14-Day Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

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We’re willing to bet that a yoga retreat in Costa Rica is on your bucket list. And this getaway in El Castillo’s untamed rainforest ticks all the boxes. Overlooking the Arenal volcano, solo travellers can enjoy two weeks of Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa flow yoga. Regardless if you’re a complete newbie or posture pro, you’ll be able to jump into these restorative practices with ease and revitalise your mind and body. Apart from the nourishing naturopathic teas and vegetarian meals, guests can also look forward to amazing adventures in nature. 
Suitable for beginner, advanced, and intermediate practitioners
Great for solo travellers
Restorative Yin yoga sessions a day
Unlimited access to pool, jacuzzi, permaculture farm and over 3 km trails
A balanced Vinyasa or Hatha practice a day
3 daily healthy, vegetarian meals
Instruction in English
Organiser also speaks German and Spanish
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. 

Please note that this is not a group retreat.
The price is based on a 14-day, 13-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, 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 yoga instructor is trained and certified in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin yoga and is happy to customize your practice to meet your personal needs.

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)

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

Accommodation

Nature setting
Caters for vegetarian, vegan, and organic 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

Check-in

13:00

Check-out

11:00

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.

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Double Room
Private room | Private bathroom | $1,799

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 

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 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.

Nearby Towns

Quesada
Quesada
36 km
Canas
38 km
Puntarenas
Puntarenas
50 km

How to get there

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.

Nearest airports
LIR Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
Transfer available for additional € 124 per person
88 km
SJO Juan Santamaría International Airport
Transfer available for additional € 105 per person
76 km
Nearest train stations
Barranca Railway Station
48km

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. 

What's included?

  • Daily 75-minute yoga classes
  • 60-minute massage
  • 60 ionic foot detox
  • 3 daily healthy vegetarian meals or detox fresh juices
  • 13 nights private accommodation
  • Unlimited access to pool, Jacuzzi, trails, and all hotel facilities

What's not included?

  • Airfare and transportation
  • Other excursions/activities
  • Other spa treatments
  • 13% of government taxes

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 14-day, 13-night stay. Different lengths of stay are also available. Please enquire for more details
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