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.
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 very lovely and experienced and instructor for this retreat, Naomi Hayama, will guide you through an inspiring week of classes. Specialising in Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation, Naomi also interweaves; Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Naomi’s classes will build strength and flexibility. Through relaxation and meditation, she will help calm the mind and aim to focus our awareness. Traditional Asana (posture) and Pranayama (breathing) practice will help you feel balanced, energised and grounded.
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, snacks and dinners
- Picnics prepared by our wonderful chef for those wishing to spend the day exploring.
- A full week of yoga classes (check the retreat schedule for detailed info)
- A trip to a nearby turtle sanctuary
Optional extras we can help you to organise 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
Our very lovely and experienced and instructor for this retreat, Naomi Hayama, will guide you through an inspiring week of classes. Specialising in Hatha Yoga, interweaving Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Naomi’s classes will build strength and flexibility. Through relaxation and meditation, she will help calm the mind and aim to focus our awareness. Traditional Asana (posture) and Pranayama (breathing) practice will help you feel balanced, energised and grounded.
With over 15 years of teaching, Naomi is very experienced in guiding people of all abilities, from complete beginners to experienced practitioners, and will tailor the classes to suit your own specific needs, making this retreat available to all. She will assist you to deepen your yoga practice in an enjoyable and balanced way.
As well as a wonderful break in stunning surroundings, this yoga retreat will help to encourage and instil your own personal practice once you return home, meaning that the benefits you’ve gained will stay with you.
More info on Naomi and her lovely Bristol yoga studio: www.bristolyogacentre.co.uk/teachers-naomi
Naomi’s website: www.everydayyoga.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 (mats, blocks, bricks, straps, bolsters, eye pillows and blankets).
We recommend you wear reef shoes while exploring the shore and there are a selection available for you to borrow.