Talalla Retreat

Gandara, Sri Lanka

Talalla Retreat is a boutique hotel and yoga retreat overlooking an undiscovered beach of calm turquoise sea at the southern tip of Sri Lanka.

Surf Camps 1

7 Days Surf, Pilates, and Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka

Available in November, January & February

Speaks English

from US$1,099

Excellent 10/10

Based on 4 reviews
from US$1,099
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Excellent 10/10

Based on 4 reviews

Instructors 2

Melanie Woods

Melanie discovered yoga when she was 19 years old traveling in India. After returning home to California, she continued to explore and deepen further into the yoga practice. Melanie is in the process of finishing the next level of her yoga training - a 500-hour YTT from Yoga Tree San Francisco. Her adventures have led her to teach yoga in all kinds of exciting settings including; a beautiful jungle shala in Tulum, Mexico, for a surf camp in Taghazout, Morocco, leading yoga sailing retreats around the islands of Croatia, and now in beautiful Sri Lanka at Talalla Retreat!

Jenna Kruiskamp

Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)

Jenna has a passion for mindfulness and healthy body function and movement. A certified STOTT Pilates and a 200-hour YTT Yoga Alliance instructor, she is also a level two Reiki practitioner and loves to surf and enjoy nature. She has been running wellness retreats for four years and is passionate about working with people from every walk of life.

Reviews 4

  • Sky De Jersey Australia

    October 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I loved it so much it inspired a poem:

    Talalla:

    A place, a beach, an oasis

    Retreat from the world

    Your cares floating away on the tropical breeze

    As your breath deepens to match the waves rolling in

    The days are timeless

    Flowing peacefully from one moment to the next

    Punctuated by yoga and a swim (it is hot after all!)

    Unwind your mind

    Unfurl your wings

    Let your spirit free

    Free to be where you are

    In this moment

    Embracing the wisdom of the ancients

    The mantras reminding us all

    'You are enough'

    'Your presence is sufficient'

    'You are precious '

    And most importantly

    'You are loved'

    Watching the moon emerge from the ocean

    Entranced by the moonlight dancing on the waves

    Sparkles glistening on each wave as it runs to the shore

    Emerging from deep yin

    Wandering back through the gardens

    Nature's magic has one more treat in store -

    Fireflies dancing in the soft grass

    Weaving webs of light in the twilight

    Breathe deep

    There is no where else you should be

    There is no thing you need to do

    Than

    be

    in this moment

    in this place

    In this space

    At peace

    Release

    Let go

    And just

    Be

    Nothing, oh wait they didn't have hot chocolate! (Probably just as well really!)

  • Galia De Fulviis Belgium

    June 2017, BookSurfCamps

    I liked my journey @ Talalla Retreat! Nice hotel, in a quiet piece near the beach. Beautiful garden, nice rooms, nice staff and great food.

    I chose to do the yoga retreat. My first contact with yoga and even you're just a beginner, the program was made for everybody. We had a nice time with the teachers and had some great workshops.

    For everybody who is looking for a 100% relaxation or wants a surf experience, there you are @ the right place.

  • Marieke

    BookYogaRetreats website

    Staying at Talalla Retreat was like a dream came true. Beautiful bungalows with open showers and lovely beds, good and healthy food and friendly staff. There is a good beach though the swimming pool is a really nice area to stay as well. I followed two yoga lessons that were fine for me as a beginner even at 6:30 in the morning. I had all opportunities to relax and I really enjoyed my stay at Talalla: a recommendation for everyone who wants to chill and be active (surfing and yoga) at the same time in the most beautiful space.

  • Trish Godwin United Kingdom

    BookYogaRetreats website

    Heaven on earth! Beautiful surroundings, beautiful people & staff who really look after you from the managers Emma & Dave who make you feel so welcome & looked after, the yoga instructors Saffron & Martine are the best teachers I could have hoped for, the chefs who cook fresh meals everyday - amazing food! The friendly cleaners and spa staff, can't fault them 10/10!!! The perfect retreat to relax, unwind & just be. Highly recommended so much so I'm already planning my return this time next year :) Thank you Talalla.

Testimonials 7

  • Kim Australia

    Talalla Retreat website

    The yoga retreat not only provided the space I was looking for, I managed to meet some incredible people along the way. Thank you to the Team at Talalla.

  • Charlotte United Kingdom

    Talalla Retreat website

    Without sounding cliched, it really was the perfect balance of exercise, relaxation, mind and body. Everything was fun and effortless and the resort was beautiful. We laughed, we even cried and we made life long friends and I can’t wait to do it all again next year.

  • Jenna Kruiskamp Western Australia

    Talalla Retreat Facebook page

    Talalla is a haven of positive energy, exquisite nature and wonderful people. Highly recommend!

  • Martin Kayser

    Talalla Retreat Facebook page

    Wonderful yoga teachers, a marvellous surf coach, great accommodation, and splendid beaches. Could not have been better. Hope to come back very soon.

  • Irene and Aushaxox

    Talalla Retreat website

    Dear Martine, my mother and I had hoped for a relaxing and rejuvenating week and we achieved that and so much more with your expertise. We are both amateur yoga enthusiasts and have really been inspired by your professionalism, calm demeanor, knowledge and passion for yoga. The classes were well timed, paced and acceptable standards, non repetitive and engaging. Your techniques and patience are very much appreciated. Although Talalla is an amazing location and beautiful, it would have not been the same without you. You are a true asset to Talalla Retreat. We look forward to seeing you again and attending your classes.

  • Nadine

    Talalla Retreat website

    Dear Martine, thank you so much for the wonderful classes and your beautiful company during my week at Talalla. I was looking for a week full of yoga, meditation and pranayama to unwind after three months in Sri Lanka and before going back to buzzing New York City. I have found all of that and more during your classes, our swims in the sea and our meals. You have a wonderful style of teaching, it never gets boring and you make your students feel safe while practicing with you. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with me. I really hope to practice with you again. Merci beaucoup pour tout!

  • Zusana

    Talalla Retreat website

    Thank you very much for past few days when I learnt so much. I have been practicing yoga for few years, yet thank to you I have found new areas to work on and your lessons also taught me things I have been doing wrong for so long. You also told some great yoga tips and mainly about roots of yoga which enlightened my attitude to life and people, although especially myself! Thanks to rediscovering meditation. I have realized how beneficial, nurturing, relaxing and spiritual it can be. I am still looking forward to some classes here however I can say already thank to you, Sandra, yoga retreat was just what I expected and what I needed.Hopefully I will have another chance to attend some classes with you around the world. Wishing you all the best.

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