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8 Days Holistic Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka

  • Villa My Way, Digaradda Road, Ahangama, 80650, Sri Lanka


Wellness and Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka

Yoga with Alicia is delighted to invite you to come with them to one of the most beautiful and kind countries of the world, Sri Lanka. Practice daily yoga and eat beautiful nutritious food, restoring your energy and calming your mind. Feel the sun of Sri Lanka in their crystalline waters beaches. This retreat is open to all levels of yoga experience. There are also optional trips to practice surf, visit ancient sites and cities, or simply relax in the pool with a Ceylon tea.


  • Daily yoga practice
  • Open and closing ceremony
  • Personal guidance and feedback
  • Daily buffet brunch and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Explore Sri Lanka

Skill level

  • Beginner

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation for this retreat is in beautiful bungalows, surrounded by coconut palms, monkeys, exotic fauna, a garden, and lovely swimming pool.

The yoga and activities in this retreat offers you an access to deeper connection with the different dimensions of your being. Creating a safe place for you to relax, renew, and restore your energy. This deep work will support you to get in contact with your body and listen to it. Moving forward in your life, bringing into light the things are not aligned with your heart, allowing you to start creating new supportive and healthy habits. You will leave the retreat with new tools to use in your daily life and a deeper knowledge of yourself, allowing you to step into your power and taking responsibility for what you manifest in your life.

All the retreats of Alicia and Didier are in nature and include yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, reconnection with nature, recapitulation, offering to the earth, shamanic sound bath, holistic therapy, one to one guidance, healthy food, and plenty of time for reflection and resting. They create different themes for each retreat and aim to have small groups so we can give more personalized attention.

Alicia and Didier's intention is to support people in their life to create healthy and supportive patterns and ways of being that are aligned with their heart and the eternal universal laws of nature by respecting and honoring oneself and the planet.

Typical day at the retreat

Please be aware that this timetable is a guide and can be change on the go, depending on the retreat needs)

  • 07:00 Pranayama practice (breathing exercises)
  • 08:00 Asana practice (Vinyasa yoga and dynamic yoga)
  • 10:00 Healthy delicious breakfast
  • Afternoon is free for one complimentary 60-minute holistic therapy with Didier or a trip to the stunning beaches, tea plantation, local towns, ancient cities, or relaxing next to the pool.
  • 16:00 Afternoon grounding yoga session
  • 19:00 Healthy delicious dinner
  • Alicia Ruiz

    Alicia has been teaching since 2010. Her fascination with yoga and living in connection with the heart and nature is growing day by day. She has a very deep connection to shamanism and she works on a regular basis with Ali Calderwood and Daniela Broder known by Anima, supporting their amazing energy. She also works with Yogateam providing private yoga classes in London. Alicia is a fun and calm teacher. She has an advance 500-hour yoga teacher training and she is fully insured with British Wheel of Yoga to teach Hatha, Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga, Gentle yoga, and yoga for children.

  • Didier Fernandes

    Didier Fernandes was born in France. At the age of 15 years old, he moved to Northern Portugal where he experienced a wider contact with nature and a simpler form of living. He left his hometown in Portugal to work as a nurse. While working with cancer patients he understood the importance of helping people to connect with themselves and to find their own voices in the world. Didier became interested in a more holistic approach to health. He studied many different techniques. This brought him to travel to different sacred places in the world.

The retreat will be held in Villa My Way Resort. Find yourself and heal your body, mind, and spirit in the experience of the yoga and meditation in this unique property overlooking the rain forest, just 10 minutes to the white beach of the Indian Ocean and 30 minutes from Galle Fort.

Nearby places

  • Beach - 10 minutes
  • Galle Fort - 30 minutes
  • Cycling
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Free bicycle
  • Tour assistance

You will be receiving two free delicious buffet brunch and dinner, afternoon tea with soup, healthy sweet or fruits, and all day filter water and teas during this retreat.

You may take a trip to the stunning beaches, tea plantation, local towns, or ancient cities. On Wednesday, you may take the whole day for an optional trip, to the stunning ancient rock fortress Sigiriya, located in the central Matale district, near of the town Dambulla, in the central province. These visits can be arranged at an extra cost.

  • 2 free delicious buffet meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Afternoon tea with soup, healthy sweet, or fruits
  • All day filter water and teas
  • Bicycles to wonder around
  • Open and closing ceremony
  • Personal guidance and feedback
  • Plenty of information and tools to keep working on yourself
  • Yoga everyday with Alicia Ruiz
  • All the optional exotic tours or trips
  • International or domestic flights
  • Transfers from and to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga with Alicia an inquiry.
  • Review by Fernanda Kalb from Mexico

    "The chakras retreat with Alicia and Didier has been one of the best experiences of my life. They can not be better prepared and they take such good care of the group. For me it was a magnificent emotional, physical, and spiritual journey. Their teachings will accompany me for the rest of this life and the ones to come. Many many thanks!"

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  • Review by Kanishtha Dhankhar from Mumbai

    "Alicia doing yoga with you has changed how I do yoga and my practice and understanding of not just the asana practice but also how to truly be a yogi in my daily life. Your kind soul and loving energy along with the wisdom you hold and always so keenly share have been absolutely healing in a time where I needed it the most and I am so grateful to you for that. Not just as a teacher but your friendship has meant the world to me and I will always look forward to seeing you again and doing the most beautiful yoga with you again."

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  • Review by Angelika from Germany

    "Totally by coincident I came across the Yoga & Holistic Retreat by Alicia and Didier. And I am so glad and thankful that I did, both are amazing and very special people."

    "The retreat made a big impact on myself – I finally started to understand the meaning of yoga and experiencing Alicia and Didier guiding us through and supporting us in such a warm, respectful and profound way, truly means to me entering a new path. I am really grateful that I had the chance to be a part of this. Thank you both, Alicia and Didier."

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  • Review by Ed from London, United Kingdom

    "This was a wonderful retreat. The Ashiyana centre in Goa is a beautiful place, filled with tranquility and warmth, and Alicia and Didier are warm, loving people with a deep commitment to their practice. Expect to be challenged, pushed and enlightened by your time with them."

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  • Review by Karin from Germany

    "Dear Alicia, dear Didier, Thank you thousand times for the great "Chakra" journey in October in Goa. When I left the place and had to travel home, my body, my soul and my mind were smiling into the world altogether. I thank you for the dedication and love and energy to care so greatly for all of us in the group. I have been overwhelmed by all the teachings, the help, the openness and even a lot of humour that you offered to us in order to have a good time in Goa and - even more important - to improve our lifes in general. I will be back to one of your next retreats. Love."

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  • Review by Birgit from Germany

    "Thank you both again for this week with all of your engagement, sharing, love and warmth. Something in me really changed and I will keep it forever on my path. Thank you so much!Namaste, and big hugs."

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  • Review by Anne-Lauren

    "Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your effort and support during that week. It surpassed all my expectations and it has definitely had a positive impact on my overall state of mind. I am at ease and feel significantly less anxious. The fact I am sleeping better is proof that the retreat really benefitted me... I have even managed to get a few pranayama sessions in. It is such a simple yet effective session for me. Helps me to clear my mind and regain focus."

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  • Review by Pritesh

    "You guys were awesome during the retreat. You worked in tandem so well. The energy and the vibe you created during the week was the perfect setting for reaching harmony. Beyond the physical I felt each session you ran helped my mind to unwind and focus on the positives / disregard the negatives. Keep it going!!!"

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  • Review by Domini Stone from London, UK

    "I feel very blessed to have been part of this special "Exploring the Chakras" retreat. Alicia and Didier shared their knowledge and insights in a beautiful, warm, open, and encouraging way and guided us on a journey through the chakra system. There was the perfect balance of yoga, meditation, theory around the chakras, and I really felt supported throughout the journey of self-discovery. I have returned home feeling empowered to make some positive changes in my life. I recommend the retreat to anyone seeking to learn more about themselves and looking for inspiration to bring about a positive shift in their lives. Im thankful to Alicia and Didier for guiding us through this beautiful experience."

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  • Review by Juliette Rayne from London, UK

    "I highly recommend Didier and Alicia's retreats to anyone with an interest in yoga, self development, and healthy living. They have the amazing ability to understand the issues that any student may be experiencing and the wisdom to help them shift their perspective and energy in a more positive direction, if or when required. If you just want to practice yoga and relax, without any soul searching that's fine too. The trip to the river with picnic was magical, as was the trip to Ronda. One thoughtful and delightful example of Alicia and Didier's style were the crystals provided to each student, with healing properties detailed. Another thing is a selection of fantastic books made available to anyone that would like to read them and a warm, loving, and supportive team of two people who can't help to be drawn to."

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  • Review by Steve Quirke from London, UK

    "Thank you for a truly wonderful yoga retreat. It was a pleasure to spend summer solstice with you. It was a very special time to come together, practice yoga, eat, and drink healthily and connect back with nature. The environment around us was breathtaking and it was a joy to watch the sun rise and set every day and give offerings. Alicia and Didier were just as special offering four hours of yoga a day, one-to-one sessions, holistic therapy, massage, meditation, and those very eye-opening documentaries about the world around us. I for one have felt the benefits having returned home to London. I feel lifted, energized, calm, and more at peace with myself. Ive also started my morning yoga practice and have renewed intentions to change those patterns that are not supporting me. So thank you once again."

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  • Review by Sara Fantoni from Italy

    "Alicia is a very spiritual and inspiring yoga teacher, who was able on each day of the retreat to assess the mood of the group and tailor her classes accordingly. She also pushed each one of us individually in the right amount helping us to challenge ourselves without excessively straining our bodies and minds. She also has a very soothing voice! Didier combines great massages with holistic practices that make his treatments both physically and mentally relaxing. He is attentive, a great listener, and a spiritually inspiring person."

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  • Review by Gary Thornhill from London, UK

    "Thanks for a wonderful retreat it was a beautiful experience and I cherished every moment. It really helped me relax, heal, and get further onsite into myself! Alicias yoga classes were fantastic and Didier had really sorted out my back with the incredible work he did. I am now trying to do yoga every morning to keep me in good shape. Their chill out relax vibe was the best ever and I loved the sound bath. It was a really a wonderful retreat thanks for all the hard work. I really look forward to seeing both of them again."

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  • Review by Rob Firth from London, UK

    "It has surpassed all my expectations! Alicia and Didier make a great team. They made me feel very comfortable but also managed to find that balance to push and challenge me, and encourage me to question myself. It was very interesting to learn about the philosophy behind yoga. You definitely don't get this depth of knowledge or insight in yoga classes in London. I felt that I improved in my yoga practice and that I have been given the tools to improve myself as a person. The Acro yoga and Restorative yoga worked really well and it was good fun to explore different types of yoga. I also really enjoyed the more spiritual side of the retreat, such as exploring my power animal and the lantern lighting on the beach. I had an incredible week. Thank to both of them very much!"

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  • Review by Lidia Santos Rico from Switzerland

    "I feel so lucky of having spent a week of yoga practice with Didier and Alicia that I can only recommend it to everybody around me! On top of helping me discover a few muscles I did not know I had, it's been an enlightening experience of self-discovery, detox, and learning of stress relief techniques. I particularly enjoyed the combination of theory, introspection, group discussion, and dynamic yoga practice since showed me a more holistic, authentic, and interesting approach to yoga. Alicia and Didier took great care of the group, making us feel comfortable enough to speak freely and get to know each other."

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  • Review by Noreen Stewar from London, UK

    "I've been to many yoga retreats over the years but I have to say that Alicia's was one of my favorite. Not just because of the fabulous eco apartments we rented. Not even because the staff were so friendly and helpful or because of the fabulous weather food beaches and exciting shopping. Mainly it was because of Alicia's warm accommodating and friendly nature. Alicia is such an opened person and made each and every one of us feel at home relaxed and part of something much bigger! Alicia has a dynamic, fun, and sensitive approach to teaching yoga which gave me the confidence to experiment and push myself further and further in my practice. I really love Alicia's whole approach to yoga and I cannot wait until the next trip."

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  • Review by Mary Anne Nelson from London, UK

    "Having never done yoga before, I joined Alicias class at the local gym out of curiosity and loved it! Shes incredibly passionate about what she does, and she shares her passion in such a way that you want to continue. Her classes are challenging, but not impossible and she always makes you feel that you can and you will be able to do it all. Always cheerful and supportive, she helps you improve at your own pace. I cannot recommend her enough!"

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  • Review by Bert Van der Klugt from Belgium

    "Yoga with Alicia is great! I had the chance to join a few of her classes on a retreat in Portugal and really liked the way she guided us on this painful, for me at least, path. I don't have much experience with yoga so I'm not the most flexible type and mostly end up with all the supporting cushions available next to me, but the exercises Alicia gave us were doable and encouraging. It made me consider practicing yoga more frequently since it really supports the meditational path and helps us clear blockages in our body and mind that simply sitting on a cushion will never bring us. The variation in exercises, for beginners and pro's, is vast and well adapted to the needs and skills of the persons attending the classes. Even for boards like me... I'm suffering from chronical back problems and she professionally supported me on what I could do or not. Her soft, soothing way is calming and challenging at the same time, gently inviting you to find your limits and not overexerting yourself. And all this is done in the background and wisdom of Universal Truth, the yoga of Life, supporting us to find our inner peace and greater freedom. Thank you Alicia! With love and flexibility,"

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  • Review by Mez Ainscow from Essex, England

    "Having attended yoga classes led by Alicia I can say that she teaches with honesty and integrity and a true appreciation of the practice of Yoga. Her classes lead you into an exploration of the body, guiding you with compassionate instruction and allowing for a sacred space on the mat. She embodies the mind, body and spirit in her teaching and I highly recommend you experience Alicia for yourself. She is an amazing teacher."

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London, United Kingdom

Yoga with Alicia offers yoga retreats and healthy living. They adapt classes to cater individual and group needs, and to suit beginners and advanced students.

from US$735

8 days / 7 nights


Arrival: Saturday February 11, 2017
Departure: Saturday February 18, 2017

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