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explore sri lanka 2018

21 - 29 SEPTEMBER 2018

in September 2018, we will be unwinding in the paradise isle of Sri Lanka, Often referred to as the pearl of the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka is renown for her pristine beaches, lush tropical mountains, coconut groves and a rich ayurvedic tradition pervading through food, lifestyle, spirituality, art and beauty culture. Join us as we share our local knowledge and expertise to take you on a journey to explore the South Coast of Sri Lanka for 9 days of healing, grounding, rejuvenating and blissing out. 

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take a trip to a paradise isle

the journey starts here..

The Plan

Fly into Colombo and you'll be greeted at the airport and transported by private coach to our first stop to unwind from the plane journey. This is a beautiful hotel designed by the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa, featuring airy open corridors, a lush spa and set right on the beach. Take your time to unwind - get foot rub or head massage, read a book in the gardens, have a dip in the pool or beach, try some delicious Sri Lankan meals. We'll spend the day unwinding and set off rested and relaxed in private luxury coach to the lush 6 acre estate for the rest of our stay. 

Here, we'll have: 

  • Early morning yoga, to start the day revitalised, stretching and unwinding the body and massaging the internal organs. Open to all levels of yogis. We'll have a couple of sessions running at the same time so you can select the class you feel like on the day.  

  • Daily guided pranayama (breathing), meditations or satsangs at sunrise and sunset. With continuous practice over a few days you will start to notice a shift in your energy, your state of mind and a deep sense of peace, clarity and calm set in. 

  • Ayurvedic massages, sunset spa treatments and singing bowl therapy  

  • Seasonal produce and vegetarian meals all fresh and locally sourced

  • A cooking class with a local Sri Lankan Chef

  • Bonfire nights and a fire ceremony

  • A live 'calypso' music performance in the gardens - this is classic island music, originating in the Afro Caribbean region and finding its way to Sri Lanka through historical trade routes. The music is light and uplifting, sung with a guitar and with lyrics around stories of everyday life and relationships. Scroll below for some clips. 

  • Guided excursions such as a leisurely boat trip along the 'Madu' River, visits to local farmers markets to sample and purchase produce, a trip to the city of Galle to visit the famous Dutch fort built in the 1600s, and now a bustling bazaar of shops, boutique hotels, cafes and cobblestone streets. 

  • Wide, open private gardens with sweet fresh air for stillness, downtime and unwinding

  • A few other surprises!

Package options:          

ALL INCLUSIVE DOUBLE occupancy $2,885/person

ALL INCLUSIVE SINGLE occupancy $3,675/person


*Early bird discount of 10% available until 14th May 2018

*Group discounts available - bring a friend and get 10% off the full price (discount offers cannot be combined)

*Travelling solo & would like to share? We can try to match you with a (same sex) roomie, but cannot guarantee. 

Inclusive of:

  • 08 nights’ accommodation with all meals provided

  • Massages, herbal flower baths, singing bowl therapy (each available on a rotated schedule basis through tour - inquire for further details) 

  • Yoga classes, meditation classes and any talks/ workshops

  • All activities and excursions: the boat ride along the 'Madu' River, local market visit, the cooking class, the Galle Fort tour, live Calypso performance

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned Coach throughout tour

  • All entrance fees to the places of interests as per the itinerary

  • All taxes and hotel service charge

  • Airport pickup and drop off

Sample Day

6.30am: guided yoga, pranayama & meditation class

8.15am: breakfast

10am - afternoon: Massages or set off on planned excursions (boat tour along the river, market excursion, visiting Galle Fort) and lunch!

Free time

4:30pm onwards: herbal flower baths or singing bowl therapy or gentle yoga class and yoga nidra (guided relaxation)


Evening program and meditation 

All levels of yoga experience are welcome. Families are welcome too. You are invited to take the retreat at your own pace doing as much or little as you need to find your own balance and wellbeing.
** please note you need to bring your own yoga mat **

Getting there

Flights are not included in the price. Please let us know if you require assistance with bookings. Otherwise, please arrange to fly in & out of Bandaranaike International Airport (Sri Lanka). Let us know your flight details so we can arrange the airport transfer. It is approx 20 minutes from the airport to the arrival hotel. 

You will need a current passport with at least 6 months validity remaining, and will have to organise your VISA at least 4 weeks prior. We recommend you take out travel insurance.

Private airport transfers are available for approx. $45 per car one-way.

Check in is on the 21 st September from 1400 Hr onwards.We'll meet at the lobby at 4pm for a welcome circle followed by a relaxing group meditation and dinner thereafter.

On the final day of the retreat we will conclude with an early morning yoga class, breakfast and proceed to the city of Colombo for a brief tour, lunch and any shopping or browsing of local markets and shops. Flights usually depart out of Sri Lanka early - late evening.

Check out - is by 12 noon

Got questions or want to know more? Contact Niveen 0421 674 093 or Register your interest below. 


NIVEEN RAJABDEEN: Niveen is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Yoga teacher, trained in both Indian and Sri Lankan approaches to Ayurveda and specialising in Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. In addition to her formal qualifications, she spent one year training at a busy clinic in Victoria, Australia and completed Panchakarma training in Sri Lanka. Niveen offers Ayurvedic wellness plans, traditional ayurvedic massage, and specialised treatments from panchakarma. She is also an active member of the Yoga in Daily Life community, and teaches weekly classes at their centre in Melbourne.

LARISSA GITA AZAR: Gita is a Senior Yoga in Daily Life teacher, with extensive training in Australia, India & Europe. She has run the Melbourne Yoga in Daily Centre for the past 18 years, starting in the year 2000. She also teaches full-time across the Melbourne, Pascoe-Vale and Ivanhoe centres while being a great mentor to teachers and the wider yoga community. She is a Yoga Australia senior teacher member with years of experience in running classes, courses, workshops, retreats & more. Gita blends her experience and knowledge into the different activities and programs on offer, and over the years has built quite a following of fans of her style!


A non-refundable deposit of $300 secures your place in the Tour. After the initial deposit is received there is an option to make 2 instalment payments towards the final price. In this case an invoice will be sent at the receipt of each payment. Final payment needs to be made by 20th August, 2018. 
Please register with us first using the 'BOOK NOW' button above this section and we will be in touch to organise the rest. 
Once we have received everything we will send you a receipt and confirmation letter that includes other relevant information, what to pack, when to pay the balance and contact numbers.

If you have any questions please phone 0421 674 093 or contact us here

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visit the Historic Galle Fort


Massage suites 


Calypso band - click below to listen!

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A live cooking class with a local Sri Lankan chef

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take a trip to a Local market

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Pristine pools 


take a boat ride along the Madu River

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Relax in courtyards and wide open spaces

TERMS AND CONDITIONS - please read carefully:
PAYMENT Ananda Wellness Australia cannot guarantee or reserve a place until payment is received.
CANCELLATION Cancellations made before 15 August a refund will be given minus a $300 non refundable booking fee. Cancellations after this time there will be no refund or transfer.

DISCLAIMER We provide a nurturing and safe environment and our program is thoughtfully planned, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries incurred during the retreat. Medical history forms are to be completed before the retreat, however we also advise you to consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.
It is essential that retreat participants retain full responsibility for their own physical and general well-being in applying instructions in the guided programs to their own circumstances, and to any other programs including the free time period. Ananda Wellness Australia will not accept liability for any injury or loss suffered by retreat participants in their practice, or any other time or activity. 
The venue: the description of the premises is given in good faith; no responsibility for misinterpretation will be accepted.