SRI LANKA RETREAT 2020
DECEMBER 3RD/12TH 2020
Yoga / Chi Gong/Energy Medicine/Ayurveda
Schedule Maximum Group Size 12
Based at a secluded, ocean sunset Ayurvedic retreat, this is an ideal opportunity to refresh, rejuvenate and recreate .
Excellent massage and treatment facilities are avalible on site, the session will begin by stretching out and relaxing tensed up bodies and souls. With daily yoga, the cleansing qualities of the Ayurvedic cuisine and a relaxed five day introduction into the basics of Energy medicine, your healing process will start and spark you into life.
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‘ Energy Medicine
Sri Lanka – December 2020
Colombo – Polonnaruwa – Beruwala
'Energy Medicine' – December 03 – December 12, 2020 ( 9 nts )
Wed Dec 02 – Depart for Colombo
Thurs Dec 03 – Arrive Colombo – Airport Transfer Marawila – 1 nt
Orientation dinner - 19.00 Thurs Dec 03
Fri Dec 04 – Sun Dec 06 – Polonnaruwa – 2 nts
anuradhapura – polonnaruwa – sigiriya
Sun Dec 06 – Sat Dec 12 – Beruwala - 6 nts
yoga – chi qong – energy medicine – massage – wellness
Couple : £725 - £750 each --- Single : £875 - £895 (excl. flights)
Energy healing is a non-invasive form of alternative medicine, a healing technique to correct energy imbalance in the human body by activating the natural healing resources present within and thereby addressing any physical, mental or behavioural problems. It targets the energy fields around the body with simple techniques based on the meridians and chakras.
Micha has travelled in Asia many times and is a knowledgeable and experienced teacher and guide. Originating from northern Germany and now resident in Brighton, England. Also a trained archaeological conservator, having worked on sites in Germany, China, Turkey, Cyprus and England. After studies in Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Thai Chi and Chi Gong, Micha discovered the complete science of Ayurveda. After training for 2 years in Banares and Pune at the BHU and the Tilak College, she completed certified courses in Ayurveda, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage, graduating with a BSc in Ayurveda in London to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Brighton. Combining her interests in Asian culture, history, spirituality and Yoga, Micha will guide you on this rejuvenating journey.
At an ocean sunset Ayurvedic retreat, this is an ideal opportunity to refresh, rejuvenate and recreate. Under the expert guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner and Yoga teacher, and with excellent massage and wellness facilities on site – Ayurvedic cuisine if preferred.
With daily yoga, chi qong and the enquiry into the various Energy Medicines, the shakti, the boundless energy within, should begin to spark into life. Veda’ means knowledge, the knowledge of our own inner nature. Ayurveda itself means knowledge of a healthy life, part of the wider Vedic system underpinning Indian spiritual culture.
Ayurvedic Treatment – Ayurvedic massages are normally of a very high standard and are highly recommendable. If a client wishes to pursue Ayurvedic medical treatment whilst on site, then that is entirely a client decision and the client’s responsibility alone. We take no view on whether or not Ayurvedic treatment would or would not be appropriate for the ailment treated.
On the trail of the Buddha…… from the divine gaze of the 4th-5th century Samadhi Statue to the enormous 1st-2nd century dagobas, the world’s largest solid structures after the Pyramids, the sprawling archaeological wonders of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia’s most evocative sites. A branch of the Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, was planted in 288 BC by Sangamitta, the daughter of Emperor Asoka, after which Anuradhapura flourished as a spiritual centre and capital until being abandoned following the invasion in 993 AD by the mighty Chola empire of Southern India.
The kings of Sri Lanka retreated to Ruhuna in the south and after a 17 year long campaign from Ruhuna to Polonnaruwa, led by Vijayabahu I, the Cholas were finally expelled in 1070, thus establishing the Sinhalese kingdom of Polonnaruwa for the following 180 years. Vijayabahu I re-established Buddhism, repaired infrastructure and constructed the pilgrimage route to Sri Pada, the Buddhist temple on top of Adam’s Peak. After various dynastic rivalries, the Polonnaruwa period reached its peak under Parakrambahu I the Great (1153-1186), Vijayabahu I’s grandson, building the Buddhist temples and shrines that one can see today, encouraging the arts and for an agrarian economy based on rice cultivation, maintaining or constructing over 200 reservoirs, the largest of which surrounds the hotel where we stay in Polonnaruwa.
Thurs Dec 03 – Marawila – 1 nt
45-60 mins transfer north of Colombo Airport
A functional stop off point in the right place
Simple clean beach rooms - hot & cold water and A/C
Nice cuisine - sunset facing beach
Morning flight arrivals Thurs Dec 03 – 1 nt – 11,000 LKR
Evening flight arrivals Wed Dec 02 – 2 nts
Fri Dec 04 – Anuradhapura
08.00 - Depart Marawila
10.30-14.00 - Visit archaeological zone
14.00-16.30 – Transfer to Polonnaruwa
Fri Dec 04 – Sun Dec 06 – Polonnaruwa – 2 nts
Staying at the slightly upmarket Sudu Araliya
for its incredibly beautiful lakeside location
- Rooms - 13,500 LKR/nt
- Evening meals - 2,000 LKR/nt
- Sat Dec 05 – 08.30 Visit archaeological zone
- 13.00 – Relax at hotel pm
Sun Dec 06 – Sigiriya – Beruwala
08.00 – Depart Polonnaruwa
09.00-09.15 – Arrive Sigiriya
11.00-16.30 – Transfer to Beruwala
Sun Dec 06 – Sat Dec 12 – Beruwala – 6 nts
Staying at the well established and well run
Ypsylon Ayurvedic Resort – nice clean rooms
Superior double sea view rooms - E40/nt - Single – E35/nt
Excellent Ayurvedic & Massage facilities
International / Sri Lankan / Ayurvedic Cuisine
Full details below
Sat Dec 12 – Beruwala – Colombo
06.00 Transfer for the 09.55 Emirates Flight
Energy Medicine – Ypsylon Ayurvedic Resort – 6 nts
Daily Schedule :
08.00 - 08.30 Chi Qong
16.30 - 17.00 Yoga
17.00 - 18.30 Energy Medicine
19.00 – 22.00 Dinner
With the restaurant open for breakfast until 11.00 am, and then all day until 22.00, the idea is to have relaxed days until the 16.30 session. The 5 day/25 treatment wellness package (£180) needs reserving when placing your deposit and please notify in advance if you require daily full body Ayurvedic massages (5=£80). Otherwise select from the menu of massages and treatments upon arrival.
December 03-12, 2020 - the budget includes :
- 9 nts accommodation with breakfast, plus evening meals in Polonnaruwa -
- 3 day internal transfer – Marawila / Polonnaruwa / Beruwala
- 2 Archaeological Zone Donation Tickets – Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa - 2 x $25US
- The Ayurvedic Centre quotes its room rates in Euros, which are subject to currency movements
- 5 days Energy Medicine course - yoga & chi qong daily - tour management
- Espirita fees - payable to Espirita : £425
The budget excludes :
- International flights, airport transfers, lunches, most dinners and living expenses.
- Massage, Wellness & Ayurvedic Treatments
– Extra night on arrival
Variable Expenses :
- Airport Transfers arriving at / departing from Colombo Airport will be organized with the hotels and added to client room accounts. About £40-£50 for both transfers, varying with numbers taxi sharing.
Reservation Procedure :
- Research your flight options - note the Emirates flight options below
- Do not reserve your flights - until the Tour has been confirmed by Espirita
- Email Espirita : - with proposed flight dates
- You will then receive place confirmation
- A £25 course deposit with Espirita will then need to be placed
- Tour Confirmation Date : October Week 1 – due to global pandemic
- Deposits will be refunded if the Tour cannot proceed
- Upon Tour confirmation :
- Proceed with booking and confirming your flights
- Clients to pay their own room accounts on site by card. (TBC)
- The balance of your Espirita fees falls due in early November
Visas - Online 30 day tourist visas are free for citizens of most Western countries, but they need to be obtained for pre-approval before travelling to Sri Lanka. One cannot apply for visas until 3 months before the date of arrival in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka High Commission London - Visa Link : http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
Do not use any other links and do not pay for a Visa
Flights : As all our itineraries are accessible internationally, we do not quote for flights. Fly direct to Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport and you will be picked up by hotel transport. Frequent flights go via the various Gulf Airlines, and Sri Lanka Airlines has direct flights from Heathrow.
Flights : For those for whom it is convenient and affordable, clients may consider the well priced Emirates flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester (HGSM) via Dubai :
Wed Dec 02, 2020 :
EK --- - DEP HGSM 13.00-14.00 / ARR Dubai : 00.00-00.45
EK 650 - DEP Dubai 02.35 / ARR Colombo 08.25 - Thurs Dec 03
Sat Dec 12, 2020 :
EK 651 - DEP Colombo 09.55 / ARR Dubai : 13.00
EK --- - DEP Dubai 14.15-14.45 / ARR HGSM 17.45-19.00 same day
Connect in Dubai - Clients from other countries might consider joining this schedule in Dubai
Accommodation – We Reserve / You Pay - Espirita makes the reservations and clients pay their own hotel bills on check out and/or check in depending on hotel methods of payment. Clients pay for and manage their rooms on site on an independent traveller basis. Rooms are not offered on a shared basis for people who do not know each other beforehand.
Health - Asia is a lot healthier than it used to be. Bottled water everywhere has made a big difference to traveller comfort and sticking to the wonderful vegetarian cooking is one way of avoiding stomach problems.
However - Personal Medical Decisions: All clients must seek relevant professional medical advice and decide for themselves on the following immunisation guidelines: Hepatitis A & B - Polio Booster - Tetanus Booster - Typhoid - Diptheria - Rabies - TB (BCG), Japanese Encephalitis – Yellow Fever - Malaria – Sri Lanka is presently a low risk Malaria country, but double check 4 weeks before flying.
Insurance - All Espirita clients are advised to be fully insured, with comprehensive medical policies that cover transfer to first class medical facilities and emergency repatriation
Food – Sri Lanka has a great culinary tradition and is normally a good eating scene. Very reasonably priced – the hotel evening buffets in Marawila and Polonnaruwa were no more than £10 per person.
Climate – Sri Lanka has a tropical climate with all year round highs of 30C-35C, and warm evenings. Though mostly sunny, there is the possibility of showers in early December, and clients are advised to pack a folding umbrella.
Roads – Whilst not remotely kowtowing to the Chinese Communist Party, nevertheless Sinhala-Chinese ‘co-operation’ has produced an excellent, well maintained road system. Mostly single lane roads, but with a well engineered 150 kms long dual carriageway serving the south west coast. Beruwala to Colombo Airport is no more than 90 minutes at 100 kph.
Communications – Mobile phones work throughout Sri Lanka and good wifi is ubiquitous.
Rituals - Where permissible for non-Buddhists, and in order to savour the spiritual atmosphere of the sites visited, participation in simple temple rituals should be considered. For those who have a personal relationship with God, it is quite appropriate to see their deity in the one that is there.