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15 Days Yoga Retreat in Ulpotha, Sri Lanka

Ulpotha, Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka

Join Melissa and Richard as they offer vibrant, mindful flow classes in the morning. Melissa’s offering are both therapeutic and focus on building strength and flexility. Her classes will be a combination of slow, strong flow with modifications for injuries or sensitivity in the body, finishing with long held prop supported postures (restorative yoga). Learn to listen to body through the marriage of breath and movement as we explore moving through postures with grace and strength. These sessions will intertwine mantra, pranayama, mindful Vinyasa flow, and finish with restful postures.

In the evenings, Richard and Melissa will offer a combination of Restorative Yoga with Yoga Nidra and meditation or guided Thai Yoga Massage and partner yoga. A restorative yoga practice is one of receiving rest in order for us to build stores of energy. Experience luxuriously long held postures that are supported by props for your body’s needs and complete the practice with an extended Yoga Nidra which is a meditation that walks you through intention, a body scan, observation of sensations and enables the body to move through the subtly of relaxation in a supportive way.


  • Twice daily yoga
  • 1 one-hour massage
  • Use of bicycles and hot water bathing area
  • One on one consultation with resident Ayurveda doctor
  • Meet like-minded people and make new friends
  • All meals, snacks and drinks
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

13 days with instruction
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

There are 11 charming guest huts in Ulpotha, 10 of which are for two guests and one for three. All of them are built using traditional wattle and daub with comfortable beds, excellent mosquito nets, cupboards, fresh water, towels and offer a sarong to wear and take home.

The huts are of an open, airy design that facilitates the sense of being one with nature. Twice a year, each hut is hand painted using different coloured clays, where no designs are ever repeated. Much use has been made of clay, stone, wood, pottery and fabrics that reflect traditional village practices and aesthetics.

With one or two exceptions, Ulpotha adheres to the Sri Lankan village tradition of keeping toilet/loo spaces separate from living spaces. The enchanting showers are open to the stars and the toilets are modern. All the huts at Ulpotha are allocated on a twin share basis. Sharing with someone is more welcome than one might usually expect.

Though ultimately soothing to the ears, the jungle noises can take some getting used to and its quite reassuring to have a companion sharing one's space. By design there is no electricity in Ulpotha and life is lived by the rhythm of the day. As candles are to a restaurant, flame is to Ulpotha. Paths and accommodation are lit by lamps and lanterns with the twinkling firelight creating a captivating and romantic sense of times gone by.


Morning sessions

Learning to listen to body through the marriage of breath and movement is the gift of a sustainable yoga practice. Melissa Smith Yoga take an integrated, balanced approach that focuses on pre-hab (preventing injuries and encouraging healthy movement through all stages of life). In the morning session, Melissa may intertwine mantra, pranayama, and strength building postures with slow transitions adaptive your body’s ability. You will finish with a restorative pose and either enjoy the sounds of nature for your savasana or Richard will guide you in segments of yoga Nidra meditation. The class is ideal for all levels of experience.

Evening sessions

The evening sessions may vary and could include some slow yoga and movement, partner yoga, community activity or discussion, or Restorative yoga with Melissa. Yoga Nidra guided meditation with Richard will conclude each evening. As you dive deeper and deeper into the phases of this extraordinary meditation practice.

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The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

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

What's included

  • 14 accommodations on a twin sharing basis (sharing with someone of the same gender)
  • All meals, snacks, drinks
  • 2 yoga classes a day (no yoga on arrival morning, departure day, and the excursion days)
  • A 1:1 consultation with our resident Ayurveda doctor - (only for those with Ayurveda bookings).
  • 1 one-hour massage per seven nights stay
  • Laundry service
  • Use of bicycles and hot water bathing area
  • Taxes
  • The organization and transport of an excursion once a week (1/2 day excursion during week 1 and a full day during week 2 of any retreat)

What's not included

  • Travel to and from Ulpotha
  • Travel insurance
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Entrance fee to cultural site
  • Outside meals
  • Any additional massages (after the one included free massage, are not included in the fee)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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Arrival: Saturday November 21, 2020
Departure: Saturday December 5, 2020

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