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Lake Escape Yoga Holiday Sri Lanka

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

Join the team at Lanka Yoga for an honest, beautiful, and restful holiday. Enjoy breathtaking nature, great people, and fun, accessible yoga practice for this deeply relaxing six-night, seven-day program. Lanka Yoga is a hideaway set on stunning Koggala Lake. It gives the impression of living on the edge of an endless national park where one can truly enjoy nature. Wildlife and biodiversity abound, perfect for birdwatching.

Meet the instructors

Jonas, Jane, & Stefan
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Highlights

  • 7 days of practice
  • 1 yoga class per day
  • Daily guided meditation lesson
  • Ayurvedic massage treatment and boat tour
  • Pranayama sessions and workshops
  • Other exercises and discussions
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Sinhalese
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$93 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Outdoor shower

Lanka Yoga is sparse and has an almost uninterrupted view of pristine Koggala lake from each room. You will see nothing but green and blue with the occasional crocodile, a swarm of eagles, and other wildlife that will make it feel like you are living in a national park. Located on the water’s edge, they offer a calm alternative to the sometimes-hectic nature of the beachside options. Their generously spaced venue has open plan living, nooks and crannies, yoga spaces, gardens, trees, a substantial vegetable garden, and more. There are three buildings on site.

The villa they inherited and have modified to have five large bedrooms, an open plan of living and eating, a decking and infinity pool overlooking the lake, and many hidden nooks and crannies. The second building is their hidden guest block under the grass next to the villa, here four smaller individual rooms look out over the lake with a generous balcony area. Their third building is a yoga shala building. Where above their own little living space is a purpose build 110-square-meter yoga shala, storage, office, communal bathrooms, and massage space.

Rooms

1. Villa superior suite or family room

These are two massive upstairs rooms with a huge balcony in the villa that holds up to four people. As with all rooms, these rooms have fantastic views of the lake, and massive bathrooms fit to share between four. These rooms also have air-conditioners to keep everyone cool at night. The perfect accommodation for families or for those travelers who want to meet other people and make some close friends. They have found that for their training and retreats, these rooms are the most requested. These rooms can fit groups of two, three, or four guests with comfort.

2. Villa superior room

Upstairs in the villa, they have two smaller rooms fit for two people each. These rooms share the same fantastic view, massive balconies, huge bathrooms, and air-conditioners. The twin share option is well-liked for retreats and training for couples or guests wanting privacy and some interaction. These rooms though are also possible to have as single occupancy with a queen-size bed.

3. Lakefront deluxe room

These brand-new rooms are hidden under the grass area as you enter the central part of Lanka Yoga. They decided not to lose any green space in building these new rooms, which allowed them to experiment with a more sustainable building model. This means these rooms are cooled by being built into the ground with their green roof. These rooms stay cool year-round, without the need for air conditioning.

These are their most affordable rooms designed for a couple or solo traveler. They have a splittable king bed, with everything else you could need to be both comfortable and cool. In front of these rooms, you have a low view of Koggala lake over the tops of the mangrove trees, with a large natural balcony in front to relax.

Yoga hall

The yoga hall has different teaching styles in mind, with a large, comfortable, almost square shape and free of any pillars. It is also hidden in the trees to encourage a calm atmosphere and has all the props you need to make teaching in any style effortless.

Space

Some areas are full of older fruit trees, giving them thousands of mangos, jackfruit, rambutan, donka, papaya, and more in season. Other areas are grass areas for play and outdoor practice. In some parts of the property, they are rewilding by encouraging good soil, planting local trees, and letting nature re-generate. And of course, they have an expansive vegetable and spice garden, which year-round gives them all sorts of vegetables, fruits, and spices which you enjoy in your food.

Program

Immerse yourself in your seven-day holiday experience. The yoga program is based on the principles of yoga synergy. Yoga synergy is modern yoga with a classical and anatomical twist. It is a practice founded on traditional yoga but approached with a modern understanding of human physiology and anatomy. Influenced by the forgotten yoga’s of China and Japan, this practice focuses on the how and why of movement and flowing practices which look a lot like Qigong. It is less about crazy sequences and more about smart actions, intelligent movements, and avoiding unnecessary physical stress.

You could think of it as a more refined version of modern Vinyasa. The movements are more specific, the poses more purposeful, and the teaching style more intentional. There is a deep consideration given to the structure and alignment of each shape. Staying at Lanka Yoga is an experience of ‘arriving home’, to a place of calm filled with laughter, fun, and adventure. Everything from the lighting to the training of the staff and the music they use in the venue is to create a loving, calm yet energizing vibe. They offer two yoga classes a day that are up to two hours long.

These classes are more than just practice, they involve experimentation, workshopping, and some time for deep relaxation. Even with this much yoga, there is still plenty of time for leisure, adventure, or reading your favorite book. Your evening practice is more varied, with some workshopping, meditation, pranayama, and more. Following practice, your conversation dinners encourage meaningful talks about the how’s and why’s of life. After this week-long yoga retreat, not only your body will be feeling great but you will also be grateful for all these amazing people you have met and to be part of a yoga family.

Daily schedule

Arrival day

  • 11:00 Settling in and maybe sneaking in a swim
  • 13:30 Delicious lunch
  • 16:00 Opening circle, introduction to the team, and yoga synergy
  • 19:00 Dinner and the opportunity for deep conversation

Program days

  • 06:00 Enjoy a sleep-in or rise early to watch the stunning sunrise
  • 07:00 Two-hour movement and yoga practice
  • 09:00 Delicious vegan breakfast and tea
  • 10:00 Free time for exploring, swimming, reading, relaxing, surfing, or adventure
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Massage and other experiences available daily (bookings essential)
  • 13:00 Community lunch snack or pack your lunch and go for an adventure
  • 14:00 Free time
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Massage and other experiences available daily (bookings essential)
  • 16:00 Evening practice
  • 19:00 Dinner and the opportunity for deep, and meaningful, conversation or games night

Departure day

  • 07:30 Final morning practice
  • 10:00 Delicious breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Final opportunities for massage or extras
  • 13:00 Last nourishing lunch served

Included excursions

One boat tour on Koggala Lake is included in the price.

Instructors

Jonas Voigts

Jane Boehmler

Stefan Camilleri

Retreat location

The holiday will take place in Habaraduwa, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Lanka Yoga is only five minutes by tuk-tuk from Habaraduwa town and the fantastic beach, 10 minutes to surf at the world-famous Kabalana beach, 35 minutes to find anything you need at the small city center of Galle, and two hours from the international airport in Colombo. There are beaches for everyone, from beautiful views to white sand and calm seas and of course, world-famous surf for all levels. Kabalana and Dewata are surf beaches for different levels are about 15 minutes away.

Distances

  • Habaraduwa town - 5 minutes
  • Kabalana beach - 10 minutes
  • Galle city - 35 minutes
  • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) - 2 hours

Unique features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

All delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners as well as unlimited filtered water and tea are included in the price. The food is all vegan prepared by chef Mangala so no need to worry if you are plant-based, vegetarian, or anything similar. Much of the spices and veggies come from Lanka Yoga’s garden. The food is refreshingly varied, with unique dishes served every day. Lanka Yoga also offers a gluten-free option for every meal. If you have any other needs at all when it comes to food, please let them know and their kitchen team will adapt the menu for you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Checking out the south coast’s most picturesque beaches
  • Consultation and treatment with an Ayurvedic doctor
  • Day trip to Hiriketiya, Dickwella, or Secret Beach
  • Local excursions to Galle fort and Unawatuna
  • Massage treatments (Ayurvedic, bodywork, and more)
  • Safari tours to see the elephants, leopards, and many more native animals of Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lankan cooking classes
  • Surf and surf lessons at Sri Lanka’s best surf points

Spa treatments

One 60-minute Ayurvedic massage treatment with Franco, an Ayurvedic specialist is included in the price. Franco’s profound way of working with the body and emotion complements the approach to yoga and offers an opportunity to further grow in this experience.

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga and mediation including workshops
  • Interesting and interactive emotional intelligence exercises
  • Practical philosophy discussions
  • 1 60-minute Ayurvedic massage treatment
  • Boat tour on Koggala Lake
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Vegan breakfasts, dinners, and light lunches
  • Unlimited filtered water and tea

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Transport

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request at an additional cost of 80 EUR. If you are fully vaccinated, you will only need to spend one day at a level one hotel to get your PCR and test negative. You can stay at a level one hotel anywhere on the island, but of course, it is easiest to stay in Colombo or near Lanka Yoga. They can help you find transport from the airport, and then from the level one hotel to Lanka Yoga the next day.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$93 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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