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4 Days Rainforest Yoga Holiday in Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel, 1 km al sur de El Castillo, junto a la Granja de Mariposas, El Castillo 1230, Costa Rica

Naturopathic Getaway Yoga Holiday in Costa Rica

The tranquility and natural beauty of Essence Arenal provides you with the space to journey inward, renew, and refresh your body, mind, and spirit. Grounding at our organic permaculture farm, pool, and jacuzzi, nourish your body with our functional organic smoothies or gourmet vegetarian farm to table cuisine. With the guidance of a certified naturopath and yoga instructors you will have a transformational stay

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  • Daily 60-minute yoga class
  • Daily personal hydrotherapy
  • Naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs
  • Transport to and from the local hot thermal / spring river
  • 3 daily deliciously healthy vegetarian meals
  • 3 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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  • Hot spring
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Temazcal
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

During this retreat you will be staying at in a private roo in Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel. The eco-hostel has majestic views of the Arenal Volcano, the Arenal Lake, and the El Castillo Valley, which you can see from the hammocks spotted around the farm. There is a yoga deck, Jacuzzi, vegetarian restaurant, organic permaculture farm, and swimming pool. All beds have orthopedic mattresses and anti allergic pillows.


Are you ready to deepen your yoga practice, transform your eating habits, and perception on life? Join Essence Arenal retreats become more mindful, relaxed, and enjoying every second of your life.

In this holiday, you will have Yin yoga and Vinyasa flow yoga sessions outdoors, with breathing techniques and guided meditation.

There are hiking trails on this 22-hectare property farm and rain forest. You can sign up for a relaxing massage in the Bamboo Spa after a magical hike. You will also have time for meditation, swimming, or anything you wish doing, such as volleyball, horse riding, kayaking, volcano crater climbing, cycling, rafting or zip lining.


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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.

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Temazcal
  • Zip lining


  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lake
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck


  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this retreat you will be served with three daily vegetarian meals with natural drinks and naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs. Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel's restaurant opens everyday at 7 a.m. for a delicious breakfast, coffee or tea, fruit plate and plate of the day. Essence Demo Cuisine is a vegetarian restaurant, with a basic central idea of cooking with love.

In this retreat, you will even have the chance to widen your culinary repertoire by trying delicious and healthy organic vegetarian and vegan dishes at this fairy tale like organic farm. The on-site restaurant will satisfy your hunger for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They even have dinner demo cuisines, that includes participating with the chef to learn about the unique international dishes with a vegetarian twist.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
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)

Sky trek

This canopy tour gives a stellar view of the volcano and lush rainforest of Lake Arenal. A silent gondola (the sky tram), slowly conveys visitors up above the canopy, and at the top, you can either take the tramt back down or fly down the zip lines.

Canopy Los Cañones

Based at the Hotel Los Lagos, it is one of the best values in the area with 12 zip lines, hot springs, crocodile pits, butterfly, and frog exhibition areas and hiking trails.

Canoa Aventura

Specialize in canoes and river floats trips lead by bilingual naturalist guides. Most tours are geared towards wildlife and bird watching, throughout the northern Costa Rican area.

Arenal Eco Zoo

The Eco Zoo offers guide tour and hands on reptile and amphibian demonstrations. The object of these shows is to educate and to increase knowledge and awareness of these animals, their positive roles in nature, and the need to preserve them.

Jeep Boat Jeep

It is one of the primary forms of transportation from Essence Arenal to Monteverde or Santa Elen, as it is incredibly scenic, reasonably priced, and saves you half day of travel.

Wave expeditions

It offers fun, professional white water rafting and kayaking on Rio Toro, Rio Sarapiqui Rio Peñas Blancas and Rio Balsa, rapid ranging from class I to class IV, for all skill levels.


Go on Lost Canyon adventure canyonering. A guide will take you on a hike to an isolated area of the rainforest where you will rappel down four waterfalls, the highest one is 70 meters.

Horseback riding

Lilander Horse Tour is one of the best rides in the area. They will pick you up at Essence Arenal and take you up to the primary forest and you will be able to bathe in a hidden waterfall and witness spectacular view of Lake Arenal, the volcano and lush rain forest.


Spa treatments

60 minutes Bamboo massage $38

60 minutes drainage $38

30 minutesVolcanic mud wrap $25

Yoga 60 minutes $10

Reiki 30 minutes $20

Cupping 30 minutes $30

NLP Coaching 5 hour packages $280

Timeline therapy. 1 session $48

Acupuncture 1 hour session $48

Lezaeta Hydrotherapy. 1 hour session. $48

Lezaeta blood wash 1 hour session $48

Temazcal (sweat lodge ) 2 hours max 6 people $100

Ionic foot detox 60 minutes $48

What's included

  • Daily 60-minute Vinyasa and Yin yoga class
  • Daily personal hydrotherapy (Lezaeta goush)
  • Paid transportation to the local hot thermal / spring river
  • 3 daily vegetarian or vegan meals with natural drink or 6 functional detox smoothies a day
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • unlimited access to pool, jacuzzi, permaculture farm and over 3 km trails
  • Tax and service charge

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Arenal Airport (FON). This airport is located 20 minutes from La Fortuna. You would first need to book a regional flight to reach this airport from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). You can take Nature Air or some other smaller flights that offers regional flights several times a week.

Alternatively, from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), you can take the private transportation with driver to reach the hostel directly. This service is usually provided in an air-conditioned minivan that can pick you up in the airport or in any location in Costa Rica. Prices can vary according to the location and time of year that you plan to travel. If you are traveling from the San Jose area, including San Jose International Airport, this service will cost 165 USD for a minivan of up to 10 passengers.

Arrival by bus

The main buses leave from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) bus station at 6:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m., and arrive in La Fortuna.

Arrival by shuttle

The local El Castillo shuttles can take you from La Fortuna to the hostel. These shuttles leave from La Fortuna every day at 9:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. upon reservation, and costs 8 USD per person. The shuttle will be the cheapest option and will drop you off at the hostel.

Alternatively, you can also opt for shared shuttle transportation. The rates for this method of transportation range from 40 to 50 USD per person. These are one-way prices.

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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