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Join The Kandy Samadhi Centre for this wonderful retreat. Once you find your way to Samadhi, you will understand why coming there is also a part of your journey. This will give you a cultural experience that you have never experienced before. You will stay in a luxury accommodation nearby mountains with spacious surroundings including paddy fields and bench terraces filled with herb gardens or pineapples.
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Inside the entrance hall at Samadhi, you are watched over by a silk tapestry depicting seven Buddhist monks each holding a lotus blossom in their hand. Each monk is a different shade of brown. Likewise, the cultural diversity of this island is reflected in the villagers, who form the core of what makes Samadhi run smoothly. They are unspoiled and courteous.
Every man, woman, or boy will calmly break from sweeping the stone pathway, lighting the oil lamp, or picking fresh produce for your lunch to wish you Ayubowan, the traditional Sinhala welcome which means "Let there be long life!". The inspiration for the design and architecture was born of meditation. You willingly leave your city husk behind the gate with no signal for mobile phones. It is the perfect opportunity to let nothing interrupt the sounds of forest birdsong or of tree frogs and crickets and the whisper of the breeze from the trees.
The thirteen pavilions, which lean out of the hillside, are veritable temples of tranquility. They are designed to make you feel you are the only person staying here. Privacy is everything, yet there are no unnecessary walls. This results in a truly serene environment surrounded by urns, art, and treasures dating back to a time that Kandy was a royal realm.
Everything is king-sized. The Indonesian teak bed in a double room is spacious enough for three people to sleep comfortably. Even the smallest suite provides a four-poster bed to dream in. The spacious verandahs of each suite of rooms give onto paddy fields, nearby mountains, and bench terraces filled with herb gardens or pineapples. Bamboos reach out with their four-fingered leaves to fan a breeze at you. In the surrounding natural forest, mango, toddy palm, mahogany, and jak trees rub necks with giant bamboo, avocado, and Chinese guava.
In this retreat, you will practice two sessions of yoga and experience a trip to the waterfall and river bathing. On waking in the early hours and listening to tree frogs whose cacophony seems like a child tinkering with a xylophone, you will see the birds calling to their mates, the deer coughing, the wild boars being evident only by the rustle in the bush, and the porcupine being even timider.
During this time, only you can experience such an extraordinary surrounding and ambiance. The concept of Samadhi is a testament to a new era in Sri Lankan development where the ambiance of old village life and the westerners desire to escape to nature can merge. You will constantly find new levels of intrigue and inspiration and need time to absorb the intricate nuances, which begin to unravel between visits.
You will enjoy a visit to a great waterfall where you can have a picnic and river bathing.
Janaka lives in Kandy, having trained with Nicky Knoff in Cairns, Australia and Paddy McGrath. He has developed his own brand of Dynamic yoga while his grounding as a swimming coach and physical education instructor combined with early years of absorbing village wisdom has provided a unique balance for a teacher.
Yumi is the wife of Waruna, the owner of Samadhi. She brings the Japanese element into Samadhi. Originally a cartoonist in Tokyo, she has taught Hatha yoga since 2005. Yumi choreographs dance for children at a local international school. She brings a creative impact to enliven any session for beginner or experienced yogi.
This retreat will take place in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
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Breakfast taken in the dining pavilion, which is open on four sides to the forest and the river sounds, is sumptuous by any standard. Steamed manioc or cassava with grated coconut, gotukola mallun, egg curry, pumpkin, sambol, and milk-rice are preceded by home-grown pineapple, papaya, and guava.
All the food prepared at Samadhi is organic and freshly picked before each meal. It is vegetarian cookery at its best. The rice you eat is home-grown and one of thirteen ancient Sinhala varieties organically farmed in the paddy fields across the river. The water you drink is sourced directly from an unpolluted mountain spring on Samadhi land.
Massages, spa, and body treatments are available at additional costs.
This is a common treatment for various diseases, including inflammatory conditions of the bones and joints, arthritis, spinal problems, and sports injuries. Herbs, leaves, or powders with warm oil applied over the affected areas of the body for massaging.
Benefits of this treatment are relieving pain, numbness, and edema; controlling vitiated vata; stimulating the nerve endings; effective in the cases of spondylitis, sports injuries, muscular pains, and back pains; improving central blood supply; and cures arthritis, paralysis, and convulsions.
This is a very old traditional therapy by two therapists who work in tandem, synchronizing their strokes and massages according to the circulatory and marma points for one hour. This is the most rejuvenating treatment of Ayurveda. This can be treated for various ages and for common disorders.
Benefits of this treatment are relieving pains and relax stiff muscles; improving blood circulation; rejuvenating the entire body; beautifies skin and slows down aging; promoting vitality, reducing stress, and stimulating sound sleep; reducing obesity, diabetics gangrene, etc.; eliminating toxins in the body; and increasing efficiency of athletic performance and improves sportive vitality.
Medicated oil is poured slowly over the forehead. Shirodhara is highly beneficial in treating headaches, mental tension, insomnia, stress, and disorders of the central nervous system. Medicated oil is also poured onto the body, which is beneficial in curing neuromuscular disorders, rheumatism, and general debility. Shirodhara gives the best results when taken after an Abhyangam. Dhara is good for all ailments. Changing the liquid as per the dosha condition with necessary alterations in the procedure is useful to alleviate any dosha.
Benefits include strengthening central nervous system and sensible organs; eliminating stress and anxiety; reducing hypertension; helping to have a sound sleep; effective for mental diseases, headaches, nervous disorders, insomnia, blood pressure, general weakness, and urinary disorders; prescribed in clinical conditions like epilepsy, diabetic, neuropathy, and paralysis.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
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