Sri Lanka 10th - 17th December 2017

It is time to go return to Sri Lanka, the country of my own first retreat experience many years ago. Sri Lanka offers an amazing flavour of Buddhist culture, palm lined beaches and off the beaten track village life, whilst being accessible by direct flights from the UK and an infrastructure that doesn't require hours of bumpy local travel to get anywhere.

Accommodation is the stunning Ratnakara Villa. Ratnakara is an exclusive venue on Sri Lanka’s most Southerly tip near Dondra Head Lighthouse. A hillside paradise nestling in tropical trees above a small sandy bay and offers five large, luxury en-suite bedrooms. The design which mixes colonial features with modern, open-plan living has created a private, secluded property which is the ideal place in which to relax and recharge. With its spectacular infinity pool extending out in to the jungle, tranquil roof garden, large private balconies and extensive terracing, there are so many spaces for you to restore to within this reatreat. Ratnakara will nurture you with its healing powers of calmness and space; the perfect environment for rejuvenating a tired soul.

Your Tutor: Emily Young (E-RYT 500) shares a warm and inclusive vinyasa teaching style, she is a Yoga Alliance teacher trainer, and has delivered retreats, workshops and teacher training's across Asia, Europe and the USA. Emily is always learning through yoga, studying Ashtanga yearly with her teacher Ajay Kumar in Mysore, having trained in Hatha Philosophy in Northern India, studied Buddhism in Nepal and with strong influence form practitioners such as Kathy Cooper, Shannon Gannon and Tara Brach. Emily is a Senior Lecturer in Children's Health and Well-being at Edge Hill University in the UK and in 2017 is delighted to have been announced this year as the Soul Circus Festival's Chief UK Ambassador. Find out more or

Example Day at Ratnakara: - 7am Led Yoga Practice, 9.30 am Rejuvenating Breakfast and a chat around a big bowl of tea or coffee, 12-2 a take it when you like light lunch, 5pm yoga practice or workshop (every second day), 7pm dine under the stars and finally a bedtime meditation.

Off the Mat: The surrounding area invites you to indulge in long walks along the beautiful beech, surf, swim, stand up paddle board or explore village life and ancient Buddhist Temples nearby. The city of Galle is less than an hour away by road. There are many tourist attractions in the south of Sri Lanka within easy access of Villa Ratnakara including the famous Thalaramba Reef and Mirissa Hill cinnamon plantation. Staff will support you to arrange a Safari Trip at Yala National Park, Whale watching trips and much more.

Getting there: Flights arrive into Colombo, Sri Lanka has a good network, with many large international carriers traveling direct. Let us know arrival times so we can arrange transfers to the villa (approximately a 3 hour drive), the cost of this is £80, if we have your arrival information well in advance we can arrange a shared mini bus. There is also a very good train or bus service from Colombo to nearby town Matara, where we can arrange a pick up.

Fees NEW REDUCED RATE OF £775 until September 2017 : all inclusive (accommodation, 3 daily vegetarian meals, 16 + yoga sessions) based on twin or double shared accommodation, single supplements will apply. A deposit is required to secure your booking and montly payment plan is also on offer for this program. What's not included: international flights, transfers, visa, insurance.

Head to the Villa Website to book:

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