10-Day Holistic Rainforest Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

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The Costa Rican rainforest is a wellness seeker's sanctuary. On this 10-day holistic retreat, soak up nature's many healing powers and deepen your practice like never before. Solo practitioners of all levels can explore Yin, Hatha and Vinayasa flow yoga with soothing 75-minute yoga classes. Thai and deep tissue massage sessions release tension from the toes up while daily vegetarian meals nourish the body from within. And after the Temazcal sweat lodge ceremony and full-body detox mud wrap, you’ll be floating home on Cloud 9. 
Suitable for beginner, advanced, and intermediate practitioners
Daily 75 minute yoga sessions
Be pampered with Thai and deep tissue massage sessions
3 daily healthy vegetarian meals
Tour on an organic permaculture farm
Enjoy Temazcal sweat lodge ceremony and body detox mud wrap
Essence Arenal Wellness Center designed the holistic 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. 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.

Please note this is not a group retreat.

Accommodation

Caters for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets
Hot spring
Spa
Temazcal
Environmentally friendly
Luggage room / storage
Restaurant
Yoga deck
Free Wi-Fi
Parking lot
Hot tub / Jacuzzi
Swimming pool (outdoor)
Café
Garden
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Free parking
Laundry
Tour assistance
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 neighbouring 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 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.

The venue
During this retreat, you will be staying in a private room with a private bathroom (and hot water) in Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel. All beds have orthopaedic mattresses and anti-allergic pillows. The eco-hostel has majestic views of the Arenal Volcano, the Arenal Lake, and the El Castillo Valley. We offer wifi, 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. Our on-site restaurant is open daily to serve healthy, organic vegetarian/vegan meals from locally sourced produce and from our farm. Enjoy a range of treatments and therapies in our jungle spa with Temazcal sweat lodge, or a consultation with our on-site naturopathic doctor.

Food
During this retreat, you will be served three daily vegetarian meals at our 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. 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. We cater for a range of different dietary requirements and detox needs.

If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 
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The price is based on a 10-day, 9-night stay. Different lengths of stay are also available. Please enquire for more details 
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Program

Each morning, you will be treated to a mindful, yoga practice that will awaken and revitalize your body. In the evenings, you will experience a calming, restorative yoga 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 yoga instructor is trained and certified in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin yoga and is happy to customize your practice to meet your personal needs. 

In all, Essence Arenal Wellness 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.

Sample schedule:
  • 07:00 Morning yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Treatments when apply
  • 11:00 Free time 
  • 12:00 - 14:00 A la carte lunch
  • 15:00 Functional fresh juice 
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Tour if it applies
  • 16:45 Evening yoga
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Dinner

Optional activities
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

Instructors

Nico Botefur
Nico
In 2008, Essence Arenal project began through destiny and universal guidance. Nico ended up in this rainforest paradise, where he immediately knew this was his place on earth to live. It has opened his eyes and he needed that change. He was 80 pounds overweight and had a wide collection of emotional wrecks stored in his soul. In a short time of balancing nutrition, emotions, and bad life habits, through learned techniques, these problems disappeared! Nico has found emotional, physical, and spiritual balance through the creation of this wonderful place. And he wants to share it with you!
Alejandro Camacho
Alejandro
Born in 1988 in the South of Costa Rica. In 2013 he received holistic therapy, who led him to a state of introspection about his life. It gave him the opportunity to reach a higher level of conscience, and he dedicated the following years to have a better understanding of the way he had followed. Now, he is a holistic therapist in integral balance, sound therapist, and certified Hatha yoga teacher (300 hours). He is known for his kind and soft approach to healing through energy and vibrational therapies, yoga, and integral massage, including also Reiki, Shiatsu/Thai, and Watsu.
Sarita Anders
Sarita
Sarita graduated from the Naturaclass School of Massage and Natural Therapy, Spain, in 2016 as a holistic massage therapist. She has since continued her studies in spiritual healing and bodywork in Thailand, Mexico and Brazil to be certified in holistic massage, deep tissue massage, Thai massage, bamboo massage, pregnancy massage, and facial acupressure massage. With empathy, compassion, and intuitive touch, Sarita helps people reconnect to their natural self, and supports not only physical healing but a complete rejuvenation on an emotional and spiritual level as well. 
Agatha Castillo
Agatha
Agatha Castillo is an engineer that become a Hatha Yoga Instructor in 2016, her constant inspiration and passion led her to find different tools to make easier the vital balance of living. Her personal Ashtanga Yoga practice contributed valuable teachings to her life and acro yoga as an art of sharing and learning to trust body communication through acrobatics. She obtained her Reiki Usui Shiko Rhoyo certification and International Yoga Nidra Techniques in 2016. Also learning specialities in Kundalini Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, as well as holistic and prenatal massage. 

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a 75% refund

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
The price is based on a 10-day, 9-night stay. Different lengths of stay are also available. Please enquire for more details 
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