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Health Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

Essence Arenal Wellness Center offers you a complete program that covers diet and activities in a natural setting, with years of experience and knowledge to serve. Bring this new way of healthy living to your everyday life and you will see how fantastic you will feel.

Meet the instructors

Nico, Alejandro, & Sarita
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga class
  • 1x mud wrap session
  • Personal naturopathic guidance
  • Access to pool, jacuzzi, permaculture farm, and over 3 kilometers trail
  • 3 flush enemas and 1 retention enema
  • 2x 60-minute massage sessions
  • 20 nights private accommodation
  • All meals or detox drinks

Yoga styles


20 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$150 per person)
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. All beds have orthopedic mattresses and anti-allergic pillows. The eco-hotel has majestic views of the Arenal Volcano, the Arenal Lake, and the El Castillo Valley. They offer Wi-Fi, free parking, and a laundry service (at additional cost)

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

Program

Under naturopathic guidance:

  • Detox from inside and outside
  • Build up the immune system

Sample daily schedule

Day 1

  • Arrival
  • Introduction and consultation with a naturopath

Day 2 to 21

  • 07:00 Morning yoga practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Massage
  • 11:00 Full-body mud wrap
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Free time - connect with nature, explore the permaculture farm, hike in the rainforest, or relax in a hammock
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Self-applied hydrotherapy

Day 20

  • 07:00 Yoga, breakfast
  • 11:00 Check out

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.

Unique features

Activities

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

General

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

Services

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

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Your meal plan will be designed specifically for you, based on your detox and dietary needs. Essence Arenal Hotel's on-site restaurant is open every day at 7 a.m., offering gourmet and organic food and natural health smoothies. At Essence, they 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 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 their farms. Essence Arenal Wellness Center 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

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

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

Spa treatments

Through this retreat, you will be getting one mud wrap, one ionic food detox, and two 60-minute massage sessions.

What's included

  • Daily 75-minute yoga classes
  • Naturopathic consultation and guidance
  • 1 mud wrap
  • 1 ionic foot detox
  • Two 60-minute massage
  • All meals or detox drinks
  • Access to pool, jacuzzi, permaculture farm, and trails access
  • 20 nights in private accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Other excursions/activities
  • Other spa treatments
  • 13% of 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). Transfer from this airport is available for an additional cost of 120 USD. You can also book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). Transfer from the airport is available for an additional cost of 150 USD.

Arrival by bus

From Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), take a taxi to the Terminal San Carlos in Alajuela (approximately two kilometers). There is a direct bus to La Fortuna or from the bus terminal 7-10 San Carlos in Alajuela, take the bus to Ciudad Quesada'. Buses depart approximately every hour. 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.

Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer available: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$150 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
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 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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