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Nature Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka

If you are looking for an emotional, spiritual or physical reset, come stay at Ulpotha. You can walk barefoot in pristine nature and swim in the silky-smooth waters of our lotus ringed lake, far removed from the stresses of the modern world. If a digital detox, the song of chirping birds, and sleeping like a baby attract you, Ulpotha can offer you that and more. Ulpotha exists in a world where it’s safe enough to live without fences or walls or doors or locks. You’ll be looked after by its gentle, traditional agricultural community, among whom you will be living in nature’s soft, age-old rhythms. In what it offers, Ulpotha is both rare and real.

Meet the instructors

Jules & Sophie
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  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • 2 complimentary massages
  • Full-day excursions to nearby cultural heritage sites
  • Encounter indescribable and rare natural beauty and serenity
  • Daily yoga-friendly breakfast and two sumptuous vegetarian meals
  • Laundry service and the use of bicycles
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Snacks, juices, and teas

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

14 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$90 per person)
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  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Yoga shala
  • Free bicycle
  • Laundry

All the huts at Ulpotha are allocated on a twin share basis. Single huts are available subject to availability. There are 11 charming adobe guest huts in Ulpotha, all of which are built using traditional wattle and daub with comfortable beds, voluminous mosquito nets, cupboards, freshwater, towels and offer a sarong to wear and take home.

Open and airy by design, the huts offer you coziness and protection whilst being at one with nature. Each hut is hand-painted twice a year using natural colored clays. 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 comfortable and modern.


A typical day At Ulpotha

  • 07:00 - 07:30 Tea and fruit
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:45 - 12:30 Massages, Ayurveda, swimming or relaxing
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:00-16:00 Massages, Ayurveda, swimming or relaxing
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Tea and snacks
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga, meditation, and sunset walks
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner

Yoga classes with Jules Jenkinson

Flow like a river: Fluid, strong, embodied in the morning. Connect to the power of mantra, mudra, meditation, pranayama, philosophy, and asana – whether it be by the lotus ring lake or in the sacred shala – as you awaken each morning in Ulpotha to the rising sun. Wherever you land in Ulpotha, it will be one of embodied flow. Slow, smooth and deep is the formula to awaken the subtle layers of the body. Soothing the mind, cleansing the soul as movements of body and breath come into unison.

In the evening, you’ll be grounding in the element of Yin, Restorative and Yoga Nidra. The Yin and Restorative yoga work from a place of calm and surrender, inviting you to embrace your gentle nature and cultivate a sweet inner peace. Yin is the ideal antidote for the yang lifestyle, cultivating a receptive inhabitation of the body-mind: of being rather than doing.

Dissolve tension, improve circulation, boost immunity and create quieter and spaciousness within. Postures are held for longer periods of time with the support of props. Yin yoga is a compliment and a balm to deeply nourish, heal and grow. At times, you may practice under the banyan tree or somewhere up high in time to welcome the sunset, followed by a deep state of rest through the practice of yoga Nidra, a meditative form of self-inquiry, an experience of deep healing and peace.

Included excursions

Ulpotha is situated in the oldest inhabited region of Sri Lanka, an area rich in archaeological attractions and natural beauty. Each week either a half-day or full-day excursion is organized for guests. Participation is optional and external costs are not included, though transportation is. Guests are given a variety of options and one or two are chosen according to the majority guest preference.


Jules Jenkinson

Sophie Liebert

Retreat location

There are very few places left in the world where you can feel safely ensconced in the bosom of nature, while removed from the many stresses and strains of modern life. Ulpotha is such a place. Located at the foot of the Galgiriyawa mountain, on the edge of a lotus ringed lake on one side and surrounded by emerald green paddy fields on the other, you encounter indescribable natural beauty and serenity.

By design, there is no electricity in Ulpotha, and life is lived by the rhythm of the day. Paths and accommodation are lit by lamps and lanterns, with the twinkling glow of firelight creating a captivating and romantic sense of times gone by.

Flowing directly from the absence of electricity are the deep bonds frequently formed between guests, often like-minded and interesting individuals. This is perhaps because of a subconscious re-connection to humanity’s deeply rooted oral traditions – when people gathered around a fire to exchange stories, histories, and friendship. That Ulpotha has the atmosphere and feel of a welcoming home – rather than a hotel – with a slow-paced house party on the go, further enhances this very special experience.

Since the beautiful natural environment is present and immediate everywhere in Ulpotha, and in a form that is reassuringly safe and unthreatening, it allows guests the infinite pleasures and deep health benefits of reconnecting with nature.

Ulpotha’s roots stretch far back in time and history and boast a rich tapestry of facts and myths, legend and lore. It has been variously the site of an eloping crown prince and an outcaste maiden, a pilgrimage site for traveling mendicants and buried treasures, lending it special magical energy which you are invited to come and enjoy.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The food in Ulpotha is almost entirely vegan, naturally gluten-free, with an abundance of fresh vegetables, organic red rice and tropical fruit. Based on traditional rice and curries from the area, no specific ‘Master Chef’ has had a hand in the cuisine. Instead, the dishes served at Ulpotha have evolved over its 20 plus year existence by a simple process of elimination.

Ulpotha has been written about in culinary articles and is in the esteemed position of having a celebrated cookbook dedicated in its honor! A visit to Ulpotha is a good opportunity to detoxify your system without fuss.

Special diets cannot be catered for but it is fairly easy to pick and choose, depending on your taste, from the many dishes served at each meal. As there is no electricity, all food is freshly picked, un-refrigerated, and cooked in terracotta pots on open fires.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

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

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Walking and cycle

Cycle around to the local villages and nearby lakes, and take guided walks to the hilltop temple or Uncle Willie's rock

Swimming and rafting

Swim in the silky smooth waters of the Ulpotha lake or take a raft or canoe through the backwaters for the best birdwatching spots.


Relax in a swing bed with a book from our well-stocked library.


Visit the kitchen and kitchen garden and learn some recipes from our delicious Sri Lankan cuisine.


Stroll around Ulpotha's large grounds with your camera or binoculars to catch surprising wildlife.

Meet the villagers

Chat with one of lovely villagers and learn more about their relaxed and unhurried lifestyle.

Visit the tailor

Order a custom-made cool cotton shirt or pants from a tailor, or design your own outfits.

Spa treatments

Indulge in one free massage per week from one of visiting therapists or book an Ayurveda treatment for a supplementary fee from the Ayurveda treatment center.

What's included

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • All meals, snacks, and drinks
  • 2 yoga classes a day (except on full-day excursion and departure days when there is no yoga, there is morning yoga only on half-day excursion day and evening yoga only on arrival days)
  • Guided forest walks
  • Transport for one full-day excursion per week’s stay
  • A 1-hour massage from one of visiting therapists per 7-night stay (total 2 massages for your stay)
  • Laundry service
  • The use of bicycles
  • Hot water bathing area
  • Taxes

What's not included

  • Travel costs to and from Ulpotha
  • Insurance
  • Ayurveda treatments
  • Single supplement (1750 USD per two weeks)
  • Entrance fees to cultural sites
  • Outside meals during excursions,
  • Any additional massages guests may wish to book with the respective visiting therapists over and above the one that is included per week’s stay (80 USD per hour)

How to get there

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Arrival by taxi

Ulpotha's driver will meet at the airport and return you to the airport after your holiday. The cost of a taxi to Ulpotha from the airport is 90 USD on a single basis, and 100 USD on a sharing basis (maximum 2 guests per booking/taxi), each way. If not prepaid, the transfer cost should be paid on arrival to Nirosha in Ulpotha. Please enquire should you wish to be collected or dropped off at a location in Sri Lanka other than the airport.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$90 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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Arrival: Sunday November 7, 2021
Departure: Sunday November 21, 2021

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