Leaves and Lizards Retreat

/lēvz and lizərds rəˈtrēt/


1. a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax.
2. a unique cabin resort in Costa Rica with rustic charm and breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano.
synonyms: refuge, haven, sanctuary, hideaway, home away from home

Lodging & Rates

We offer 10 unique private deluxe cabins  spread out on 30 acres of rolling hills ALL OPTIONS offer amazing views of the Arenal Volcano.

Vacation Packages

We can streamline your vacation planning by creating customized experiences for individuals, couples, groups or families.

Tours & Activities

There’s so much to do in Costa Rica! At Leaves and Lizards, your activities and tours are personalized and can be customized to meet your needs.

Escape from the ordinary at Leaves and Lizards…

We’re not just another Costa Rica rain forest hotel. Choose one of our unique cabins and immerse yourself in the local Tico culture. Take in breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano as you watch toucans from your private porch. Collect eggs, milk a cow, or brush a horse on our working farm. Enjoy fresh farm to table food and delicious Costa Rican coffee. Experience the best horseback riding in Costa Rica, let us plan a zip-line or rafting adventure for you, or simply relax by the pool and enjoy a signature cocktail.

“Left a piece of my heart there…”

Like all the best things in life, it takes some effort to get to L&L. The road there is a trip in and of itself but if you let a little gravel stand in the way of you getting there, this place probably isn’t for you anyway. Eventually, you make you way through the village that time forgot and end up in the retreat.

“Gratitude for Horses!”

I’m so grateful for the experience I had at Leaves and Lizards. It was truly a life changing experience that I couldn’t have anticipated. Being surrounded by such love from all the horses and animals on the farm, waking up to a stunning view of the volcano, eating delicious organic meals, being in the middle of the  jungle and working with such amazing facilitators was healing on so many levels.

“Paradise Found!”

Leaves and Lizards is a beautiful and relaxing paradise set in the rainforest of Northern Costa Rica. It’s a rough track as you near this paradise but, without doubt, worth it. The views from every cabin and the open air restaurant are spectacular, vistas of luscious green rainforest and the famous volcano Arenal

“Simply the best”

L&L is an excellent example of a successful business run by resident owners who have put so much love and attention into every inch of the property. It is evident from your arrival to departure that it is important that you enjoy your stay and gain a full and varied experience of the local area. It is well managed and impeccably presented.

“Even more than we hoped for"

We had such a wonderful time in Costa Rica at Leaves and Lizards! We loved loved, loved the Hummingbird house and were SO glad that we upgraded to it. The bird watching was just incredible – far more than we even hoped for. We had toucans in the trees right outside the house singing to each other, a flock of green parrots, saw a white hawk, and of course saw gorgeous hummingbirds all around.

Come visit us and find out for yourself why Leaves and Lizards Retreat in Costa Rica is ranked in the top 1% of resort hotels in the world!

Contact Us

Toll free from the US or Canada: 1-888-828-9245 or 1-866-860-7613.

Locally in Costa Rica: 2478-0023 or 8333-6863.

Email: leavesandlizardsretreat@gmail.com

Our address is: 500 meters Sur de Super Kike, Alto Monterrey, Monterrey, San Carlos, Alajeula, Costa Rica

Leaves and Lizards Retreat

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica CLICK HERE, for directions
Journey into the Soul – Horses and the Medicine Wheel @ Leaves and Lizards
Oct 13 – Oct 23 all-day
Journey into the Soul - Horses and the Medicine Wheel @ Leaves and Lizards

“The sacred duty of being an individual is to gradually learn how to live so as to awaken the eternal within you.” ~ John O’Donohue

Join Eponicity and Mike Bodkin of Rites of Passage in Costa Rica for this soul filling retreat of connection and introspection. The Native American Medicine Wheel lays a path for us to follow, through cycles of birth and rebirth. If you are ready to go deep into this exploration, this journey into what lies ahead and what is in this moment and what must be healed and let go of…then let your horse take you on this journey.

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Introduction to Sand Play Training For Healing Arts Professionals @ Leaves and Lizards Retreat
Oct 28 – Nov 1 all-day
Introduction to Sand Play Training For Healing Arts Professionals @ Leaves and Lizards Retreat

Introduction to Sand Play Training Course for Healing Arts Professionals
Presented by Gretchen Morgan, LCSW
Lighthouse Counseling Services, New Jersey
Gretchen Morgan has been using in her practice and teaching Sand Play for over 20 years and is offering this 3 day, 18 hour course, for persons in the healing arts community. Health care professionals will earn 18 CEU’s for the course.

Details (4 nights)
Participants arrive on or before October 28th, 2018.
Arriving flights should come into SJO or LIR airports by 2 pm on October 28th. Airport transportation is not included but will be organized by Leaves and Lizards.
$1300/person/double occupancy
Includes: Sand Play Training Tuition, Lodging, all on site meals.
Not included: Airfare, airport transfers, soda pop, alcohol and tips.

This can be an add on to the Heal the Healers Retreat starting on November 1st.

Healing the Healers Retreat @ Leaves and Lizards
Nov 1 – Nov 8 all-day
Healing the Healers Retreat @ Leaves and Lizards

You the Healer….

As a Healer your soul has been called to give, to heal, to provide comfort to others during difficult times; with selflessness and compassion. Your needs are often set aside and life consists only of giving and can you may find it hard to receive.  Eventually the giving becomes a strain, both physically and emotionally.  The depleted healer becomes vulnerable to burn-out, and can begin to perceive their healing gift as a burden.  Recognizing it is essential to take time for self-care, to renew and to learn to receive can restore light and energy back into the soul of the healer.


Full brochure please click here: Healing the Healers 2018

Intermediate Sand Play Training for the Healing Arts Professional @ Leaves and Lizards Retreat
Nov 8 – Nov 11 all-day
Intermediate Sand Play Training for the Healing Arts Professional @ Leaves and Lizards Retreat

 The Lighthouse Sand Play Therapy Technique

Intermediate Sand Play Therapy Training Series

Presenter: Gretchen Morgan, LCSW
For those who have completed our three-part Introduction to Sand Play Therapy Series, we offer an Intermediate Level of Sand Play Therapy Training. The format is small group and highly experiential.  Some topics that will be covered include: Complex Trauma, Defense Mechanisms, Resource Development, Somatics and Symbolism. All intermediate trainings are approved for CE  for 18 CE’s by NJ CE Collaborative, APT and NBCC .

$1500/person double occupancy  (guaranteed single occupancy is $700 extra)

  • Arrival to Leaves and Lizards is on or before November 8th. Class is on Nov. 9,10,11th, 2018.
  • Departure is on or after November 12th (departing flights should leave after 2 pm).

Additional nights at Leaves and Lizards are offered at  $180/night plus tax*

Includes: Food and lodging, tuition

Not included: Airfare, airport transfers, tips, soda pop, or alcohol

Consider this as an add on to our Healing the Healers Retreat Nov. 1st to the 8th.

*extra charge for the Tree House, Butterfly or Hummingbird


Higher Living Now ~ Horse and Yoga Self Empowerment Retreat @ Leaves and Lizards
Dec 10 – Dec 16 all-day
Higher Living Now ~ Horse and Yoga Self Empowerment Retreat @ Leaves and Lizards
The retreat will be centered around the 5 kosha bodies and have experiences designed to bring balance, regain strength, renew spirit and rediscover our power. Through a framework of an ancient system designed to look at levels of consciousness, we can  become more of our most authentic selves. We will be using this system as a tool kit to check in and see where we are coming from and areas that we can focus on to improve our life. This will provide the framework of the each day’s activities.
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It will include the following days:

 5 Kosha:

  • Annamaya  “Food or Physical”
  • Pranamaya “Energy”
  • Manomaya “Mind”
  • Vijnanamaya “Wisdom”
  • Anandamaya “Bliss”

Yoga and Photography Retreat ~ Rob Knight and Kelly Yount @ Leaves and Lizards
Jan 19 – Jan 26 all-day
Yoga and Photography Retreat ~ Rob Knight and Kelly Yount @ Leaves and Lizards

Travel can heighten our senses and inspire us to pay closer attention to what’s going on around us. When we allow ourselves to slow down and be present, we can begin to explore our own story. We can engage our creativity and decide what it is we want to say. Yoga can teach us how to tune in to our stories. Photography can be the language we use to share those stories. This Creative Immersion retreat provides the opportunity and the guidance to explore your own inspiration, style, and vision with like-minded travelers in a unique environment.

A creative journey…

You’ll explore concepts such as visual storytelling, mindful photography, and photographic intent. Use Costa Rica as a backdrop to engage your creative side while you explore your unique viewpoint. This tour is not just about philosophy though. This is also a Costa Rica photography workshop. Rob and Kelly will provide hands-on instruction, presentations, and demonstrations throughout the week to help you unlock your creativity and create your own compelling images.


Eponicity’s Horse Crazy Affair @ Leaves and Lizards Retreat Costa Rica
Jan 29 – Feb 5 all-day

Activities include:

~ Horse selection (your horse picks you for the week) ~

~ Follow trails through the rainforest with your horse to swim in our private waterfall ~

~ Gallop along rolling hills in the shadow of the Arenal volcano ~

~ Join a “Cabalgata” (community ride with 100s of local horses through wild, natural countryside) ~

~ Discover what your horse can teach you about yourself ~

~ Build trust with your horse partner on a full moon night ride (weather permitting) ~

~ Play team rodeo games with local “Tico” cowboys ~

~ Swim and play with your horse in the Arenal river ~

~ Watch the sun set over the Arenal volcano each night from our infinity pool or Tiki bar ~

Horse Crazy Affair Costa Rica Eponicity

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Male Archetypes – Advanced Sand Tray Training for Healing Arts Professionals
Feb 9 – Feb 15 all-day
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Resort Amenities

  • Infinity Pool
  • Poolside Tiki Bar
  • Lava Lizard Restaurant
  • Vegetarian and vegan offerings
  • Gluten free options
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry service
  • Naturalist guide service
  • Covered Yoga Deck
  • Yoga classes
  • Massage therapy
  • Horseback riding
  • Our own private waterfall
  • Arenal River access
  • Rain forest hiking trails
  • Working farm with cows, chickens, and pigs
  • Farm fresh eggs and milk
  • On-site photography services
  • Photography classes
  • Personal coaching

Things to Note about our Cabin Retreat

  • Our delicious Breakfast is included in the nightly rate.
  • Leaves and Lizards Rates do not include the 13% Costa Rica tourist tax, it is added to your food and lodging total.
  • In accordance with local tourism law, an additional 10% service charge is added to your food bill.
  • Cash, PayPal, VISA and MasterCard are accepted on site.
  • We are not a typical hotel/resort. We have a welcoming retreat like atmosphere.
  • In keeping with our retreat atmosphere, we ask for a minimum stay of 3 nights. Please don’t ask for shorter stays. Our average length of stay is 4-5 nights.
  • Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat is suitable for older children. We may not be the best choice for kids under the age of 5.
  • We can provide transportation, please inquire about rates.
  • We are located in a rural area. Expect a bumpy ride for at least 3 km. We know it is a rough road. It keeps out the riff raff!
  • Check-in is at 1:00 pm and Check-out at 11:00 am. This can be flexible, just ask.
  • FREE local calls and FREE high speed wireless internet.
  • Daily yoga $12/person during most peak times.
  • Lunch – $12, Dinner – $16-$25. Served at the Lava Lizard restaurant. Children’s menu $8. Reservations are necessary.
  • Farm to Table Fresh is our motto! Foods grown at Leaves and Lizards: Milk, cream, sour cream, cheese, butter, ice cream, chicken, beef, pork, eggs and a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Please plan to pay tips in cash.
  • For ideas of other great places to stay, our friends Berni and Nhi, owners of Pura Vida Hotel near SJO,  have excellent recommendations.  ‘Places you will want to stay (longer)’.

Green Season Specials

September 1st – December 10th

Join us this fall!  

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