KOGGALA LAKE, SRI LANKA

Lanka Yoga Retreat

Monday 31st October 2022

Sunday 6th November 2022

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“I happen to believe the world will change only when we change ourselves. And that starts with finding ourselves: learning to quiet the clamor in our minds and the voices of everyone around us and move toward what feels right – toward the things we know, for reasons we can’t explain, that we’re meant to do, the things that makes us feel alive.” - Kelly Cutrone

Melt into 7 days and 6 nights under the warm orange Sri Lankan sun, whilst discovering the diversity of the South Coast -- the heart of pristine beaches, golden shores, glassy surf, luscious forrest, fragrant curries and wide smiles.

This yoga respite is an opportunity to relax, re-evaluate and re-ignite your passion and purpose. Our exclusive retreat venue is sunken into nature, between the lakes edge, the forrest and the ocean, where creativity runs wild.

Your practice will undoubtably strengthen with twice daily vinyasa and restorative yin yoga and your mind will uncoil as you spend the remainder of your days snoozing under the dappled shade of trees by the pool, surfing the local breaks, learning about the local culture and food or indulging in an ayurvedic massage.

Sometimes it just takes a little push, a little discomfort, a little sign to realise that you can have access to exactly what you’re looking for. We can’t wait to retreat with you and know you’ll instantly feel at home away from home. 

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Your Destination

Nothing short of paradise. Lanka Yoga is on Koggala Lake in the little-known village of Duwamalalagama. This location puts us at the first of the famous surf beaches on the South Coast of Sri Lanka. Just 5 minutes from the pristine white sandy beaches in Habaraduwa town and 10 minutes to the famous surf at Kabalana and Dewata.

 

The venue itself is one of a kind. Located on the water’s edge, we offer a calm alternative to the sometimes-hectic nature of the beachside locations. The generously spaced venue has open plan living, nooks and crannies, an elevated yoga shala, a spectacular pool, lush gardens including a substantial vegetable garden, an abundance of juicy fruit trees and more.

November to March is the dry season; in this period, it’s mostly clear and sunny, the beaches are bigger, and the surf is at its best. This time of year is perfect for a ‘summer'

holiday.

Your Host

This retreat is led by Zoe Klein. She has been teaching since 2015, traveling globally to learn and share the practice. Having taught over 2000 hours of public classes she is well-equipped to facilitating safe and customised practices for all levels of experience.

This retreat has been in the making ever since Zoe adventured to Sri Lanka in 2019. She had the pleasure of teaching yoga amongst the coconut trees whilst falling in love with the culture, the people, the incredible food and the warm Indian Ocean. It was here that she found the time and space to recognise what was really important. She healed old wounds and got clear on her direction in life. She changed careers and reignited her creativity. She knew this was an experience and opportunity that had to be shared, with you.

Zoe’s teaching style is fluid, creative and always with a philosophical undertone. Expect carefully curated music, authentic stories, laughter and most importantly her undivided presence. More about Zoe here

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The Yoga

Relish in twice daily yoga practices with Zoe. You will have the opportunity to recieve personalised feedback, time to ask questions and if you wish, work on stronger poses. The complete practice will be upheld by including asana, meditation, pranayama, mantra and workshop style classes. All practices will be held in the purpose built open air yoga shala.

Grow & Flow: All of your morning classes. These vinyasa classes will be fluid, dynamic and breath based, with a sprinkle of workshop style education. You will leave these practices feeling confident, clear and ready to soak up the day.

Rest & Realign: All of your afternoon classes. These classes will jump between hatha/restorative/yin type practices, yoga nidra, breath work and meditation.

Some yoga experiences recommended but not essential.

The Food

The key to an amazing getaway is great food and Sri Lankan food is nothing short of extraordinary. It's my favourite cuisine from anywhere in the world. For breakfast, lunch and dinner you will enjoy a Michelin chef designed Sri Lankan fusion menu. All meals are vegan and utilise as much local and home grown ingredients as possible. Immerse your taste buds in the mouth watering local cuisine with just the right amount of western familiarity. The kitchen is open plan in the villa's main living area, meaning our cooks are on display as they prepare each meal. We will learn the key to their amazing food with a traditional Sri Lankan cooking class and explore the plethora of street vendors selling delicious Hoppers, Roti, Kottu & Samosas.

We can support your dietary requirements if you let us know in advance.

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Example Day on Retreat

7am - 8:30am Grow & Flow Yoga Practice

9am - 10am Nourishing Breakfast

10am - 12pm Optional Surf Lesson
12:30pm - 1:30pm Light Lunch

1:30pm - 4:30pm Free Time by the Pool, Massage or Exploring

4:30pm - 5:30pm Rest & Realign Practice / Value Setting Workshop

6pm - 7pm Group Dinner

7pm onwards Free Time

Note: this is just an example. Schedule may differ.

Additional Activities

There are many luminous beaches for you to relax on, and restaurants, cafes for you to explore.

Additional surf or surf lessons at Sri Lanka’s best surf points.

Local excursions to Galle Fort and Unawatuna.

Massage treatments: Ayurvedic, bodywork and more.

Consultation and treatment with our Ayurvedic doctor.

Safari tours to see the elephants, leopards and many more native animals of Sri Lanka.

Exploring more of Sri Lanka's cultural delights.

Note: these activities are not included in the retreat cost.

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Sustainability

Lanka Yoga have planned their project around making a positive impact. With the climate emergency and the earth’s wilderness in

danger, we are doing our bit. It’s not all fluff either; we put our money where our mouths are and have invested in both high and low tech sustainable solutions.

Lanka Yoga make a considerable effort to have zero negative impact on the environment. To do this, we have many ongoing solutions including; the overall design and build, growing their own food, water management and treatment, power usage and solar, land management, trash minimisation and management,  community projects and eco lanka. 

Accomodation & Rates

Save $200 by paying in full by April 19th, 2022.

We have three types of rooms to suit your budget or group. All prices are in AUD and per person. Your registration form will prompt you to let us know if you're travelling solo or in a group and if/who you would like to room share with. We will allocate the rooms to the best of our ability on a first come first serve basis. Beds can be arranged into queen bed or twin singles.

 

Villa Superior Shared Suite - 2900 pp

(Share with up to four people)

Villa Superior Double - 3100 pp

(Share with one other person) ONLY 1 LEFT

Lakefront Deluxe - 3300 pp

(Entire room to yourself) ONLY 1 LEFT

Each room has an ensuite and an uninterrupted view of the beautiful Koggala Lake. You’ll see nothing but green and blue, with the occasional crocodile, swarm of eagles, and other wildlife that will make it feel like you’re living in the middle of a national park.

 

Limited rooms available. Be prompt with your booking to ensure your requests can be accommodated.

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Inclusions

  • Welcome gift pack; 

  • 6 nights accommodation at Lanka Yoga;

  • 2 daily yoga classes including use of all props;

  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • 1 x Surf lesson including transport and board hire;

  • 1 x Sri Lankan cooking class;

  • Complimentary drinking water and tea; and

  • Sustainable toiletries in bathrooms.

Exclusions

Flights to and from Sri Lanka, transfers to and from Colombo airport, travel & medical insurance, additional food and drink, massage, additional activities and transport.

FAQ

How do I get to Sri Lanka?

You can fly directly from Melbourne Tullamarine (MEL) to Colombo International Airport (CMB) in roughly 10hrs via Sri Lankan Airlines. You can also fly indirectly via Malaysian and Singapore Airlines.

What are Sri Lanka's current COVID travel guidelines?

Sri Lanka is open and thriving with tourism. They currently require a negative PCR test within 72hrs of departure. More information such as vaccination requirements, see below.

Sri Lanka Travel Site - Please read through this site thoroughly.

Australian Gov Smart Traveller Advice

Do I need a Visa to get into Sri Lanka?

Yes. You require a visa (application here), mandatory COVID-19 insurance $12USD (application here) and a mandatory health declaration form (application here). It sounds like a lot, but each will take less than 2 minutes to complete. Ensure your passport has at least 6 months before expiry.

How do I get to Lanka Yoga from Colombo (CMB) Airport?

It is roughly a 2hr drive from Colombo to the retreat venue in Habaraduwa and can cost somewhere around $20-$40. It's super easy, I've done it before. Depending on your arrival time, we can pair you up with other guests to share the ride. Otherwise, you can jump on a bus or train. See other options here.

What is your COVID-19 contingency policy?

Please read our T&C's located at the bottom of the registration form for all information regarding COVID-19. Of course, the challenges of the unknown are ever present but I will work with you to the best of my ability to navigate difficult circumstances if they arise. In the event of the entire retreat needing to be postponed, your deposit will be automatically transferred to the new dates.

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Booking Process

REGISTER: Fill out the registration form including your preferred accomodation. Read the T&C's carefully (find these at the bottom of the form).

SECURE YOUR SPOT: Upon completing the registration form we will email you with confirmation of accomodation and the transfer details for your $500 deposit. Pay retreat price in full by April 19th 2022 for early bird discount of $200. Otherwise, remaining payments are due by September 19th 2022.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: We recommend booking your insurance ASAP. Check out Southern Cross travel insurance who protect against some elements of COVID-19. Ensure you read their full T&C's and pick what feels right for you.