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7 Day Surf and Yoga Retreat in Weligama, Sri Lanka

Beautiful Sri Lanka Yoga Holiday

Ever wanted to wake up in Sri Lanka and practice yoga in the jungle, enjoy a fresh king coconut before an amazing local breakfast, then head down to Weligama Bay and challenge yourself with a surf lesson? Surf lessons are followed by lunch on the beach then an afternoon in the water putting to practice what you have learned, or relaxing free time to do as you please. In the evening, you will head back to the jungle villa for a chill sunset Yin yoga class, followed by an amazing traditional vegetarian evening meal, and the chance to share stories with new friends about your great day! On one of your excursions, you will spend the day in Udawalawe National Park where you can view wild elephants, many birds, crocodiles, buffalo, mongoose, and many other creatures.

The retreat also includes free time for exploring more of South Sri Lanka. You could have a cultural afternoon at the local Buddhist temple followed by a visit to the historic Galle Fort! Or just chill on the beach. On this retreat, you'll have the opportunity to learn from two different yoga teachers, Carrie and Evelin, teaching different styles of yoga in the morning and the evening to give you a well-rounded experience! You'll also get to be part of some special meditation sessions and a Full Moon ceremony! Please note the only things not included in this exclusive offer are airport transfers and lunches as you will be away from the villa for these. All yoga, surf, equipment, accommodation, breakfasts, and evening meals are included.

As part of the mission of Bigger Life Adventures, this retreat gives back 10% of all participation fees to a local nonprofit organization. With this retreat, we are donating to WECare Worldwide, a veterinary nonprofit devoted to serving Sri Lanka's street dogs.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Spiritual meditation sessions
  • Option to surf or go on a safari expedition
  • Spend some relaxing time on the beach
  • 7 nights beautiful accommodation
  • Daily plant based meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Hungarian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Yoga deck
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Patio

While at the retreat, you will stay at the Bandara Watte colonial-era villa in the jungle. This secluded and historic home is surrounded by six acres of gardens and surrounded by lush rainforest. Located near a small village outside of Weligama, Sri Lanka, the villa is a five-minute tuk-tuk ride to the beach, ten minutes to Mirissa Beach, and twenty minutes along the beautiful coastal road to Galle. The house has great historical importance locally, and to reach it you must travel down a narrow secluded lane which leads only to the river's edge.

The lane begins at a Banyan Tree made famous by the poet Gajaman Nona, and there are various small 'boutiques' which sell basic daily provisions and local food. There is also a vibrant village vegetable market every Wednesday and Saturday which is a lovely 10-minute scenic walk from the villa. Rooms and bathrooms are shared but spacious!

Bigger Life Adventures Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka Itinerary

Wednesday, September 19

  • Arrival Day!
  • Travel from the airport to villa
  • Plant-based dinner and dessert
  • Welcome ceremony and meditation

Thursday, September 20

  • Morning meditation and Vinyasa in the jungle
  • Plant-based breakfast at the villa
  • Surf lessons at Weligama Beach
  • Free time for lunch and beach time
  • Evening Yin yoga and meditation in the jungle
  • Plant-based dinner at the villa

Friday, September 21

  • Morning meditation and Vinyasa in the jungle
  • Plant-based breakfast at the villa
  • Surf lessons at Weligama Beach
  • Free time for lunch and beach time
  • Evening Yin yoga and meditation in the jungle
  • Plant-based dinner at the villa

Saturday, September 22

  • Morning meditation and Vinyasa in the jungle
  • Plant-based breakfast at the villa
  • Cultural excursion to Peace Pagoda and historic Galle Fort
  • Local train ride experience
  • Evening Yin yoga and meditation in the jungle
  • Plant-based dinner at the villa

Sunday, September 23

  • Morning meditation and Vinyasa in the jungle
  • Plant-based breakfast at the villa
  • Surf lessons at Weligama Beach
  • Free time for lunch and beach time
  • Evening Yin yoga and meditation in the jungle
  • Plant-based dinner at the villa

Monday, September 24

  • Safari day in Udawalawe National Park!
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, and local dinner provided

Tuesday, September 25: Full Moon Day

  • Farewell dinner and dessert
  • Special Full Moon ceremony

Wednesday, September 26

  • Morning yoga and breakfast
  • Departures to the airport and next destinations

Included excursions

  • Surf lessons and surf guiding
  • Safari to Udawalawe National Park
  • Cultural excursion to Unawatuna Peace Pagoda and Historic Galle Fort
  • Plenty of free time for more exploration

Instructors

Carrie Hoffman
Quantum Yoga Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)
Carrie has been practicing yoga for over six years and has always turned to her practice for stress relief and spiritual connection. She loves to show her students that yoga is far more than just the poses, it is a spiritual path that can guide you in every aspect of your life! In 2018 she obtained her Yoga Alliance RYT 200 from Quantum Yoga School under the teacher Lara Baumann. Quantum's unique yoga education provided her with expertise in Ayurveda, Yoga Philosophy, Vinyasa, and incorporating the modern principles of quantum physics into yoga.
Evelin Nagy
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yin Yoga, Hatha Yoga)
After discovering the transformative power of yoga, following years of practice Evelin set off to Rishikesh, India and completed her 240hrs yoga teacher training in hatha yoga 3 years ago. Since then she has been spreading her love of yoga and meditation through regular hatha and yin group classes and one-on-ones. On her classes you will learn to slow down, turn your awareness inwards, connect to your heart and breath. Creating a safe, meditative, breath-infused experience accessible to all levels, Evelin's classes are compassionate, playful, energizing and full of mindfulness.
Zach Minnich
Zach is a trained chef with a specialty in creating healthy and delicious vegan food! He also loves reaching alternate states of consciousness and has been practicing and facilitating Breathwork Meditation in the Wim Hof Style for 2+ years.

Location

This retreat will take place in Weligama, Sri Lanka. Weligama is a small town on the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka, home to a chilled-out vibe and the perfect easy waves for newbie surfers! For more experienced surfers, there are bigger waves just minutes away at other breaks.

Features

Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms

Food

All plant-based, healthy, home-cooked Sri Lankan food will be served for breakfasts and dinners. Lunch will be on your own, but there are plenty of delicious, local Sri Lankan options!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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)

  • Additional add-on activities
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • SUP yoga
  • Jungle hikes
  • Koggala Lake
  • Massages and spa treatments

What's included

  • Breakfast and dinner every day
  • Fresh king coconuts every day!
  • All yoga classes and meditations
  • Surfboard rental and surf lessons
  • All excursions
  • Accommodation
  • Wi-Fi
  • Transport to and from excursions
  • Elephant safari
  • Surfing lessons
  • Temple excursion

What's not included

  • Lunches and snacks
  • Airport transfer (can be added on for additional cost)
  • Airfare to and from Sri Lanka

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Wednesday September 19, 2018
Departure: Wednesday September 26, 2018

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