7 Day Rainforest Yoga Retreat, Costa Rica

  • Organizer: Essence Arenal
  • Type: Yoga Retreat
  • Starting From: 01-November-2019
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Area: El Castillo, Costa Rica
  • Food: Vegetarian,Vegan,Organic
  • Surrounding area: Mountain,Close To Nature


Experience the advantages of Yoga in the exotic beauty of Costa Rica. Our 7-day yoga retreat is a fantastic opportunity for you to take a break, unwind, and relax. What better way to rejuvenate than in a tropical rainforest, surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature that offers serenity and peace!

We at EssenceArenal, let you enjoy the magnificent views of the Arenal Lake, Arenal volcano, and the El Castillo Valley along with twice daily Vinyasa and Yin yoga, daily hydrotherapy, bamboo massage, and mud wrap. You will also get one private Reiki session which will help balance your mind and emotions.

So lose yourself in this enchanting beauty with our well-designed yoga retreat and experience the magic of yoga that tranquilizes the mind!


The place is great, the big tents are nearly up in the trees with a great view on the lake. It is like sleeping in the middle of the forest. Nice jacuzzi to use in the evening, and a common area. Plus the food they make is delicious! Activities at a farm nearby (massage (amazing!!), Yoga, cocoa experience) It is a great place to relax for a night or two before continuing on your trip

Ill start off by saying this was the most amazing place I stayed at during my stay in Costa Rica. Waking up to the sounds of howler monkeys and views of the rainforest every morning were just incredible. The food was amazing, cheap, and fresh as everything is from the farm just a 15 min walk through the rainforest trail. The wifi could be better but it was good if you were inside the main building. If you're looking for a unique experience Essence is for you.

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    Mahela Piti

    Core Subject: Certified Yoga Instructor

    Hailing from Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida, Mahela is a passionate yoga practitioner and instructor. She has studied to become a certified Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin yoga instructor as well as a Reiki therapist. Her unclouded focus and passion for bringing positive change in people’s lives motivate her to exceed her limits. To quote her, “Through yoga I learned how to quiet my mind, to understand my thoughts, without letting them rule my life. Yoga changed my life in the best way possible and I want to share everything that I have learned with others.” What more to say, for Mahela yoga is very much like a metaphor for life.

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    Nico Botefur

    Core Subject: NLP Coach

    Our Project Director was born in Germany and raised in Spain. Now for the last 16 years, Nico has been living in stunning Costa Rica. Nico is a practitioner and master coach in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Timeline therapy, and is a Naturopath and Hydrotherapist. He studied and developed permaculture and organic farming and is the designer of the Essence Arenal organic farm and edible forest.


Nestled deep in the lush green rainforest of Costa Rica, Essence Arenal offers an extremely inviting environment to you. As widely said here “puravida”, which means ‘pure life’ or ‘simple life’, the Costa Rican philosophy will touch your life with gratitude, enjoyment, and optimism.

Essence Arenalis located in El Castillo,a small neighboring village to La Fortuna.

The hostel is located directly on Lake Arenal atop the hills overlooking Arenal volcano. We are spread in 22 hectares of prime hilltop forested pristine land with stunning views.

  • 7 days and 6 nights retreat in the bewitching rainforests of Costa Rica
  • 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
  • 1 Cacao Tour and Workshop
  • 1 Private Reiki Session 
  • 60 minute Bamboo Massage 
  • 1 Temazcal Experience (Sweat Lodge)
  • 1 Mud Wrap 

Essence Arenal Yoga Retreat includes:

  • An outdoor yoga deck
  • Vegetarian restaurant,
  • Organic Permaculture Farm
  • Swimming pool and Jacuzzi
  • Relaxing Bamboo Spa
  • Workshops to design your own practice

We at Essence offer standard, private, and superior rooms with bath along with standard and superior terrace tents with shared bath.

Moreover, we’ve got your back with orthopedic mattresses and anti-allergic pillows in all our rooms and tents.

Our on-site restaurant offers:

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included
  • Organic, delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food
  • Dinner demo cuisines to learn about the unique international dishes
  • Natural drinks and Naturopathic Teas

The daily hydrotherapy will increase endorphins and strengthen your immune system along with supplying fresh nutrients and oxygen to your body. The Temazcal experience will not just promote physical well-being and healing but this traditional healing method will also take you on a journey of reflection and introspection. At Essence,thevariegated activities and services make your 7-day yoga retreat exclusive.

To add to this, our daily morning yoga classes, waterfall jungle tours, free hot springs, swimming in our farm pool as well as in the volcanic lake, horseback riding, kayak, and canopy zip-lining are a few other fun activities that our guests can enjoy. Besides, our on-site restaurant will surely tickle your taste buds with the lip-smacking vegetarian and vegan international dishes.

Moreover, Nico, one of our teachers, is a practitioner and master coach in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). NLP is the study of how you think, speak, and behave and is used for personal development. It uses various techniques which helps people to change their thoughts and actions for better.

  • Paid Transportation to our local hot thermal/spring river

Essence Arenal


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.