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 9 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
Horse and Soul Retreat with Danielle MacKinnon @ Leaves and Lizards
Oct 18 – Oct 25 all-day
Horse and Soul Retreat with Danielle MacKinnon @ Leaves and Lizards

Eponicity is pleased to announce our next collaboration with Danielle MacKinnon!

Danielle MacKinnon has been named an expert TV psychic medium, intuitive, animal communicator, and foremost expert on soul contracts. She has appeared on numerous radio shows, TV and taught along side some of the world’s most renowned psychics, mediums, healers and TV experts. She will joining forces with our herd of healing horses for this life changing retreat. Limited space to ensure personalized one-on-one interaction with Danielle.

“…I came into the retreat not really knowing what to expect. Having read and/or heard accounts from people who have been at L&L for a retreat and exclaimed it to be “life changing” was daunting to me.  I like my life!  The thought of having a life changing experience was scary to me.  Luckily, those thoughts went away once we got started on the actual “work”.  I’m someone who reads A LOT about making changes, becoming more mindful, improving yourself, you name it.  All with good intention, but reading something in a book or magazine and wanting it is one thing – you need to know HOW to make it happen to understand and change.  To me, that is where the horses came in.  After going through the process of being chosen by my horse, it seemed that he knew just what it was that I needed to work on.  And in very real & tangible ways, he was able to show me how to change.  That being said, the facilitators (Debbie, Sally, Danielle) was really what created the space in which I was able to feel safe enough to allow myself to be vulnerable and share my “stuff”.  I can’t say enough how meaningful it was to have facilitators with the compassion, understanding, energy and knowledge to help pull all the pieces of me out and then guide me on putting myself back together.  The combination of the horse and human facilitators is, I believe, what made my experience so essential to conquering the real lasting change I have been seeking for so long.

I did enjoy all of it – what I enjoyed most (maybe not in the moment, but looking back at it definitely) was the sense of accomplishment when I was pushed (gently nudged) to do something uncomfortable.  The facilitators’ (collectively Debbie, Sallie, Danielle) ability to know just how much to push was so helpful.

I believe the things I learned about myself have changed me on a very deep level, and they changed the way I look at myself and how I am living my life.  I have a new belief in myself and who I am that can’t help but alter the way I live my day to day life now.

Life-altering! :)”  ~ Kathy Rumsey, U.S. (April 2017)

Please contact us for more information about attending this retreat. Space is limited and will fill quickly.

CLICK HERE for more information and full brochure

Scissorgy Day Spa Presents: Yoga Instructor ~ Eric Kolesar’s Costa Rica Yoga Retreat @ Leaves and Lizards Retreat
Oct 26 – Nov 1 all-day

Bibbity Bobbity Boo!

In the fall of 2018 Felicia Steriti-Smith discovered a magical place with a special yoga instructor at the base of a smoking volcano in the Costa Rica rain forest. This place is Leaves and Lizards, their retreat program is Eponicity and the yoga instructor is Eric Kolesar, founder of Higher Living Now. Eric has studied and practiced a wide variety of yoga in his 20+ years of experience. His personal style brings connection, peace, light ~ illuminating an awareness of the possibilities of what lies within us during his yoga classes. Join Felicia in Costa Rica in October 2019 and experience the magic yourself!


Click Here for the Full Brochure: Felicia Yoga Retreat October 2019


Healing the Healers Retreat @ Leaves and Lizards
Nov 2 – Nov 9 all-day
Healing the Healers Retreat @ Leaves and Lizards
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.

Click here for full brochure: Healing the Healers 2019

The Soul and The Ego: Allowing Symbiosis @ Eponicity - Leaves and Lizards Retreat
Jan 4 – Jan 12 all-day
Sand Tray Therapy – Female Archetypes @ Leaves and Lizards Retreat Costa Rica
Feb 2 – Feb 9 all-day

Please note: Costa Rica 13% tax is added to the cost of this event. 

Non Participating companion $990 plus 13% tax. Includes food when on-site and shared lodging

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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 on the Yellow or Red Route, take the Green route if you want to stay on the paved road.
  • 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 in the Lava Lizard only, no WiFi in the rooms.
  • Daily yoga $15/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)’.