Please review the following information as you begin to prepare for your Yoga Teacher Training Course in Costa Rica. We are so excited to be on this journey with you!
Resort Contact Information
Indigo Retreat Center
Room and Board
Please book & pay your room and board with SYI at this time or anytime before your training begins.
All inclusive 20 nights Room and 3 delicious Gourmet meals a day package:
$1450 Beach Nests or $1750 Shared Room
Ojo Del Mar is located on the southwestern tip of Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula, approximately 12 miles south of Puerto Jimenez. You can arrive from San Jose by plane, car, or bus. Most guests fly into San Jose and take one of several daily flights to Puerto Jimenez. From there we can arrange a taxi for you from Puerto Jimenez to Ojo Del Mar. ($50 per 4 person taxi) Once you fill out the logistics sheet as the training grows closer, we will be better able to coordinate taxi pick up and arrange students who arrive around the same time to share a taxi.
Daily bus service presently leaves from San Jose (Barrio Mexico) to Puerto Jimenez at 8 a.m. and 12 noon, and departs for San Jose from Puerto Jimenez at 5 A.M. and 9 A.M. The bus ride takes approximately 8 hours, and costs approximately $12 per person each way. Buses are not air-conditioned, and this is only recommended for the “hearty traveler.” Reservations are not possible. Call Transportes Blanco once you are in San Jose. Their number is 2257-4121, and their address is Barrio Mexico de la Parada de San Carlos 25mts Norte, San Jose. http://www.grupoblanco.cr
If several students show interest in a group shuttle from San Jose to Ojo Del Mar, we can arrange one for $300. Let us know if this is something you would be interested in and if we get enough people, we can organize this.
The currency in Costa Rica is Colones. US Dollars are widely accepted but you will not get the best exchange rates. We also suggest not to use the money exchange in the airport as the rates are high. Current rate is approx. 540 Colones to $1 USD. There are ATMs in Puerto Jimenez if you need to pull out cash after your flight or bus ride. Ojo Del Mar does accept credit cards with a 5% service.
Upon arrival, we will get you settled into your room and give you a short orientation. Feel free to check in after 12 pm or to drop your bags off early. If you would like to arrive early and book extra nights, please contact Nico at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is important that everyone make full room and board payment before the training begins. If you still owe tuition or room and board payment, please contact Keri at email@example.com to discuss.
- SYI Yoga Teacher Training Manual – included in tuition and will be at the course when you arrive.
- Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff – purchase at Amazon or your local bookstore.
- Yoga Sutras by Dennis Hill – purchase at Amazon or your local bookstore.
Additional books that you may be interested in can be found on the SYI website here.
Other Course Related Items
A neti pot and a tongue scraper are suggested to be used throughout the course, you can purchase these on your own at any health food store. Please also bring any creative tools that enable you to express your gifts such as music instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.
The menu is vegetarian, organic, gluten free, and local. If you have certain dietary needs or restrictions, please let us know if you haven’t already.
There will be purified drinking water provided by Ojo Del Mar as well as tea.
Internet is available onsite in certain areas of Ojo Del Mar but we suggest to disconnect from the internet as much as possible, phones will only be allowed for photos during meal times.
We recommend you consult with your doctor prior to your trip. Please let us know of any prior injuries, allergies and prescriptions.
Passport, Visa & Exit Tax
You will need a valid passport for entry into Costa Rica. US, Canada and EU citizens do not need to get a visa ahead of time.
*Immigration will give you an exit ticket upon arrival which you need to keep with you. Upon departure you will need to pay an “Exit Tax” at the airport before you check into your flight. The “exit tax” is approx. $29 and can be paid in cash or by card at the booth in the departure terminal. (the booth is located on the right side of the building if you are facing the ticket counters.) Sometimes the fee is built into your ticket price, so check first!
Most of the airlines will ask your exit ticket from Costa Rica before allowing you to board the plane. If you do not have a flight out from Costa Rica yet, you may purchase a bus ticket to Panama with www.ticabus.com this ticket reservation can be changed within one years time. The Panamanian border is 2h away from Jimenez. But the bus ticket is only sold for San Jose – David.
Sick Days/Missed Days
We will make arrangements to make up any missed days during the program. Typically, it is not a problem and you can get everything completed during the course.
What to Pack
- Sandals, Water Shoes
- Refillable Water Bottle
- Bathing suits
- Rash guard
- Beach towel & Sarong
- Sun Block (suggest to bring some natural zinc oxide for face)
- Biodegradable shampoo, soap, etc
- All-natural bug repellent ( All Terrain, Herbal Armor and Burts Bees are great!)
- Lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants
- 5 yoga outfits
- T-shirts and shorts
- Headlamps and flashlights
- Yoga Mat, yoga towel
- White or other ceremonial dress
- Any snacks/superfoods you like between meals
- Musical Instruments
- Art Supplies
- Journal and pens
- Course Textbooks
- Zip lock bags to keep your electronics sealed and to seal all your possible snack. All opened food will attract animals.
Corcovado Day hike:
Corcovado Day hike is our most sold tour. They say ”if you have not been in Corcovado – you have not really visited the Osa Peninsula.” This 9h tour is the best option to spend one day hiking and exploring the forest of Corcovado.
6:00 am depart from Ojo Del Mar and drive to Carate. Already on this jungle road (1h drive) you will spot many incredible creatures. Hike begins at Carate. After 3km, you will arrive at La Leona Ranger Station and enter the secondary forest of Corcovado National Park. You are most likely to see four different types of monkeys, toucans, macaws, agoutis, coatis, anteaters, sloths, and different species of birds.
We will take few breaks and chill by the beach to enjoy your own packed lunch. Possibility to refresh and swim in a river. After spending the day viewing the flora, fauna and pristine beaches of Corcovado, you will return back to Ojo del Mar around 4:30 PM.
Group size minimum 4 people (if more people price will drop)
Cost: 65 $ (US ) per person
Start at 6:30 am finish at 3:30 – 4 pm (transportation is not included. we will organize the transportation for extra fee, depending on the group size).
Horseback riding in Matapalo (waterfall)
Discover the Nature of Matapalo from the back of a horse. The tour will take you along the beach, over the fields and through the forest. These well-trained Pura Vida Horses are humble and carry you up the steep hill to enjoy the view over Gulfo Dulce.
On this 3 h tour you will enjoy the flora & fauna of Matapalo. Park your horse and make a small hike up to the waterfall where you can swim and enjoy your own packed snacks.
These horses are well trained, and first timers are welcomed as well. Prior riding is not required yet advance rides may be able to encourage the horses for some speed.
This tour is a half day tour and available daily either morning or afternoon.
45 $ per person
THE COMBO TOUR: Horse riding, Waterfall rappelling & tree climb
The tour takes place in Matapalo where you will start with the Horse. Ride by the beach, through the fields to a waterfall. After climbing up the waterfall you will come down by using harness and rope.
Continue with horse to a tree where you climb the tree up using harness and enjoy your slide down with the rope. On this tour you are very likely to spot monkeys, macaws and other creatures. After adventure enjoy some fruit at the ranch.
110 $ per person
3h tour on the Golfo dulce mangroves. Depending on the tide, the tour takes you on Golfo dulce and mangroves. On this tour you will kayak on beautiful scenery on possibly spot
35 $ US Includes a kayak and fruit snack
Transportation is not included. We can arrange the transportation depending on the group size.
Day at the Golfo Dulce dolphin & whale watch
This is the whale season where the humpback whales come to golfo dulce to have their babies. Witness these beautiful animals teach their babies how to swim and jump.
On this tour you will spot plenty of dolphins.
7:30 – to noon
60 $ per person includes fruit on the boat.
(More than 5 people – the price will drop)
Snorkeling Caño island
The Caño Island is one of the best places in Costa Rica to snorkel and enjoy the underwater world. This amazing marine biological reserve is located at 53 km from the shore with virgin blue waters making it the perfect tropical paradise for snorkelers and divers.
With fantastic underwater visibility, you have opportunity to observe and swim alongside sea turtles, dolphins, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, barracudas, tuna, snapper, parrot fish, puffers and more.
This tour starts in Drake Bay where start at 7.30 am where from you will get on a speed boat will take you to two snorkeling spots. You will spend time with a guide enjoying the under water world. You will have some time to relax at the island.
This is a 4 hour tour with lunch included.
5:30 PJ Taxi
7:30 boat from Brake Bay
Snorkeling in two spots
Return back to Jimenez around 4 pm
130 $ (Boat from drake bay, entry island, lunch, boat back) snorkeling (no fins)
There is plenty of surfing around Matapalo. with surf school or just rent a board.
At the end of the course, you will receive your 200-hr Yoga Teacher Certification. This course is approved by Yoga Alliance, so as a graduate of this program you will qualify to register as a teacher with the Yoga Alliance organization if you choose to do so.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by phone or email. Also, we would love to know how you found out about us, so when you send us your flight information, please let us know how you discovered SchoolYoga Institute! We are looking forward to having you here, ready to embark on this life changing journey, shedding away our layers to become our truest self.
The SchoolYoga Family
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