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4 Day Rainforest Yoga Holiday in Lake Arenal, Alajuela

Essence Arenal Hotel, 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

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered 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 the organic permaculture farm, pool, and jacuzzi, nourish your body with the 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!

Please note this is not a group retreat.

Meet the instructors

Nico, Alejandro, & Sarita
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Highlights

  • Daily 75 minute yoga class
  • Daily personal hydrotherapy
  • Naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs
  • 3 daily healthy vegetarian meals
  • 3 nights private accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: 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. They offer Wi-Fi, 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. The 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 their jungle spa with Temazcal sweat lodge, or consultation with their 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.

Example itinerary:

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

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 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

Activities

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

General

  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lake
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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

At Essence, they 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 their farm. We cater for 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
  • 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

  • Daily 75-minute Vinyasa and Yin yoga class
  • Unlimited access to pool, jacuzzi, permaculture farm, and over 3 kilometers of trails
  • 3 daily vegetarian or vegan meals with natural drink or 6 functional detox smoothies a day
  • 3 nights accommodation

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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