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!
I really enjoyed this trip. It helped me to relax a little more into myself and reminded me of who and what I need to surround myself with in order to feel my best. I made amazing new friends and journeyed more into yoga. I honestly gained a lots this week with the yoga practices… deeper awareness of my breath, new poses, greater flexibility, etc. This week restored my lost love for yoga and I couldn’t be happier about it. I love that you catered each class to how we were feeling each day… really makes a difference. The food was amazing amazing amazing. The villa was above and beyond. The highlights are so many where to start? .... I feel so happy and incredibly lucky to have come across you and Santosha Society. You are doing great, great things. Please keep it up.
“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”
Kori Hahn’s approach to her teaching and the people she invites to join her leaves you feeling like you belong to a big family. She’s incredibly down to earth and her “live and let live” approach to life leaves you feeling that yoga is not only cleansing, purifying and peaceful but she’s a great believer in not taking yourself too seriously. I would thoroughly recommend any opportunity that comes your way to work with Kori….not only will you come away feeling that you’ve made a new soulmate for life but her passion for her teaching and experience is truly impressive and totally infectuous.
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.
Beautiful experience. I am so glad and thankful to have been able to particilate in this amazing week with you all. I will do my best to keep the serenity and peacefulness that I gained here. I loved the morning meditations as well as the restorative and yin yoga after surfing. It really helped to release all the soreness. I loved everything actually. Thank you Kori for your classes and your nice calm way to guide us.”
“How to put it in words… I feel centered, I take peace and harmony with me. I barely ever have felt so welcome. This bunch of travelers full of awesomeness made me feel so good. As far as the yoga, OMG that was the best I have ever had. Going through different styles is just great. It was so good for me. I learned a lot and I take home so many new things. Perfect!”
“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble.” Courage is the foundation of integrity” Keshavan Nair. “Kori and the Santosha Society team, you inspire me to keep searching for my dreams and working with love to make them happen. It was a pleasure to share waves, talks, yoga and memories with such amazing human beings! I really feel grateful for all. Thank you for all! Seriously you legends!”
This for me wasn't the typical vacation even though in my head I didn't expect that much (not in a negative sense, I just didn't know what to expect), I just was looking forward to surf with like minded people. And oh wow, I got so much more than what I even could have expected if I had 🙂 I can't even put my finger on it, it's not the fact that finally I clicked with surfing (which is freaking awesome!!!) but there was so much more, on a more spiritual (even though I am not really spiritual) level, or maybe on a psychological level. Let's put it that way. In any case, vibrations were good! :))) You know how whenever you get back from a great, relaxing and inspiring vacation you're like "I'm gonna take this positive energy into my everyday life and change so many things!" and then you get back home and it all slowly fades away? Well, not this time, I've really felt a shift in my thinking, the way I behave, mostly, to be honest, towards myself which in turn affects the way I treat others. I am more content and happy, I treat myself with more love, respect and kindness. I don't know, I am just more relaxed and accepting and I've let go of a lot of social pressures/constraints (perceived or real ... mostly the former). I'm still learning to see the world and myself with these new eyes of mine, but at least I have these new eyes and it's a joy! And for that I thank you so much