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7 Day Yoga Retreat in a Permaculture Farm in El Castillo, Alajuela

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

Reviving Yoga Retreat 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. Each morning, you will be treated to a mindful, balanced yoga practice that will awaken and revitalize your body.

At Essence, we also take pride in our 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 Lily prepares fantastic meals that are absolutely delicious, nutritious and balanced.

Lily has a deep enthusiasm for preparing foods. She 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. Her meals receive rave reviews! In all, this 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. The 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.

Please note this is not a group retreat.

Meet the instructors

Nico & Alejandro
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Visit to the hot springs
  • Unlimited access to trails, farm, pool and jacuzzi
  • A lot of love, passion, and dedication of the team
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, 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 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.

Program

Daily schedule

  • 07:09 Yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • Free time to explore the 80-acre permaculture farm or activities
  • 16:00 Visit the hot springs (1 time included per stay)
  • 19:00 Dinner

Please note this is not a group retreat.

Instructors

Nico Botefur

Alejandro Camacho

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

At Essence, we also 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 Lily prepares fantastic meals that are absolutely delicious, nutritious and balanced. Lily has a deep enthusiasm for preparing foods. She 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. Her meals receive rave reviews!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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)

Those tours are available in the area:

  • Canopy
  • Rafting
  • Horseback riding
  • Handing bridges

Canopy Tour:

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

Canopy:

Based very close to La Fortuna, 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 Tour:

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.

Eco Zoo:

The Eco Zoo offers guided tours 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.

Boat transportation to Monteverde:

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

Rafting Level 3 or 4:

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

Canyoneering:

Go on Lost Canyon adventure canyoning. 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

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 a spectacular view of Lake Arenal, the volcano and lush rainforest.

Waterfall

  • Hike to the waterfall close by to the Hotel, enjoy the amazing views and know the area of El Castillo.

Spa treatments

Essence Arenal jungle spa service is where you will be able to enjoy their personalized and professional services such as bamboo massage, sweat lodge (temazcal), mud wrap, foot detox, and hydrotherapy at.

The spa is located in a privileged zone of the jungle, with a unique view to the Arenal volcano and lake, in the middle of a permaculture farm, where you will be able to find different plantations like cacao, coffee, sugar cane, corn, different vegetables, and a unique selection of medicinal herbs among others.

Additionally, you will also be able to enjoy a bath at the local hot thermal/spring river, with the transportation all paid by Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel.

What's included

  • 7 yoga sessions 75 minutes each
  • 7 hydrotherapy 10 minutes each
  • Visit the hot springs
  • All meals
  • 6 nights accommodation in a room with a private bathroom
  • Unlimited access to trails, farm, pool, and jacuzzi
  • A lot of love, passion, and dedication of the team

What's not included

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

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 15% 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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