FAQs

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Everything you might want to ask...

You have booked the training, here is what you want to know:

What should I bring?

In case you take the domestic flight from Liberia or San Jose to Nosara, it allows 30 pounds only. It is $1 US extra for any pound over. Travel light...you don’t need much in paradise!

  • You will be provided with a yoga mat, but you are more then welcome to take yours if you wish.
  • Eye pillow or little towel to cover the eyes for restorative yoga
  • Yoga towel, beach towel or sarong
  • Notebook and pen for your personal notes
  • You will need very light clothes, it's so hot. Mostly bathing suits, sarongs, light dress shorts or t-shirts for evenings, etc.
  • Rain jacket: May is the beginning of rains, usually they start in the evening, and sometimes rain  jacket proves comfortable on order to arrive to the restaurant nice and dry. Don't worry: even when it rains it is still hot. 
  • Running shoes for hikes and flip flops for everywhere else. Water shoes for waterfall visit. 

  • Headlamp or flashlight can be of use.

  • You can bring your medications if you wish, but there is also a pharmacy in Nosara town (you will need to take a Tuk Tuk to get there).

  • Bug spray

  • Sun hats or visors, SPF 50.

  • Surf shorts and “rash guard” if planning to surf so you don’t burn while surfing.

  • The Vivo Hotel has a Laundry Service.

How should I fill the immigration form on arrival to Costa Rica?

On immigration form please check off "tourist" as the aim of the visit, and place where you are going to stay is "Vivo Hotel Nosara", addresss: . At passport control if being asked just say that you are going to "Playa Guiones", "Vivo Hotel Nosara". 

What's the weather like in Nosara in May?

May is the beginning of the "green season" in Nosara. After a long "dry season" first rains are starting. They are actually very refreshing, and make everything look even greener and more beautiful. There is still plenty of sun so that you could enjoy the beach life. The rainy season usually arrives casually: gorgeous mornings with light afternoon showers to cool things off. It is hot during the day: around 32° Celsius, and around 26° at night. 

What is the local currency and can I use my credit card in Nosara?

The Costa Rican colon is the local currency however, American dollars are widely accepted as well. The majority of the places will accept your credit card. Moreover, there is ATM in Nosara, but depending on your card, the cash retreat may have a commission. It is better to bring cash with you.

You can pay in US Dollars, and they will give you change in Colon. It is better to change some US Dollars to Costa Rican Colon as the exchange rate is better this way. 

What kind of food is available?

In Vivo Hotel you will be provided with vegetarian breakfast and lunch (vegan options are possible, make sure you mention it in your dietary restrictions during the registration process).

The breakfast & lunch in the hotel is included in the training price during the 10 training days. So, it's included on May 9-13 and 15-19. On other days you can eat at the hotel and put it on your tab, or simply enjoy some other great options in Guiones beach, I can advise you lots of places once you arrive. 

The hotel's Juice Bar will be available for you throughout the day in case you wish some snacks, smoothies, etc. There are plenty of options of restaurants and the evening life in Nosara is amazing, so we prefer to give you the freedom to choose your dinner place according to your mood.

Do I need vaccines to visit Costa Rica?

No. There are no vaccines required for visits to Costa Rica.

Do I need passport to travel to Costa Rica?

Yes, you will need a passport to enter Costa Rica. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months ahead of your arrival date, and that you have a page or two available for entry and exit stamps. American, Canadian and most European citizens can enter the country for up to 90 days without applying for a visa. Check with your local embassy for Visa requirements if you are entering Costa Rica with a passport from other countries.

Is there Wifi in Vivo Hotel?

Yes, there is a very good wifi connection in all the hotel's premises.

What about tipping?

Tipping is not required nor expected but always appreciated. All gratuities will be split amongst the hotel's hard-working staff unless you'd like to specify otherwise.

 

If you haven't booked the training yet, this information is for you: 

How do I get to the Hotel where the training is held?

Feel free to choose the flight that is the most convenient for you. The closest international airport to Nosara is Liberia. Two shuttle taxis (morning & afternoon of May 7 and May 21) will be organised for you. In case you fly to or from San Jose a private shuttle can be organised for you for an additional fare. Please go to section "contact us" for the fare estimation.

We are happy to help you to arrange your flights if you prefer it. A 20 % fare will be added to the flight tickets price in this case.  If you fly to SJO International airport, we can book Nature Air, an excellent, local carbon-neutral airline that flies into Nosara. From there we can book for your a taxi (15 min drive from Nosara airport) that will bring you directly to Vivo Hotel Nosara.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding travel between San Jose - Liberia - Nosara Vivo Hotel.

What do I need to complete a 100hr intensive?

65hr Training will be finished during the intensive. Homework assignments will be given after the intensive to complete 100hr RYS. Thus, this intensive would be considered an elective as part of your 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Downward Dog Yoga Centre Certification. At Downward Dog Yoga Centre our teachers are committed to nurturing real and ongoing relationships with our graduates. Marla and Katharine respond to all questions from students directly. Because of the real connection and deep mutual respect that our programs cultivate, many students come back again and again.

How big are the group sizes in a typical Downward Dog Intensive Training?

At Downward Dog Yoga Centre, we limit our group sizes to 14 people in order to ensure that our graduates fully understand the subtleties of physical alignment, and spiritual wellbeing that are crucial components to the yogic path. This commitment to our students' individual questions and priorities is just one of the ingredients that makes our programs unique and beloved by our graduates.

Terms and Conditions 

All students registering for a yoga program with Downward Dog Yoga Centre agree to the following terms and conditions:

1. CANCELLATION POLICY: Program deposits are nonrefundable however full credit of $500 will be granted for use toward a future Downward Dog Yoga Center program valid for three years when you cancel with more than 60 days to your program's start date. Any payments other than the non-refundable deposit are refundable, less a 25% processing fee, up to 45 days prior to the first day of your retreat or training. Or, if you cancel more than 45 days in advance of your program, you can choose to receive a full credit, with no deductions and valid for three years, toward a future program at Downward Dog Yoga Center. No refunds are given within 30 days of the start date of your program. No credit is given if you cancel less than 30 days in advance, if you do not show up, or if you leave early for any reason. Final payments are due 4 weeks (7th of April) before the start of your retreat or training. Downward Dog Yoga Centre reserves the right to cancel your reservation if we do not receive full payment within 30 days of the start date of your program.

2. CURRICULUM AND ETHICAL GUIDELINES: Our 200-hour and 300-hour intensive training programs are designed for yoga students and those interested in deepening their personal practice and/or learning how to teach yoga in a non-authoritarian way. Completion and graduation depend upon attendance, participation, demonstrating an understanding of the principles and material presented in the training, as well as following the code of ethics as described by Yoga Alliance. By submitting my payment for this program, students agree to uphold the following ethical principles both during the training and after graduation: 

  • Conduct myself in a professional and conscientious manner. 
  • Acknowledge the limitations of my skills and scope of practice and where appropriate, refer students to seek alternative instruction, advice, treatment or direction. 
  • Create and maintain a safe, clean and comfortable environment for the practice of yoga. 
  • Encourage diversity by respecting all students regardless of age, physical limitations, race, creed, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and privacy of all students. 
  • Avoid words and actions that constitute sexual harassment. 
  • Avoid illegal substances, and all other intoxicants while on the Vivo Hotel premises and especially during or prior to training sessions.
  • Follow all local government and national laws.

3. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Students agree to the following statement: I fully understand that I am solely responsible for my health, safety and well-being while participating in all program activities. I agree that I will inform my instructors of any activity which I cannot perform safely, and that I will not perform any activity which I feel is likely to cause me to injure myself. I understand that there are risks associated with any physical exercise. I agree to hold Downward Dog Yoga Centre, and all instructors and assistants associated with this training harmless from any and all responsibility for any injury that may arise during any activity. I understand that my failure to comply with the above guidelines could result in my dismissal from the program and furthermore I understand that no refunds will be given should I fail to comply with the agreements listed above.

AGREEMENT: By completing the online registration form and/or the appropriate payment, I agree to be bound by the terms and conditions stated here and as noted on the registration form.