4 Day Rainforest Yoga Retreat, Costa Rica

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Tents were fully booked when we booked however we were offered the farmhouse which is approx 1km away from the main hostel (reachable with a 4x4 if you’re brave or just a short walk). We woke to absolutely stunning views over Arenal Volcano and lake. Friendly staff who were more than happy to help ... even when we had a flat tyre! Would recommend having your own 4x4 if staying here.

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Join us for a memorable self-journey in the unmatched, exotic beauty of Essence which will rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Our carefully designed yoga retreat let you relax in the wonderful rainforest of Costa Rica.

The 4 days and 3 nights retreat promises an escapade from your busy lives and connect to your spiritual self. Besides, you will get an opportunity to cleanse your body of all the toxins with our natural drinks and naturopathic teas along with fresh, organic vegetarian and vegan meals.

You will also be able to detox your mind of negative thoughts through our yoga classes and meditation sessions with the soothing sound of nature. Connect with your inner self with the guidance of our expert teachers and achieve inner peace.

Program Description

  • 4 Days / 3 Nights retreat
  • Private accommodation 
  • Twice Daily 75 minute Vinyasa and Yin Yoga Classes
  • 3 Vegetarian Meals a Day with Natural drinks, and Naturopathic Teas depending on your detox needs
  • Daily Personal Hydrotherapy once a day

Our Teachers


Mahela Piti

Core Subject: Certified Yoga Instructor
Our passionate and certified Yoga instructor, Mahela, is from Cuba and was raised in Miami. She devotedly studied and became a certified Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga instructor. To add to this, she is also a Reiki Therapist. She works enthusiastically with people and motivates them to quiet their minds and understand their thoughts. For her, yoga is not just a practice but a way of life. She inspires people to achieve inner peace and change their lives in the best possible way through yoga.

Nico Botefur

Core Subject: NLP Coach
Nico is our project director residing in Costa Rica since last 16 years. He was born in Germany and raised in Spain. A Naturopath and Hydrotherapist, Nico studied and developed the permaculture and organic farming and is the designer of our organic farm and edible forest. He is also a practitioner and master coach in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Time Line Therapy


The beautiful Essence Arenal is in the vibrant Costa Rica, which is incredibly beautiful blessed with waterfalls, volcanoes, jungles, and wildlife. We are spread in 22 hectares of prime hilltop forested pristine land in El Castillo, a small neighboring village to La Fortuna.

Our property is directly on the Lake Arenal atop the hills overlooking the amazing Arenal volcano.


Types: Yoga Retreat Date: From 01-September-2019 To 31-December-2019 Duration: 4 Days Area: El Castillo, Costa Rica Food: Vegetarian,Vegan,Organic Surrounding Area: Mountain,Close To Nature


At Essence, we have an outdoor yoga deck with a stunning view for your daily practice, organic permaculture farm, swimming pool with hammocks, Jacuzzi, and extremely relaxing bamboo spa. We have thoughtfully curated workshops where you can design your own practice and can also enjoy delicious international dishes at our on-site vegetarian and vegan restaurant.

We offer standard, private, and superior rooms with bath and orthopedic mattresses and anti-allergic pillows. We also have standard and superior terrace tents with shared bath and orthopedic and anti-allergic pillows.

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All dishes offered in our on-site restaurant are organic, healthy, and delicious. We offer both vegetarian and vegan food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with natural drinks and naturopathic teas.

To add to this, we have dinner demo cuisines for you to learn about the unique international dishes offered in our restaurant.

What Makes This Program Special?

A new place and experience will surely make you see the world and yourself with a different perspective. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to grow and learn and make yoga a way of living without any distractions. Our carefully designed retreat offers you the time to be in your company, understand your thoughts, and allow them to flow freely without letting them overwhelm you.

Through Vinyasa and Yin yoga sessions you will be able to improve flexibility, relieve stress, and learn the proper way of breathing which is total detoxification of mind. Not only this but our well-balanced vegetarian and vegan meals will help further in the cleansing process.

Water is nature’s greatest gift and our hydrotherapy will help in reducing muscle tension and relieving pain along with boosting the immune system.

Our experts are certified Yoga and Hydrotherapy practitioner and will guide to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul.


  • Paid Transportation to our local hot thermal / spring river



Essence Arenal

We are located in El Castillo, a small neighboring village to La Fortuna, directly on Lake Arenal atop the hills overlooking the marvelous Arenal volcano and El Castillo valley. Besides, the lust forests, tropical beaches, and wildlife reserves promise a little something for everyone visiting Costa Rica. Also, there are hiking trails in our 22 hectares of prime hilltop forest pristine land.

Essence Arenal Spa and Organic Farm offer you the raw and authentic essence of Costa Rica. Experience the best location to unwind which is directly on Lake Arenal atop the hills overlooking the fascinating Arenal volcano. The 22 hectares of prime hilltop forested pristine land give you breathtaking views and ample opportunities to explore the property.

Discover the beautiful waterfall hidden in the rainforest together with free hot springs, horseback riding, canopy tours, and a lot of fantastic different activities at Essence Arenal.


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Why choose Essence Arenal


At Essence, we help you reconnect with your soul with yoga and meditation. Our retreat will fill you with inner peace you never thought was possible. The vegetarian and vegan meals, prepared from organic, farm-grown vegetables and plants will help you become healthier and improve your yoga skills, making you stronger. Our organic permaculture farm is like an edible forest where you can walk along the crops over 3 miles of trails.


Here, we have a carefully balanced ecosystem which is also inviting to a large variety of birds, butterflies, and a lot of other visitors!


Our teachers, Mahela and Nico, will help you to relax, look inside, contemplate, heal, and find a new meaning to life. The relaxation will guide you to spiritual discovery and will allow you to open your mind to the new beginnings. Indulge in the yoga practice amid the lush green rainforest of Costa Rica and rejuvenate at our blissful abode!

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