Stretch your body and mind into mindful focus to make the beginning of 2018 your year with a program of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. Plan your winter holiday in the sun and open up to new possibilities, immersing yourself in a deeply nourishing, sun-filled adventure in Sri Lanka. You will be near the turquoise blue sea and overlooking beautiful paddy fields with incredibly rich flora and fauna. This really is the perfect place for complete relaxation.
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The beautiful Sri Devi Villas is a 15-minute walk inland from the turquoise blue sea and overlooking beautiful paddy fields with incredibly rich flora and fauna. This really is the perfect place for complete relaxation with the sounds of the wildlife, the occasional chanting of monks in the far distance, and the local fishmonger and bakery tuk-tuks offering their authentic local produce.
Sri Devi Villas offer clean spacious twin or double villas. Each villa has a tea / coffee making facility, a fridge, bar / counter with sink, a large private terrace / balcony, and an indoor and outside shower. There is limited single occupancy available for an additional cost. This luxury accommodation has over two and a half acres of tropical garden. There are two pools, one large and one small with jets, and an indoor and an outdoor covered lounging area. The center is fully staffed with a cook and all modern facilities.
There will be two yoga sessions a day, including yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. The mornings will begin with meditation and pranayama for those early risers followed by a dynamic yet meditative Hatha flow yoga practice.
After morning yoga, there will be time to swim in the pool or stroll along the nearby white sandy beaches, have a massage, or simply read and relax. You will meet again in the late afternoon for a gentle practice dedicated to nourishing yourself, including restorative postures, meditation, visualizations, and yoga Nidra.
There will be several optional activities to choose from during the week for those interested in seeing the sights of Sri Lanka. There will be one free day during the week when you can explore further on the island, take one of the excursions offered, or have some treatments.
Sharing the teachings of yoga and mindfulness is one of Ali’s greatest joys and devoted passion. She feels blessed to have had experienced many incredible teachers offering their wisdom and guidance over her 20 years practice. Since 1998, she trained as a yoga teacher exploring many different traditions of yoga including Sivananda, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, and Restorative. Completing a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat, navigating the quiet inner space and concentrating the mind.
This retreat will take place at Sri Devi Villas in Galle, situated on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, offering excellent beaches for relaxing and enjoying unforgettable sunsets. There are a few tea plantations and various Buddhist temples along the coast.
Breakfast / brunch is included each day after morning practice plus two dinners at the villa, one on your arrival evening and one on your last evening. Lunch and dinner on other evenings are not included in the cost to give you the option to go for dinner as a group or individually and to explore the array of affordable local places to eat along the stretches of beach resorts and tavernas. In addition, there is a fully equipped and staffed kitchen so for no additional cost, the staff can prepare your own food for you.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yoga on a Shoestring will pick you up from the airport.
Although there are many options for flights to Sri Lanka, it is essential that you book early to get the best deals. A taxi from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) to the Sri Devi Villa is included in this holiday. The journey takes about two to two and a half hours.
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