This five day All-inclusive Retreat is taking us out of our busy lives back to simplicity, to sensing, feeling and being present with our selves and others. A program of YOGA, DANCE & MOVEMENT, JOURNALING, HEALING and ART WORK is tailored to bring you deeper into your self and into a creative flow of expression. Deep healing, insights and shifts happen when we get together in this supportive and nurturing environment. Commune with the magical nature at Living Forest, breath little deeper, have some hammock time - there is lots of time to relax and get rejuvenated. One day we will adventure out for a fun excursion. 


Sample Day

Good morning; you are in Costa Rica at Living Forest waking up to the sound of the jungle river, birds singing and perhaps hearing the howler monkeys in the distance! You might be surprised you wake up earlier than usual and go to bed earlier too - in the jungle style!

Head to our beautiful yoga deck with open walls to the nature in front of you. Crab a cup of coffee or tea. The early mornings are reserved for SILENCE. This is YOU -time.

Here is an example how our days go:

7.00 Meditation/Journaling

7.30-8.30 Yoga or movement class

8.30 Yummy Breakfast and lots of time to chat with your fellow retreat participants

10.00-12.00 Group Session with movement/healing/creative practices

12.00 Lunch

Free time

3.30-5.30pm Group session with movement/healing/creative practices

6pm Dinner

Free time or relaxed group activity

& Good night!

Johanna’s teaching style in yoga is breath orientated cultivating a greater connection and love to one self and others. She invites her students to dive into the flow of breath and movement, balancing with effort and ease and being present in the now. There is often a sense of lightness, acceptance and laughter in her classes. With a holistic approach she blends pranayama, meditation and energy releasing techniques to bring greater wellbeing, balance and rejuvenation on all levels.

In a free-form dance session some guided warm ups and cooling down techniques will be provided but the rest of the time you get to follow your own energy with a great music playlist. There is no right or wrong way. We will also use other creative methods, such as writing, sound making and art.

It might come as a surprise but the creative work we will be doing does not require you to be a talented artist. Seriously, we can be very critical and self -conscious when it comes to our own unique creative expression. Our united intention for the retreat is to get out of our own way, lose the inner critic and find expression for what is present.

Healing and transformation is a powerful part of the program. During a retreat you are in an energy field where you are supported and this loving energy can bring forth profound healing, insights and new shifts. Johanna’s spiritual approach and over twenty years of experience in transformational work will provide a safe space for these shifts to happen. More about the facilitator: Johanna Harmala, is the creator and manager of Living Forest Lake Arenal Retreat center in Costa Rica. She is a certified Yoga teacher, Dance and Movement Instructor, Occupational therapist, Reiki master, Interior Designer, Healing facilitator and a trouble maker :). She is passionate about transformation and the language of energy. In her healing sessions she offers a loving space to create a deeper connection with the light; the life force energy with it's own universal intelligence. Apart from running the center and hosting retreats, she offers weekly yoga and dance classes at Living Forest. She adores to live in this magical piece of land at Living Forest with her three pets: two loving labradors called Nela and Blue and a cat with an attitude, called Tigre.

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms

Omnivore Food

  • over 80% locally sourced
  • restaurant on site


  • fast: streaming video

Ongoing classes

  • dance
  • yoga
  • meditation
  • breathwork

Getting here.

We are located at Lake Arenal, in the province of Guanacaste. Please fly to Liberia (LIR), officially named Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport. We are just 1.5 hour drive from the airport. Please be sure when you are booking your flights, that the arrival to Liberia is before 2pm. If you prefer to travel later, we can help you, but the transport to the retreat location is at your own cost.

There will be a group airport pick up at 2 -3pm at Liberia Airport the arrival day 22nd February. We will confirm the exact time closer to the time.

The driver can stop in a store on your way to Lake Arenal, so you have a chance to buy some snacks etc if you like. At Living Forest we will have a Welcome Dinner at 6pm.

On DEPARTURE day Feb 26th our program finishes late morning. Pick up to the airport leaves at 11am at Living Forest . You can catch any flights homewards from 3pm onwards. 


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