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13 Days Authentic Buddhist Meditation Pilgrimage to Sri Lanka

Forest Rock Garden Resort, No 341, Andarawewa, Trincomalee Road, Sinharagama, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Pilgrimage Yoga Retreat

Since the time of the Buddha, pilgrims have traveled to sacred sites not only to connect with external places imbued with meaning but also to encounter their own wisdom and compassion within. You have the remarkably good fortune on this pilgrimage to Sri Lanka, to experience a thousand-year-old tradition of spiritual practice at the athmasthana, making prayers and offerings, receiving teachings, and practicing meditations along an ancient series of sacred places visited by the Buddha himself. In a world that offers people so many distractions that many have lost our way, on this journey, we will reconnect with a true source of inner refuge and find our home once again.

Meet the instructors

Miles
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Highlights

  • Dharma talks on location
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Entry to several holy temples
  • 3 ancient site reservations for 60-minutes meditation
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Airport transfers

Styles


13 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 30
Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Wireless internet

Forest Rock Garden Resort, situated in the heart of the ancient city ruins of Anuradhapura, is a living masterpiece that gives its guests the once in a lifetime experience to go back into the golden days of the Anuradhapura Kingdom in the 21st century with utmost luxury and a great sense of royalty, serenity, and peace.

Program

Day 1 - Colombo to Negombo

  • Group transfer from airport to Karunakarala
  • Ayurveda spa and resort
  • Opening talk and blessing with special guest
  • Bhikkhuni Kussuma, responsible for reviving the Buddhist nuns ordination in Sri Lanka after a thousand-year lapse
  • Welcome dinner

Day 2 - Negombo to Kandy

  • Morning practice
  • Transfer to the Kandy Samadhi Center
  • Visit the three temple loop of Gadaladeniya, Embekke, and Lankathilaka dating from the 12th to 14th century CE and featuring exquisite architecture and carvings
  • Casual stroll of the quaint town of Kandy and its lake and market

Day 3 - Kandy

  • Morning practice
  • Morning puja at the temple of the tooth, housing the actual relic of the Buddha, followed by a guided tour
  • Dharma talk with special guest, Upul, a local lay meditation master, with a guided mindfulness practice at the shala
  • Plenty of free time to explore Kandy town, or an optional visit to the famous tea plantations
  • Oil-lamp lit evening meditation at Samadhi Center

Day 4 - Kandy to Anaradhapura

  • Morning practice
  • Transfer to Forest Rock Garden Resort
  • Visit the cave temple of Aluvihara (3rd century BCE) and the Tripithaka library
  • Visit the Dambulla caves temple (1st century BCE) for a sunset on-site meditation practice

Day 5 - Anaradhapura

  • Morning practice
  • Begin the heart of our pilgrimage with the Atmasthana circuit, venerating eight sacred sites visited by the Buddha himself
  • Local guides will reveal the epic history
  • We will practice prayers, chanting, offerings, and mediations at each site

Day 6 - Anaradhapura to Kekirawa

  • Morning practice
  • Visit Yapahuwa, a 13th century citadel and shrine exquisitely carved out of granite rock, which *formerly housed the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha
  • Visit the giant Avukana Buddha for a sunsetnmeditation practice

Day 7 - Anaradhapura to Mihintale

  • Early morning practice onsite at Mihintale for sunrise
  • Visit an ancient village (Purana Gama) revived after centuries to offer an experience of Ananradhapura’s ancestral culture
  • This is the mid-point of our journey, so enjoy ample time for rest and reflection. Forest Rock Garden Resort has a beautiful pool and gardens

Day 8 - Anaradhapura

  • Early morning visit to the Jaya Sri Mahabodhi Tree (planted from the original Bodhi Tree in 288 BCE) for a very auspicious taking or renewal of refuge and the lay vows ceremony
  • Afternoon mindful walk following a trail into the mountains to visit Ritigala (2nd century BCE), an ancient forest monastery for an evening on-site meditation practice

Day 9 - Anaradhapura

  • Morning practice
  • Visit Isurumuniya Temple (300 BCE) and its exquisite carvings as well as lesser known sites nearby
  • Continue with the Atmasthana circuit of Anaradhapura

Day 10 - Anaradhapura to Matale

  • Early morning hill climb for a meditation practice at Pidurangala overlooking the spectacular view of Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Explore the Pidurangala monastery, from the second century CE
  • Traditional lunch in Sigirya, followed by free time

Day 11 - Anaradhapura to Pollonaruwa

  • Early morning start to visit the stunning carved Buddha statues and ancient city of Pollonaruwa (10th century)
  • Enjoy a traditional home cooked lunch in a village in Pollonaruwa
  • Sunset practice amidst the ruins

Day 12 - Anaradhapura

  • Early morning rise to join the mass of pilgrims assembled at the Jaya Sri Mahabodhi Tree for the auspicious Poya (full moon) ceremonies
  • Meditation practice and immersion in the local festivities
  • A remarkable final day in the ancient city

Day 13 - Anaradhapura to Negombo

  • Morning practice
  • Transfer to Jetwing Beach Hotel on the stunning Indian Ocean to enjoy a final day of sun, sand, surf, and solace
  • We’ll enjoy and farewell dinner together and the next day transfer to Colombo Airport for your return flight home

Included excursions

  • The Temple of the Tooth
  • Polonnaruwa ancient citadel
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Pidurangala Rock Monastery
  • Dambulla cave monastery
  • Avukana Buddha statue
  • Ritigala Ancient Forest Monastery
  • Mihintale monastic site
  • Medirigiriya Watadage
  • Kaludiya Pokuna

Instructors

Miles Neale

Location

Food

Healthy, locally sourced, mostly vegetarian meals from Sri Lankan cuisine will be served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Spa treatments and Ayurvedic consultations are available for an additional cost at the resort during this pilgrimage.

What's included

  • 13 nights’ accommodation
  • Healthy meals on a half-board basis at the hotel (breakfast and dinner)
  • Special welcome and farewell dinners, plus 1 picnic and 1 countryside tavern lunch
  • 2 group airport transfers and ground transportation throughout the tour
  • Tour leader expenses
  • 1 Ayurveda wellness guide / coordinator throughout the tour
  • Complimentary use of meditation space / shala with yoga mats/cushions outside of hotel regular schedule
  • Local site guides during cultural excursions
  • All Entrances: Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Ritigala, Pidurangala, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwaa, Avukana, Dambulla, Kandy temple
  • Alms giving Sri Maha Bodhi amd donation at Ruwanweli Seya
  • 3 Ancient site reservations for 60-minute meditation programs
  • Service opportunity with the Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Ayurva traveler specialized travel agent services and 24/7 assistance during the tour
  • Assistance with pre- and post-pilgrimage travel plans
  • Special Ayurva wellness gift per person
  • Water throughout the tour in the vehicle
  • All government taxes and service charges (subject to change as per government regulations)

What's not included

  • International airfare, passport, and visa fees
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the program (including alcohol and soda)
  • Services not specified in the above inclusions
  • Medical insurance or expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry, and shopping
  • Increases in VAT or other tourism taxes, which may occur at any time
  • Excess baggage charges, departure fees, and airport taxes
  • Tips for tour guides, drivers, hotel staff and other personal services

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 120 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday November 30, 2019
Departure: Thursday December 12, 2019

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