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!


Alejandro Camacho Baez
Born in 1988 in the South of Costa Rica. In 2013 he received a holistic therapy, who led him to a state of introspection about his life. It gave him the opportunity to reach a higher level of conscience, and he dedicated the following years to have a better understanding of the way he had followed. Now, he is a holistic therapist in integral balance, sound therapist and a certified Hatha yoga teacher (300 hours). He is known for his kind and soft approach to healing through energy and vibrational therapies, yoga and integral massage, including also Reiki, Shiatsu/Thai and Watsu. For the past 4 years was traveling around Central America and worked doing therapies and yoga in several Spas, gyms, resorts, lodges and healing centers.


Adelina Quiros
The goal is to appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates to make passes with who you are. The goal is to love, if you change the focus your heart will grow.
Adelina begins her path in yoga at age 13 looking for motivation and purpose, this beautiful discipline attracts a break and makes Adelina see the world with other eyes, experiences peace and happiness and a new approach to her life.
Begin to deepen the practice, discover asanas, mantras, mudras and meditation and every time all questions fit your answer.
She knew that yoga should be part of her life, works her body and mind for years and at 19 she decided to take her first training in Yoga Mandir Costa Rica where she is certified in 300 hours of hatha yoga.
Here, more than learning to teach, learn to observe, pay attention to movement, breathing and silence.
Everything was aligned as if the divine were part of the plan.
He manages to complement his knowledge as a therapist, learning holistic and ancestral techniques and discover the ceremonies and temazcales which leads him to discover that his technique is a mixture of inherited cultures and knowledge.
In class, her focus is breathing and alignment from the B.K.S Iyengar method.
Meditations will always be restorative focused on cleaning blockages in the energy of each person reaching new states of vibration and consciousness and therapies have a holistic and physical approach which makes each treatment a complete experience.


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.


10 Days Holistic Awareness Yoga Retreat in El Castillo, Costa Rica

18 yoga sessions
1 45-minute sound therapy session
Be pampered with Thai and deep tissue massage sessions
Enjoy sweat lodge ceremony and body detox mud wrap
1 organic permaculture farm tour for 60 minutes
Savor delicious healthy meals
9 nights accommodation

10 Days Yoga, Detox, and Naturopathic Body Balance Retreat in Costa Rica

Daily yoga classes
Visit to mineral hot springs
Naturopathic medicine for detox
Temazcal / sweat lodge experience
6 functional detox smoothies a day
Full-body mud wrap session
9 nights accommodation
3 enemas

14 Days Rainforest Paradise Yoga Retreat in El Castilo, Costa Rica

Suited for the beginner yogi
Restorative Yin yoga sessions
A balanced Vinyasa or Hatha practice
2 excursions to the mineral hot spring
Savor delicious healthy meals
13 nights accommodation



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) 60-minute massage
• One (1) mud wrap
• 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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