Living Forest – Lake Arenal Retreats is the perfect place for retreats, workshops and teacher trainings. Immerse yourself and your clients/students in this hidden jungle paradise, located at Lake Arenal and surrounded by rich nature and tranquility. Wake up to the sound of the river, monkeys, toucans, birds and the smell of flowers, a truely blissful and peaceful experience filled with vibrant energy.

Johanna Harmala travelled the world for over 20 years with an idea in her mind to create a wonderful, creative, inspiring and affordable wellness centre surrounded by natures beauty to offer trainers & teachers an opportunity to share their knowledge and provide a safe and loving environment to all. Johanna was energetically drawn to this magical place just over 4 years ago and you can certainly tell she has created it all from the heart, a space filled with love, opportunity and abundance. Whether you have been doing retreats and training for years or this is your first you will have our full support.

The lodge consists of a commercial kitchen, outdoor dining area (with 3 tables and 20 chairs) which can also be used as a teaching/study area. 2 of the rooms are equiped with 4 beautifuly made comfortable wooden bunk beds and 1 room with a queen and 2 bunks beds and 2 seperate bathrooms. The fully covered Yoga deck and event space backs onto the jungle and river and is surrounded by beautiful mother nature. There are hammoks and wooden chairs in the surrounds, a wishing tree and a jungle river path. Next to the lodge there is a private casita consiting of 2 private double rooms and also the newly built Casa de La Luna Nueva with a communal kitchen, one private double room and one room with 2 single beds for teachers and facilitators. Maximum number of students/guests 16 + 4 for teachers and facilitators.

For groups more than 10 people the centre can be closed for your exclusive use with all Yoga mats and props available for use also. This is a intimate space and very comfortable for the group to relax in. You are welcome to use all the facilities and dip in the river in hot days, use our fire pit in case you like to have a fire one evening, relax in the hammock, enjoy the wildlife… Make most of the jungle life!

In regards meals, we hire a cook and can provide vegetarian or non, depending on your preference. We always cook healthy and delicious meals from mostly locally sourced ingredients and include plenty of delicious local fruit and vegetables.

We are happy to discuss other ideas and requirements and make this a wonderful experience for all and work with you in this co-creation. Contact us today for a free information PDF kit.

  • Mariposa Room
  • Yoga Deck