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Rejuvenating Wellness Retreat in 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 note this is not a group retreat.

Meet the instructors

Nico, Alejandro, & Sarita
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Highlights

  • Daily 75-minute yoga session
  • Permaculture farm tour and chocolate-making workshop
  • Enjoy Temazcal sweat lodge ceremony and body detox mud wrap
  • Be pampered with Thai and deep tissue massage sessions
  • 13 nights private accommodation
  • 3 daily healthy vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


13 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 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. 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. Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel's 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 the jungle spa with Temazcal sweat lodge, or consultation with the on-site naturopathic doctor.

Program

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.

Sample schedule

  • 07:00 Morning yoga practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Massage
  • 11:30 Sound healing session
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:00 Free time - connect with nature, explore the permaculture farm, hike in the rainforest or book a treatment in the jungle spa
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening meditation
  • 21:00 Early to bed (recommended)

Included excursions

  • Permaculture farm tour and harvest
  • Cacao farm tour and chocolate making workshop

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 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.

Food

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

Essence Arenal Wellness Center team takes 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 body.

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 the farm.

Essence Arenal Wellness Center's kitchen caters 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
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • 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 tour
  • 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 Essence Arenal Wellness Center's 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 sessions
  • Farm and chocolate workshop
  • 1 x 60-minute deep tissue massage
  • 90-minute Thai massage
  • Body detox mud wrap session
  • Ionic foot detox session
  • Sweat lodge Temazcal
  • 3 daily healthy vegetarian meals or juicing
  • 13 nights private accommodation with private bathroom

What's not included

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

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) or Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). Airport transfer is not included in the price.

Arrival by bus

From San Jose Airport (SJO), you can take public transportation. First, take a taxi to the Terminal San Carlos in Alajuela (approximately 2 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 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 shared shuttle

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 online 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 30% 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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