School of the World Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Central Puntarenas Province

Want to add more strings to your surfing bow? Master a new skill or pursue your passion at School of the World camp in laid back Costa Rica.

Specials

Group Discount

Bring your friends! We offer a discount of 10% per person for groups of 4-5 and 15% for groups of 6 or more any time of the year. We can also organize custom packages for large groups.

Rates & Packages

Rates

Shared Room   
Program1 Week2 Weeks3 Weeks4 Weeks
Surfing+Spanish+Yoga
$745
$1335
$1890
$2370
Surfing+Photo+Yoga
$745
$1335
$1890
$2370
Surfing+GoPro+Yoga
$745
$1335
$1890
$2370
Spanish+Photo+Yoga
$745
$1335
$1890
$2370
Surfing+Spanish 
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Surfing+Photo
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Surfing+GoPro
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Surfing+Yoga
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Surf Intensive
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Spanish+GoPro
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Spanish+Photo
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Spanish+Yoga
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Photo+GoPro
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Spanish Only
$525
$940
$1330
$1670
Yoga+GoPro
$700
$1260
$1780
$2230
Yoga+Photo
$700
$1260
$1780
$2230
Private Room  
Program1 Week2 Weeks3 Weeks4 Weeks
Surfing+Spanish+Yoga
$910
$1635
$2315
$2900
Surfing+Photo+Yoga
$910
$1635
$2315
$2900
Surfing+GoPro+Yoga
$910
$1635
$2315$2900
Spanish+Photo+Yoga
$910
$1635
$2315$2900
Surfing+Spanish 
$865
$1555
$2200
$2765
Surfing+Photo
$865
$1555
$2200
$2765
Surfing+GoPro
$865
$1555
$2200$2765
Surfing+Yoga
$865
$1555
$2200$2765
Surf Intensive
$865
$1555
$2200$2765
Spanish+GoPro
$865
$1555
$2200$2765
Spanish+Photo
$865
$1555
$2200$2765
Spanish+Yoga
$865
$1555
$2200$2765
Photo+GoPro
$865
$1555
$2200$2765
Spanish Only
$690
$1240
$1755
$2205
Yoga+GoPro
$865
$1555
$2200$2765
Yoga+Photo
$865
$1555
$2200$2765
Home Stay Accomodation
Program1 Week2 Weeks3 Weeks4 Weeks
Surfing+Spanish+Yoga
$745
$1335
$1890
$2370
Surfing+Photo+Yoga
$745
$1335
$1890
$2370
Surfing+GoPro+Yoga
$745
$1335
$1890
$2370
Spanish+Photo+Yoga
$745
$1335
$1890
$2370
Surfing+Spanish 
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Surfing+Photo
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Surfing+GoPro
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Surfing+Yoga
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Surf Intensive
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Spanish+GoPro
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Spanish+Photo
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Spanish+Yoga
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Photo+GoPro
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Spanish Only
$525
$940
$1330
$1670
Yoga+GoPro
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
Yoga+Photo
$700
$1255
$1780
$2230
No Accomodation    
Program1 Week2 Weeks3 Weeks4 Weeks
Surfing+Spanish+Yoga
$575
$1035
$1465
$1840
Surfing+Photo+Yoga
$575
$1035
$1465
$1840
Surfing+GoPro+Yoga
$575$1035$1465$1840
Spanish+Photo+Yoga
$575$1035$1465$1840
Surfing+Spanish 
$530
$955
$1355
$1670
Surfing+Photo
$530
$955
$1355
$1670
Surfing+GoPro
$530$955$1355$1670
Surfing+Yoga
$530$955$1355$1670
Surf Intensive
$530$955$1355$1670
Spanish+GoPro
$530$955$1355$1670
Spanish+Photo
$530$955$1355$1670
Spanish+Yoga
$530$955$1355$1670
Photo+GoPro
$530
$955
$1355
$1670
Spanish Only
$355
$640
$905
$1140
Yoga+GoPro
$530
$955
$1355
$1670
Yoga+Photo
$530
$955
$1355
$1670
Standup Paddle
Daily RateUS $ 30
One WeekUS $ 150
Two WeekUS $ 275

What is included / What not

Pure Surfing includes

  • Lodging in air-conditioned shared or private rooms
  • Private Bathroom
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • 4 hours of surf lessons per week day
  • Lesson schedule changes according to tide

Surfing and Yoga includes

  • Lodging in air-conditioned shared or private rooms
  • Private Bathroom
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • 2 hours surf lessons per week day
  • 1.5 hours yoga per day
  • Lesson schedule changes according to tide

Surfing and Spanish includes

  • Lodging in air-conditioned shared or private rooms
  • Private Bathroom
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • 2 hours surf lessons per week day
  • 2 hours Spanish lessons per week day 
  • 1 hour Spanish games 
  • Lesson schedule changes according to tide

Surfing and Photography includes

  • Lodging in air-conditioned shared or private rooms
  • Private Bathroom
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • 2 hours surf lessons per week day
  • 2 hours photography classes per week day
  • multiple fieldtrips
  • Lesson schedule changes according to tide

Extended Description

Prices for Shared Lodging and Homestay

The following prices (in U.S. dollars) are based on double occupancy and include lodging (air-conditioned room with kitchen access and private bathroom), and classes. Meals are not included, but we have a fully equipped kitchen if you would like to cook or we are a short walk to many types of restaurants in all price ranges. Please email us if you have any questions.

Prices Without Lodging

The School of the World offers programs for those that have lodging located away from the school. The following prices include classes and field trips. Lodging and meals are not included.

Schedules

The starting and ending dates 2016 & 2017 are from Sunday-Saturday. Check-in is anytime after 12-noon on Sunday before the first day of classes (Monday). Please ask if you would like to check-in before the normal Sunday check-in time. Check-out is by 11am on the Saturday following the last Friday of classes. If you have questions regarding the schedule please ask LUEX.

The below starting dates for the three and four week courses are general (suggested) starting dates, but you can begin a one, two, three or four week program on any Monday (check-in on Sunday). Please email us for more details. If our schedule doesn't match your vacation dates contact LUEX to find out if alternate dates can be arranged.

Surf Programs

School of the World's great options set it apart from any other surf school or camp in the world. You choose from our programs:

1. Surf intensive
2. Surfing and Spanish
3. Surfing and photography
4. Surfing and yoga
5. Surf balance training


Surf Intensive Programs

For the hard core surf fanatics we have a Surf Intensive program that includes two surf sessions per day. If you are a beginner and just want to focus on your surfing you will definitely sleep with a smile on your face after days of surfing until your arms feel like they might fall off! Intermediate and advanced surfers train and surf 4-5 hours per day with our guides that know all the best breaks around. With warm water and consistent surf all year, Costa Rica is one of the best places on earth to surf. Plan to stay as long as you can because you won't want to leave!

Surf Intensive Four Week Program

The four week Surf Intensive program includes lodging plus 80+ hours of Surf Sessions. The surf sessions include twice daily surfing of approximately 2 hours per session (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level.

Surf Intensive Three Week Program

The three week Surf Intensive program includes lodging plus 60+ hours of Surf Sessions. The surf sessions include twice daily surfing of approximately 2 hours per session (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level.

Surf Intensive Two Week Program

The two week Surf Intensive program includes lodging plus 40+ hours of Surf Sessions. The surf sessions include twice daily surfing of approximately 2 hours per session (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level.

Surf Intensive One Week Program

The one week Surf Intensive program includes lodging plus 20+ hours of Surf Sessions. The surf sessions include approximately 2 hours per session (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level.


Surfing and Spanish Programs

This is one of our most popular combinations! The Spanish class schedule is written with the tides and best surf times in mind so you can learn the language and enjoy Costa Rica's favorite pastime. This is available for all levels of Spanish students, and all skill level surfers. Each day consists of approximately 2 hours of surfing, 2 hours of Spanish class (covering new material), and an hour of Spanish Lab (designed to reinforce the day's lesson with conversation, homework help, games, etc).

Surfing and Spanish Four Week Program

Why not take a month off to learn a language and perfect your surfing? With our four week program you will be guaranteed to catch great waves and can even get college credit for your Spanish course.

This four week program includes lodging, 40 hours of Spanish Class, 20 hours of Spanish Lab, and 40 hours of Surf Sessions. The surf sessions include approximately 2 hours a day of surfing (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level.

Surfing and Spanish Three Week Program

Originally we only offered 1,2, and 4 week programs at the school. We created the three week program because so many people that signed up for the one and two week programs ended up extending their stay! The three week program includes lodging, 30 hours of Spanish Class, 15 hours of Spanish Lab, and 30 hours of Surf Sessions. The surf sessions include approximately 2 hours a day of surfing (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level.

Surfing and Spanish Two Week Program

It is surprising how much you can learn and how much your life can change in two weeks. Join us and find out for yourself! The two week program includes lodging, 20 hours of Spanish Class, 10 hours of Spanish Lab, and 20 hours of Surf Sessions. The Surf Sessions include approximately 2 hours a day of surfing (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level.

Surfing and Spanish One Week Program

Can only escape from the rat race for a week? This is a great way to get a crash course in Spanish and get a taste of the surfing life. The one week program includes lodging, 10 hours of Spanish Class, 5 hours of Spanish Lab, and 10 hours of Surf Sessions. The Surf Ssessions include approximately 2 hours a day of surfing (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level. We offer several lodging options and our prices are affordable. Be warned: A week will fly by and leave you scrambling to figure out how to stay longer!


Surfing and Digital Photography Programs

School of the World is the only place (that we have ever heard of anyway!) that you can spend your vacation learning to surf and take amazing photos. By mixing the best elements of a surf camp with a photography workshop we have created a magic combination. Programs are open to students of all skill levels and run year round. These programs include approximately 2 hours per day of Surfing and 2 hours per day of Digital Photography instruction. The longer you stay the better you get at both of these addictive passions, so join us for as long as you can and soak up this life changing experience!

Surfing and Digital Photography Four Week Program

Why not take a month to learn to see the world from a new perspective and express that through the language of photography, while also getting in shape and living the endless summer dream of surfing every day? Four week photography students have time to cover all of the basics of photography, take a lot of field trips for great landscape, portrait, street, travel, night, and time lapse lessons. You also get time to learn digital darkroom editing and workflow skills using Photoshop and Lightroom. This four week program includes  lodging, plus 40 hours of Digital Photography classes and approximately 40 hours of Surf Sessions. The surf sessions include approximately 2 hours a day of surfing (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level. Click here for a list of all of our prices with the different lodging options.

Surfing and Digital Photography Three Week Program

In addition to lots of time to perfect surfing skills, the three week photography course students get more time to learn techniques for achieving certain "looks" or stylized photos- using manual settings, lighting, lens selection, and post-production editing. The three week program includes lodging plus 30 hours of Digital Photography classes and approximately 30 hours of Surf Sessions. Surf course includes approximately 2 hours a day of surfing (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level. Click here for a list of all of our prices with the different lodging options.

Surfing and Digital Photography Two Week Program

Students taking this program enjoy two weeks of surf sessions plus a lot of great photography classes.There is time to cover all of the basics of photography, as well as take field trips for great landscape, portrait, street, travel, night, and time-lapse lessons. You also get an introduction to digital darkroom editing and workflow usingPhotoshopandLightroom. The two week program includes  lodging plus 30 hours of Digital Photography classes and approximately 30 hours of Surf Sessions. Surf course includes approximately 2 hours a day of surfing (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level. Click here for a list of all of our prices with the different lodging options.

Surfing and Digital Photography One Week Program

In this one week course students explore the fundamentals of photography including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and composition. The one week course is designed to expand each student's photographic vocabulary and get some great Costa Rica vacation photos. Students also spend time each day learning to surf. One week surf and digital photography program includes lodging plus 10 hours of Digital Photography instruction and 10 hours of Surf Sessions. Surf course includes approximately 2 hours a day of surfing (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level. Click here for a list of all of our prices with the different lodging options.

 

Surfing and Yoga Programs

Yoga and surfing are both good for your body, mind, and soul. This combination is sure to keep you feeling amazing inside and out. Surf sessions are 2 hours a day (M-F), and yoga classes are 1.5 hours each day (M-F). The yoga schedule changes weekly to accomodate the surf schedule and tides. With both yoga and surfing, the more you practice the better you get, so stay as long as you can!

Surfing and Yoga Four Week Program

This four week program includes lodging plus 30 hours of Yoga and approximately 40 hours of Surf Sessions. The surf sessions include approximately 2 hours a day of surfing (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level. Click here for a list of all of our prices with the different lodging options.

Surfing and Yoga Three Week Program

This three week program includes lodging plus 22.5 hours of Yoga and approximately 30 hours of Surf Sessions. The surf sessions include approximately 2 hours a day of surfing (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level.

Surfing and Yoga Two Week Program

This two week program includes lodging plus 15 hours of Yoga and approximately 20 hours of Surf Sessions. Surf course includes approximately 2 hours a day of surfing (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level.

Surfing and Yoga One Week Program

This one week program includes lodging plus 7.5 hours of Yoga and approximately 10 hours of Surf Sessions. The surf sessios include approximately 2 hours a day of surfing (M-F), use of a surfboard, guide/instructor, and transportation to the appropriate break for your skill level.

 

Surf Balance and Technique Training

This workshop is geared towards students of our regular surf programs that would like to accelerate the improvement of their surfing skills. The workshop lasts one to two hours and consists of additional "between surf sessions" training such as balance, coordination, and yoga exercises.

 

Additional Programs

6. Spanish and Photography
7. Spanish and Yoga
8. Spanish Only
9. Photography and Yoga
10. Special Yoga Workshops in Costa Rica
11. Stand Up Paddle

 

Spanish and Photography

Engage both sides of your brain with this great combo program. The Spanish you learn in the classroom can immediately be put to use with the friendly locals around town. The visual language of photography you will learn will help you express your creative side and narrate your experiences in a way words cannot. This program is available for all levels of Spanish students, and all skill level photographers. Each day (M-F) consists of approximately 2 hours of photography class, 2 hours of Spanish class (covering new material), and an hour of Spanish Lab (designed to reinforce the day's lesson with conversation, homework help, games, etc).

Students regularly say they learn more Spanish in a month at School of the World than in years of classes back home. Taking a month to explore your creativity with photography will forever change your persepective. Four week photography students have time to cover all of the basics of photography, take a lot of field trips for great landscape, portrait, street, travel, night, and time lapse lessons. You also get time to learn digital darkroom editing and workflow skills using Photoshop and Lightroom. This four week program includes lodging, 40 hours of Digital Photography Class, 40 hours of Spanish Class, and 20 hours of Spanish lab. College Credit is available for the Spanish portion of this program. We offer several lodging options and our prices are affordable.

Spanish and Photography Three Week Program

In addition to all of the great conversational Spanish that you will learn in this course, you also get more time to learn techniques for achieving certain "looks" or stylized photos - using manual settings, lighting, lens selection, and post-production editing. The three week program includes lodging, 30 hours of Digital Photography Class, 30 hours of Spanish Class, and 15 hours of Spanish lab. We offer several lodging options and our prices are affordable.

Spanish and Photography Two Week Program

Take two weeks to immerse yourself in a new language and you will be amazed at how much you learn. In addition to the great progress you will make speaking Spanish, there is also time to cover all of the basics of photography, as well as take field trips for great landscape, portrait, street, travel, night, and time-lapse lessons. You also get an introduction to digital darkroom editing and workflow using Photoshop and Lightroom. The two week program includes lodging, 30 hours of Digital Photography Class, 20 hours of Spanish Class, and 10 hours of Spanish lab. We offer several lodging options and our prices are affordable.

Spanish and Photography One Week Program

Designed as an crash course in Spanish and introduction to photography, this course is great if you can only escape "the real world" for a week. Whether you are learning some survival Spanish or refreshing your memory from previous study, this program will give you a great taste of Costa Rica. The photography classes will help you feel comfortable with the basic principles of photography and help you get to know your camera settings so you can finally go beyond those factory presets. If you have previous experience with photography this course will help you learn new techniques and capture the beauty of Costa Rica, visiting places you wouldn't have otherwise seen. This one week course includes lodging, plus 10 hours of Digital Photography Class, 10 hours of Spanish Class, and 5 hours of Spanish lab. We offer several lodging options and our prices are affordable.


Spnaish and Yoga

With friendly locals and stunning natural beauty, Costa Rica is the perfect place to take a vacation, learn some Spanish, and deepen your yoga practice. By combining elements of language school and yoga workshop, School of the World has created great options for you no matter what your previous experience level is. Your days will consist of 2 hours a day of Spanish class (covering new material), 1-2 hours a day of Spanish lab (reinforcing your daily lessons with games, conversation, homework help, etc) and an hour and a half of yoga. Our yoga program is focused on providing a spectrum of alternatives to meet the needs of every student. Whether you are a beginner or have years of experience, our intention is for you to leave with the tools necessary to enrich and deepen your practice. Our certified instructors offer a wide variety of approaches including Iyengar based Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, and Anusara based classes.

Spanish and Yoga Four Week Program

College credit is available for this program (Spanish)

This four week program includes lodging, 40 hours of Spanish Class, 20 hours of Spanish lab, and 30 hours of Yoga Class. We offer several lodging options and our prices are affordable.

Spanish and Yoga Three Week Program

This three week program includes lodging, 30 hours of Spanish Class, 10 hours of Spanish labs, and 22.5 hours of Yoga Class. We offer several lodging options and our prices are affordable.

Spanish and Yoga Two Week Program

This two week program includes lodging plus 20 hours of Spanish Class, 10 hours of Spanish labs, and 15 hours of Yoga Class. We offer several lodging options and our prices are affordable.

Spanish and Yoga One Week Program

This one week program includes lodging plus 10 hours of Spanish Class, 5 hours of Spanish lab) and 7.5 hours of Yoga Class. We offer several lodging options and our prices are affordable.

 

Spanish Only

The Spanish program at the School of the World is designed to help students become proficient and comfortable communicating in Spanish. Students attend language classes with native Spanish speaking instructors and class sizes are small to assure each student receives personal attention. Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Intermediate, and Intermediate-Advanced class levels are available.

The Spanish lessons cover new material for approximately two hours per day in class and then students meet again with an instructor for another one to two hours per day for labs. Labs are optional (unless you are getting college credit) and are designed to reinforce the lessons covered in class through homework assistance, games, readings, conversational practice, study aids, and lessons about Costa Rican history, culture, and foods. Classes meet Monday through Friday, and weekends are left open for students to relax or travel independently.

Spanish Four Week Program

College credit is available for this program (Spanish)

Includes lodging, 40 hours of Spanish Class and 20 hours of Spanish lab (60 hours total of class time). We offer several lodging options and our prices are affordable.

Spanish Three Week Program

Includes lodging, 30 hours of Spanish Class and approximately 15 hours of Spanish lab (45 hours total of class time). We offer several lodging options and our prices are affordable.

Spanish Two Week Program

Includes lodging, 20 hours of Spanish Class and approximately 10 hours of Spanish lab (30 hours total of class time). We offer several lodging options and our prices are affordable.

Spanish One Week Program

Includes lodging, 10 hours of Spanish Class and approximately 5 hours of Spanish lab (15 hours total of class time). We offer several lodging options and our prices are affordable.

 

Photography and Yoga

School of the World is one of the most affordable and beautiful places that you can learn both photography and yoga on vacation. Combining elements of a yoga retreat and photography workshop, we offer programs for all skill levels all year round. Our certified yoga instructors offer a wide variety of approaches including Iyengar based Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, and Anusara based classes. Our photography program satisfies everyone from first time photographers to working professionals looking to learn new techniques. Beginners become acquainted with the fundamentals of photography, digital workflow, and basic digital editing. Advanced photographers learn new techniques, and students of all skill levels benefit from having a local guide take them to amazing locales to shoot that they otherwise would never see.

Digital Photography and Yoga Four Week Program

Why not take a month to explore your creativity with photography and refresh your body and spirit with yoga? Four week photography students have time to cover all of the basics of photography, as well as take a lot of field trips for great landscape, portrait, street, travel, night, and time lapse lessons. You also get time to learn digital darkroom editing and workflow skills using Photoshop and Lightroom. Yoga classes are an hour and a half each day, M-F. This four week program includes lodging, 40 hours of Digital Photography Class, and 30 hours of Yoga Class.

Digital Photography and Yoga Three Week Program

In this three week program students get time to learn techniques for achieving certain "looks" or stylized photos - using manual settings, lighting, lens selection, and post-production editing. With three weeks to deepen your yoga practice you will be feeling amazing and won't want to leave! The three week program includes lodging plus 30 hours of Digital Photography Class and 22.5 hours of Yoga Class.

Digital Photography and Yoga Two Week Program

In this two week program there is time to cover all of the basics of photography, as well as take field trips for great landscape, portrait, street, travel, night, and time-lapse lessons. You also get an introduction to digital darkroom editing and workflow using Photoshop and Lightroom. Two weeks with our yoga instructors and you will be feeling like a new person! This two week program includes lodging plus 20 hours of Digital Photography Class and 15 hours of Yoga Class.

Digital Photography and Yoga One Week Program

In this one week course students explore the fundamentals of photography including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and composition. The one week course is designed to expand each student's photographic vocabulary and get some great Costa Rica vacation photos. We alternate yoga instructors throughout the week and the yoga classes continually change so that every new day offers new challenges and rewards for everyone. This one week program includes lodging plus 10 hours of Digital Photography Class and 7.5 hours of Yoga Class.

 

Special Yoga Workshops in Costa Rica

The goal of these yoga workshops is to go beyond the mat and explain more of the philosphy of yoga and how it fits into a balanced lifestyle. It is rare to find workshops like these outside of expensive yoga retreats, we are really proud to be able to offer you these creative and affordable yoga options.

This is a three part series, and each part is one week in duration (once a day classes, Monday-Friday). Each class is two and a half hours long, which is divided into a one and a half hour yoga session and a one hour related lesson.

About the Instructor: Alejandra Torres

Alejandra started doing yoga at a young age and never stopped. Her life was transformed as well as her body. She has benn teaching since 2006 and loves helping others. Her style is based in hatha yoga, ashtanga vinyasa yoga and anusara yoga. She has also studied massage, reflexology, acupressure and acupuncture. In the last couple of years she has incorporated art as another path to heal oneself and has found that when you open the door of creativity a lot of other doors open as well.

"Live through yoga." - Alejandra Torres

Part 1 - Intro to Yoga and Wellness

This workshop begins with a brief history of yoga and an understanding of proper alignment in your poses. You learn about the philosophy of yoga and how it is a part of a healthy lifestyle. This course also includes lessons about the importance of nutrition. As a result of the workshop you will revitalize your body, mind, and soul.

Part 2 - Going Deeper Into Yoga Practice

This workshop is for participants with some experience in yoga, and focuses on expanding your knowledge of proper alignments and techniques in the asanas without forgetting the importance of the roots and philosophy. You will learn the practice of ancient breathing techniques, which gives you the ability to attain a deeper state of relaxation. This workshop will also incorporate making art and you will learn about and create your own mandala.

Part 3 - An Introduction to Meditation

This workshop, geared towards intermediate and advanced yoga practitioners, includes yoga sessions followed by classes in meditation, philosphy, mantras, and chakra balancing.

 

Stand Up Paddle

The Stand Up Paddle workshop is designed for all ages and abilities. Many people find this sport easier than surfing which makes it so popular. It is a great full body workout, significantly improves balance, and it’s a perfect way to see the beautiful coastlines of the Central Pacific from the open waters. The area offers several beaches which are ideal for Stand Up Paddling.

 

How to get there?

Directions to the School of the World

Directions to the School of the World (Lack of street names makes directions sound like a wild goose chase but that's Central America)

From the Airport (airport code is SJO and is actually in Alajuela just outside of San José)

There are three transportation options from the airport in San Jose to the School of the World in Jacó: Private taxi, Shuttle service, or Public bus.

School of the World/ Escuela del Mundo, 350 meters East of Pops, 50 meters North.                                

Taxi Services (Private or Airport)

Private: We can arrange for a private taxi service to pick you up from the airport.  Someone will be waiting for you as you exit the airport and will bring you directly to the school. The cost is currently $90 (U.S.) and can be shared by up to 5 people*.  This service is the most expensive (when not shared) but also the easiest and fastest. Please pay the driver upon arriving at the school (dollars and colones are accepted).  You can request this service by completing the Request Airport Pickup form.

*Note: Whenever possible we try and arrange for students to share this service in order to save money.  There are never any guarantees when this is arranged due to late/missed flights, etc.

Airport: You can also take an airport taxi (all airport taxis are required by law to be orange in color) directly from the airport to Jacó. There is a taxi stand located to your left as you exit the airport.  The cost is between $80 and $110 (price depends on your bargaining skills and what time you arrive).

Approximate travel time for both of these is 1.5 to 2 hours depending on road conditions.

Shuttle Services

The following shuttle services offer a limited bus schedule from San Jose to Jaco in a small bus that seats between 10 and 12 people .  You will need to take a taxi from the airport to a hotel located nearby in order to connect with these services.

The approximate travel time for this option is 1.5 to 3 hours but you should take into account the time you have to wait in order to be picked up by the shuttle service.  There also may be a few stops along the way. This service needs to be arranged prior to arriving to Costa Rica and please keep in mind that if your flight is late or missed you will more than likely have to take a taxi.

Public Bus

If you are on a tight budget you might want to take the bus to Jacó. You will need to exchange some currency at the airport (it is safest to exchange inside the airport at the bank counter, and not with the money changers walking around outside the airport). There are buses that run frequently to downtown San José from in front of the airport.

Once the bus arrives in San José you will need to get to the Coca Cola bus depot, which is about three blocks away. You can get in a taxi or just ask someone "¿Dónde está Coca-Cola, el terminal de buses?" Once you find Coca-Cola bus station you can purchase a ticket to Jacó (costs approximately $4). Buses leave San José for Jacó everyday at 7:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:30PM and 6:30 PM (subject to change).

*Important - If your plane arrives any later than 4:30 pm it is suggested that you take a taxi directly to the school, because you most likely won't save any money if you have to spend the night in San José. If you do venture into San José, take precautions with your belongings - never leave them unattended and beware of pickpockets.

Jacó

Once you arrive in Jacó, you will see that there is one main road that runs parallel to the beach. Roughly in the middle of town, on that main road you will see an ice cream shop called POPS, or a restaurant called Los Amigos. Follow the road next to POPS (that runs perpendicular to the main road) away from the beach about 300 meters and you will see a sign on the left that says Condominiums Nasua. Turn left after these condos and the school is 50 meters down on the left.

You can also take a taxi from anywhere in Jacó and ask the taxi driver to take you to Escuela del Mundo. Taxi fare around town is approximately 700 colones ($1.40).

PP/Night from US$ 75