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Retreat guest testimonial from Katie M:I was so nervous to attend my first ever yoga retreat but after going to the Yoga, Wine & Travel retreat in Sri Lanka I can’t believe I didn’t try one sooner! I am sure it was a great experience due to the supporting and accommodating teachers who ran the lessons because I had very little yoga experience and found them to be nothing but helpful as I was leaning. From accommodation to day trips, every little detail was planned out so well and the instructors were more than helpful if I ever had questions. Flo even helped me plan and book a wildlife safari which was a highlight of my trip! I traveled by myself to the retreat and loved that I was able to make new friends and travel memories with the inspiring women who were in the group.
March 11-15 2017 at Talalla Retreat, Sri Lanka with Florence Shih and Tye Fielding
Join us in idyllic Sri Lanka to immerse yourself in Yoga. Nurture the mind, body and soul, and experience the beauty of this amazing country and its people. The retreat will give you an opportunity to unwind, seek balance and build strength through active asana practice as well as slow and blissful restorative and yin classes.
Start your morning with an active 90-minute Vinyasa or Ashtanga practice before breakfast, and then relax by the pool, enjoy a massage, try your hand at surfing or head out to explore southern Sri Lanka (read this article for 10 reasons why you should visit Sri Lanka now). In the afternoon join us for a 60-minute workshop focusing on arm balances, partner poses or pranayama (breathing) techniques, followed by a 60-minute Restorative or Yin class to unwind and de-stress.
All levels of yoga practitioners are welcome! Plenty of guidance will be provided to ensure that your experience is a safe and positive one. Class descriptions are as follows:
Ashtanga: A dynamic, physically demanding practice synchronizing breath and movement. Ashtanga Yoga is based on a set sequence of poses and is great for building core strength and enhancing flexbility.
Vinyasa: Flow through a dynamic sequence of yoga poses and build heat in the body! Vinyasa Yoga focuses on linking poses with breath to strengthen the joints and muscles, increase flexibility, and open the mind.
Restorative: Center the breath, mind and body and calm your nervous system by practicing stillness or gentle movement for extended periods of time. Yoga props are used to assist in helping to hold poses and settle into relaxation and rest.
Yin: Deep stretches focusing on deep connective tissue, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Yin Yoga incorporates holding poses for long periods of time and provides a perfect opportunity to tune into the breath and calm the mind.
The retreat will be held at the beautiful Talalla Retreat, a beachfront eco-luxury boutique resort in the southern tip of Sri Lanka. If you love pristine beaches, stunning sunsets, lounging by the pool and drinking juice straight from coconuts then this is the perfect place to connect to your surroundings and delve into your yoga practice. Read on for why Sri Lanka is the perfect place for a yoga retreat!
Talalla Retreat’s beautiful deluxe villas feature an open-air ensuite bathroom and private balcony or deck area. The restaurant serves delicious meals using local and seasonal produce sourced fresh daily from local markets and fishermen.
Photo from Talalla Surf & Yoga
March 11 – arrivals and introduction
The retreat begins in the afternoon with an introductory meeting and meet-and-greet. We will then head straight into our first 90-minute Vinyasa class followed by a group dinner.
Morning Ashtanga or Vinyasa Yoga class (90 minutes)
9 am Breakfast
Free time to explore, relax and unwind
12:30 pm Lunch
Free time to explore, relax and unwind
Afternoon Arm balancing/partner/pranayama workshop (60 minutes) followed by Restorative/Yin Yoga class (60 minutes)
7 pm Dinner
March 15 – departures
- 4 nights’ accommodation in a deluxe villa room at Talalla Retreat (want to arrive a few days early or extend your stay? No worries – just let us know and we’ll provide you with the latest room rates!)
- 10 x yoga classes and workshops in Talalla Retreat’s beautiful open-air shalas
- 1 x 60-minute full body massage
- 3 nutritious and delicious meals a day
- VAT and service charge
- Airport transfers to/from Colombo in an air-conditioned van (approx. 3 hour drive each way, each van can fit 3-5 people comfortably, price per van: US$125 for pick up, US$115 for drop off)
- Group surf lesson or SUP rental
- Day trip to Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Day trip to Dondra Lighthouse, the southernmost point of Sri Lanka
Prices do not include:
- Flight or visa expenses
- Beverages (soft drinks, juices, beer, cocktails)
Florence Shih, RYT 200
Florence’s yoga journey began in 2011, when she turned to yoga after sustaining injuries from years of playing netball and running, and also as a way to improve her overall mental and physical well-being; she now hopes to be able to share this way of seeking balance through yoga with others. Prior to completing her teacher training, Florence led communications and public relations functions for a number of technology companies.
Florence’s teaching philosophy is centered on communicating how to practice alignment-based yoga to achieve health benefits, as well as cultivate awareness in action, thought and speech. Through conscious sequencing and an emphasis on linking movement with breath, Florence’s classes will build strength, flexibility and stability and offer something to students of every level. She firmly believes that everybody’s yoga journey is unique, and focuses strongly on encouraging students to be mindful of self care, while simultaneously “playing the edge” (where ever that may be on any given day).
Tye Fielding, RYT 500
Yoga has been a part of my life for quite some time now practicing casually on and off, falling in and out of dedication to practice. It wasn’t until I journeyed through south India taking various yoga classes that I realized how incredible the power of yoga can be: yoga is not only a tool to become flexible and strong physically, but a lifestyle that vastly improves the quality of life in all aspects.
This realization led me on a journey to Rishikesh in India, the yoga heart of the world, where I studied and attained the RYT 500 advanced yoga teaching certificate specialising in Hatha Vinyasa, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra. Fascination with natural therapies of healing and human anatomy has led me to become a massage therapist. My greatest aspiration is to forever learn, explore and expand my love, knowledge and understanding.
We understand that unexpected circumstances may arise. If you need to cancel, please note that cancellation fees may apply and your initial 30% deposit is non-refundable.
- If you cancel before January 11, you will be refunded any balance paid (minus the 30% deposit)
- If you cancel before February 11, you will be refunded 50% of any balance paid (minus the 30% deposit)
- If you cancel after February 25, you will forfeit your entire balance payment.
Due to the need to commit to accommodation and other arrangements in advance, exceptions to the cancellation policy cannot be made for any reason.