Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka

The Kandy Samadhi Centre invites you to this yoga retreat in Sri Lanka to enjoy a cultural experience that you have never lived before. 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. Find new levels of intrigue and inspiration and enjoy a new chapter in your life!

Meet the instructors

Janaka & Yumi
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  • 5 yoga classes
  • Cookery lessons
  • River-bathing experience
  • Time to explore the surroundings
  • Trip to a beautiful waterfall
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 40
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During this retreat, you will stay either in a shared or a private room. The Kandy Samadhi Centre design and architecture was born of meditation. You willingly leave your city husk behind at the gates. With no signal for mobile phones, it is the perfect opportunity to let nothing interrupt the sounds of forest birdsong, 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 designed to make you feel that you are the only person in the center. Privacy is everything, yet there are no unnecessary walls.

This design results in a truly serene environment surrounded by urns, art, and treasures dating back to a time when Kandy was a royal realm. The Indonesian teak beds in the double rooms are spacious enough to sleep three people comfortably and even the smallest suite provides a four-poster bed to dream in.

The magnificent space on two levels is surrounded by lotus ponds, carp tanks, and can hold up to 150 people with ease. It will make the ideal location for writers, artists, study workshops, or seminars. The spacious verandas of each suite, offer views to the paddy fields, nearby mountains, and bench terraces filled with herb gardens or pineapples and bamboos reach out with their four-fingered leaves to fan a breeze at you.


During this retreat, you will enjoy seven yoga classes, cookery lessons, and a wonderful trip to a local waterfall where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious picnic and a river-bathing experience. The yoga lessons will be dynamic and creative designed for all levels, from beginners to experienced practitioners.

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. Two visits to this unique place can ever be the same and the visitors constantly find new levels of intrigue and inspiration.

You need time to absorb the intricate nuances, which begin to unravel between visits. Once you find your way to Samadhi, you will understand why returning there is also part of your journey. This trip will give you a cultural experience that you have never experienced before.

Included excursions

One trip to a local waterfall for a picnic and a river-bathing experience is included in this retreat.


Janaka Tennekoon
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 Jayasinghe
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.

Retreat location

This retreat will be held at The Kandy Samadhi Centre in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The center is located 50 minutes northeast of Kandy, where the fertile landscape becomes a mass of lush vegetation reverberating with unfamiliar birdsong.

Nearby places

  • Bandaranaike International Airport (CBM), 123 kilometers
  • Kandy, 23 kilometers

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this holiday, you will be served one daily delicious and healthy breakfast. You may also enjoy other meal services at the center for an additional cost. The breakfast will be taken in the dining pavilion, which is open on four sides to the forest and the river sounds. Steamed manioc (cassava) with grated coconut, gotukola mallun, egg curry, pumpkin, sambol, and milk-rice are preceded by homegrown 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 is home grown and one of thirteen ancient Sinhala varieties organically farmed in the paddy fields across the river. The water is sourced directly from an unpolluted mountain spring on Samadhi land.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
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)

During your free time, you may enjoy bird watching, woodland walks, or optional tours to the Udawela cave temple, the Hantana tea museum and botanical gardens, the Peradeniya City of Kandy, an elephant bathing experience, or a visit to the fortress of Sigiriya Dambulla cave temples.

You may also enjoy a golf practice at Victoria Golf, or visit to the Udawatta kele Sanctuary and the temple of the Tooth, trips to Gadaldeniya, Lankatilaka Viharas, and to the Embeeka Devale Delgaldoruwa Cave Temple Elephant orphanage.

Spa treatments

Ela Kizhi treatment

This is a common treatment for various diseases like inflammatory conditions of the bones and joints, arthritis, spinal problems, sports injuries. Herbs, leaves or powders with warm oil are applied over the affected areas of the body for massaging. This treatment relieves pain and numbness, it’s effective in the cases of spondylitis, sports injuries, muscular and back pains, and improves central blood supply among other benefits.

Full Ayurvedic body massage and steam bath

This is a very old traditional therapy by two therapists who work in tandem by 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. It relieves pains and relax stiff muscles and improves blood circulation among other benefits.

Shirodhara treatment

During this treatment, medicated oil is poured slowly over the forehead. This treatment is highly beneficial in treating headaches, mental tension, insomnia, stress, and disorders of the central nervous system. Medicated oil is also poured on to the body which is beneficial in curing neuromuscular disorders, rheumatism, and general debility.

It also strengthens the central nervous systems and sensible organs, eliminates the stress and anxiety, reduces hypertension, and helps to have a sound sleep among other benefits.

Other treatments

Other treatments include astrology and Ayurvedic consultations, barefoot Shiatsu massage, and Reiki treatments.

What's included

  • 1 picnic at the waterfall
  • 1 river-bathing experience
  • 1 trip to a local waterfall
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 yoga classes
  • Daily breakfast
  • Cookery lessons

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily dinner
  • Daily lunch
  • Spa treatments

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CBM). Transportation and an English-speaking driver can be arranged for an additional cost.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.


Off peak season
  • January 16 - July 31
  • September 1 - December 19


Peak season
  • August 1 - August 31
  • December 20 - January 15

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