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Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

Essence Arenal Wellness Center designed the rainforest yoga retreat to create an inclusive atmosphere that is true 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.

Meet the instructors

Nico & Alejandro
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  • 13 days of practice
  • 1 Yin yoga class per day
  • Massage and Reiki sessions
  • Daily Vinyasa or Hatha yoga lesson
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Stunning surroundings
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

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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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
  • Parking lot

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. There is a yoga deck, jacuzzi, vegetarian restaurant, organic permaculture farm, and swimming pool. All beds have orthopedic mattresses and anti-allergic pillows.


Each morning, you will be treated to a mindful, balanced Vinyasa or Hatha practice that will awaken and revitalize your body. In the evenings, you will experience a calming, restorative Yin practice filled with peaceful sounds and the gorgeous backdrop of the jungle and the Tibetan singing bowls will end the session. Essence Arenal Wellness Center's yoga instructor is trained and certified in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin yoga and is happy to customize your practice to meet your personal needs.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 Yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • Free time
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • Free time
  • 16:30 Sunset yoga
  • 19:00 Dinner


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

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


  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Naturopathic
  • Fruitarian
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)

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Massages and treatments

Wellness Arenal has more treatments and therapies available in their jungle spa, located in the middle of a permaculture farm with a unique view of the volcano and lake:

  • Full body mud wrap
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Ionic foot detox
  • Massage
  • Naturopathy
  • Reiki
  • Reflexology
  • Temazcal sweat lodge
  • Watsu

Rafting level three or four

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.


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

Spa treatments

One 60-minute massage session is included in the price.

What's included

  • Daily 75-minute yoga classes
  • 1 60-minute massage
  • 1 Reiki session
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals or detox fresh juices
  • Unlimited access to pool, jacuzzi, trails, and all hotel facilities

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Other excursions or activities
  • Other spa treatments
  • 13% 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 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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