4 Days Relax and Breathe Retreat in Costa Rica

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We were a group of four traveling by van. They let us park the van and use electricity for 20$ for 2 nights. My sister and her boyfriend slept in the van and my boyfriend and I rent a tent. It was very clean and comfortable. The hostel is very well located. You have a view on both the lake and the volcano. The little farm is amazing. There are little trails you can take to see a lot of plants and flowers. You can also hear howler monkeys (maybe if you're luckier than us you could also get to see them!). There's a hot tub on the patio and it's very clean also. We had breakfast one morning and it was very typical and delicious. The staff was friendly and helpful. We had a wonderful time there and warmly recommend it :)

If you don’t like tourist places like la fortuna, El Castillo and essence Arenal is the place for You. Staff was heartwarming and we felt like home after minutes. Veggie food available and yummy. View is incredible! Highly recommended

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Hit the reset button and take a break from the busy, bustling city life with our Relax and Breathe retreat program that will take you to a journey inward, allowing you to go back to go forward.

We don’t just help you relax but also offer you to experience a culture very different, including wholesome food, digital detox, and meeting like-minded people.

Our 4 days/3 nights sojourn promises a compelling experience amidst the tropical rainforest of Costa Rica.

Program Description

Lose yourself and experience stress leaving your body and mind, restoring complete peace with once daily 75-minute Vinyasa and Yin Yang classes and refreshing spa services such as daily personal hydrotherapy once a day, 1 iconic foot detox, 1 60-minute bamboo massage, and 1 mud wrap.

The program allows you to be in the moment and raise your spiritual vibrations.

Our Teachers


Mahela Piti

Core Subject: Certified Yoga Instructor
We all need a passion in life, something that motivates us each and every day to exceed our limits. For Mahela, that passion is yoga. Originally from Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida. Mahela studied to become a certified Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga instructor as well as a Reiki therapist.

Nico Botefur

Core Subject: NLP Coach
Meet our Project director. Born in Germany and raised in Spain. Nico has now been living 16 years in amazing Costa Rica. Nico studied and developed permaculture and organic farming and designed the Essence Arenal organic farm and edible forest.Nico specializes in NLP (neuro-linguistic programing) as a practitioner and master coach, Time line therapy Master practitioner and is a Naturopath and Hydrotherapist. Also a boat captain, Nico sailed for 3 years around the world discovering cultures, and different life and healing secrets. Arriving in Costa Rica 16 years ago and starting this amazing Project called Essence Arenal.


Costa Rica.

Living in the moment has never been so easy than on a relaxing retreat in the Costa Rican nature.


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: Near to Beach,Mountain,Close To Nature


Dive into a full rainforest adventure sleeping in either our rooms or our glamping tents.

Wake up to the sounds of the howler monkeys and hummingbirds and enjoy the rainforest and volcano views right outside your room.

  • Standard with private bath 2 People (4 Maximum) : $48
  • Private room with shared bath : Two options: 2 Person (3 Maximum) or 2 Person (5 Maximum) : $35 
  • Superior Terrace Tents with shared bath: Two options: 2 Persons Maximum or 5 Persons Maximum : $48
  • Standard Tents with shared bath: 3 Persons Maximum : $29, 99
  • Superior Room with private bath : Two Options: 2 Persons Maximum or 4 Persons Maximum : $58


Food & Accommodation Gallery


3 Vegetarian meals a day with natural drinks and naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs.

Menu Types:

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

What it costs: $495 per person including tax and service charge.

What Makes This Program Special?

Other than yoga, pranayama, and spa services, this retreat in the unblemished beauty of Costa Rica is the perfect getaway to restore the harmony of your body, mind, and soul.

Surrounded by volcanoes, diverse natural beauty, lots of wildlife, and breathtaking beaches, our destination is a delight to the eyes of those who seek inner peace. 


Paid Transportation to our local hot thermal/spring river.



Essence Arenal

Located in El Castillo, a small neighbouring village to La Fortuna, Essence Arenal allows you to dwell into the raw and untouched beauty of Costa Rica. With Lake Arenal and on top of the hills overlooking theArenal volcano, our centre promises to give you spectacular views. We are delighted to give our guests an experience of a lifetime with 22 hectares of prime hilltop forested pristine land.


Advance Payable Percentage- 10%

Why choose Essence Arenal

Our oasis of serenity allows you to be in the state of calmness, reinventing your true self.

We let you escape the stressful life and let nature heal you and restore peace.

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