This yoga and Ayurveda retreat in Sri Lanka is all about taking a giant leap towards your fullest, most alive and vibrant self. In one of the most beloved Vedic myths, Hanuman takes a giant leap of growth and transformation as he traverses from India to Sri Lanka in a hero’s journey to save the goddess Sita who has been taken from Ram. Along the way he encounters multiple obstacles that ultimately challenge him to step into the fullest, most beautiful version of himself. As we take our own journey to the magical lands of Sri Lanka, we will harness the teachings of Hanuman’s journey, and through the lens of Ayurveda, reconnect with and celebrate our own true nature, while also inviting in plenty of time for rest, relaxation, nourishment and connection with our fellow travelers.
BONUS // Optional/discounted one-on-one Ayurveda consultations will be offered on retreat and leading up to the retreat to prepare for your journey. We want you to get the most out of your retreat and your life! Space is limited for on retreat consultations.
THE HEART // Yogascapes has been dreaming of creating a yoga retreat in Sri Lanka for years and also dreaming of how we can tie together yoga and Ayurveda in the most amazing location ever. When we discovered Rukgala Retreat, we knew it was the perfect fit to host our first yoga retreat in Sri Lanka. Every day we’ll dive into yoga, learn about Ayurveda, and integrate the two by exploring Sri Lankan culture.
OUR PROCESS // Did you know that we build all our trips from scratch? To learn more about our process and what goes into the making of a Yogascapes retreat, click here.
On this epic yoga and Ayurveda retreat in Sri Lanka we’ve planned a beautiful flow for you designed to embrace and explore the rich culture and land of Sri Lanka, balanced with the quiet and rejuvenation of a healing retreat center tucked away on the side of a lake surrounded by nature.
Each day of the retreat is designed around a theme to offer you the most healing and rich experience that a week as a whole can offer and so that each day is a delicious experience in it’s own right. Each day we will learn about and integrate a different element, a different energetic experience and a different sensory experience. Our teacher will tie this theme into the movement classes, the meals, conversations and our explorations, embracing true embodiment of Ayurveda.
We have included a visit to a Tea Plantation, a hike in knuckles mountain, visit to Sigiriya Rock, an Elphant Safari, an Ayurveda cooking class and have left plenty of time for you to simply enjoy the beauty of our lake retreat, to have a one-on-one with our teacher, receive bodywork or to go on your own adventure to visit an elephant sanctuary, hike or do something you’ve been dreaming of doing in Sri Lanka.
This yoga retreat in Sri Lanka is a trip for all experience levels! Whether you’re a beginner yogi, experienced yogi or a beginner traveler or you’ve been around the world, you’ll have a beautiful and profound experience in the teardrop of India.
itinerary subject to change
Day 1 – March 15th — ARRIVE
5pm – Welcome Practice
7pm – Arrival Dinner
Day 2 – March 16th – EARTH
Ground: Root to Rise
Ayurveda Workshop & Cooking class
Optional: 1-on-1 Ayurvedic consultations
Day 3 – March 17th – Fire
Explore: The Light of Curiosity and Wonder
Knuckles Mountain Hike & Tea Plantation Visit
Day 4 – March 18th – FIRE
Nourish: Rasa, the Essence of Life
Day 5 – March 19th– AIR
Experience: Senses, the Gateways to Life
Excursions: Sigiriya Rock & Minneriya Reserve
Day 6 – March 20th – ETHER
Integrate: Creating space, moving inward
Optional: 1-on-1 Ayurvedic consultation with
Optional Excursions: Kayaking, hiking
Time to rest & reflect
Evening Practice & Closing Circle
Day 7 – March 21st – RETURN
At the heart of Yogascapes is our dedication to only working with experienced, genuine and inspiring teachers that lead the way both on and off the mat. While all of our teachers are unique, each lives for the intersection of yoga and travel. Our teachers have invested their lives in creating safe and beautiful spaces for their students to grow, heal and have fun. We work with each teacher to create a unique, in depth and inspiring program that allows students to dive deep into their body, mind and spirit, while setting the stage for a deeper connection to the land, the people and the culture everywhere we go and beyond.
Rukgala was conceived from a passion and enthusiasm for this very beautiful and still pretty unknown part of Sri Lanka. Out of a crumbly, empty old house we’ve fashioned something we hope will make an ideal sanctuary, both for those wanting extended retreat space and those just seeking a shorter escape in the hills.
Our goal has been to offer spaces where people can enjoy time together, experience a very honest and open side of Sri Lanka, and from which they can take something not so often found in the tourist guides.
While our focus has been to create something ideal for retreat leaders of all sorts, we’re equally keen to welcome guests traveling independently; those that will appreciate really great, healthy Sri Lankan food…active, occasionally even adventurous, days…and a uniquely restorative spot.
ARRIVAL: We will be including group transfers from Colombo at 12pm on March 15th. If you arrive after that timeframe you will be responsible for your own travel however we can help set it up for you and there may be other guests in the same boat (or plane). It’s about a 4 hour drive from the airport to the retreat center.
If you’re more adventurous or coming early, you can also take the train to Kandy and we can set up a pick up for you from there! This transfer will be included.
DEPARTURE: We highly recommend scheduling a flight that departs after 5pm from Colombo or staying the night there so that you can join our group transportation on the 21st. Many people will be traveling onward, but we plan to schedule a group transfer around 8am-10am depending on the group’s flights.
We suggest traveling before or after this trip to take advantage of the long long journey and are happy to help with suggestions! We definitely recommend arriving to Colombo at least a day or two early to adjust from the jet lag but know that many of you will be arriving on the 15th so we’ll take care of you!
HOW TO SAY YES TO A JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME.
STEP 1: Learn all about the trip; the theme, the teachers, the venue, the location, our policies, past photos, etc.
STEP 2: Choose a room below and reserve your spot as soon as you’re ready for early bird prices and best options.
STEP 4: You’ll get a confirmation + 3 emails leading up to your trip preparing you for an amazing adventure.
STEP 5: Drive, fly or boat to meet our team and group in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 510-629-9191 if you have any questions about the trip, how to sign up or anything else that comes up along the way.
By reserving your space through placing your deposit with us, you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement. Please read all details below.
6 nights accommodation at Rukgala Retreat Center
3 Delicious Meals Daily (except a couple lunches on the road)
All yoga & ayurveda classes with Lisa (1-2 daily)
Ayurveda Treatment / Massage
Visit to Tea Plantation & Knuckles Mountain Hike
View Sigiriya Rock & Elephant Safari
Use of Kayaks for the lake
Yogascapes support staff
What is not included?
Optional activities, tips, massage, and extra food and drink are not included.
International Airfare not Included
Transfer outside group timeframe not included
Brace yourself, you will be taken to a booking page where you get to choose your specific room.