Located near a sea turtle hatchery, which we will visit during the retreat, the property is right on the sea front with a reef protected beach outside that offers a fascinating world for those wishing to explore the rock pools for tropical fish, crabs and shells. A short stroll to the left takes you to a protected swimming lagoon and a five-minute tuk-tuk ride in the other direction finds you at the main Thalpe Beach.
For those wanting to explore, there is plenty to discover. You can hire a bike and cycle through the local paddy fields and rainforest, visiting temples and tea plantations along the way. There are boat trips on nearby Koggala Lake where you can visit small islands and secret coves. And the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort is only a twenty minutes tuk- tuk ride away. Losing yourself in the Fort’s labyrinth of old streets is a wonderful way to spend a day.
For the more adventurous, there is whale watching, surfing and scuba diving all in close proximity.
Our intuitive and experienced yoga teacher for this retreat; Clive Fogelman, will provide us with inspiring yoga classes twice daily and offer a variety of styles, including; Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Restorative Yoga with meditation. Through flowing sequences and restorative postures (with variations for all levels of practice) Clive will guide you in cultivating an intuition for what your body needs while building strength, creating flexibility and letting go of stress. To get a flavour for Clive’s style of teaching check out some of his videos.
This yoga retreat has plenty of free time for you to relax on stunning beaches, explore the oceans and rainforests of Sri Lanka, see exotic wildlife and experience rich Asian culture and the warmth of the Sri Lankan people.
This retreat includes:
- 7 nights accommodation in a beautifully restored beach house
- Delicious, healthy and fresh local cuisine: Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner
- Picnics prepared by our chef for those wishing to spend the day exploring
- A full week of yoga classes (check the retreat schedule for detailed info)
- Transfers to and from Colombo airport to the retreat center
- A trip to a nearby turtle sanctuary
- A full body massage
Optional extras we can help you to organise inexpensively while you are on the retreat:
- Whale Watching
- Scuba Diving
- Boat trips
- Bike hire
Our lovingly restored beach house has six bedrooms, extended living areas, a large pool, five wonderful staff to attend to your every need and the beach at the end of the garden.
Furnished throughout with a blend of antiques and modern art and furniture sourced from across Asia, the house is designed to offer stylish yet relaxed beach living.
The property consists of 2 main wings. The first has 3 double bedrooms and a twin bedroom, all with spacious en-suite bathrooms, elegant four-poster beds and either pool or panoramic ocean views. In the second wing there is a further double bedroom, a bedroom with two double bunk beds, and a large shared bathroom featuring a freestanding bath.
All bedrooms have A/C and overhead fans. There is wifi throughout the house.
The downstairs living area opens on to the tropical garden to make the most of the spectacular ocean views and warm Sri Lankan climate, while the expansive upstairs sitting and games area is the perfect place to retreat and watch a movie, play cards or immerse yourself in a great book.
Check in is from 12pm. Check out is at 10am. We will go over the weeks schedule during the meet and greet once everyone has arrived at the accommodation.
The quality of the food on our retreats is very important to us. You will enjoy delicious, healthy meals lovingly prepared with fresh local ingredients by our wonderful chef, Lionel, to complement the retreat perfectly. The food will be mostly vegetarian or vegan but you can opt for meat or fresh locally caught fish if you so desire. Please include your dietary requirements in the section provided at checkout. We use organic and local produce where possible.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Based in London, Clive Fogelman has a creative and open-minded approach to yoga and meditation, influenced by his therapeutic work and sporting background. He encourages people to cultivate intuition within their bodies, mindful that all individuals are different and continually evolving.
His tailored yoga classes emphasise linking breath and movement to direct attention inward and become more aware of each moment and the unique nature of our own body. Drawing on the parallels between yoga and life, the mat becomes an opportunity for exploration and transformation.
Clive teaches vinyasa flow, restorative and yin yoga, always offering variations for all levels. His meditation classes include guided visualisations, breathing techniques and often integrate poetry.
Clive’s website: www.helloyoga.co.uk
WHAT TO BRING
We recommend bringing slip on shoes or sandals, hiking shoes or sensible outdoor footwear, sunglasses, sun cream, mosquito repellent, a bathing suit, a sun hat and a waterproof coat.
The yoga classes will take place in a wonderful bright yoga space inside the beach house. We provide all yoga equipment but if you’d rather use your own mat you are welcome to bring it with you.
We recommend you wear reef shoes while exploring the shore and there is a selection available for you to borrow.