Welcome Packet - Costa Rica
200 hr Yoga Teacher Training!
Operations Contact Information:
Operations Director: Johana Stark
200hr YTT Required Books & Readings:
(200hr) The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope -This is required pre-reading, you do not need to bring it with you although it is also a useful reference for the course content, but please read it before the program begins.
(200hr) Yoga Sutras - any translation is fine, we recommend the commentary by Chip Hartranft or Nischala Joy Devi. Please bring a copy with you to the course.
(200hr) Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff (second edition). The first five chapters are required pre-reading for the course. You can either leave it at home after that or bring it with you for reference during the course.
Course Books: Yoga Teacher Training Manual: The Kula Collective Manuals are included in the price of tuition and we will have it for you at the start of the course.
We reserve the right to certify only students who pass the practicum for safe teaching, and demonstrate an ability to facilitate and communicate effectively with a group in a class setting. In the case that you do not receive the certificate directly, we offer a coaching program to help students achieve certification. More details on our Homework & Certification Requirements page.
We will assign various reading assignments from the manual throughout the course.
You will also be asked to answer some questions for reflection at the end of each of the three cycles, ideally the first session on the last day of each cycle. This helps you and the facilitators know whether you are spending enough time reviewing the concepts learned in the course, or whether you need to increase the intensity of your study and class participation.
During each day’s Art of Teaching class time, trainees will be gradually introduced to teaching by teaching their peers each pose or mini sequence in the class. This will progress towards ‘Group Teaching’ in the Review time each day - teaching one pose or mini sequence to the whole class, to help you find your voice and prepare you for the two practicums.
We will have two individual teaching practicums of 75-90 minute classes:
The Kula Basic Flow will be taught to a peer.
Your Unique Creative Sequence you will develop will be taught to a peer.
Please let us know us know if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do best to accommodate.
If you don’t already have a regular practice, please take some time prior to the beginning of the training to start practicing yoga and meditation 3-5 times per week if possible. This will help your body and mind more quickly adapt to the schedule once we begin the course. Please review the Kula Basic Flow.
We recommend you begin the process of preparing your body by eating fresh foods that are organic and alkaline-forming such as fruits and vegetables that are high in nutrients. You may also want to begin limiting your consumption of meat, dairy products, salt, sugar, alcohol and caffeine in the months leading up to the training. Drink water as often as possible and begin to listen to and notice any changes in your body’s responses to this purification process. As we are cleansing the body from the inside out, you may also want to consider the effects of cleansing from the outside-in. This is a perfect opportunity to look at the products you are using on your skin, hair and scalp to determine the safety or toxicity of them.
A helpful website you can consult for products (such as sunscreen or bug spray) that you may be packing for this trip, is http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/. The cleansing and fasting is not a required part of this training. It is only offered as an additional way in which you can create more space for more light in your life and in your practice. If you are taking medication or have any personal or physical conditions that may be a contraindication to cleansing, please let us know.
A neti pot and a tongue scraper are encouraged to be used as a part of the course curriculum. You can purchase both of these on your own at any health food store or on Amazon.
We encourage daily journaling before, during and after the training. Please bring a journal, as well as any creative tools that enable you to express yourself such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.
Please bring with you any sacred objects you work with such as crystals, tarot cards, mala, stones etc.
This form must be filled out prior to the course.
Please join the Kula Community Page:
This group is for all Kula alumni of all programs. This is a good place to share thoughts and ideas, questions and revelations, poetry, art, music... or if you're on the road and looking for a place to stay, your Kula has got your back, just ask.
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:
Your R&B package is $1550 for all inclusive shared accommodation that includes 24 nights at Punta Mona, 3 gourmet jungle meals, optional boat transportation and SO much more!
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
- Bathing suit(s)
- 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
- Rain gear
- Headlamp and batteries
- Yoga Mat (We recommend you bring your own)
- Journal and extra notebook
- Water Bottle
- 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