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10 Day Yoga, Detox, and Naturopathic Body Balance Retreat in El Castillo, Alajuela

Essence Arenal Hotel, 1 km al sur de El Castillo, junto a la Granja de Mariposas, El Castillo 1230, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Yoga, Wellness, and Detox Retreat

Get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in an authentic and natural Costa Rican experience and get a taste of everything with Essence Arenal. The unparalleled tranquility and natural beauty of Essence Arenal provides you with the space to journey inward, renew, and refresh your body, mind, and spirit. This special retreat gives you the opportunity to truly escape and allow the healing green of nature to wash over your whole being. Give yourself a treat and join now! Please note this is not a group retreat.

Meet the instructors

Nico & Alejandro
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  • 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

Skill level

  • Intermediate


10 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$140 per person)
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  • Hot spring
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Temazcal
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

During this retreat, you will be staying in a private room in Essence Arenal Hotel. 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, and swimming pool.


The itinerary will be given to you upon your arrival.

Included excursions

During this retreat, you will have two mineral hot spring visits.


Nico Botefur

Alejandro Camacho


This retreat will be taking place in El Castillo, close to the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal area, Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the east and south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals.

El Castillo is a small neighboring village to La Fortuna, directly on Lake Arenal atop the hills overlooking Arenal volcano with 22 hectares of prime hilltop forested pristine land. With breathtaking views, the hostel takes pride in giving their guests an experience of a lifetime. From forest trails down to a majestic waterfall hidden in the rainforest, enjoying mystical free hot springs, horseback riding, and canopy tours, there is a rich amount of nature activities to experience at Essence Arenal.


Depending on your personal need, you will be served juices and light food as prescribed by the naturopath. Your meals and juices will vary individually.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Gluten Free
  • Naturopathic
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)


This canopy tour gives a stellar view of Lake Arenal, the volcano, and lush rainforest. A silent gondola (the tram), slowly conveys visitors up above the canopy, and at the top, you can either tram it back down or fly down the zip lines.


This canopy is close to La Fortuna Town. It is one of the best values in the area with 12 zip lines, hot springs, crocodile pits, butterfly, frog exhibition areas, and hiking trails.

Canoa Tour

Canoa tour specializes in canoes and river float trips lead by bilingual naturalist guides. Most tours are geared towards wildlife and bird watching throughout the northern Costa Rican area.

Eco Zoo

The Eco Zoo offers guided tours and hands-on reptile and amphibian demonstrations. The objective of these shows is to educate and to increase knowledge and awareness of these animals, their positive roles in nature, and the need to preserve them.

Transportation to Monteverde

This is one of the primary forms of transportation from Essence Arenal to Monteverde or Santa Elena, as it is incredibly scenic, reasonably priced, and saves you half-day of travel.

Rafting Tours

These expeditions offer fun and professional whitewater rafting and kayaking on Rio Toro, Rio Sarapiqui, Rio Peñas Blancas, and Rio Balsa, rapids ranging from class I to class IV suited for all skill levels.


  • A guide will take you on a hike to an isolated area of the rainforest where you will rappel down to four waterfalls, the highest one is 70 meters tall.

Horseback riding

Horseback riding Tour is one of the best rides in the area. A guide will pick you up at Essence Arenal and take you up to the primary forest, and you will be able to bathe in a hidden waterfall and witness a spectacular view of Lake Arenal, volcano, and lush rainforest.

Spa treatments

During this retreat, a full-body mud wrap, a 60-minute massage, and one temazcal (indigenous sweat lodge) experience is included in the price.

The spa is located in a privileged zone of the jungle with a unique view to the Arenal volcano and lake, in the middle of a permaculture farm where you will find edible plants like cacao, coffee, sugar cane, corn, many vegetables, and a unique selection of medicinal herbs among others.

The harvest is featured in the restaurant on-site with daily creative selections. Essence Arenal Wellness Center is committed to health and natural alternatives and fully respectful of the environment.

They offer various treatments like sweat lodge, Thai massage, Swedish, Deep tissue, Ionic foot detox, Volcanic mud wraps, Sound therapy, and other treatments to choose from .

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes
  • 3 enemas
  • Consultation with a naturopath
  • Naturopathic medicine for the detox
  • 1 full-body mud wrap
  • 1 60-minute massage
  • 1 Temazcal (indigenous sweat lodge) experience
  • 2 mineral hot spring visit
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Food or juices
  • Please noted this is not a group retreat

What's not included

  • Flight
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Arenal Airport (FON). This airport is located 20 minutes from La Fortuna. You would first need to book a regional flight to reach this airport from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). You can take Nature Air or some other smaller flights that offers regional flights several times a week.

Alternatively, from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), you can take private transportation with driver to reach the hostel directly. This service is usually provided in an air-conditioned minivan that can pick you up at the airport or in any location in Costa Rica. Prices can vary according to the location and time of year that you plan to travel. If you are traveling from the San Jose area, including San Jose International Airport, this service will cost 140 USD for a private shuttle.

Arrival by bus

  • The main buses leave from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) bus station at 6:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. and arrive in La Fortuna.

Arrival by shuttle

The local El Castillo shuttles can take you from La Fortuna to the hotel. These shuttles leave from La Fortuna every day at 9:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. upon reservation, and costs 10 USD per person. The shuttle will be the cheapest option and will drop you off at the hotel.

Alternatively, you can also opt for shared shuttle transportation. The rates for this method of transportation range from 40 to 50 USD per person. These are one-way prices.

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer available: Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$140 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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