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10 Day Holistic Awareness Wellness Retreat with Yoga 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 Wellness Retreat in Costa Rica

Essence Arenal Wellness Center designed the holistic 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 note this is not a group retreat.

Meet the instructors

Nico, Alejandro, & Sarita
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Highlights

  • Daily 75 minute yoga sessions
  • 45 minute sound therapy session
  • Be pampered with Thai and deep tissue massage sessions
  • Enjoy Temazcal sweat lodge ceremony and body detox mud wrap
  • Organic permaculture farm tour
  • 3 daily healthy vegetarian meals
  • 9 nights 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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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 be staying in a private room with 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. We offer wifi, 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. Our on-site restaurant is open daily to serve healthy, organic vegetarian/vegan meals from locally sourced produce and from our farm. Enjoy a range of treatments and therapies in our jungle spa with Temazcal sweat lodge, or a consultation with our on-site naturopathic doctor.

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.

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 note this is not a group retreat.

Instructors

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 hostel 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

During this retreat, you will be served with three daily vegetarian meals at our on-site restaurant, with natural drinks and naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs.

At Essence, we take pride in our farm-to-table kitchen. We 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 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 our farm. We cater for a range of different dietary requirements and detox needs.

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

Things to do (optional)

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

  • Canopy
  • Rafting
  • Canyoneering
  • Kayak and boating on Lake Arenal
  • ATV Tour
  • Hanging bridges
  • Waterfall hike
  • Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Horseback Riding
  • Butterfly observatory
  • Thermal hot springs

Spa treatments

Pamper yourself in our jungle spa, located in the middle of a permaculture farm with a unique view of the volcano and lake. Enjoy a range of treatments and therapies including:

  • Reiki
  • Reflexology
  • Massage
  • Full body mud wrap
  • Ionic Foot Detox
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Sound therapy
  • Temazcal sweat lodge
  • Watsu
  • Naturopathy

What's included

  • Initial assessment and consultation with Naturopath and NLP master or coach
  • Daily 75 minute yoga class
  • 45 minute sound therapy session
  • Cacao farm tour and workshop (make chocolate and harvested cacao beans)
  • Permaculture farm tour
  • 60 minute deep tissue massage
  • 90 minute Thai massage
  • Body detox mud wrap
  • Ionic foot detox
  • Temazcal sweat lodge ceremony
  • Unlimited access to pool, jacuzzi, permaculture farm and over 3 km trails
  • 3 daily healthy vegetarian meals
  • 2 fresh functional or detox juices daily
  • Private accommodation with private bathroom

What's not included

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

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by public transport from San Jose Airport (SJO):

Arrival by bus

Take a taxi to the Terminal San Carlos in Alajuela (appox 2km). 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 approx. every 2 hours. Get off at the last stop at the bus terminal in Ciudad Quesdada and take another bus to La Fortuna. From La Fortuna take a taxi to Essence Arenal.

Arrival by shuttle

Interbus offers a shuttle service to pick you up from the airport in San Jose (SJO) and bring you to the hotel for approx. USD 57pp. 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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