Welcome to the the Sri Lanka retreat! This is one of my favorite places in the world. From the fruit markets, to the Ayurvedic kitchens, the playful waves and the delectable curries, I could travel this country by tuk tuk day and night and only love it more. You will adore every minute in this sacred place.
Ceylon, Sri Lanka. Where the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean gently lap the golden sandy shoreline. It is no wonder why Sri Lanka is the most sold Lonely Planet Guidebook and currently tops the New York Times Travel List. A culture so rich, colorful and welcoming; leaving will be the hardest thing you do.
For the past twenty years, I have dedicated all of my freetime to seeing the world. And I can tell you, no where is quite like this little slice of heaven where we host our Sri Lanka surf and yoga getaway. Sri Lanka is the birthplace to the time tested, medical philosophy of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is sanskrit for “life knowledge” and is focused on balancing our bodies, individually, into a state of equilibrium. It differs strongly from allopathy as it is a personalized approach to healing and wellbeing, considering our different constitutions and paths in life.
This retreat differs from all the others that we offer because of the additional attention to relaxation, nurturing, and nourishment. Something about the palm trees swaying, the hammock swinging, the stars falling and the lulling rhythm of the ocean dancing up and down the sand just begs all to slow down and relax.
From the moment you land in Columbo, we will have a driver waiting to bring you to the stunning south coast where the retreat will be held in the tranquil little surf town of Madiha.
Two unique luxury boutique villas offer 8 bedrooms and two pools in a spacious seaside setting. A simple open aired yoga pavilion sits beneath the large lawn full of towering palm trees, 400 metres of private beachfront, and an endless ocean horizon vista.
With no more than 12 guests, you are sure to find your own space to relax and indulge in the tropical luxury’s of life.
This Sri Lanka retreat has been thoughtfully curated to share a new exciting perspective on yoga developed by yoga teacher and Santosha founder Kori Hahn called Intuitive Yoga. Our week together in the yoga shala will focus on explaining yogic techniques for developing greater intuitive sensitivity (which Kori believes is the key ingredient for manifesting your dreams). This week is not only about yoga, but will also be run with a focus on the Sri Lankan understanding of Ayurveda. From the foods you eat, to the yoga philosophies you will learn, and the healing therapies you will have an opportunity to try. If you want (or need) a rejuvenating healing holiday, I have the hammock you are looking for.
Our morning meditation will be followed with an invigorating morning asana practices dedicated to making you feel more alive and inspired. The evening practices are dedicated to relaxing, resting, and nourishing the body. Each yoga class is specifically designed to stimulate meridians, chakras, koshas and specific areas of the body that are scientifically connected to your intuitive body. Through these yoga and meditation sessions, you will better understand how your intuition works. There will be plenty of time to discuss your own personal dream. Are you ready to manifest a lot more magic into your life? If so, this could be the perfect place to start.
By joining this retreat you are supporting the donation of one high-quality modular prosthetic limb kit for a child with a limb disability living in the developing world. Each retreat is literally changing the lives of a child forever. Find our more about our beautiful karma yoga project by (clicking here).
So you like to surf? This stretch of coast line is one of the most wave-rich coastlines in the world. From mellow longboarding beach breaks perfect for beginners to barreling reef breaks for the experienced, Sri Lanka will satisfy your thirst for waves. Pack your boards long or short. Jump in a tuktuk and explore the multiple point breaks & peaks up and down the coast.
There are two fun intermediate spots right out front of the villa. Think: long fun rights and lefts, shorts, bikinis, palm trees, sunshine, smiles and all around good vibes. We also go on a day trip to the beautiful Hiriketiya bay with a nice left hand point.
If you are a beginner and hoping to take lessons during the retreat, one of our favourite local coaches is based nearby on Weligama Beach. We are here to help you ride your first wave by sending you in the right direction. After lots of consideration and thought, we believe the best way to do this is to support the local surf instructors instead of hiring a foreigners.
Note: Surf lessons and board rentals are at your own expense.
We offer not only a unique setting for relaxation with pool-side loungers, hammocks and postcard perfect beaches, but we encourage you to adventure and roam in order to fully satisfy your soul’s wanderlust. There is ample time in the middle of each day to explore the best of what Sri Lanka has to offer, adventure to national parks filled with wild elephants, sip tea in the famous tea plantations, listen to monks chanting in glistening golden Buddhist temples, and just relax in a lonely little hammock watching the sun dip below the horizon.
We offer an “adventure guide” on arrival that gives you pages of ideas of the most popular sights to see as well as some personal favourites that you are sure to be the only tourist in sight. Let your worries fade out to sea and the peace flow back in.
Deluxe Dorm Room:
Max 3 people. Single bed + Outdoor Ensuite Bathroom.
Deluxe Shared Room:
Max 2 people. Triple room + Ensuite Bathroom.
Deluxe Private Room:
Private Double bed room + Ensuite Bathroom. 2 rooms available.
Oceanview Private Room:
Private Double bed room + Ensuite Bathroom. 2 rooms available.
Soulmate Suite Room:
Ocean front room with King Size Bed + Open Ensuite Bathroom
My love affair with Santosha Society began back when I had just returned home to Australia from a 5yr stint in London. I used to spend hours flicking through posts, photos, blogs, anything and everything that I could get my hands on. I was mesmerised, inspired, taken to another place and time. I followed the adventures avidly on social media, dreaming of the day that I too would be able to taste that sweet flavour of island life… Fast forward 18 months later and life had taken an unexpected turn. I found myself lost, broken, dejected. I knew something had to give, so I took the plunge and booked myself into one of the upcoming Sri Lankan trips, hoping to gain the strength to change, to rejuvenate, to come back to life. I had always loved to travel, I had been known for being the girl who chased an endless summer. But this time, I needed it to change my life. And life changing it was. I was lucky enough to meet the most incredible of souls in the land of smiles. I was inspired, encouraged, accepted and loved by a group of fellow travellers whom I may never have met otherwise. I laughed harder than I had in months. I was humbled by other stories of loss, grief. I learned that no matter what, the sun always comes out again. Always. If you have lost your way along the way, or if you simply want to recharge those little worn batteries, this is it. From the warm rays of the sun on your skin, to the salty water in your hair, the endless blue of the ocean, the unimaginable number of palm trees. Tuk tuks, coconuts, surf boards, yoga mats. The people, the food. The magic. This place will put the magic back into you. I guarantee it. Kori, you always were, and have been since I met you, nothing short of amazing. From my heart to yours, I truly thank you for providing a channel for us mere mortals to come together, to connect, to learn, to grow, to evolve, but most importantly to laugh wholeheartedly and learn to love deeply. Again
This was hands down one of the most amazing experiences, we were such a diverse group, some yogi’s, some surfers, some neither yogi’s or surfers, some there to shop and some to relax and get daily massages. Kori is such a vibrant soul, and has an amazing talent of bringing strangers together by creating a atmosphere which was so warm and welcoming in which all of us made strong bonds, which have lasted a lot longer than the week we shared together. The villa in Sri Lanka is out of this world beautiful, with a perfect left & right hand break right out front, the yoga & meditation and knowledge/insights that Kori shared left me feeling empowered and inspired to continue these practices in my own way back home ....oh and did I mention the food..bliss! I cannot wait to go back there!
“12 women, different backgrounds, different countries and ages. 2 villas and one common ground. Blissful, magical time. Everything was magic, the setup, the company, the service and the kindness. Just left me speechless. Seriously I kept thinking how did I get so lucky? One of the best vacations ever."
“Contentment. It is a befitting name to my past days here. The amount of wamth and shared experience were incomperable. My favorite part of the day was dinner. This was a special place where we shared stories and learned a little more about one another. It was always hard to leave at the end of the night. Thank you for creating this space. i hope to come again. “
The venue was breathtaking. The food was mind glowingly delicious. The staff extremely helpful and friendly. The It was great to experience different styles of yoga. Kori you are extremely considerate of personal needs and goals. The classes were so laid back with no pressure. It was absolutely ridiculously amazing. We came to Sri lanka as a part of Santosha Society to relax, unwind and spend time together and that exactly what we did. P.s. Sri Lanka “This is the island to visit in a lifetime” Marco Polo.
The most beautiful location to surf and do yoga. Kori has been so heart warming, open and loving host. It has been a pleasure to experience with everyone here and relax. Love and Light.
I can’t thank you enough for this wonderful experience. I have learnt and loved so much and feel it has really helped me at my stage of life. You are such a beautiful spirit.
“Body and mind escape! It was a wonderful week, full on new friends charged with smiles, joyful waves search and rides, delicious food and serenity moments. It was a dream! It was all set perfect! a dreamy escape on the perfect scenario with wonderful people. Wish it lasted longer! I found moments of peace and serenity everywhere, specially looking at those coconut trees skies from the shala. The tuck tuck pace was the best to capture smiles, smells and spots to stop. I enjoyed the temples, the ayurvedic shop and Horseshoe Bay. Definitely I am coming back to explore further places! Take me back! Waking up to the sounds of the waves and the silhouettes of palm trees was a dream. Sharing fun times delicious meals with a bunch of beautiful girls was inspiring. Searching for waves on a tuk-tuk was twice the fun. Thanks from the bottom of my heart to Kori for creating the perfect retreat”
Beautiful Experience. Trip I will never forget. Most beautiful beaches. Kind sweet Locals. Whole experience very well done. Yoga was great new experience for Jason. The yin yoga was so chill. The room was beautiful and clean. Breakfast and dinner were awesome, lots of fresh fruit for breakfast which was a super bonus and dinner was always new and tasty.
This week I had my first surfing experience, loved the yoga and learned new things. I was inspired by the others. The accommodation is really nice. I liked the different styles and teachers. And I like to see and feel when somebody is totally in love with what they are doing. My favorite cultural experience was visiting the temple and walking around the area. It was a pleasure having the time here. Thank you for all attention and everything.
While in Sri Lanka I gained new friends, a taste of Sri Lanka and appreciation for lady slide takeovers. I loved the outdoor shower and spacious room. The mosquito nets were a white girls’s best friend and the cool beautiful rooms provided for a great nights sleep. I have felt so well-rested here. I loved the healthy and vegetarian food options at all meals. There was something for everyone with lots of local flare. Such good fruit, curries and soups. My only problem was that the surf was too fun to practice and learn from you talented ladies about yoga. Some highlights of the retreat are the curry buffet in Weligama, the waves right out front, the great food and the feeling of being free yet cared for if we needed anything. I rose and fell each night to the gentle sounds of the sea. Each day felt like sailing smooth, refreshing and with new discoveries on the horizon. I can’t wait to attend more of your retreats.
My first yoga retreat and a wonderful experience. I learned so much from the experienced yoga teachers and enjoyed the familiar atmosphere in the group of beginners and advanced yoga people. The stunning scenery of our accommodation made it even more special and a real escape of our daily lives. I got inspired so much from the amazing people around. The double room was luxurious and wonderful. Very comfortable beds and good air conditioning. The food was great. I love that it was all local and cooked by locals. With fresh ingredients and a clean kitchen in combination with the expertise of the chef. I had no expectations when coming to the retreat, but I am definitely leaving with a heartful of energy, inspiration, and love for all the people I met here. I am really thankful for the organizer, Kori to bring us all together as such an amazing place.
"This retreat has completely exceeded my expectations. At first I was more interested in the surfing and adventure part of the trip. With such an amazing destination and multiple possibilities it was nice to have Kori offer her expert advice on local attractions and make everything run smoothly and stress free. The villa is absoultely amazing, the staff is incredibly friendly and they put their heart and soul into making sure that you are having a great time. The food is absolutely amazing and delicious, high quality using fresh local ingredients and to top it all healthy. The waves did not disappoint and it was nice to have Kori recommend the best spots and even go surfing with us. Also, we had two amazing photographers with us that made sure the nice memories lasted a lifetime with amazing photos. And to my surprise, the yoga is absolutely amazing...I thought I was not going to be into the yoga, but I definitely was...Kori is an amazing instructor and she allows you to move at your own pace. But above all is the people you meet that make a trip and I was very lucky to be a part of an amazing group of adventurous ladies from all over to world with whom I hope to keep in touch. Definitely a unique amazing experience. If you are looking for adventure, surf, yoga or even some relaxation, this is definitely the trip for you...Hope I get to do it a second time for sure! "
The retreat was amazing. I absolutely loved my time there. From the moment we all first arrived you emanated this warm, joyful energy and created an environment that made it so easy and wonderful to bond with everyone and be ourselves and live every moment there to the fullest. The location was absolutely breathtaking but it was you and your vision and guidance that made it all come together in such a beautiful way. Thank you so very much. I feel so lucky and grateful to have found you and been able to experience that week. It’s something I can and have taken with me in the days since. Just this morning I was walking on the beach where I live, and it’s so foggy that I couldn’t even see the waves, and I was thinking about inhaling love and exhaling kindness. For a moment I found myself brought back to the yoga chalet at Stella Villas and the energy and calmness surrounding me during the meditations that you led. I am continuing to try to create space for myself and in my life so that I can listen more to my instincts and intuition. Some days it’s definitely easier than others but it’s much more difficult to do here at home than it was in Sri Lanka. I am so excited going into 2018, for the possibilities and the adventures and knowing that there are these amazing women out there who have different dreams and insecurities and strengths but who all share a willingness to put themselves out there and go for it.