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Frequently Asked Questions

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» What is included in the all-inclusive training cost?

The cost for each training includes tuition, a comprehensive manual, accommodations and  2 meals a day.

» If I have already graduated from a yoga teacher training at Nosara Yoga Institute, may I take that training again?

Yes! As a Nosara Yoga graduate, you're entitled to re-take the same course as often as you wish, at reduced rates. Contact us at info@nosarayoga.com for complete details.

» Do I need a passport?

Yes, you will need a passport. This will allow you to stay for up to 3 months. If you plan to stay longer than 3 months, you can apply for a special Student Visa. However, if you are staying for less than 3 months all you need to enter the country is your passport. Make sure your Passport expiration date is longer than 6 months away. If it is due to expire within 6 months the USA requires you renew it now.

» How do I register and pay for a program?

  • Complete the Program Registration Form on our web site including your credit card information. For program deposits we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, personal checks and bank wire.  25% of Full Tuition will be required upon Registration.
  • You can expect a confirmation email within 48 hours. If you do not hear back from us within that time period, it is possible we did not receive your on-line registration. Please call or email to confirm that we have received it.
  • Final Payments are due within 21 days prior to the starting date of the program. We will automatically charge the credit card provided for the deposit. If you wish to pay in a different method please contact us no later than 30 days prior to the start of the program.
  • Please send us your travel itinerary as soon as possible, no later than four (4) weeks prior to the training, so we can coordinate your shuttle needs. Shuttle service is provided from the Liberia and San Jose Airport.

» Refund Policy

Program deposits are refundable up to one month prior to program, less a 15% service charge. Less than 30 days prior to a program, deposits may be transferred to another program occurring within one year.

Final Payments are processed and due 21 days before the programs start. Final Payments are non refundable, however, they may be transferred to another program within one year.

Contact us for answers to any questions you may have prior to registering at:
Toll-free from US: 1-866-439-4704
Direct Dial: 011-506-2682-0071
E-mail: info@nosarayoga.com.

» Where do I send my personal checks?

Please make all checks payable to Nosara Yoga Institute

Mail drop address:

Nosara Yoga Institute
5425 Meadow Valley Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76123

» When should I schedule my arrival and departure?

» Your Nosara Yoga teacher training program begins at 7:30pm the first day of the training (with an optional 5:00pm Orientation), so plan your flight arrival for no later than the Sunday when your training is scheduled to begin. Our Shuttle Service will be waiting for you at Arrivals.

» We recommend that you fly into the Liberia Airport (code LIR) as it is 3 hours by car from Nosara, vs. 6 hours from San Jose Airport (SJO). However, depending upon your departure city, there may be fewer flights to Liberia, so San Jose Airport may work better for you.

» Each Training ends at Graduation the last Friday night of your training, so plan your departure flight for Saturday. Airlines require that you to check in at least 2 hours prior to your departure and Liberia Airport is a 3-hour drive from the Institute, so please allow time for this by scheduling your return flight accordingly on the last day.

» Note that Costa Rica charges an airport departure tax if you’re traveling by air outside Costa Rica (currently $29 USD). Please allow time to purchase this tax before you check in for your departing flight. (If you have time on the day of your arrival to Costa Rica, you can pay the tax at that time to avoid worrying about it on the day you leave.) It is recommended that you pay the tax with cash, because payments by credit cards will usually be deemed as credit card cash advances, which can incur additional transaction fees.

» Please be sure to send your flight information as soon as possible to Jeannette@nosarayoga.com so she can make your airport shuttle arrangements.

Flying in and out of Liberia Airport (Code LIR)

Our Shuttle Service will be waiting for you upon your arrival. For departures, Airport shuttles leave Nosara on Saturday morning as early as 5:00 AM to get you to Liberia Airport by 8:00 AM. Airlines require that you to check in 2 hours prior to your departure, so please allow time for this by scheduling your return flight for any time after 11:00am on the last day.


Flying in and out of San Jose Airport: (Code SJO)

San Jose airport is farther away from Nosara, requiring a 6-hour drive through beautiful countryside. Depending on your flight, you may need stay in a hotel overnight at your expense upon your arrival and departure. As an alternative, San Jose entry offers commuter flight options to Nosara Airport, which is only 20 minutes from the Institute. It is also a beautiful way to travel to Nosara: the views from the plane are breathtaking. This will be an extra expense on your part but, of course, much faster. Check with Sansa http://www.flysansa.com and Nature Air http://www.natureair.com for their flight schedule and fees. If you fly into Nosara, we will also have a shuttle there to pick you up at no extra cost.

 

» I plan to arrive before the training starts. Where can I stay in San Jose, Liberia or Nosara?

Hotel in San Jose
The Hampton Inn is conveniently located in Alajuela, a small community less than 2 miles from the San Jose Airport. 

Note: If you’ve scheduled your San Jose-to-Nosara shuttle with Jeannette, please be sure to go to the San Jose Airport at the appointed time for pick-up. 

Hampton Inn by San Jose Airport (Alajuela)
Nice hotel located 5 minutes from the airport.  Rates vary by season. Offers free hotel shuttle service to and from the airport.  Phone: 506-2436-0000


Hotels in Liberia
There are several hotels near the Liberia Airport.  Liberia is the capital and largest city of the Guanacaste province.

Note: If you’ve scheduled your Liberia-to-Nosara shuttle with Jeannette, please be sure to allow enough time to get to the Liberia Airport at the appointed time for pick-up.

Hilton Garden Inn Liberia
Nice hotel located 5 minutes from the airport. Rates vary by season. Offers free hotel shuttle service to and from the airport. Phone: 506-2690-8888

Best Western El Sitio
Mid-range hotel located 10 minutes from Liberia Airport. Taxi fare will be additional as there is no complimentary airport shuttle. Rates vary based on availability.  Phone: 506-2666-1211

 

Hotels in Nosara
Please contact us at reservations@nosarayoga.com to make a reservation (subject to availability) to stay at our new Nosara Yoga Village, which is adjacent to the Institute, before and/or after your training.


Note: Rates subject to change without notice.

» Do I need to bring a yoga mat?

No, we supply yoga mats and props needed for your training.

» Do I need to bring an electricity converter?

All outlets are 110v, the same as in North America.  Otherwise, you may need to bring an adapter plug.

» What do I need to bring?

Bring a passport (your passport must not be due to expire sooner than 6 months from entry date into Costa Rica), toiletries, flashlight, beach attire, swimsuit, pool goggles (optional), sunscreen, insect repellant, yoga wear, walking shoes, sandals, alarm clock, notebook, pen and backpack. All beach and travel wear is casual. If you are registering for Pranassage, long, lightweight pants are required. If you are coming during our Green Season, June – November, bring a small umbrella or purchase one when you arrive.

» Will I need to bring cash?

You will need cash in U.S. dollars, or Traveler's checks. Smaller denominations of $20 or less are easiest to cash. Your change will usually be made in Costa Rican Colones. There is a bank in Nosara with an ATM machine. The bank and the ATM provide cash advances on Visa credit cards only. You must remember to bring your passport/ID along with you in order to make any bank transactions. You do not need to exchange dollars to colones, as dollars are accepted everywhere. The current exchange rate is about 504.00 colones to $1. So $10 is about 5,040 colones.

» What is the weather like?

The winter season, December-April, is warm and dry with clear blue skies, and average temperatures ranging from 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit (or 25 to 35 degrees Celsius.) June -November is our Green Season. The mornings from June through September are usually clear and sunny with light rains beginning in the late afternoon. October is the peak of the rainy season, when rains can last all day. Nice weather for reading a book, but not so great for Yoga programs. November is another beautiful month. By mid-November the rains have calmed down, everything is green and happy and somewhat cooler. Bring lightweight clothing, easy to wash and dry. If you arrive in San Jose long pants and a sweater may be needed, as it is high in the mountains.

» Is Internet access available?

Yes, free wi-fi access is available in your accommodations.

» How do I call home?

Free Wi-fi is available, so Skype and email may be the most economical way to stay in touch with back home. If you wish to bring your cellphone, the most convenient way to make international calls is by purchasing Costa Rican calling cards, which can be purchased at most supermarkets and hotels in the area.  You can also check with your cellphone carrier to see if it offers roaming in Costa Rica; however, this can be an expensive option.  Please note that during all training sessions, cellphones need to be turned off and there is no texting.

» Do I need to take shots for coming to Costa Rica?

No shots are required.

» What is the daily schedule?

Please refer to our Daily Yoga Teacher Training Schedule page for details. Daily schedules may change slightly in order to take advantage of the beach and other cultural events.

Be sure to schedule your return flight after 11:00am on the last day of training.

» Can I get a new certificate if I lose mine or want a name change?

Yes, there is a $25.00 re-issue fee. Please include a current mailing address

» How is the water for swimming?

This is a great beach for swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, or just learning to surf. There are always waves to play in. In addition, there are fantastic tidal pools that are great for swimming and snorkeling at low tide. The beach is part of the Ostional Wildlife Reserve that protects its natural beauty. Hotels, restaurants and private residences cannot be built directly on the beach. You will be able to walk for miles collecting seashells. Water safety guidelines are given during orientation.

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