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Recharging Yoga Holiday Costa Rica

Be and let be! Allow your mind and body to absorb the peace and beauty of the tropical rainforest while relaxing to the sounds of nature. Get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in an authentic and raw Costa Rican experience. Practice yoga in an enchanted Costa Rican location. Just you and the breathtaking nature around you! Please note that this is not a group retreat.

Meet the instructors

Nico, Alejandro, & Sarita
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  • Daily 75 minute yoga practices
  • Enjoy Vinyasa and Yin yoga class
  • Pamper your body with Essence Arenal's massage, ionic foot detox, and a mud wrap
  • Naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs
  • Cacao farm tour and chocolate making workshop
  • 3 daily deliciously healthy vegetarian meals
  • 9 nights of private accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

9 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$120 per person)
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  • Hot spring
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Temazcal
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

During this retreat you will be staying in a private room with a private bathroom (and hot water) in Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel. All beds have orthopedic mattresses and anti-allergic pillows. The eco-hostel has majestic views of the Arenal Volcano, the Arenal Lake, and the El Castillo Valley. Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel offers Wi-Fi, free parking, and a laundry service (at additional cost)

During your stay, you have unlimited access to the jacuzzi, swimming pool, rainforest trails, volleyball court, and yoga/exercise deck. Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel on-site restaurant is open daily to serve healthy, organic vegetarian/vegan meals from locally sourced produce and from their farm. Enjoy a range of treatments and therapies in our jungle spa with Temazcal sweat lodge, or consultation with Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel on-site naturopathic doctor.


The itinerary will be independently developed according to your specific needs to give you the time and space to heal and connect with the beautiful surroundings, deepen your yoga practice, transform your eating habits and perception of life, to be more mindful, relaxed, and live in the present moment.

Example schedule

  • 07:00 Morning yoga practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Grateful journal writing
  • 11:00 Morning meditation
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Free time - connect with nature, explore our permaculture farm, hike in the rainforest, or book a treatment at the jungle spa
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening meditation
  • 21:00 Early to bed (recommended)

Included excursions

  • Cacao farm tour and chocolate making workshop


Nico Botefur

Alejandro Camacho

Sarita Anders

Retreat location

This retreat will be taking place in El Castillo, close to the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal area, Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the east and south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals.

El Castillo is a small neighboring village to La Fortuna, directly on Lake Arenal atop the hills overlooking Arenal volcano with 22 hectares of prime hilltop forested pristine land. With breathtaking views, the hotel takes pride in giving its guests an experience of a lifetime. From forest trails down to a majestic waterfall hidden in the rainforest, enjoying mystical free hot springs, horseback riding, and canopy tours, there is a rich amount of nature activities to experience at Essence Arenal.

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Hot spring
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Temazcal


  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck


  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this retreat, you will be served three daily vegetarian meals at Essence Arenal Wellness Center on-site restaurant, with natural drinks and naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs. At Essence, they take pride in their farm-to-table kitchen. Essence Arenal Wellness Center encourages thoughtful, healthy meals that come from the earth. Essence Arenal Wellness Center features an organic, vegetarian, and vegan kitchen from conscious, locally sourced food that supports their dedication to the planet and your bodies.

Chef Marvin prepares fantastic meals that are absolutely delicious, nutritious, and balanced. Marvin has a deep enthusiasm for preparing foods. He prepares meals farm-to-table, finding creative ways to create using all the tropical delights that are available in Costa Rica from local farmers, and from Essence Arenal Wellness Center farm. Essence Arenal Wellness Center can cater to a range of different dietary requirements and detox needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There are a wide variety of activities and tours available in the area:

  • Sky trek
  • Visit Canopy Los Cañones
  • Try the jeep boat
  • Rafting
  • Canyoneering
  • Kayak and boating on Lake Arenal
  • ATV tour
  • Hanging bridges
  • Waterfall hike
  • Visit Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Horseback riding
  • Butterfly observatory
  • Thermal hot springs

Spa treatments

Pamper yourself in Essence Arenal Wellness Center jungle spa, located in the middle of a permaculture farm with a unique view of the volcano and lake. One ionic foot detox, one 90-minute massage, and one full-body mud wrap are included in your package. Enjoy a range of treatments and therapies at an additional cost which includes:

  • Reiki
  • Reflexology
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Sound therapy
  • Temazcal sweat lodge
  • Watsu
  • Naturopathy

What's included

  • Daily 75-minute Vinyasa and Yin yoga class
  • 1 ionic foot detox
  • 90-minute massage
  • 1 full-body mud wrap
  • 1 cacao farm tour and chocolate making workshop
  • Unlimited access to pool, jacuzzi, permaculture farm, and over 3 kilometers of trails
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals or 6 functional detox smoothies a day
  • 9 nights private accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Other excursions / activities
  • Other spa treatments
  • 13% government taxes

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) or Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). Airport transfers are not included. If you're arriving at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), a transfer can be arranged for 120 USD. For more information on airport transfer, please send an inquiry to Essence Arenal Wellness Center.

Arrival by bus from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

Take a taxi to the Terminal San Carlos in Alajuela (approximately two kilometers). Currently, there is no direct bus to La Fortuna. From the bus terminal San Carlos in Alajuela, take the bus to "Ciudad Quesada". Buses depart approximately every two hours. Get off at the last stop at the bus terminal in Ciudad Quesada and take another bus to La Fortuna. From La Fortuna take a taxi to Essence Arenal.

Arrival by shared shuttle service from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

Interbus offers a shuttle service to pick you up from the airport in San Jose (SJO) and bring you to the hotel for approximately 57 USD per person. You will need to reserve the shuttle ahead of your journey.

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer available: Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$120 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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