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Join Jacob Handwerker in this peaceful retreat located on a tea plantation in the pristine hill country of Sri Lanka and enjoy daily yoga classes and meditation sessions surrounded by expansive mountain views, lush greenery, waterfalls, and space. Surrender your mind, body, spirit, and all of your senses, to a experience created for you to take your practice to another level.
During this retreat, you will stay either in a shared or a private room. The Ashburnham Estate has a funkier edge than most estate bungalows. It very much retains its 1930’s planter heritage and offers beautifully decorated rooms, each with a private bathroom. They have four double rooms and two triple rooms available. The rooms have large beds with great mattresses, toppers, and duvets.
During this retreat, Jacob Handwerker will unwind, energize, and revitalize your practice by teaching Mysore classes and leading daily meditation sessions as well as afternoon workshops in Acro yoga, therapeutic Thai massage, handstand training, and slacklining.
Acro yoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving-kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of acrobatics. This practice helps people connect to themselves and to one another. It is a dynamic practice that elevates you through movement, connection, and play. Acro yoga instantly dissolves fears and invites you to tap into new and infinite possibilities of communication, trust, and union. It’s an experience for all ages, sizes, and levels.
Around the age of 27, Jacob started trying different types of yoga classes. When he attended his first Mysore class in 2005, he knew immediately that this style of yoga was for him. He appreciates that Mysore style practice empowers one to develop their own practice. He has studied primarily with Kathy Cooper since 2007 and also assisted her at Ashtanga Lanka for five seasons.
This retreat will take place at AshtangaLanka retreat center, located at the Ashburnham Tea Estate in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. The retreat is set in its own gorgeous 100-acre tea estate, around an hour north-east of Kandy in the heart of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. The estate boasts stunning waterfalls and beautiful views up to and across the Knuckles Mountains, not to mention around 60 acres of lush tea fields, plucked each day.
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This retreat includes one daily breakfast, a brunch after yoga, a delicious dinner, and snacks in the afternoon. Reggie, the houses Kandyan chef, produces great food, both western and Sri Lankan. Among his specialties are superb curries, uncomplicated but great European fare, and excellent scones and cakes each afternoon. The kitchen uses as much produce from its own vegetable garden as possible and sources other ingredients locally.
During this retreat, Ayurveda massage services will be available at Wattegama for an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). AshtangaLanka can arrange airport transportation in a taxi on request for approximately 90 USD fee each trip. The travel is approximately four hours.
There is a bus station at Katunayake town from which you can take a direct bus. From this bus exchange you can catch a bus to Kandy. It's about a three hour trip.
From Colombo, you may take a train from the Colombo Fort station to Kandy. From Kandy you'll need to hire a car, tuk-tuk, or bus. They are near the small village of Elkaduwa and public buses are available from the Kandy bus stand to Elkaduwa. You might need to go to Wategama first and then switch buses. Transfer from the train station is available upon request.
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