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This award-winning Ayurveda and yoga retreat center offer you a course on the Foundations of Ayurveda and Traditional Medicine. The course is conducted by university-qualified Ayurveda doctors and generational Ayurvedic practitioners. The retreat center is set in a rural village where Ayurveda is actively practiced. The center specializes in healing minor and major illnesses including paralysis and cancer. This is a unique opportunity to learn from specialist Ayurveda doctors who are working with international world organizations to bring Ayurveda to the world stage. The setting could not be more perfect - in a secluded rural Sri Lankan village surrounded by lush jungles in a community dedicated to hosting you!
The hotel villa is a colonial home, approximately 150 years old. It was the house of the village chief and is now converted to consist of a living room, dining hall, veranda, and open living area all renovated at the end of 2015.
The property consists of the main villa and the lodge, each about a 2-minute walking distance from each other. The lodge is the original house of the first occupier of this colonial treasure. With time, their son built a bigger home to house his expanding family, that is the villa.
The villa consists of 8 rooms (2 Suite rooms and 6 Deluxe rooms), dining hall, lounge, verandahs, and spa. The lodge consists of 6 Standard rooms and an open verandah. Both the villa and the lodge were renovated at the end of 2016 and are decorated in a contemporary colonial style in keeping with the age of the property and to meet the comforts and modern needs of the guest. The rooms are beautifully completed with luxury bathrooms.
The course is a comprehensive Introduction to Ayurveda - whilst studying, you can live the Ayurvedic lifestyle and see it in practice.
This is a 100-hour course: This course is the first of three modules leading towards a therapist/practitioner certificate in Ayurveda.
Completion of the course will allow you to apply your Ayurveda knowledge for self and community care. Focus on preventative care for self, friends, and family is
Given during the program through dietary, lifestyle and herbal remedies, following an understanding of ayurvedic principles. It aims at those that already work in therapeutic fields, like Yoga or medicine, or one that wants to enhance their knowledge and possess tools for a better lifestyle.
This retreat is a community center and is run by villagers and profits of the center will be used to fund a variety of charity projects ranging from community development, wildlife conservation, and environmental preservation.
13 types of Agni
Concept of Ama in Ayurveda
Thrividha pariksha (three ways of examination)
Ashta pariksha (the eight ways of examination)
Dashavidha pariksha (ten ways of examination)
Dhathu (the seven tissues)
Trimala (the three waste products of the body)
Two scopes of Ayurveda
Principles of ayurvedic treatment in relation to the five elements
Mode of treatment
Three stages of purification
Paschath karma (measures taken afterward)
Learn while staying at a comfortable place in lush green nature. Enjoy the Ayurvedic meals at the restaurant. Be part of the daily yoga, talks, and meditations.
Ishara is the founder and owner of Plantation Villa. She is a regular meditation practitioner whose practice has changed her life. She has practiced and studied Buddhism and meditation over the last eight years. With an inspiring life story, Ishara helps explore the world of meditation through an explanation of the mind, its nature and habits, to overcome obstacles and allow the inherent sense of fulfilment that we all have to shine forth.
Dr. Nishan Jayasundara is the in-house Cancer Specialist. He completed a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS) at the University of Colombo and Institute of Indigenous Medicine and completed his internship at the National Ayurveda Teaching Hospital. He also obtained special training in Sri Lankan traditional medicine from one of the most renowned indigenous medicine gurus in the country. He represents Sri Lanka at international cancer research conferences such as the WIN (Worldwide Innovative Network in Developing Precision Cancer Medicine) Symposium and World Cancer Congress.
Bernardo has been teaching and studying yoga for over a decade. He has been in contact with different teachers and schools, from western and Indian traditional approaches. For the last years, his studies were more in line with the Krishnamacharya tradition, with a focus on the usage of yoga techniques as a therapy tool to restore the wellbeing of the human system. He is a certified Hatha yoga teacher, Vedic healing chants teacher from the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram - India, has studied yoga with the Mohan family from the Krishnamacharya tradition. He is also a certified Ayurveda therapist.
Dr. Erandi Gunathilaka is the Chief Ayurvedic Physician. She holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS) at the University of Colombo, Institute of Indigenous Medicine and completed her internship at the National Ayurveda Teaching Hospital. Erandi specializes in General Practice, Gynecology, Sub-Fertility (both male and female) and Menopause. She is also qualified in Psychological Counselling focusing on Ayurvedic Diet & Nutrition, Fertility Concerns, Stress, and Anxiety. She also works closely with Dr. Nishan on his research work about treating cancer with Ayurveda.
Dr. Ruwanka graduated from University of Colombo, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, securing a first-class in Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery. Due to his outstanding academic performance, he was hired by the university to work as a demonstrator. During his late university years as a student, he developed an interest in a field where other Ayurveda practitioners rarely focus on - surgery! He specializes in treating anorectal diseases such as fistla-in-ano, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and also fluent in Leech Therapy to treat several conditions: varicose veins, glaucoma, etc.
Sarath Vaidya is an indigenous medical practitioner, representing the 21st generation of doctors in the lineage of KottayawaththaVeda tradition. The lineage has a rich history of Vaidyas who have served the kings in Sri Lanka. He studied indigenous medicine for 18 years under his uncle, Vaidya Acharya RanhamiRanbanda (1928-2015), one of the most renowned physicians and a guru that lived in Sri Lanka. Firmly rooted in traditional values and high moral conduct, his approach to treating patients, preparing medicine and using them in healing is comprising of ancient rituals (methodologies).
Dr. Chathurika Harischandra graduated as a Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery from the Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo. During her internship, she worked in two hospitals: the National Ayurveda Teaching Hospital in Colombo and the District Ayurveda Hospital in Beliatta, followed by her research module at Bandaranayaka Memorial Ayurveda Research Institute in Nawinna. Dr. Chathurika studied "Gedi-vana-pilika", one of the branches of Sri Lankan Indigenous Medicine that deals with the treatment of Ulcers and Tumors under the apprenticeship of Vaidyacharya Premasiri.
The property is located 80 km away from the capital city, Colombo. The village is rural and has a traditional community feel. The retreat center property itself is a 30-acre plantation of rubber, coconut, cinnamon, black pepper, and Ayurvedic herbal trees/plants. The villa is surrounded by nature and is a habitat for rare local and migrant birds, butterflies, and a plethora of tropical flora and fauna.
All meals / food prepared are according to Ayurvedic guidelines and principles and most of the food comes from the center's own gardens and the surrounding forest. Meals are nutritionally balanced and delicious. The majority of the food is grown on the property in the surrounding gardens which guests are welcome to see and partake in harvesting.
You can either hire cycles for rides around the surrounding villages or hire a car for the following day trips:
The last remaining rain forest in Sri Lanka which is lush and green and hiking through this will be an amazing experience.
Plantation Villa works with a company working with whale conservation in Sri Lanka. It is an early morning start but totally worth the experience.
Plantation Villa recommends this trip over the trip to Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, where you will have heard mixed reviews about how the animals are treated. This is an opportunity to see elephants in their own natural habitat. Holding the largest population of elephants in Sri Lanka, you are almost guaranteed to see elephants here.
The last kingdom of Sri Lanka is still rich in art and culture. Kandy also has the temple of the tooth where Buddha's tooth is kept and is one of the most venerated sights in Sri Lanka. Apart from its religious significance, it is also a must-see sight to understand the richness of Sri Lankan art and culture.
A turtle conservation project to help save turtles from extinction. You can see and learn about turtles and can have the opportunity to release baby turtles into the sea!
Picnic at some of Sri Lanka's most beautiful beaches.
One of the most famous temples in Sri Lanka with a Pagoda with architectural value and a Bo tree over 2000 years old.
A visit to one of the most vibrant cities in Sri Lanka where the influences of colonial time are prevalent with some world heritage sites.
An ancient cave temple with a natural forest displaying some amazing Sri Lankan art on the rock.
Left over from the British Empire depicting the influences of European architecture.
There is a fully functioning Ayurvedic Spa at the retreat centre and available for treatments if needed. Costs vary based on treatment
Bandaranaike International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$75 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). The hotel car is available for transfers at the rate of 65 USD for pick up. Plantation Villa suggests you arrive between 7 p.m to 7 a.m to use the airport transfer services. The venue is about a 1.5-hour drive from the airport.
Alternatively, one can come by train to Kalutara.
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