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This retreat in Sri Lanka may be the perfect holiday for you! Set on the hillside of lush vegetation, this vacation is a journey where you can experience a complete relaxation with yoga and massage as well as enjoy nature's wonders. Here, you will feel the prevailing rustic communal spirit and the special peaceful ambiance. If you are seeking for a yoga holiday that is off the beaten path and allows you to connect to the people and locale, look no further!
You will stay for 2 nights at The Kandy Samadhi Centre. Inside the entrance hall at Samadhi, you will see 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. So, you willingly leave your city husk behind at the gate with no signal for mobile phones. 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 here, yet there are no unnecessary walls. This results in a truly serene environment surrounded by urns, art, and treasures dating back to a time Kandy was a royal realm. Here, everything is king sized. The Indonesian teak bed in a double room is spacious enough to sleep three people comfortably. But 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, there are a natural forest as well as mango, toddy palm, mahogany, and jak trees which rub neck with giant bamboos, avocado trees, and Chinese guava trees.
Here on the retreat, you will get to practice your yoga and meditation in the beautiful shala, opened on 4 sides and with the sounds of the jungle and river to accompany your sessions.
On this yoga retreat, you will enjoy a trip to the waterfall to have a picnic.
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.
Your yoga vacation will be held at The Kandy Samadhi Centre in Sri Lanka. Located on an abandoned tea plantation on the edge of the Dumbara Valley and away from the hustle and bustle of the busy roads, The Kandy Samadhi Centre is a beautiful and tranquil retreat that will compel you to relax and contemplate what is important in life. At Samadhi, you will have a perfect opportunity to let nothing interrupt the sounds of forest birdsong, tree frogs, crickets, and the whisper of the breeze from the trees.
Only home-grown organic food is served as meals at the retreat. Here, you will be provided daily delicious meals made from fresh local produce which can be enjoyed with the candlelight and under the stars in the open-air restaurant.
You will be pampered with relaxing 2 sessions of full Ayurvedic body massage and steam bath. 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. There are also other types of treatment offered at The Kandy Samadhi Centre including Shirodhara medicated oil and Elakizhi (Pathrapotali Swedam).
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