Immerse. Wander. Wonder. - Yoga & Meditation Retreat - Sri Lanka - April 2025
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CALM welcomes you as we head back to Sri Lanka, once again (yes, there are often monkey's in the garden)!
The luxurious and spacious villa is a 15 minute walk inland from the turquoise blue sea on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Situated a 15 minute ride from the city of Galle, the retreat overlooks paddy fields filled with incredible beauty and wildlife.
Our retreat is hidden away and really is the perfect place for complete relaxation among the sounds of wildlife and the occasional chanting of monks in the far distance.
A significant place of interest nearby includes the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle which is 4km away from Shalini Villa. If you wish to go further afield (45 mins drive via new highway) and are a garden lover you may enjoy visiting Geoffrey Bawa's garden - 'Brief Garden'.
Other enjoyable things you may like to do are body surfing or whale/dolphin watching at Mirissa beach, releasing a baby turtle into the indian ocean from the turtle farm at Habaraduwa, surfing, snorkelling or shipwreck diving in the aqua marine waters of Unawatuna, taking a catamaran trip on the scenic lakes at Koggala and visiting Cinnamon island, visiting nearby buddhist temples, taking a yoga class or relaxing massage in Unawatuna, hiring a bicycle and cycling inland amongst the paddy fields admiring the gorgeous views or you may just want to relax in the peaceful and tranquil surroundings of the villa.
There are many lovely restaurants in Unawatuna, Dellawella, Talpe or Galle!
There are several optional activities to choose from during the week for those interested in seeing the sights of Sri Lanka. There will be one free day during the week when you can explore further afield on the island or take one of the many excursions available in the area (for example):
- A safari to see the wild elephants in Yala National Park
- A trip to Kataragama, a pilgrimage town in Sri Lanka for Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Veddas
- A sunrise boat trip to see blue whales
- A tour of a famous 19th century tea estate
- A boat trip to Cinnamon Island to see how cinnamon is harvested and produced
- A walk around Galle Fort
Dates (see recommended flights at the bottom of the page):
Arrival: Saturday 5th April 2025
Departure: Sunday 13th April 2025
Location: Unawatuna, Sri Lanka.
Our Retreat includes:
Complete yoga practices (where we include asana, pranayama, meditation, mantras & nidra)
Workshops: breathing, history and philosophy of yoga, and understanding some key postures in asana practice.
Moments of reading, contemplation, sharing and contact with nature
Plenty of free time to relax, nourish, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
2 meals a day (lunch is available in local restaurants, which we highly recommend you try!)
8-night stay - the rooms are divided into double or twins.
Recommended flights: (these flights include transport to and from the airport, if booking alternative flights, private transport can be arranged at an additional cost):
Birmingham to Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (c. £730 return per person). - TBC.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the recommended flights.