The Call For Adventure
Luxury Retreat in Talpe Sri Lanka
February 16th – 23rd 2019
A seven day winter escape to an exotic paradise.
Sri Lanka is a beauty to behold and an incredible destination for a yoga retreat. Rich in culture, a wealth of wildlife and an abundance of incredible natural beauty.
January – March is a beautiful time to be in the central hills or on the southern coast, as days are sunny and dry and the sea is usually calm.
The Sri Devi Retreat Centre opens its doors and its heart, to welcome us, on what will be, a once in a lifetime experience for some.
A luxury resort, with seven spacious villas, a spa and a 60 foot swimming pool, surrounded by mango trees and exotic flowers. A private outdoor Yoga Shala, as well as an indoor and an outdoor covered lounging area.
The centre is located on the edge of a former paddy field, which nature has transformed into a wildlife sanctuary, with water buffalos and a wide variety of birds. Hidden away and overlooking lush green paddy fields, perfect for relaxation, against the backdrop of traditional Sri Lankan village life, with nothing to disturb you but a soft breeze, the sounds of nature, or the occasional chanting of monks in the distance.
This luxury retreat, is a collaboration between myself and Ali Gilling, a very dear friend and heart sister. Our friendship spans over twenty years and our yoga paths have entwined for as long. Between us, we have over forty years of yoga teaching experience!
We are both feeling incredibly blessed to be able offer this retreat together and to offering you, the yoga guest, a wealth of wisdom and love,through authentic,heartfelt teaching and guidance.
Ali is a well seasoned traveller and has been to Sri Lanka many times and in fact, has been the inspiration behind the Sri Devi Villas opening up to Yoga guests.
It is our intention to offer you an unforgettable experience. A sun filled adventure, incredibly nourishing yoga, fine vegetarian cuisine, Ayurvedic treatments and a deep inner journey back to your heart and all in Sri Lanka!!!
There will be two practice sessions a day, including Asana, Pranayama, Kriya, Mindfulness and Meditation. Each day will begin with a morning Sadhana (spiritual practice of mediation, pranayama and or Kriya and chanting) for those early risers, followed by a dynamic yet meditative Hatha flow yoga practice.
After the morning session, there is an abundance of fruits and a healthy and filling breakfast. There will be several hours in the day to relax and unwind, whether it be to walk to the nearby white sandy beaches, have a treatment from our in house ayuvedic masseuse, take a ride into the nearby shops, cafes and restaurants on the beach or simply chill by the pool.
We will meet again in the late afternoon for a gentle practice, dedicated to nourishing yourself, including restorative postures, meditation, visualisations and yoga Nidra.
The Villas are luxurious, clean and spacious, with traditional Sri Lankan elements and beautiful colonial furniture. Each villa offers twin beds and a large bathroom. A fridge and bar/counter with sink, tea/coffee making facilities and a walk in closet and safe. Indoor and outdoor showers and private sun terraces with magnificent views. There is attention to detail in every villa to ensure your ultimate comfort.
Breakfast and 5 dinners are included in the cost of the retreat and will be prepared in traditional Sri Lankan style using organic and locally sourced ingredients.
The resort has a fantastic organic garden, where they grow their own vegetables, fruits and herbs.
In addition there is a fully equipped and staffed kitchen, and for no additional cost the staff can prepare your own food for you.
Rusindu, the chef, is very creative, with more than 15 years of experience in 5-star hotels in Dubai.
In Sri Devi Retreat, Rusindu cooks amazing locally inspired dishes, using nothing but locally sourced produce. Guests who would like to join Rusindu on his daily trips to the local vegetable and fish markets, are more than welcome. He will show you fruits and vegetables, which most guests have never seen before, and will show you afterwards how to prepare them. Salads made with snake gourd, gotukola or mukunuwenna. A light curry with jack fruit. General cooking techniques of the Sri Lankan cuisine : curries, fish and poultry in banana leaves, sambals and a few more secrets.
Out and About
There are several beaches to choose from, some lively with music and entertainment, some quieter and expansive. Very varied with many restaurants along the coastline for stunning sunsets and entertainment if you wish to experience Sri Lanka’s social life.
The main beach and tourist centre of Unawatunas is very busy and offers numerous bars and restaurants. Near the beach is the small Buddhist temple “Wella Devale”, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view over the beach.
Is a small traditional fishing village offering over 2 km of long sandy beach, which attracts surfers during the day and offers stunning sunsets
Galle Beach is located next to the old town of Galle, where the well-preserved colonial fortress Galle Fort is located. Here you will find museums, shops and cafes.
Activities & Excursions
There are many wonderful excursions on offer during the week and trips to explore on the free day.
* Yala : safari to see the wild elephants in Yala National Park.
* Kataragama, pilgrimage town in Sri Lanka for Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Veddas.
* Sunrise boat trip to see blue whales
* Touring the most famous 19th Century tea estate
* Booking a magnificent boat trip to Cinnamon Island to see how cinnamon is produced
* Visiting and walking around Galle Fort
* Experiencing the flavours of Sri Lanka with a top chef
* Ayurvedic massage
In the spa we can offer ayurvedic floral / herbal baths, the shirodhara drip and a wide variety of massages. There is also the use of the steam box. An Ayurvedic diagnosis is available with one of the best practitioners and Umesha, our Ayurvedic therapist, has over 10 years of experience in different kinds of Ayurvedic massages and treatments. She worked for almost 10 years in the Paragon hotel, one of the best Ayurvedic hotel-clinics in Sri Lanka, and worked afterwards for a private Ayurvedic clinic before joining Sri Devi Retreat. Her specialties are chakra massages, shirodhara ( the slow oil stream on your forehead ) and relaxing body massages, reducing tension and stress. In house Ayurvedic massage is available in the comfort of your own room.
Price per person for a shared Twin villa £1160 for 7 nights
To reserve and secure your place a deposit (non refundable) of £400 is required. The full amount is due 6 weeks before the start of the retreat.
Instalment payments are accepted if needed.
* Two practice sessions per day with one free day
* Transfers to and from the airport to the villa (a two and a half drive in a comfortable taxi)
* Accommodation in luxury twin Villas
* A hearty breakfast/brunch
* 5 dinner’s at the villa (one on your arrival and one on your last evening)
* Holiday Insurance
* Ayurvedic Treatments and Massage
If you haven’t seen this part of Sri Lanka before then you may like to extend your stay. There are many nearby affordable places in the area we can advise you with.
To book or for any other questions or enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org