Travel and Arrival Questions

HOW DO I GET MY TRUE NATURE PROGRAM?

True Nature works with a group travel agency (STA Travel) and they would be happy to help you with booking your flight. Your registration confirmation letter will provide specific travel windows. Please be sure the trip has been “officially confirmed” before booking your flights. The majority of TN programs provide group transport to/from the airport.

True Nature and STA Travel have partnered together to provide you the best airfare for your upcoming trip. STA Travel is a full service travel agency who offers affordable, flexible fares and access to their exclusive Airfare Deposit program. Please use the following link to book or contact STA Travel directly http://www.statravel.com/solutions/true-nature.htm.

 

Costa Rica

All international flights will arrive at the San Jose International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica (unless specifically noted on your Info Packet).  Most flights will be met by a TN staff member.

 

Guatemala

All international flights will arrive at the Guatemala City, La Aurora Airport (GUA).  A private group shuttle will meet you at the airport with a Welcome sign with the Retreat Center’s name.

 

Peru

Most flights from the US or Canada fly to Cusco (CUZ) via Lima.  Many of these flights do have a layover of a few hours in Lima.  Group shuttles will be met in Cusco and our centers are 45-90 minutes from the airport.  Group shuttles are included in the tuition rates.  If you cannot arrive within the flight windows, check with us for private shuttle prices.

 

Italy

There are a few different airports depending on the location of your program, so please check with your particular program to be sure you have the correct airport. We will book the Arrival Group shuttle to accommodate the last arriving passenger.

 

Italy Airports for those utilizing group shuttles are as follows:

Puglia Location - Bari Airport (BRI)

Amalfi Location - Naples Airport (NAP)

Tuscany Location - Florence Airport (FLR)



Greece

For the majority of our programs in Greece, you will be booking your own transportation (shuttle and ferry) to the Island. After arriving on Amorgos, you will be met at the port and transported to the Retreat Center. We provide detailed information about our recommended ferry route(s) and how to book upon registration or when the retreat is officially confirmed.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Costa Rica, Guatemala, Italy and Peru

A passport that is valid for 3 months after your departure from destination is mandatory . Visitors of the USA, Canada, and most European countries will receive a visa at the port of entry. You will automatically receive at least a 90-day tourist visa in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Italy and Peru. *Terms of Entry are always subject to change and should be confirmed independently before travel with your airline or the countries embassy.

Greece

The U.S. State Department recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your departure date. You may enter Greece for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE FIRST DAY OF TRAVELING?

Costa Rica

In some cases, you will be staying at a hotel near the airport for the first night with the other group participants. Dinner will be provided the first evening, followed by a short group meeting. The following day after breakfast, you will be taking a 3-5 hour shuttle ride to the center.  For our centers within 3 hours of the airport we try to transfer directly to the center following your arrival.

 

Guatemala

After arriving, you will go through customs and immigration (about 45 minutes depending on arriving flights).  After you retrieve your luggage, you will be met outside by a private group shuttle.  In some cases, you may be waiting for other group members to arrive before the shuttle will leave.  You will have a beautiful 3 hour shuttle ride through the Mayan highlands arriving in Panajachel.  You will be met by a private boat to travel across the lake to the retreat center. Depending on your arrival time, you may have time to tour the center and then have dinner. Dinner will always be available, even for late arrivals.

 

Peru

Most flights do have a long layover in Lima and many flight times from US and Canada can be 18-23 hours.  To minimize wait time in Cusco we will do our  best to have multiple group shuttles with at least 4- 5 people, depending on group size.  A shuttle van will take you to your center which can be 45 –  90 minutes of travel time.

 

Italy

Depending on the last flight, you will be arriving by group shuttle to the retreat center in time for dinner.  Travel time varies by center (between 45 - 90 minutes from local airports). The staff will help everyone get settled in their rooms and give a short orientation.

Greece

For the majority of our retreats in Greece, you will be responsible for making your own arrangements in getting to Amorgos Island via Ferry. Once the trip is officially confirmed, you will receive detailed information how to book your ferry and please also feel free to contact us for support in making your arrangements.

Amorgos Island can be reached by ferry from Athens, as well as several Greek islands.

All year round, there is a direct Blue Star ferry from Piraeus (port of Athens) departing to Amorgos at 5:30pm every day except for Saturday out of summer season. This ferry also connects the islands of Paros and Naxos with Amorgos.

During summer season (roughly from mid June to mid September), there is a Blue Star ferry also on Saturday. In summer, there are also high speed services on a daily basis, connecting Amorgos to Piraeus and Santorini Island. Mykonos Island is also directly connected to Amorgos several times a week during this season.

Rates vary depending on the vessel type, as well as travel class.


Once you arrive on Amorgos, you will be met  and transported to the hotel. This is a 5-35 minute drive, depending on your arrival port (there are two - Katapola or Aegiali).

Safety and Medical

DO YOU RECORD HEALTH AND EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION?

Yes, when you register for the trip please include information about any allergies, medications, and/or medical conditions so we can share this information with your instructor and the Retreat Center. If you are on a particular medication, please be sure that you have enough medication for the duration of the retreat.  We recommend that either a family member or friend have a copy of your daily itinerary and your passport in case of a State-side emergency.  We also will have an emergency contact number on file in the unlikely event we need to contact someone at home.

WHAT ARE THE MEDICAL CONCERNS?

We have never had a medical situation that has not been adequately resolved.  In extreme cases, air transport is available. Please check your health insurance for coverage in foreign countries.

 

Costa Rica

Healthcare in Costa Rica is very good and sanitary standards are high. First class hospitals are found throughout San José and some of the other largely populated areas. Since long ago, diseases such as malaria, paludismo, and yellow fever have been nearly eradicated in Costa Rica. Hospitals and the Red Cross will provide any medical treatment in case of emergency. Please check with your physician for any other necessary personal preparation. Costa Rica does have pharmacies throughout the country where you can buy many of the same over-the-counter medicines as in the US.  No vaccines are required to enter Costa Rica. Please refer to the CDC (Center for Disease Control Website) for more information and recommendations: www.cdc.gov.  All of our sites are within 1 hour of either a hospital or a 24-hour Emergency Clinic.

 

Guatemala

There are no major concerns for travel to Guatemala.  If you have questions about which vaccines are recommended please go to www.cdc.gov.  Most of the ex-pats who live in Guatemala do not get vaccinated, but you must do what feels right for you.  There are  modern hospitals in Guatemala City and western doctors who live nearby the center.  We have never had any major health issues.  Some people encounter intestinal irregularities.  We recommend bringing Grapefruit Seed Extract and perhaps taking it a week before your trip.  This helps your body to assimilate to the different bacterias of a new country.

 

Peru

Like many Latin countries, there are minor health concerns to consider.

The group will be traveling in areas above 7,000ft altitude and there are no vaccinations required. Here is a link to the World Health Organization about recommended vaccines in Peru and other countries: http://www.who.int/ith/ITH_country_list.pdf

You may also check with your own physician for any recommendations.

 

Italy

Healthcare in Italy is excellent and sanitation standards are high.  Italy has been rated the 2nd best healthcare system in the world in recent years. Italian doctors are well-trained and very passionate about their profession, and the private hospitals are comparable with any throughout the world.

Greece

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Food and water standards in Greece are similar to those in the United States. Most travelers do not need to take special food or water precautions beyond what they normally do at home.” There are no specific vaccines required and Greece is not in a tropical zone. Please refer to the World Health Organization or your local International Health Center for information.

Which medical facilities are available in the area?

Costa Rica

All of our sites are within 1 hour of either a hospital or a 24-hour Emergency Clinic.  We have never had a medical situation that has not been adequately resolved.  In extreme cases, air transport is available. Please check your health insurance for coverage in foreign countries.

 

Guatemala

The retreat center is nearby a few clinics for minor issues and there are western doctors who reside in the same village as the center.  There is a hospital across the lake (20 minute boat ride) and larger hospitals in Guatemala City.

 

Peru

The closest hospitals are in Cusco which is about 1 hour away from the Sacred Valley.  The hospital is very modern and well staffed.  There is a clinic about 15 minutes from one of our centers.

 

Italy

The closest hospitals are between 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the center.  

Greece

There is a medical unit at the port of Aegiali (1 kilometer from the hotel) for basic health care and assistance. The Medical Centre of Amorgos Island is located in Chora which is 30 minutes away.

Should I get Travel Insurance?

True Nature Travels recommends that all of its participants get travel insurance before their trip.


We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, "life happens." Whether it's family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $100, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. Click Here to purchase now and you will also receive the True Nature discount. You can learn more about CSA Travel Insurance plans here.

SHOULD I BRING VALUABLES?

Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru

We recommend leaving valuables and electronics at home. We will be traveling in a country that does not have as many material resources as we do. We do our best to honor and preserve the incredible natural resources and environment that we will be visiting. By bringing less, we together get to see that much more of what is around us.   Most people do bring their phones and cameras.  If you do bring some valuables you may have a safe inside your rooms or you will have access to a safe at the front desk.  In Peru, there are no safes available so they do not recommend bringing valuables, but also have not had issues at their center.

 

Italy

We suggest that you unplug as much as you can and enjoy the peace and quiet of the center you will visit, therefore you may not need many electronics.   Your destination is very safe and your valuables will be secure in your room.  There are no safes in the room.  Always use your good judgment when traveling abroad.

Greece

There are safes available in your room. Always use your good judgment when traveling abroad.

Is it safe to travel to your center?

General Safety Precautions:  Follow airport safety guidelines (about luggage), do not go places alone unless you have notified your group leader, carry the money you will need in safe place (like a money belt) and leave the rest of your belongings at your hotel/retreat center. Carry important phone numbers with you at all times.  

 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is considered one of the safest places in Latin America to travel.  Of course you need to use your common sense about times you are out and being alone.  Most of the time you will be with your group and a guide who is very familiar with the locale.

 

Guatemala

You will be traveling directly from the airport to the center.  Lake Atitlan is quite safe and the center has never had any issues with safety.  If you will be traveling before or after your program to other locations, the center can make recommendations so you can be confident about your plans.

 

Peru

You will be traveling directly from the airport to your center.  Each of the centers are very safe and the staff is there to help you.

 

Italy and Greece

Always use the same precautions that you would in your own country and traveling abroad.

Is driving a good idea or shall I take a bus?

Costa Rica

Many people love driving and visiting the country at their own pace. Car Rentals are available from the major rental companies. To rent a vehicle you must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver’s license, and a major credit card. Gasoline is available at stations throughout Costa Rica. Most are open 24 hours. Auto insurance is a MUST, which is included in your contract with the car rental because most insurance companies explicitly exclude foreign countries from their coverage. If you have a question, contact your carrier. When the rented car is given to you, the contract will explain your responsibilities.

 

Costa Rica has a bus system that offers inexpensive, timely, and convenient transportation. It is the primary means of transportation to natives. Sometimes buses do not run frequently in the countryside. In some places they operate only once a day. Another possibility is arranging transfers with tourism transportation agencies, which would give you first class service at reasonable rates.

 

Guatemala

We recommend that visitors use private shuttles for moving around Guatemala.  The colorful chicken buses are quite an experience, but unless you are an experienced traveler we do not recommend it.  Most tourists do not rent cars in Guatemala and unless you are familiar with the country we do not recommend it.  Shuttles are comfortable, safe, and affordable.

 

Peru

They do have taxis or shuttles that hold about 12 people which are safe. As a precaution, you should never get into an unknown taxi. Book through True Nature or the Retreat Center to ensure you are using a reputable agency.  

 

Italy

You can rent cars at all international airports and drive to your True Nature destination. We can supply instructions if you choose to do that.  Contrary to what you might hear, if your driver’s license is from the US (or other countries outside the EU) you should carry an International Driving Permit along with your local license. You’ll need to show it if you get stopped by the police for any reason including if you’re in an accident. It’s not a license, requires no test, and is basically a translation of your driver’s license. See: how to get an International Driving Permit.

 

There are many options for bus travel in Italy. Prices vary. Check out different companies on the internet to choose the one that is right for you.

 

Trains are also an option in Italy for traveling around the country. Trains in Italy are convenient and relatively cheap compared with other European countries. The better train categories are fast and comfortable.  

Greece

Public buses on Amorgos Island operate roughly from May to September, with frequency of services changing depending on the season (July and August are the most frequent). There is no rail network on Amorgos, or any other Greek island. Public transport is very safe.

It is also possible to arrange transfers through our travel agency (Aegialis Tours), operating all year round.

 

If you wish to travel around mainland Greece before or after your program, you must carry a valid U.S. license as well as an international driver’s permit (IDP). Be aware that talking on the cell phone while driving is illegal. In some areas you may experience heavy traffic and poor road conditions. See: how to get an International Driving Permit.

What important phone numbers should I have?

Please take our US number and the number of the center(s) you will be visiting. This information will be provided to you in the final instructions letter you will receive a couple weeks prior to embarking.

Can my family reach me in case of emergency?

Yes, we will give you the number of the center where you will be staying and a U.S. number for TN.  We would be happy to assist in anyway we can.

Safety and Medical

What is included in the retreat?

Each retreat is different.  Please check the retreat description on the retreat webpage.  Room, meals, group ground transportation to and from airport, some activities, taxes are included in your package (the exception is retreats in Greece - in most cases, a group airport shuttle/arrival ferry is not included.) Treatments, tips, and excursions are generally not included.  Please feel free to get in touch with us if you need clarity.

How much money should I bring? Do places accept US dollars?

If you would like to begin your trip with the local currency, you can check online or at your local US bank.  Oftentimes you can order foreign currency to bring a trip.  Also, please advise your credit card company on the dates and location of your trip.

 

Costa Rica

There are ATMs throughout Costa Rica. We recommend that you do not carry much cash with you, as you can get money from the ATM any time you are in town. The exchange rate is best when using ATMs rather than exchanging money at the bank or airport. There is an ATM in the baggage claim of the airport in Costa Rica. We suggest that you use this to get your first Costa Rican money. The conversion rate usually hovers around 500 Colones to 1 Dollar.  

 

Most major credit cards and debit cards are accepted. There are fees for some extra activities during the retreats. We will make sure you are aware of your options and cost as they vary per trip. Many of our centers allow you to set up a bill linked to your room so you can pay with a credit card at check-out.  Most places do accept US dollars, but it’s always wise (and fun) to have some Colones (local currency).  The exchange rate hovers around 500 Colones to 1 US dollar (it varies, but this is the general rate).

 

Guatemala

There are ATMs throughout Guatemala.  You can have an open bill at the center which can be paid with a US check, credit card, or cash (US or Guatemalan).  Most travelers have about $100 changed to Quetzals upon arrival.  Some vendors do accept dollars.  At our center, you can use a credit card to pay for your bill, but note that there is a fee.

 

Peru

There are ATMs in Cusco and a few in local towns near the centers.  Our centers can help and advise you on where money can be exchanged.  The currency is called Soles or the Nuevo Sol.

 

Italy

Some of our centers only accept Euros. We will be sending you information specific to your destination closer to the retreat date. You can also pay with a credit card at some centers but there is a fee.  In general, exit taxes will be charged on your airline ticket.

Greece

ATMs are available and the center can help with changing money. The center accepts Euros, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

Is ground transportation included?

In most cases, one group transportation shuttle  to and from the airport is included if you arrive within the window of times we have outlined. A group shuttle to/from the airport and retreat is generally NOT provided for Amorgos Island, Greece - although a shuttle will pick you up from the local port. Please check with us for your particular retreat and we can make this clear.

Are tips, treatments and excursions included?

No, these extras are not included in most retreats.  Some activities may be included.  Please check your package for specifics for your retreat.

 

Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru

If you have enjoyed the services you have received, we recommend tipping the hotel staff $5-7 per day ($35-50 for the week).  These tips will be divided amongst the staff.  No additional tipping is required at the center.  For spa treatments, this is totally up to you and anywhere from $10-20 per service is typical.  Shuttle driver:  $3-5 per person depending on the number of people in the van.  Tour guides: they do not expect tips, but if you feel you have had an outstanding adventure $5-10 per person is a nice gesture. In general, in cafes 10% service fee is already included.

 

Please check with us if you questions about gratuity customs in other countries.

Can I have a hotel bill for extras? And what forms of payments do they accept?

Yes, in most cases, our centers will set up a personal bill for extras purchased at their property (treatments, extra, excursions, food etc.).  They can be paid at the end of your program with a credit card or cash.  Remember many international locations charge a fee when using a credit card and  the percentage varies from country to country.

 

Peru

Our Peruvian center only accepts cash (Soles or U.S. Dollars) for payments.

What if I need to cancel?

Contact us as soon as possible should you need to cancel your spot on the retreat.

Cancellation Policy:

Initial Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

50% of payments made are refundable up to 90 days less the initial deposit.

After 90 days prior to a program tuition is non-refundable.

True Nature is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.
Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment.

 

Is there access to local shopping?

Yes, some of our centers have small gift shops, and all of our centers are near towns where you can shop.


Guatemala and Peru are known for  their beautiful textiles and handicrafts.  There are many opportunities to pick up fair trade, artisan treasures.  If you want to visit a local market, that can be arranged.

How much are spa treatments?

This varies from center to center. Upon arrival you can book your treatments. If you need to know in advance please contact us and we can send you prices.

Yoga

Do I need any prior experience in yoga or meditation?

Everyone is welcome for most of our programs unless otherwise specified.  Teachers are prepared to teach at multiple levels of experience.  Whether you are a beginner or master yogi, you will find your program appropriate to your level.

How many classes do we have each day?

Each retreat is unique. Most yoga retreats have two yoga classes per day, as well as another 1-2 sessions which include teaching, meditation, group exercises, etc. We also incorporate free time as well.

What style of yoga is taught?

This depends on your teacher.  Most teachers have specified in their bio what type of yoga and lineages of yoga they incorporate in their teachings.  Please contact them for more detailed information about their practice.

Food

Do they accommodate special diets?

Yes!  Our centers do accommodate most special dietary restrictions like allergies, vegan, and non-gluten diets.  They serve wholesome, fresh, organic when possible meals that are simple and delicious.  Costa Rica and Guatemala do have some of the alternative foods we enjoy in the States but generally speaking, the diet in Latin America is simple and basic.  If you are concerned you can bring some alternative snacks to supplement your meals.   For all locations, if you have dietary restrictions, please be sure True Nature is aware of this and we will forward information to your destination, so they can be prepared for you.

Is the food organic?

Each of our centers serve organic fruits and vegetables when possible.

Is the water safe to drink?

Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru

At the retreat centers there is unlimited filtered water, so you can fill your water bottles.

 

Costa Rica

In most of Costa Rica the water is safe, and as always there are some exceptions in certain places. We usually drink bottled water in the cities. We will be clear when it is safe and unsafe to drink the water.

 

Italy

Italy’s tap water is clean and safe.  At our Puglia center, their tap water is from their own well and is rich in minerals.  They do not suggest drinking it a lot during your stay, especially for people with kidney disease.  For this reason,  they do sell 2lt bottle of water for  €1.

Greece

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Food and water standards in Greece are similar to those in the United States. Most travelers do not need to take special food or water precautions beyond what they normally do at home.”

Will there be enough protein?

Most meals have a protein source (eggs, beans, cheese, nuts etc.).  If you are on a high protein diet, please let us know in advance so we can have something for you.  It may be a good idea to bring a protein bar for each day of your retreat.  Some centers do offer meat options (some are included in basic tuition and others there is an additional fee).

Should I bring my own snacks?

If you like to snack, we recommend bringing some special snacks with you, but this is not necessary. The meals are abundant and we are confident that you will be well fed.  If you have extreme allergies or strict dietary needs, you may want to bring some supplemental foods so you do not have to worry if you will have what you need.

 

What kind of drinks do you serve?

Most of our centers have alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine. Usually, smoothies and fresh juices are offered as well as sodas, tea, and coffee.  Extra drinks are not included in our packages and prices vary from center to center.

Accommodations

Are there laundry facilities?

Most but not all of our centers have laundry services to wash your clothes.  There is an extra charge for laundry services.  Check with us if you have questions about the availability of laundry services.  

What kind of access do I have to communications (phone/internet)? Will my U.S. phone work?

Your cell phone will not work unless you have an international calling plan (check with your provider).  We recommend that you bring a calling card to make long distance phone calls. Please get international calling information specifically for your destination from your provider.   In some cases, you can buy a SIM card for the country (about $10) and use it in your phone, if you will be there for an extended period of time. Wireless internet and complimentary guest computers are usually available for use.  At some locations, internet can be spotty, be sure to check with us if you have special needs.

 

Phone Service in Costa Rica:

  1. You can purchase a SIM card at the airport in Costa Rica. This will go in your phone and you will have a Costa Rican phone number for the week. You can purchase an International Plan for approximately $20 and call internationally. You will need to give the Costa Rican number to people in the U.S.
  2. You can call your U.S. phone company and purchase an international plan. This will be more expensive, but you can keep your U.S. number.
  3. You can use your phone with WiFi. If you have an Iphone, Imessage and FaceTime Audio/Video are free with WiFi. You can also make international calls via Skype and send free international texts via the "What's App" App.

 

Phone Service in Peru:

  1. You can purchase a SIM card at the airport in Lima. This will go in your phone and you will have a Peruvian phone number for the week. You can purchase an international plan and call internationally.
  2. You can purchase an international plan through your current service provider. This will be more expensive, but you can keep your current number.
  3. You can use your phone with WiFi. If you have an Iphone, Imessage and FaceTime Audio/Video are free with WiFi. You can also make international calls via Skype and send free international texts via the "What's App" App.

 

Phone Service in Other Countries : please check with us.

Can I have my own room? Can I choose a roommate?

In most cases, there are a few single occupancy rooms available for each retreat.  We try our absolute best to honor roommate requests. You can request a roommate on your online registration form.

Do I need to bring my yoga mat or props?

This is up to you and your preference. Most of our centers do provide mats and some other props, but they can be  weathered from the tropical conditions and frequent usage, especially for locations in Central or South America. Some participants prefer to use their own mats. If mats are not available at your center, this will be noted in the final instructions letter you receive a couple weeks prior to the retreat. Some centers charge a small fee for mat/prop rental.

What type of electricity do they have?

Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru

Same as the United States.  No adapters are necessary.  Some of our centers are on a solar system so we ask guests to be aware of usage.  You can check when you arrive if there are restrictions.

 

Italy and Greece

Electricity in Italy and Greece is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC). For comparison, in the United States it is 110 volts, 60 cycle AC current.  You must bring a 2 pin adapter to use your electronics.

Do I need to bring shampoo, lotion, hair dryer and a towel?

This varies by location and is often noted in the final instructions letter you will receive a few weeks prior to the retreat. Feel free to contact us with questions.

Do they have a pool, sauna or hot tub?

Please check with us for the specific location and the amenities available.

Can someone with mobility issues get around?

We, along with our centers, continue to strive to have our retreats accessible to all.   Please check with us in regards to the retreat you are interested in.

Weather and Conditions

Are there a lot of bugs? And do they have bug spray?

Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru

Latin America in general is an environment full of natural life.  Insects are a part of this eco-system. Most bugs are actually quite fascinating to look at and yes, some do bite (mostly mosquitoes). The amount of bugs will range depending on your location and the time of year you will be visiting. We recommend that you bring bug repellant and use it in the early part of the day and before sunset as a precaution.

 

Italy

During certain times in the summer there may be little mosquitos – bring a natural mosquito repellent.

Greece

Generally mosquitos are not bad at all on Amorgos. You would be most likely to encounter them after dark or in July-August.  Of course, it never hurts to be prepared and bring along mosquito repellant.


Please check with us for other locations.

What will the weather be like?

Costa Rica

The weather is always changing in Costa Rica. Basically, there are two seasons; dry and green.  December through July is usually the warmest and driest part of the year. The temperature annually will range from 65F to 85F. There is always a possibility of a shower here and there as we are in the tropics, so bring your raincoat and/or an umbrella too.

 

Guatemala

There are basically 2 seasons in Guatemala: Green and Dry.  November – April and July-August are sunny and dry.  Mornings and Evenings are cool (bring a sweater) and days are hot. During Green Season, there can be mid-afternoon and evening showers.  Mornings are typically sunny.

 

Peru

March through November all have nice weather.  The summer  is the high season.  Rainy season is December – February and some trails are closed in the Sacred Valley during this time.

 

Italy

Italy has seasons similar to the US.  Winter months are colder and Spring and Fall are milder.  Summer can be quite hot depending on your location.

Greece

Amorgos Island is located in the South Aegean Sea region, enjoying a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with very warm summers and mild winters. The weather is pleasant all year round and each season reveals different beauties of the land. With this, summer can be quite hot. If you are coming in the summer months, you will certainly enjoy taking a swim in the pool or at one of the local beaches!

What is the time zone ?

Costa Rica and Guatemala

Mid-October to mid-March, Costa Rica and Guatemala are in the CST zone (1 hour behind EST) but both do not observe daylight savings time.  This means during March –October they are on MST (2 hours behind EST)

 

Peru

They are on EST from mid October to mid March and CST from mid March – mid October.  They do NOT observe daylight savings time.

Italy

Italy is in the Central European time zone. +6 hours from EST (New York).

Greece

Greece is in the Eastern European Time Zone. +7 hours from EST (New York)

Miscellaneous

What if I want to extend my trip? Can you recommend other hotels?

Yes, we can assist you with your plans prior/post program. Just let us know.

What is the language Spoken? Do people speak English?

Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru

Spanish is the language primarily spoken. You will find that many people speak English as a second language and you should not have trouble communicating with locals. There will be a TN staff member or a center representative with you who speaks English available throughout your retreat.

 

Italy

Italian is the language of Italy.  At  our retreat centers  some of the staff do speak English.

Greece

Greek is the language of Greece. There are English-speaking staff at our center.

Can I come alone to a retreat?

Yes!  Coming on retreats can be a great place to find your own space and connect with new friends.  Since this is a group experience you will not be alone unless you want to be.

What is the average age of participants?

While there is no age which is inappropriate for retreats, most of our retreatants are between the ages of 25-60.  If you fall outside that range…no worries, as long as the program feels interesting to you (and you have your parent’s consent if under 18), we welcome your presence. Please note that some programs are restricted to ages 18 and above.

Are children welcome?

Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru

Yes!  The retreat schedule is geared towards adult participation, but children are welcome. At many of our centers childcare is available during sessions.  There will be plenty of time for you and your family to go on excursions, explore the area and just hang out.  Please let us know if you would like to bring a child with you and we can let you know about room and meal costs.

Italy

Children 13 years and older who do yoga are welcome at our center in Puglia.

Greece

Yes! Children of all ages are welcome and childcare is available.  Please let us know if you would like to bring a child with you and we can let you know about room and meal costs.

Please check with us for other locations.