Relaxing 14-Day Yoga, Detox and Wellness Retreat in El Castillo, Costa Rica

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When was the last time you took a breath of fresh air? Well, if you’re looking for a dose of the great outdoors, it doesn’t get fresher than the Costa Rican rainforest. Wander off the beaten track and enrich your practice in the charming village of El Castillo. A nature lover’s paradise, practitioners can indulge in 75-minute yoga sessions with stunning views of the Arenal volcano. Nutritionally balanced meals and naturopathic teas are served daily, giving your body a complete cleanse. And to top it all off, guests can plunge into relaxation with rejuvenating massages, an ionic foot detox and a full-body mud wrap. 
Suitable for beginner, advanced, and intermediate practitioners
Daily 75 minutes' yoga practice
Unlimited access to pool, jacuzzi, permaculture farm and over 3 km trails
3 daily deliciously healthy vegetarian meals
Pamper your body with Essence Arenal's massage, ionic foot detox, full-body mud wrap
Naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs
Be and let be! Allow your mind and body to absorb the peace and beauty of the tropical rainforest while relaxing to the sounds of nature. Get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in an authentic and raw Costa Rican experience. Practice yoga in an enchanted Costa Rican location. Just you and the breathtaking nature around you! Please note this is not a group retreat.

Accommodation

Caters for gluten-free, organic, lactose-free, vegetarian, and vegan 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 14-day, 13-night stay. Different lengths of stay are also available. Please enquire for more details
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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.

Sample schedule
  • 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 the permaculture farm, hike in the rainforest, or book a treatment in the jungle spa
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening meditation
  • 21:00 Early to bed (recommended)

Excursions
  • Permaculture farm tour and harvest
  • Cacao farm tour and chocolate making workshop

Optional activities
There are a wide variety of activities and tours available in the area:

  • Canopy tour
  • 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. 

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a 80% 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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