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7 Days Yoga Pilgrimage Retreat in Sri Lanka

  • Yoga Light-House, West-Northern Province of Sri Lanka

Overview

Sri Lanka Yoga and Meditation Retreat

If you love the combination of yoga and adventure, this retreat is the perfect one for you! Yoga Light-House Sri Lanka welcomes you to join them in their retreat where you will not only be indulging yourself in yoga but also enjoy the wild side of Sri Lankas nature. Imagine taming the Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka and enjoy its breathtaking views - it will be an experience you will never forget! Apart from a very comfortable accommodation at their air-conditioned bungalow, you will also be served with daily healthy breakfasts and dinners during your stay.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Ayurveda doctor consultation
  • Enjoy kayaking and cycling adventures
  • An excursion to the Adam's Peak
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodations

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English, Russian
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Accommodations for this retreat will be at the Ging Oya Lodge. The lodge is owned and run by a very friendly Belgian couple; Myrjam and Leo. There are no any handmade walls or boundaries at the lodge. The lodge is naturally fringed by the Ging Oya River, mangrove trees, palms and Buddha bamboos that will treat you with breathtaking views. You will feel at ease and able to dwell deep into your yoga practice with its refreshing surrounding.

For the first 5 days, you will be doing yoga practice at Yoga Light-House Retreat. Your yoga lesson aims to improve your body and mind conditions through the application of yogic and Ayurvedic practices. You will have the time for self-studying and self-rediscovering to seek your hidden skills, abilities, talents and qualities during the practice.

You will also learn how to balance the 3 Doshas, that is to investigate and discover the weak points of your constitution (prakriti). If there are any recurring diseases, you will learn how to combat and eradicate them by managing your lifestyle. Not only that, you will increase your body endurance and vitality.

On a mental level, you will learn to master the methods and kriyas of the mind, sense of control and stability. Through your individual practice, you will learn how to acquire stability and serenity in your mind; you will grow positive traits and features of your personality so that you remain centered, focused, confident and relaxed in your day to day living.

Yoga Light-House also provides a consultation of traditional doctor of Sri Lanka (a doctor that is knowledgeable in herbs and naturopathy) if you have any physical concerns. He will use pulse diagnose (Nadi Vijnana) to determine your Prakruti (given at birth) and Vikruti (obtained through living) conditions of physical and energy bodies. Based on the consultations, you will be proposed a food and lifestyle plan for you to consider.

On the 6th and 7th days, you will embark on a pilgrimage to the highlands of the island - an excursion that is intended to reflect on your yoga practices. Your retreat comes complete with a climb to the sacred peak of Sri Pada (known as Adam's Peak).

An excursion to Sri Pada (known as Adams Peak) is included in this retreat. Adams Peak raises high in the sky at 2243 meters. On top of it there is a hollow vaguely resembling a footprint. The road to the summit of the sacred mountain passes through a string of spectacular waterfalls, winding among the densely overgrown with tropical vegetation slopes and tea plantations.

To reach the top you need to go through around 5,000 steps. The Sri Lankans try to make the climbs to the summit comfortable, but the ascent still seems to be endless - at every turn, another flight of stairs opens and looks steeper than the previous one. However, the spectacular views are definitely worth the entire grueling journey to the summit.

  • Nikolas Shower

    Nikolas is the founder of Yoga Light House and the Yoga Sadhana at the center. He is a light bearer, spiritual warrior and seeker for liberation.

  • Jeewanthi

    Jeewanthi is the Fire Keeper, Shakti of our Spiritual Home and a Kundalini that dreams to wake up within herself one day.

Yoga Light House is located on the western coast of Sri Lanka, in a quiet and prosperous area called Waikkal, on the bank of transcendental Maha Yoga River. It is just a half kilometer away from the river mouth entering the magnificent Indian Ocean.

Activities
  • Cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Beach nearby
  • In-room safe
  • River nearby
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mosquito net

Breakfasts and lunches are provided.

Exclusions

  • Dinners can be ordered as a full set or just main course.

During your leisure time you can enjoy kayaking at the river, riding a bicycle or strolling through the mangroves.

  • 6 nights' accommodations
  • A kayaking and cycling adventures
  • An excursion to the Adam's Peak
  • Ayurveda doctor consultation
  • Daily breakfasts and lunches
  • Daily morning and evening yoga sessions
  • Air fare
  • Dinners

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). A taxi ride from the airport will take around 30 minutes and the cost is about 15-20 USD.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga Light-House Sri Lanka an inquiry.
  • Review by Johanna from Pfullingen, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed 6 days at the Ging Oya Lodge, practicing Yoga, pranayama and meditation in the morning for three hours every day. I was the only person doing the practice together with Nikolas, it was a blast. I've learned a lot, new postures, new ways to keep myself in balance. Nikolas is an awesome Yoga teacher. Together with Jeewanthi we headed to the ocean with the kayaks and had some amazing conversations. I'm continuing with the yoga and pranayama practice every day and I feel very grateful to have met such wonderful people. Jeewanthi and Nikolas, may your lives be blessed and full of sunshine - I wish you all the best. Lots of greetings from Germany!"

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  • Review by Johanna
    10 out of 10

    "Hey Nicholas & Jeewanthi! Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! I'm very grateful to have spent my time with you, doing yoga and traveling through this beautiful island. "

    "Now, my daily life becomes to a routine again, and I practice yoga, pranayama and meditation every day. I really enjoy it. Lots of love to you! May your life be blessed and filled with happiness and love. All the best to you! "

    "P.S. Yeah, I climbed Sigirya in the morning, it was amazing. And later that day I enjoyed the calmness in the Buddha caves in Dambulla - a magical place."

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  • Review by Dina
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much once again for the amazing week that I had with you guys. Your place and your heart and dedication are unbelievable. It was not only learning and practice yoga it was something deeper something powerful, was learning how to live in a simple and genuine way with the most valuable of the values of life: Love. Words are not enough to express my gratitude. Wish you the best for both of you, Jeewanthi and Nicolas. I know your project will be successful because you deserve."

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  • Review by Norma Gray
    10 out of 10

    "Nicolas your guidance has given me a richer personal practice, particularly my meditation and pranayama. Your teaching is authentic, specific and is a complete practice which is easily adaptable to today's lifestyle. Thank you Nicolas and Jeewanthi for a wonderfully memorable experience. Blessings Yoga Light-House!"

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  • Review by Clelia Salvati
    10 out of 10

    "When I booked my yoga retreat with Yoga Light-House Sri Lanka, I had no idea where I was stepping in. I had only a basic experience of yoga and had never done a retreat before. I thought I would do yoga and find a peace of mind and of body and I found much more than that. The place where we stayed is fabulous, calm, peaceful, perfect for the purpose, the food is great, the ocean nearby as well as a few Ayurveda centers. The small group of participants was a great combination, just 5 of us and we got on really well together, during and in between the sessions. And the yoga master is fantastic; I learned a lot of new positions from him, learned meditation and breathing. His wife Jeewanthi is a very attentive and caring Ayurveda doctor who gives the best advice to keep healthy. I came to practice some yoga moves, I left with a completely new body and a mind free of stress and worries and new friends. I will definitely come again."

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  • Review by Esther from Berlin, German
    10 out of 10

    "I'm back in Germany and still feel lighthearted from all the impressions I had during the last month. One of the biggest impacts was definitely meeting you. Not only was the yoga-experience the best I ever had, but also getting to know the work of Ayurveda was incredible and I keep it with me all the time. Thank you for all this. My shoulder and my mind are so relaxed. The oil you gave me Madhu is perfect and gives my shoulder great warmth and comfort. India was just an adventure as Sri Lanka. Maybe a bit more chaotic, loud and dirty, but also great in colour, spirituality and vitality. I hope I'm able to come back and join an ashramit one day. Until then I keep up my yoga practice whenever I can. I hope, you too are doing fine. Spreading that positive energy around the globe. I keep telling everyone about you, keeping you busy. Wishing you all the best and hope to hear from you soon!"

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  • Review by Tuva from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "I am very satisfied with everything about my stay at Yoga-Light-House. First of all, we were only two people doing the program, so we got full attention/help. I've learned a lot in just three and a half days, and I've brought it with me home to my life in Norway; both through yoga-meditation-consultation-conversation. Now, back home for three weeks, I still feel calm/relaxed, and sleep better than I've ever done before. Also: I had no idea, through the pictures, that the place we stayed in during the program was gonna be that beautiful. The room was the nicest room I've slept in during my trip in Sri Lanka."

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  • Review by Conor Colleary
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Jeewanthi and Nicolas! Thanks for what was fundamentally an excellent trip. I really enjoyed learning about yoga and the practice sessions that we did. I also feel very refreshed and calm after the trip. All I need now that I am back home, is to keep practicing. Thanks again for a great experience."

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  • Review by Mary Goodwin
    10 out of 10

    "AMAZING!!! This retreat which included the excursion to Adam's Peak was far more than I could have ever expected. The Yoga Light house experience challenged me to come out of my comfort zone both physically and emotionally. The excursion to Adam's Peak is NOT TO BE MISSED! We walked at a pace that was comfortable for the whole group during the cool of the night. It was a magical experience, with stunning views of the night sky. Our thoughts were cleared as we focused on our breathing and each step we took to push ourselves to the summit. It was unforgettable experience shared with wonderful people I had never met before. We also took in trips to waterfalls, swam in the river, went kayaking and much more. We were treated like family by the Yoga Lighthouse staff Nicholas and Madu. They were so attentive to the groups needs and spent quality time with us individually to discuss our health and emotional needs. They were so giving and welcoming. I will truly miss them! If you want a true yoga experience with an adventure, definitely pick this retreat with the excursion. If it is just yoga you want, they do programs without the excursion to Adam's Peak which I am sure will be amazing too. "

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  • Review by Rose
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Nickolas and Jeewa, Just writing to say thanks to the both of you for my time at Yoga Light-House, and apologies for my late email - I've been on the move since I left the lodge. Anyway, it was truly memorable and a very positive experience for me. I will remember the wise advice you both have given to me and I will try to put it into practice as much as I can. Some of the things have certainly stuck in my mind and I will remember them in times of need."

    "I'm going to carry on with the yoga and pranayama once in back in London, I believe it will help me with everything and become strong! I got my palm read In Varanasi and he said yoga and meditation will be an important thing in my life and I might even open a center when I'm older ha! Jeewanthi thank you so much for the medicine again. I will start taking it when I get home and let you know how it's working. Hope you have a lovely time with your family. Thanks again."

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  • Review by Ingela Corner
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Nicolas! Thank you for one of the best experiences of my life! I arrived home safely Saturday night. It was minus 10 degrees outside and a little bit of snow - a big contrast. The flight was OK but I got a terrible headache. Though since I came home I have been very tired, or sleepy is maybe more correct. Hard to keep my eyes open and swollen around the eyes. Probably due to that I didn't sleep much the first couple of nights together with jet-lag. Or a reaction after all mental, and physical, work I went through in Sri Lanka? Maybe a combination. Though physically I feel great! I try to do my morning-practice everyday, the wake-up and meditation. I feel the meditation goes a little bit better day by day, the thoughts are not everywhere all the time and I can focus a little bit better on the breathing, mantra, mala-beads, etc. The sun salutations I have done a couple of times as well, my aim being to do them every day Tell Madu that I take my medicine every day according to her instructions. I will get back to you/her within a week to let you know the effect I experience from it. Take care! Ayubowa."

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  • Review by Laura Burkhardt from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "Hey Nicolas! I'm safe back in Dubai. Thanks again for that great experience! Even I had some blockades during the sessions I really enjoyed it. I forgot to ask if you can send me the pictures that you did on the river while we were kayaking and also those which Madu took while we were doing our yoga session at the river. I wish you a great day and please say hello to Madu! Namaste from Dubai."

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  • Review by Benjamin from USA

    "I came to stay with Yoga Light-House in Sri Lanka from 21st to 28th of January 2015. After 7 days of yoga practice my feelings are ambiguous, however my mind is clear and quiet. From the seven days yoga retreat, I have gained an experience that are could not be describe. There are 6 or 7 cabanas scattered around the place and its all facing the river, the river view is covered by huge bamboo grass. The interior of the cabana I stayed was very spacious, furnished enough to satisfy guests. The feeling of staying inside was a combination of modesty, comfort, neatness and quietness. You will have the feeling you're having vacations at a summer house in the country.Nicolas came to me and explained how and where we would start with my yoga practices. And at that particular moment I came to realize that things would not be developing like the usual or the way I expected. I am not much into yoga and I do not do regular practice. At Yoga Light-House yoga is everywhere, in each moment and every breath you take. And it started from the very moment I entered the place.We started yoga in the evening, which has intrigued the sense of an explorer and investigator to the real me and it continues to grow. At some points of my practice, I dwell deep into it that I feel there was only me.The last session was dedicated to a revision of the new experience. I was presented with a written advice on how I can continue my practice on my own. I really appreciate meeting with Leo, Miriam and Nicolas who lived in the East for so long that they managed to absorb the values there and treasures and eagerly shared them with others using western means of communication. My understanding of yoga has undergone a radical change. There is definitely something in our western yoga that we miss or omit without understanding the real value. I am very lucky to get a chance to discover it through my own experience ."

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Waikkal, Sri Lanka

Yoga Light-House in Sri Lanka provides individual guidance in self-development, improvement of body and mind conditions through application of yoga and Ayurveda.

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