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Fairtrade Wellness & Cultural Yoga Retreat

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Sri Lanka.

Join Island Spirit in Sri Lanka for this affordable, Fairtrade, locally inspired, week of daily, drop-in yoga and surf classes, a variety of exciting 'Wildcrafted' workshops, delicious vegan, home-cooked meals, and peaceful, safe accommodation. 10% of proceeds go to a local project. Island Spirit offsets your carbon footprint and goes local all the way to paradise.


  • Guided meditation
  • 1 ayurvedic massage
  • 6 surf lessons with local teachers
  • 6 studies of Hatha and ashtanga asanas (yoga postures)
  • Home-cooked or street food adventures for dinner
  • Homemade, traditional lunches in the sanctuary
  • Silent breakfasts with smoothie bowls
  • 7 night accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Sinhalese
Group size: 4-8 participants
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  • Environmentally friendly
  • Free parking

Island Spirit embraces the local community, promotes the sharing of skills, embraces personal connections, and nurtures the environment. Rooms are large and airy, each with an en-suite bathroom and are all brand new. A double bed, wooden hanger, mirror, and vanity desk allow you to make yourself at home in the villa.


Island Spirit has created a unique space for those interested in the culture and skills of their Sri Lankan community. A constant, relaxed flow of active participation.

They pride themselves on sharing knowledge and passion. Join the team in their rare and unique, fairtrade, villa designed for ethically minded travelers.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake up to a locally picked banana and fresh coffee
  • 06:30 Surf lesson just five minutes tuk-tuk drive away
  • 07:30 10 minutes tuk-tuk to the sanctuary
  • 07:45 Communal, silent breakfast with fresh smoothie bowls and coffee
  • 08:30 Free time
  • 12:30 Communal, traditional Sri Lankan lunch
  • 15:00 Authentic, fairtrade, craft, and wellness workshops
  • 16:00 Relaxing Sri Lankan tea time
  • 17:00 Yoga session
  • 18:30 Free time
  • 19:00 Home cooked meal on the veranda or street food adventure
  • 20:30 Return to the sanctuary

Included excursions

Cookery class

Walking tour

Retreat location

A hand-chosen, local villa,filled with character and a strong zen vibe under their big mango.



Your breakfasts in the villa will be fruit-based and sourced from the local market which you will have a chance to visit yourself.


Lunches will be made by the very family who own the villa and who have been cooking organically for years before the movement became popular amongst tourists.


Roots will take some you on a food lovers adventure into the world of street food and local restaurants that they have personally sourced very slowly over five years.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Ayurvedic
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)

A variety of trips from visiting Galle Forte to a day trip to the Sinharaja National Rainforest and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Spa treatments

One massage is included.

What's included

  • 1 ayurvedic massage
  • 6 optional, authentic, fairtrade, craft/wellness workshops
  • 6 studies of Hatha and ashtanga asanas (yoga postures) on the roof in the jungle canopy
  • 6 surf lessons with local teachers
  • 7 night accommodation in double bedroom with ensuite
  • Airport collection (3.5 hours drive to the villa)
  • Guided meditation
  • Home-cooked or street food adventures for dinner
  • Homemade, traditional lunches in the sanctuary
  • Silent breakfasts with smoothie bowls

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers (Can be organized for 70 EUR per way)
  • Lunches amounting to about 12 EUR in total

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfers from this airport are not yet included in the package but can be organized at an additional 70 EUR for one way. Island Spirit can also help in bus and train transfers, for more information, please send an inquiry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

Value for money
Accommodation & facilities
Quality of activity
8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants


Arrival: Friday December 17, 2021
Departure: Friday December 24, 2021

Important information

Island Spirit welcomes everyone, from individuals and groups alike; they only ask that you prioritize the environment and others in the villa so you can all have the time of your lives.

Island Spirit needs at least 7 days advance notice before you want to book a spot on this holiday.

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 10% per person. To benefit, book or reserve before September 30, 2021.

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