Retreats

About the Guides



Mahela Piti
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. “Through yoga I learned how to quiet my mind, to understand my thoughts, without letting them rule my life. I see yoga very much like a metaphor for life. If you can achieve inner peace, the rest will take care of itself. When I began practicing yoga, I began questioning the world I live in and past choices that I have made that have led me to where I am now. I began to challenge my mind to have more productive and heartfelt conversations. Yoga changed my life in the best way possible and I want to share everything that I have learned with others. The universe sends us gurus every day. I just had to tune into it.”


Nico Botefur

NLP Master Coach, Timeline Therapy Master,
Naturopath, and Permaculture Designer

In the year 2008, the beautiful Essence Arenal project began through destiny and universal guidance. Born in Germany and raised in Spain, I arrived in Costa Rica after sailing for three years looking for a new home. I ended up in this rainforest paradise, where I immediately knew this was my place on earth to live. Twelve years of living in the jungle has opened my eyes and curiosity to this impressive ecosystem, which is way more related to our personal state, health and growth, than I originally realized. In every aspect of nature, there is a natural resistance before the breakthrough of a new life, shape, or state. We can see the same mirrored in ourselves. Often what we see as stressful, depressing, or dis-empowering, or in moments we unconsciously choose to feel anxiety or any other negative emotion, it is just the beginning of a beautiful new YOU on its way. Like the butterfly emerging from the cocoon, or the flower turning into a juicy fruit, challenge and resistance often leads to breakthrough and transformation. After 6 years in real estate until 2008, I was 80 pounds overweight and had a wide collection of emotional wrecks stored in my soul. I was taking daily pills for high blood pressure, gastritis, and some other serious body talk. In a short time of balancing nutrition, emotions, and bad life habits, these problems disappeared! The lifetime treatments the doctors had prescribed were no longer necessary. Job, friends, family, and environment have a heavy impact on our personal and spiritual growth and health. I feel I needed to go through that breakdown to create my new environment and life, and to complete my successful search for equilibrium. I have found emotional, physical, and spiritual balance through the creation of this wonderful place. And I want to share it with you!




Jen
Jennifer is a holistic health coach, yoga instructor, Reiki level 2 practitioner and herbalist. She manages the wellness retreats at Essence Arenal. She healed her own debilitating health problems (from allergies to strep throat to chronic back pain, hypothyroidism and hormonal issues) with natural methods, and loves sharing this experience and knowledge to empower others to heal themselves. Jennifer worked in the environmental industry for over 15 years providing litigation support for huge lawsuits that often involved illnesses caused by environmental factors and foods. This work, along with her own experiences of dis-ease and witnessing many of her friends and family members get sick and die from cancer and complications of diabetes allowed her to see how much of an effect lifestyle and environment can have on our health. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and earned her 200-hour yoga teacher certification with the Samudra School of Living Yoga in 2013. She has also studied yin yoga and mindfulness meditation for many years. Jennifer has worked at herbal apothecaries and farms in New England, and helped to develop three permaculture and wellness/ecotourism projects in Costa Rica. She has also worked since 2015 as a health coach for an online lifestyle medicine organization supporting people with type 2 diabetes. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Business Administration and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in March 2018.


Martin
Martin shares his ancestral knowledge and wisdom during sacred temazcal (indigenous sweat lodge) ceremonies. He also offers healing volcanic mud wraps and gentle massages in our spa, using medicinal and aromatherapeutic herbs and oils. His therapies, tailored to each person’s specific needs, combine the wisdom from several ancient Eastern and Western healing traditions. Martin has a lifetime of farming and herbalism experience, and a deep connection with animals and all of nature. He strives to be as sustainable and gentle on the earth as possible, and has managed several agricultural projects throughout Costa Rica teaching others about permaculture and organic methods. Martin creates 100% natural herbal products such as body creams, herbal teas, and fermented foods. He lives by Hippocrates’ idea of, “Let food by thy medicine.” He has traveled extensively building sweat lodges, teaching about herbs and agriculture, and learning healing techniques from people all over the world. In addition, Martin is a biologist and has a wealth of knowledge about all the jungle animals and plants – and he always loves to share a good story! Born in a sweat lodge with a shaman mother and grandfather, Martin was a part of sacred healing ceremonies his entire life. He is honored and happy to welcome people from all backgrounds to learn about and experience the healing powers of nature during these truly unique experiences.


About our retreats

Imagine practicing yoga in an enchanted Costa Rican location. Just you and
the breathtaking nature around you. Being in the present moment has never
been easier and more wonderful than on a yoga retreat in the Costa Rican
nature. We will have yin yoga and vinyasa flow yoga sessions twice a day
outdoors, with breathing techniques and guided meditation.
The eco-hotel has majestic views of the Arenal volcano, the Arenal lake,
and the El Castillo Valley, which you can see from the hammocks spotted
around the farm. There is a Yoga Deck, Jacuzzi, Vegetarian Restaurant,
Organic Permaculture Farm, Swimming Pool.
There are hiking trails on this 22 hectare property farm and rain forest. You
can even sign up for a relaxing massage in the Bamboo Spa after a magical
hike. You will also have time for meditation, swimming or anything you wish
doing. You will even have a workshop where you learn the basics of
designing your own practice. This experience will improve many aspects of
your life as you will deepen your yoga practice.
You will even have the chance to widen your culinary repertoire by trying
delicious and healthy organic vegetarian and vegan dishes at this fairy
tale like organic farm. The on-site restaurant will satisfy your hunger
for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They even have dinner demo cuisines,
that includes participating with the chef to learn about the unique
international dishes with a vegetarian twist.
During and after the retreat you will become much more relaxed and less
distracted by fleeting thoughts and you will be able to apply the newly
learnt skills in your everyday life.
Are you ready to deepen your yoga practice, transform your eating habits
and perception on life? Join us to learn being more mindful, relaxed and
enjoying every second of your life.



All-Inclusive
Lezaeta Thermal Hydrotherapy & Detox Retreat

Try something new that has 1,000 years of effectiveness
Lezaeta is the creator of the thermal doctrine, based on many studies about healers and naturopaths like Kneipp or Priessnitz. We offer non-invasive hydro treatments with amazing results!
Our Lezaeta retreat includes a special vegetarian/vegan meal plan, which will be designed according to your personal needs to get your digestive, circulatory, and respiratory system into their natural balance.
4 Days / 3 Nights:
Retreat includes:
• Private accommodation
• Three (3) vegetarian meals a day (vegan and gluten-free options) with natural drinks, and naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs
• One (1) daily 60-minute vinyasa or yin yoga class
• Personal hydrotherapy once a day
• Transfer to and from our local natural hot springs/thermal river
Price per person $479, tax and service charge included



All-Inclusive
Rainforest Yoga Retreat

The unparalleled tranquillity and natural beauty of Essence Arenal provide you with the space to journey inward, renew, and refresh your body, mind, and spirit. Enjoy yoga while relaxing on this nature retreat. This special experience gives you the opportunity to truly escape and allow the healing green of nature to wash over your whole being. Take walks along our forest trails, lie in a hammock by the pool, enjoy the sunrise and sunset views of the Arenal volcano, strengthen your body and mind with yoga and hiking, and have a bit of adventure!
4 Days / 3 Nights
Retreat includes:
• Private accommodation
• One (1) daily 60-minute vinyasa or yin yoga class
• Three (3) vegetarian meals a day (vegan and gluten-free options) with natural drinks, and naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs
• Daily personal hydrotherapy once a day
• Transfer to our local natural hot springs/thermal river
Price Per Person $399, tax and service charge included

7 Days / 6 Nights
Retreat includes:
• Private accommodation
• One (1) daily 60-minute vinyasa or yin yoga class
• Three (3) vegetarian meals a day (vegan and gluten-free options) with natural drinks, and naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs
• Daily personal hydrotherapy once a day
• One (1) cacao tour and workshop
• One (1) private Reiki session
• One (1) 60-minute massage
• One (1) mud wrap
• One (1) temazcal (indigenous sweat lodge) experience
• Transfer to our local natural hot springs/thermal river

Price Per Person $798, tax and service charge included



All-Inclusive
Mind and Body Retreat / Workshop

A total Mind, Body and Spirit change
As NLP master Tony Robbins said:
“Change your perception, change your world: nothing in life has a meaning except the meaning we give it, so let’s start giving it a positive, productive meaning because the quality of our life is directly proportional to the quality of our communication. Let’s communicate to our brain and body in a way it can fulfil our dreams and make them reality.”
7 Days / 6 Nights
Retreat includes:
• Private accommodation
• Three (3) vegetarian meals a day (vegan and gluten-free options) with natural drinks, and naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs
• One (1) daily 60-minute vinyasa or yin yoga class
• A total of ten (10) hours NLP breakthrough coaching sessions (with NLP Master Coach)
• Personal hydrotherapy once a day
• One (1) Ionic Foot Detox
• One (1) 60-minute massage
• One (1) indigenous Temazcal Experience (Sweat Lodge)
• Transfer to and from our local natural hot springs/thermal river
Price per person $1298, tax and service charge included



All-Inclusive
Relax and Breathe Retreat

A total recharge of Mind, Body and Spirit
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.
4 Days / 3 Nights
Retreat includes:
• Daily Private accommodation
• One (1) daily 60-minute vinyasa or yin yoga class
• Three (3) vegetarian meals a day (vegan and gluten-free options) with natural drinks, and naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs
• Personal Hydrotherapy once a day
• One (1) Ionic Foot Detox
• One (1) 60-minute massage
• One (1) mud wrap
• Transfer to and from our local natural hot springs/thermal river
Price Per Person $495, tax and service charge included


Contact us for more information on room types (superior, private,
shared), the early bird price, payment options and info on checking in and
out a day earlier or later.

Contact: 506 2479 1131, essencearenal@yahoo.com and www.essencearenal.com
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