel & sarong (you are provided one towel for shower use only by Punta Mona but will need something for the beach)
Biodegradable shampoo, soap, etc.
Band-aids and any desired medical supplies
All-natural bug repellent (All Terrain, Herbal Armor and Burts Bees are great!)
Comfortable lightweight Yoga clothes, T-shirts and shorts
Headlamp and batteries
Yoga mat (We recommend you bring your own)
Journal and extra notebook
Lighters for candles
Passport and extra copy (one for farm and one for adventures!)
Lavender and Tea Tree Oil are great essential oils to have
All-natural candles and sage
Special stones or healing items for your Mesa
Plastic bags to keep clothes and electronics dry
Rechargeable batteries, charger, speaker
Musical instruments! Drums especially welcome!
Cameras / camera chargers
NOTES ON WATER, HEALTH MATTERS AND EMERGENCY CONTACT:
Punta Mona has two wells as well as a rain catchment system. Our water goes through a slow sand filter from its collection site. Drinking water goes through a final UV filter to kill microbes for safe drinking. This system will be discussed in greater detail upon arrival. Costa Rica does not have malaria, you will not need a malaria vaccine. There is an occasional bout of Dengue Fever, which is like a very bad flu. In the 15 years at Punta Mona we have not seen very much of it at all. We will be working with an array of tools so we recommend having your tetanus vaccine up to date. Costa Rica has an amazing medical system and there is a clinic in Puerto Viejo and a hospital about an hour away in case of emergencies. Please send Punta Mona two emergency contacts prior to arrival.
Your Costa Rica visa will be given to you at immigration. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are no required or recommended vaccinations for this part of Costa Rica.
The currency for Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC).
1 CAD = 441.37 CRC
1 USD = 564.97 CRC
1 AUD = 433.84 CRC