About the Retreat


The Paradise Retreat is a yoga holiday suitable for all levels of yoga experience. It will be held over a seven day period at the most enchanting of locations, Duwa Villas island retreat. Located less than 2km from the pristine Indian Ocean on the South Coast of Sri Lanka, The Duwa Villas occupy the entire Thal Duwa, meaning Palm Island, located a short drive from the coastal town of Ahangama. We have chosen this magnificent five suite villa to host our retreat as it epitomises serenity and will have you forgetting the chaos of real world the minute you walk in through the gates.

 

 

Duwa Villas is an exquisitely presented heritage oasis that displays the charms of Dutch colonial architectural features in the most magical way. The chic interiors of the villa blend in harmony with traditional Sri Lankan charm combining local materials with contemporary design. The villa consists of five en-suite bedrooms, spacious outdoor and indoor living and dining areas, a butlers pantry and a private swimming pool. Verdant tropical gardens scattered with coconut palms, cinnamon and fruit trees surround the villa, providing privacy and tranquility.

 

 

In your free time explore and discover kilometres of stunning natural river waterways that embrace this pristine environment. Try canoeing or stand up paddle boarding to absorb the peace and serenity of your home for the week. See and hear the natural wonders unfold before you. Observe the island’s wildlife firsthand, including a myriad of birds, resident monkeys, water monitors, and so much more. Take a walk through the local village, visit the local Buddhist Temple and find a quiet place to soothe the mind and just simply be… All a part of the unique Duwa Villas experience.

 

 

This is the perfect yoga retreat for beginners as well as those with years of experience as it offers a balanced program of yoga, meditation, time out on the water, sightseeing and plenty of free time for relaxation. We aim to bring you a retreat experience that you will cherish for a lifetime.

 
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The dynamic morning yoga sessions and pranayama combined with gentle evening practice under the guidance of our experienced yoga instructor will have you feeling restored and renewed. Time on the water via surf lessons, stand up paddle boarding and SUP yoga is sure to add an extra dimension to your practice of mindfulness. Our exceptionally curated sightseeing excursions will have you discovering the natural beauty of Sri Lanka. Our local knowledge will have you immersing yourself in traditional Sri Lankan customs. And in your free time, the peaceful setting of our home for the week is guaranteed to bring solaceĀ for those who seek calm and serenity.

 

 

Sample Itinerary

 

Arrival day schedule

  • 10:00: A private coach will pick guests up from Colombo city (we recommend arriving in Sri Lanka the day before the retreat)

  • 13:00: Arrival at the retreat center and time to relax and settle in

  • 16:00 – 18:00: Welcome meeting followed by opening circle and a Restorative yoga class

  • 19:00 – 20:00: Dinner

 

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 – 09:30: Hatha Vinyasa yoga, surf, or stand up paddle boarding lesson

  • 10:00 – 11:00: Brunch

  • 11:00 – 13:00: Free time

  • 14:00 – 17:00: Sightseeing activity

  • 17:00 – 18:30: Yin yoga

  • 19:00 – 20:00: Dinner

 

Departure day schedule

  • 07:30 – 09:30: Hatha Vinyasa yoga and closing circle

  • 09:30 – 10:30: Breakfast

  • 12:00: A private coach will be arranged to take guests to Colombo city

  • 15:00 – 16:00: Arrive at Colombo city

 

(An official day by day itinerary will be provided at the commencement of the retreat. Participation in classes and activities is optional)