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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.

Retreat highlights

  • 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

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 16
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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.

7 Days Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka Program

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, 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.

Retreat location

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

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • 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

Spa treatments

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

What's included

  • 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

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional transportation
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Massage services

How to get there

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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