Sri Lanka Yoga Retreat November 2018
18/11 - 24/11 - 6 nights, 7 days
24/11 - 01/12 - 7 nights, 8 days
18/11 - 01/12 - 13 nights, 14 days
A Jivamukti, Yin Yoga & Music Retreat
with Amy McDonald & Lou Vilstrup
A yoga retreat is an opportunity to create space to completely recharge and unwind. It is also a great chance to delve deeper into our yoga practise, giving our heart and soul time and space that is needed to grow and expand. Daily asana practice (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercise), kriya (cleansing) and meditation will start to detoxify, rejuvinate, strengthen and renew your body, mind and spirit. A healthy, detoxifying local vegan/vegetarian diet will support the magical power of the retreat landscapes that will nuture the cleansing and healing process that a getaway such as this will provide.
In December of last year I whisked myself away to Sri Lanka to celebrate New Years eve in the sunshine. To my delight I was staying in a stunning retreat, Villa De Zoysa which was recommended to me by a friend. I loved it so much that I decided I would return this year and create my own retreat in this beautiful sanctuary.
This retreat is really special to me not just because I get to return back to Sri Lanka to this beautiful hideaway but also because I will be joined by my dear friend Lou Vilstrup who will be playing live immersive music for the evening classes. She is also a passionate astrologer, having studied at the Academy for Potential Psychology in the Norwegian woods, and will be offering two workshops introducing the concepts of Astrology as well as one to one Astro sessions.
Staying in this stunning hidden gem that sits just moments away from the white sandy beach. Join us on this adventure to beautiful Sri Lanka where you will be nurtured, replenished and revitalized by our team to your every need.
All cuisine will be vegetarian, and locally sourced with fresh local vegetables, olive oil, fruits, nuts and more from the region to nourish and detoxify the body.
Completely dedicate this time away to your well-being, give your heart, body, mind and soul the possibility to find some stillness and balance within. Explore and deepen your yoga practice whilst finding a little inner peace.
Testimonial from our last retreat
"I had the most amazing experience at my first ever yoga retreat in Marrakesh. Amy picked a beautiful venue, the Moroccan villa was stunning and was tucked away from the busy tourist areas which was perfect to completely let go, renew, rejuvenate and relax. During the four days there were a variety of different classes and the choice to do as little or many classes as you wanted. They both accommodated to everyone's level of experience and provided modifications for beginners and more challenging poses for advanced yogis. The size of the group was just right for everyone to get to know each other and I have made some new yogi friends. I would love to join Amy and Sunita for another retreat and would highly recommend their yoga retreats." - Kitty Man
How do I book?
Where will the retreat be held?
Villa De Zoysa is set on the western coast of Sri Lanka in the small region of Bossa.
Embrace relaxation, tranquility, and exploration of all the senses in this serene sanctuary. Built in 1907 by a prominent philanthropist, this colonial, beachfront mansion is a hidden gem.
Prepare to be nourished from the inside and out with homemade Sri Lankan food that is both nourishing and delicious.
Nestle up with your favorite book in one of the sunlit corridors, open courtyards, or sprawling terraces or take a dip in the swimming pool that sits right outside the yoga shala to cool off after your morning class. Then fall asleep to the sounds of waves gently crashing on the shore to realize that you have truly woken up in a corner of paradise.
How much is the cost of the retreat?
18 - 24 November 2018 – 6 nights – Prices start at £630
24 – 30 November 2018 – 7 nights – Prices start at £720
18 – 30 November 2018 – 13 nights – Prices start at £1255
Contact us for full details.
What's included in the cost?
2 classes per day morning and evening
Accommodation at Villa de Zsoya
2 delicious vegetarian meals per day (including breakfast and dinner)
Daily meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises)
What's not included in the cost?
Any costs for excursions and day trips is not included in the cost.
Astrology sessions with Lou
Massage or beauty treatments
Transfer to and from the venue but we can help with this if required
Arrive at Villa de Zsoya any time. You can explore the beautiful surroundings and start to unwind.
7.30 – 9.00am Jivamukti Yoga Class
9.15 – 10.30am Breakfast
Free time / Beach / Safari / Surfing / Massage
18.00 – 19.30 Yin Yoga or Slow Flow Class accompanied by Lou with live immersive music
20.00 – Dinner
During the 2 week period Lou will be offering 2 workshops - Introduction to Astrology
(all classes and workshops are completely optional)
Between classes there will be time to relax, read, nap or enjoy the local sites. There are plenty of lovely places to see and go. You can head down to the beautiful coast, visit the local fishing village or enjoy strolling around the local food markets.
Who will be teaching the yoga classes?
All yoga classes will be taught by Amy & evening classes will be accompanied by Lou.
Amy is a born and bred Kiwi making London her home in 2002. Her yoga journey began 11 years ago and has led to an ever-evolving path through the practice. Previously working in Interior Architecture, she saw the benefits of her yoga practice on her incredibly fast paced lifestyle which led Amy to pursue teaching to be able to share this with others.
With over 1000 hours of training under her belt training with Yogahaven London and has since trained under the guidance of Sharron Gannon and David Life at the Jivamukti Yoga School, New York/London. Amy also has trained with teachers such as Shiva Rea (vinyasa flow) and Norman Blair (yin yoga). Amy teaches weekly at Sangye Yoga School London.
Amy's teaching focuses on alignment, breath and finding depth physically, mentally and emotionally through the practise. Attuning the classes in such a way that the students are in a space to find balance physically and energetically, whilst becoming holistically stronger and increasing flexibility. She aims to create a place where students feel uplifted and empowered and are able to take the practices off the mat with them to improve and inspire their everyday lives.
Lou is a musician and a singer with soul. In London she performs under the name Dear Joy.
In her spare time, she has an extraordinary passion for self development. Having studied at the Academy for Potential Psychology with Olaf Rademacher (covering Astrology, Family constellation work, Psychology, and Inner healing journeys, she is now in the position to guide others. She uses the birth chart as a tool, and will do personal readings, and offer sessions to anyone interested on the retreat.
What type of yoga classes can I expect on the retreat?
Our morning yoga practices will be energising and dynamic Jivamukti style which is a flowy vinyasa based practice, whilst our evening practices will be a magical blend of gentle flowing Vinyasa and Yin Yoga, candle lit meditation and some blissful yoga nidra. All classes will be tailored to the students so all levels are welcome.
Do I have to be of a particular level with my yoga practise for the retreat?
No, all the classes will be geared for all levels...from modifications for beginners to challenging sequences for advanced students.
Do I have to attend all the yoga classes?
All classes are optional, so you can do as little or as much as you like. All classes will be accessible to all levels.
What will I be eating?
You will be eating delicious and healthy vegetarian meals that are made from only the freshest and natural local ingredients. With advance notice, special dietary requirements can be accommodated so please do let us know.
What should I bring?
We have found these items to be useful on most retreats:
All yoga equipment will be provided but if you like to use your own mat please bring that.
Refillable water bottle
Yoga wear, we will practice more than once a day,
(note: there will be laundry service available)
Sunscreen and insect repellent
What can I do in my free time?
There is plenty for you to do as listed below or you can just take a load off and rest relax and recharge.
Visiting the local town of Galle
Going to see and swim with the local turtles
Beach visit and lunches
Is a deposit required?
A 50% deposit is to be paid to reserve your place. Full payment needs to be made by 18th September 2018.
How far is the venue from the airport?
Villa De Zoysa is approx two hours from Columbo Airport.
Airport transfer is not included in the price but we can help to arrange this for you so there will be someone to pick you up at the airport and someone to drop you.
Will I be sharing a room?
Rooms are double occupancy and price is per person. If you are bringing along a friend or partner please let us know and we make sure you share a room. If you plan to come on your own but would like to share and have any preferences on your ideal roomie. Let us know and we will match you with a suitable room mate.
Will I incur a cancellation cost if I have to cancel last minute?
Cancellations costs as follows:
- Prior to 8 weeks before retreat date: full refund
- Less than 8 weeks before retreat date: no refund possible
Please make sure you are fully insured for this retreat just incase there are any unforeseen circumstances.
Any Other Questions?
If you have further questions please get in touch we are happy to help.
Please contact Amy on email
We cannot wait to spend this wonderful time with you in this stunning hideaway.
Love & Light
Amy & Lou