Relax in paradise in an incredibly beautiful beach house on the South coast of Sri Lanka. 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.
We have included an optional whale watching tour, on a private boat, with this retreat. It’s an incredible opportunity to see these beautiful animals and even if we are unlucky that day it’s a wonderful experience to cut the engine and swim in stunningly clear waters.
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 the option of booking a day on safari (leaving very early in the morning as it is a long drive but well worth it). There is also surfing and scuba diving all in close proximity.
Our experienced, fun and inspiring instructor; Faye Fenton, will guide you through an energising morning Yoga Flow class, with an emphasis on feeling good, and finding freedom. We’ll wake up those tighter bits of the body, strengthen the muscles, and let go of anything that might be holding us back. The practice will focus on linking breath with movement, whilst improving flexibility and strength. The evening classes will take on more of a wind-down vibe, with gentle movement, longer-held ‘Yin’ postures, easy meditation techniques, pranayama, Yoga Nidra and deep relaxation to ensure a restful sleep.
The classes will be suitable for all levels, including those new to yoga.
Experience luxury on a Sri Lankan beach, delicious local cuisine, stunning white beaches and exotic wildlife whilst developing your strength, flexibility, wellbeing and mindfulness.
This retreat includes:
- 7 nights accommodation in a beautifully restored Sri Lankan beach house
- A full body massage
- Delicious, healthy and fresh local cuisine: Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner
- Picnics prepared by our local chef for those wishing to spend the day exploring
- A full week of yoga classes (check the retreat schedule for detailed info)
- A whale watching tour on a private boat
- Transfers to and from Colombo airport to the retreat center
- A trip to a nearby turtle sanctuary
Optional extras we can help you to organise inexpensively while you are on the retreat:
- Bike hire
- Scuba Diving
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
‘Yoga changes people’s lives, in any and every way imaginable.’
Faye discovered Yoga when she was pregnant with her first child, back in 2005, and immediately fell in love. This ancient discipline somehow felt like an incredible balm for her slightly chaotic, busy life (she was running a restaurant at the time). Fast-forward 18 years, and yoga still soothes Faye’s mind and empowers her spirit in much the same way.
Faye is the founder and owner of the UK studio, Barefoot Birmingham Yoga, and mainly teaches Slow-Flow; a mindful mix of Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga. Ashtanga Yoga was her first love, but these days she like to take things a little slower and find more JOY along the way. Faye likes to help people to really feel into the postures, and enjoy their inner-landscape.
Faye is certified in Hatha-Flow Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and Yin Yoga. She is also trained in Clinical Hypnotherapy for Childbirth.
‘I say ignore the crazy insta images; you can be any age, shape or size or ‘type’ to go inwards and benefit from yoga. I love the connection and community yoga weaves. Yoga is the most magical, fun, healing natural-high ever. Everything you learn on the mat eventually translates into real life.’
Check out Faye’s yoga studio
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.