7 Days Mind and Body Retreat/Workshop

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This place was exactly what we needed to clear our heads! From the spectacular views, friendly staff, wonderfully wholesome meals, and exceptional hiking trails we were not disappointed! We ended up booking another night because we couldn't resist one more sunset in the mountains Thanks so much Nico and staff!

Rooms were nice, service was nice and the views of the volcano from the hostel were breathtakingly good. Great place where we got a fairly cheap taxi to the dormant volcano, and then to the springs and then back again so a great location if you are looking to visit the volcano. The local town is nice as well with a few things to do.

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10 hours of NLP coaching sessions with our NLP Master Coach, NicoBotefur,will help you to understand yourself as well as others better.Neuro Linguistic Programming is an astonishing method to communicate and develop and become a better version of yourself.

Our Mind and Body Retreat/Workshop will efficiently guide you to learn the way your mind works and how to use it to your advantage. Become more self-aware and find answers within with this retreat which is specifically designed to rejuvenate and rebuild the mind and body. We will also empower and encourage you to be present and live in the moment as well as to be healthy. Moreover, our ionic foot detox will help you to cleanse your body and enhance the immune system. So, embark on this journey to learn a new way of thinking and healing, raising your spiritual vibrations and accomplishing more than you know!

Program Description

Our program offers a total transformation of Mind, Body, and Soul for 7 Days/6 Nights. The program also includes:

  • Private accommodation
  • 3 Vegetarian Meals a Day with Natural drinks, and Naturopathic Teas depending on your detox needs
  • Once Daily 75 minute Vinyasa and Yin Yoga Classes
  • A total of 10 hours NLP breakthrough coaching sessions (with NLP Master Coach)
  • Daily Personal Hydrotherapy once a day
  • 1 Ionic Foot Detox
  • 1 60 minutes Bamboo Massage
  • 1 Temazcal Experience (Sweat Lodge)

Our Teachers


Mahela Piti

Core Subject: Certified Yoga Instructor
An expert in Hatha, Vinyasa and Ying yoga, Mahela is from Cuba and she connects to yoga on a much deeper level. For her yoga is a metaphor of life itself and she channels her positivity to the participants through yoga and meditation. She is also a proficient Reiki therapist. She will motivate you to understand your thoughts, calm your mind, and learn to acknowledge them without allowing your thoughts to control your life. She believes that if you can achieve inner peace, the rest will take care of itself. With yoga, she began questioning the world and past choices which led to where she is today and she trained her mind to have more productive and heartfelt conversations. Under her expert guidance and supervision, you are sure to learn how to quiet your mind and excel in your practices.

Nico Botefur

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


In Costa Rica, places are known by the landmarks and Essence Arenal is locatedin El Castillo, 28.5kms northwest of La Fortuna. It is directly on the Lake Arenal atop the hills overlooking Arenal volcano, which is a sight to behold.

The sheer beauty of this place will surely mesmerize you and amplify your experience.

What more! You can take walks along our forest trails and hike to have a little adventure!


Types: Yoga Retreat Date: From 01-September-2019 To 31-December-2019 Duration: 7 Days Area: El Castillo, Costa Rica Food: Vegetarian,Vegan,Organic Surrounding Area: Near to Beach,Mountain,Close To Nature


Our property is nestled in the lush green rainforest of Costa Rica. We have thoughtfully created a space which is more open, inviting, and perfect to practice yoga and meditation. Our yoga deck, organic permaculture farm, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spas, and workshops all add value to your time spent with us.

Along with this, we have adventure sports such as horseback riding, kayak, and canopy zip-lining which will help you get back in shape along with having fun. Our daily yoga and meditation sessions, waterfall jungle tours, and free hot springs will allow you to make the most of your expedition.

You can enjoy sleeping in our standard, private, and superior rooms as well as tents. Also, we have orthopaedic mattresses and anti-allergic pillows for all beds.

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Our delicious, organic meals will help nourish and cleanse your body from the inside out. Depending on your detox needs, we offer natural drinks and naturopathic teas. Besides this, our on-site restaurant offers healthy vegetarian and vegan food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

We also organize dinner demo cuisines to help you learn about the exclusive international dishes.

What Makes This Program Special?

Temazcal is a traditional Mexican sweat lodge which is a purification process and has ample health benefits. You can have this experience at Essence Arenal to promote physical healing and well-being. With Temazcal you will be taken to a journey inward and emerge as a much stronger and healthier person.

Other than this, we also offer foot detox and daily hydrotherapy which will help ease pain and cleanse and provide fresh nutrients and oxygen to your body, strengthening your immune system. The bamboo massage has amazing therapeutic benefits including a deep sense of relaxation, serenity, and inner peace.

All this, under the guidance of our expert teachers, will help you escape the stressed life for a while and make yoga a way of your life, making you stronger to handle everything more efficiently.


  • Paid Transportation to our local hot thermal/spring river



Essence Arenal

At Essene, you can experience the unblemished beauty of Costa Rica and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Located directly on Lake Arenal atop the hills overlooking Arenal volcano, Essence promises you stunning views of raw nature while practicing yoga and meditation.

We also offer amenities such as laundry services, free Wi-Fi, on-site vegetarian restaurant, swimming pool and hammocks as well as Tilapia point.

While exploring, you will also discover the gorgeous waterfall which will soothe your soul. We would love you see you participate in the activities at our farm.


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Why choose Essence Arenal


Along with the majestic views of Arenal volcano, we also give you trails on our 22 hectares property farm and rainforest, hot showers, massages in the bamboo spa, and a lot more which will give you memories that you will cherish for a long time. At the end of this retreat, you will feel completely relaxed and will be able to handle your life better.


Our experts will guide you to improve your yoga and meditation practices with which you will be able to renew your way of thinking. While Nico with his knowledge of NLP, Time Line Therapy, Naturopathy, and Hydrology will help you cleanse your mind and soul, Mahela with her expertise in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga will take your physical, mental, and emotional transformation to an all new level.


We gladly invite you to join us and live by the famous Costa Rican saying “puravida”, which literally translates into “pure life” or “simple life”.

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