A BOUTIQUE AND RESTORATIVE RETREAT HOLIDAY AMONG TEA PLANTATIONS, HIGHLAND FORESTS AND ANCIENT TEMPLES OF BREATHTAKING SRI LANKA, THE PEARL OF THE INDIAN OCEAN. LEARN HOW TO USE THE HEALING POWERS OF NATURE AND DISCOVER THE OPEN HEART OF THIS WARM AND SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPE IN A FUN, WARM AND WELCOMING GROUP
You are invited to join us and Australian based Clinical Psychologist, Dr Jodie Fleming for a seven day boutique, well being holiday on the beautiful Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka.
Nature versus nurture is a thousands of years old debate among philosophers and scientists alike. Are our human traits predestined products of our genetics, or are they shaped by environments? Through the lens of modern neuroscience we know there are no extreme answers to this debate. Instead, we view them as blended, as one. We need both. On the Nature & Nurture Retreat nature is nurture. Embracing the traditions of shinrin yoku, Japanese for forest bathing, our retreat will adopt all that nature therapy has to offer. The idea is simple yet elegant. By staying at the base of the Knuckles Mountain Range, we will enjoy the healing properties of this stunning National Park, local lake and breathtaking waterfalls located in the tea plantations. You will have the option to kayak and paddle board in the lake (subject to water levels). Messages of balance, self care, self nurturing and nourishment will entwine your subconscious mind. Joined with the nourishing traditional cuisine, we immerse ourselves into a rich culture in a little known part of Sri Lanka with restful swims or massages, you will flourish with the conscious acts of living each experience, mindfully.
Enjoy mindful grounding practices on Victoria Lake, within the highland forests, among tea plantations and guided meditations within ancient Buddhist Meditation Caves in the heart of Sri Lanka. You will savour every moment of the mindfulness based experiential workshops, yoga and meditation, immersed in the tranquility and elegance of what Marco Polo once described as ‘the most beautiful island in the world’.
During your very special week you will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a wild elephant 4WD safari in one of Sri Lanka’s National Parks at extra cost. We are keen to give our guests opportunities to explore this stunning island but we appreciate some guests will be happy to just relax at the retreat. Details of our two additional excursions (extra cost) will be released at a later date.
Embarking on this breathtaking retreat, you have the opportunity to experience a personal journey of self exploration, empowerment and cultural diversity, meanwhile finding deep relaxation and peace in the timeless beauty of Sri Lanka. As a bespoke retreat travel specialist, we have earned an enviable worldwide reputation for creating highly polished, hand crafted, well being retreat holidays for the everyday person. A Mindful Tribes retreat holiday infuses boutique wellness workshops, stunning food experiences and once in a lifetime experiential travel moments, all in the most breathtaking destinations.
Regardless of whether you are at the beginning of your wellness journey or you are a dedicated well being lover, this retreat will be a transformative journey led by our amazing MINDFUL TRIBES team. transformative journey led by our amazing MINDFUL TRIBES team.
Our 7 Day / 7 Night escorted retreat holiday is hosted at the heavenly Rugkala hotel, Sri Lanka’s most fresh and luxurious retreat space.
This beautiful retreat home is located in the central province of Sri Lanka at the base of the stunning Knuckles Mountain Range. The retreat 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 they have fashioned an ideal sanctuary, for those wanting a space to retreat. The 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. With truly some of the best Sri Lankan wellness food in the country, along with active, occasionally even adventurous days and relaxing beginner’s yoga and meditation, this is the perfect well being holiday for the wellness novice.
Upon arrival at Colombo airport, you will be met by our driver and guide and transferred to the retreat where you will be welcomed by our Mindful Tribes community. Return airport transfers are included.
WELL BEING AND FOOD
Well being is at the heart of Sri Lanka culture with centuries old Ayurveda medicine used today for medical and holistic treatments alike. Used 30,000 years ago this ancient treasure trove of indigenous knowledge base, natural environment and culture has a worldwide following. We will enjoy luxurious Ayurvedic treatments.
We will also enjoy some of the best wellness food that Sri Lanka has to offer. Still an emerging scene, this Sri Lanka inspired, mainly vegetarian,thoughtfully curated menu is light and fresh using organically grown produce where possible. Most dietary requests can be catered for.
In addition to the group experiential workshops there will be the opportunity to also book a private personally tailored one hour session with Jodie at an additional cost. These spaces are very limited. Where appropriate, these sessions may attract a Medicare rebate of $147.65.
GENTLE BEGINNER’S YOGA AND MEDITATION
Though a great spot for non yogis too, the shala was born of wanting to create a space for large and small groups, practicing yoga in a beautiful, remote and peaceful location. We will create enriching, enlightening, and restorative yoga & meditation classes.
Many of our travellers join our wellbeing holidays on their own. If you are travelling solo you can either choose a solo room or we can buddy you up with another traveller of the same gender in a twin share.
You will need to arrange flights to Colombo airport and are free to fly with any airline. It is strongly suggested that you do not book flights until we have reached our minimum guest numbers, when the retreat is confirmed as going ahead. As soon as this happens will be in touch with you immediately. As most flights arrive and depart around midnight, it is important to point out that in order to arrive into the retreat in the early hours of Sunday 29th March, you will need to depart from your home on Saturday 28th March.
Day 1 of the retreat is Sunday 29th March at 9am where when will all meet for breakfast. You will then depart on Saturday 4th April after dinner. If you need to leave earlier or arrive that is absolutely no problem and we can arrange extra meals for you at extra cost. Please chat with your travel agent about your flights.
Twin Share Deluxe $3350
Solo Share Superior $3650
Solo Share Deluxe $4080
7 Days / 7 Nights staying at our retreat home, Rugkala in Kandy, Sri Lanka
Hosted by Mindful Tribes Retreat Leader, Dr Jodie Fleming, Clinical & Health Psychologist
Delicious and healthy Sri Lankan inspired menu – 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Five group self care workshops
Gentle beginners yoga and meditation daily
Guided walk to the Temple and meditation caves at Bambaragala
Tea plantation excursion with lunch at luxury Tea estate
One hour full body massage treatment with an Ayurvedic therapist
Half day shopping and sightseeing tour of historical town, Kandy
Use of kayaks at retreat
Arrival and departure Colombo airport transfers
Daily filtered water, local teas and brewed coffee
Mindful Tribes Welcome pack
Items of a Personal nature like laundry
Soft or Alcoholic Drinks
Optional excursion to Kaudualla National Park for a Wild Elephant Safari
Optional guided Knuckles Mountain forest trek
Local gratuities ( discretionary )
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to book your place along with your completed booking form. ( Refundable in the unlikely instance we do not meet minimum numbers for the retreat ). It is a minimum requirement to take out fully comprehensive travel insurance at the same time as paying your deposit.
Visas are the responsibility of the traveller at all times. All travellers require a visa, but please check your own eligibility for applying for an online visa waiver approval called an ETA ( Electronic Travel Authority ) through your travel agent or online at : http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/