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10 Day Holistic Awareness Yoga Retreat in El Castillo, Alajuela

Essence Arenal Wellness Center, 1 km al sur de El Castillo, junto a la Granja de Mariposas, El Castillo, Costa Rica

Revitalizing Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Essence Arenal Wellness Center designed the Rainforest yoga retreat to create an inclusive atmosphere that is truly for all levels of yoga practitioners, from the brand new yogi to the seasoned veteran. The unique customization will provide you with the opportunity to explore what is best for you. This retreat is a lovely mix of yoga, adventure, alone time, and relaxation to revitalize and restore your inner balance through a practice that will enhance the mind, nourish the soul, and give you every reason you need to celebrate life.

Please be noted this is not a group retreat.

Meet the instructors

Nico & Alejandro
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Highlights

  • 18 yoga sessions
  • 1 45-minute sound therapy session
  • Be pampered with Thai and deep tissue massage sessions
  • Enjoy sweat lodge ceremony and body detox mud wrap
  • 1 organic permaculture farm tour for 60 minutes
  • Savor delicious healthy meals
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


9 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • 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 stay at Essence Arenal Hotel that is located in El Castillo, a small neighboring village to La Fortuna, directly on Lake Arenal a top the hills overlooking Arenal volcano with 22 hectares of prime hilltop forested pristine land.

With breathtaking views, the hotel takes pride in giving their 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.

Program

Each morning, you will be treated to a mindful, yoga practice that will awaken and revitalize your body. In the evenings, you will experience a calming, restorative yoga practice filled with peaceful sounds and the gorgeous backdrop of the jungle and the Tibetan singing bowls will end the session. Essence Arenal Wellness Center yoga instructor is trained and certified in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin yoga and is happy to customize your practice to meet your personal needs.

At Essence, they also take pride in their farm-to-table kitchen. They encourage 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 Lily prepares fantastic meals that are absolutely delicious, nutritious and balanced.

Lily has a deep enthusiasm for preparing foods. She 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 their farm. Her meals receive rave reviews!

In all, Essence Arenal Wellness Center is located in the middle of the rainforest with monkeys, toucans, sloths, and other wildlife that inhabit the area and are often seen or overhead. A quiet and refreshing retreat surrounded by the beauty of Costa Rica.

Schedule

  • 07:00 Morning yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Treatments when apply
  • 11:00 Free time
  • 12:00 - 14:00 A la carte lunch
  • 15:00 Functional fresh juice
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Tour when apply
  • 16:45 Evening yoga
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Dinner

Please noted this is not a group retreat.

Instructors

Nico Botefur

Alejandro Camacho

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 their 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.

Food

At Essence we also take pride in our farm-to-table kitchen. We encourage thoughtful, healthy meals that come from the earth. We feature an organic, vegetarian, and vegan kitchen from conscious, locally sourced food that support our dedication to the planet and our bodies. Chef Lily prepares fantastic meals that are absolutely delicious, nutritious, and balanced. Lily has a deep enthusiasm for preparing foods. She 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 our farm. Her meals receive rave reviews!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Naturopathic
  • Lactose Free
  • 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

What's included

  • Initial assessment and consultation with Naturopath and NLP master or coach
  • Daily 60-minute yoga sessions
  • 1 45-minute sound therapy session
  • 1 90-minute chocolate workshop (make chocolate and harvested cacao beans)
  • 1 60-minute organic permaculture farm tour
  • 1 60-minute deep tissue massage
  • 1 90-minute Thai massage 90 minutes
  • 1 sweat lodge ceremony
  • 2 mineral hot spring visits
  • 1 body detox mud wrap
  • 1 ionic foot detox
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 2 fresh functional or detox juices daily
  • Private accommodation with private bathroom

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transportation from and to airport

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). If you arrive before noon, there are great public bus transportation options for about 10 USD to Fortuna. A taxi will cost roughly around 140 USD and it is a 3-hour drive to Essence.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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