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7 Days Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka

  • Ashburnham Estate, Elkaduwa Road B461, Elkaduwa, Central Province, Sri Lanka


Ashtanga Yoga Sri Lanka Retreat

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.


  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Handstand training and slacklining
  • Asana clinics and Acro yoga workshops
  • Therapeutic Thai massage clinics
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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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

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.

  • Jacob Handwerker

    Around the age of 27, he 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 your own practice. He has studied primarily with Kathy Cooper since 2007 and also assisted her at AshtangaLanka 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.

Nearby places

  • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), four hours
  • Kandy town, 27.9 kilometers
  • Sembuwatte Lake, 4.6 kilometers
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Swimming pool
  • Balcony
  • Lake nearby
  • Restaurant
  • River nearby
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Cooking classes with chef Reggie at The Ashburnham Estate
  • Day hike with Aravinda, a naturalist guide at the Ashburnham Estate
  • Day trip to Dambulla and discover stunning cave temples
  • Day trip to Kandy town to see famous sites including the temple of the Tooth and the botanical garden
  • Day trip to Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Mountain bike trips to explore location
  • Visit the tea plantation to enjoy a tour
  • Visit the waterfall at The Ashburnham Estate to enjoy a refreshing dip
  • Visit Trincomalee and East Coast on a weekend outing

During this retreat, Ayurveda massage services will be available at Wattegama for an additional cost.

  • 1 daily Acro yoga class
  • 1 daily meditation session
  • 1 daily morning Ashtanga yoga Mysore class
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Asana clinics and workshops on Thai massage
  • Daily breakfast brunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Additional activities
  • Additional transportation
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Massage services

Arrival by plane

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.

Arrival by bus

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.

Arrival by train

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.

  • Review by Ilona Lott from Estonia

    "Jacob takes care of his students. The atmosphere in the class is energized. I also enjoyed our meditations and slack-lining together, it was fun!"

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  • Review by Ben Bradshaw from United Kingdom

    "My partner and I have spent many seasons with Jacob and Kathy at AshtangaLanka. Jacob is a great teacher and a lovely person. We have learned and received a lot from his teaching. His adjustments are the best we've had anywhere. As well as yoga, the Acro yoga can be great fun to try out!"

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  • Review by Jack Moore from Mount Shasta, California

    "I have known Jacob for over five years as a yoga instructor, and have greatly enjoyed and benefitted in my Ashtanga and Acro yoga practice accordingly. I have always been inspired by his committed, knowledgeable, focused and compassionate teaching style and practice. He has helped me stretch, literally and figuratively, in the best ways!"

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Central Province, Sri Lanka

AshtangaLanka is a nourishing retreat center in the hill country of Sri Lanka. In this setting they offer daily Mysore classes, meditation, Asana clinics, Acro yoga, and Handstand training.

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from € 435

7 days / 6 nights


This vacation is available from February to March, with arrival on Friday or Saturday.

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