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Come to this haven to relax and focus on your own well-being. This retreat focuses on improving your well-being through yoga and Ayurveda in a completely natural environment. You will have daily yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic treatments, in addition to healthy fresh nutritious food and Ayurvedic herbal medicines. You will be cared for by a team of experienced yoga teachers, Ayurvedic doctors, and therapists. You will leave feeling lighter in body, mind, and spirit!
During this retreat, you will be staying in a standard room at Plantation Villa. The villa is a colonial home, approximately 150 years old. It was the house of the village chief, which then converted to consist of a living room, dinning hall, veranda, and open living area, all are newly renovated.
The property consists of the main villa and the lodge, each is about two minutes walking distance from each other. The lodge is the original house of the first occupier of this colonial treasure. With time, their son built a bigger home to house his expanding family. This is the villa.
The villa consists of eight rooms (two suite rooms and six deluxe rooms), the dining hall, lounge, verandas, and spa. Meanwhile, the lodge consists of six standard rooms and an open veranda. Both the villa and the lodge were renovated in the end of 2015 to 2016, and are decorated in contemporary colonial style in keeping with the age of the property, and to meet the guests' comforts and modern needs at the same time. Rooms are beautifully completed with luxury bathrooms.
All of their standard rooms are in the lodge, and they all open to a beautiful open veranda. The rooms and bathrooms are completed beautifully to include modern guest requirements. The rooms have fans but they are not air conditioned.
During this retreat, Plantation Villa will work with you to help achieve optimum results during your stay. This is a space where life in nature, fresh air, nutrition, and herbal medicines are combined with mindfulness techniques of yoga and meditation with personalized service.
Each guest has an initial consultation on their first day. This consultation gathers a holistic understanding of the guest covering physical ailments, areas for stress for the mind, lifestyle, and wellness objectives or requirements. You will have a minimum of four daily Ayurvedic treatments, with all types of treatments included. Some guests would also be doing walks in the village in the morning or having a swim before the treatment.
You will also be able to join their afternoon activities, which includes walks in the plantation, activities in the plantation, tree planting, cookery classes, talks with the yoga teacher or doctor etc., discussions about Ayurveda, yoga philosophy, or mindfulness, and vegetable or fruit picking activities, and rubber tapping or paddy harvesting during seasons.
As an eco-friendly retreat center, Plantation Villa works tirelessly for the sustainment of the environment and the village people. The center employs local staff and funds numerous village community establishments, such as the village temples and schools. The center supports its own charity, The Metta Trust, and guests get to have an opportunity to join in the charity activities, supporting the community, environment, and wildlife.
Please note that this is only an indicative itinerary, as timing and duration can change with each retreat or guest.
Ishara De Silva
Ishara is the founder and owner of Plantation Villa. She is a regular meditation practitioner whose meditation practice has changed her life. She has practiced meditation over the last eight years and have studied, Aana-Paana Sati (watching of the breath), Metta (loving kindness meditation), relaxation, Vipassana, and insight meditation. Being a very rational thinker, Ishara helps explore the world of meditation through an explanation of the mind, its nature, and habits, and a general understanding of the mind to help begin meditation.
Milan was trained as a Hatha yoga teacher over 20 years ago, and certified by the Yoga Alliance in USA. His focus is primarily in the Viniyoga style, a fluid, accommodating style which starts with the breath and ends with the breath. It flows from one asana to the next, the muscles are coaxed towards each asana with several repetitions before a calming hold. Therapeutic in nature, this is a style anyone can achieve to perfection, for the perfection of each pose lies within each individual body. He also teaches Kundalini and meditation. He believes in the healing nature of yoga and mindfulness.
Mujith was trained in Hatha yoga and has been teaching yoga for over a decade. Studied under the Sri Lankan Yoga Foundation, his focus is primarily on toning and strengthening the body along with improving flexibility. His practice flows from one asana to the next, and at each stage, multiple options can be given to accommodate varying abilities of the class attendees, from beginners to advanced yoga practitioners. He conducts group classes as well as individual classes during retreats. He believes in the healing nature of yoga and Ayurveda, and is a regular meditation practitioner.
Gemma is an excellent, kind, and gentle teacher of yoga and meditation. The morning classes are a bit more awakening and the evening classes are slow and restorative. Gemma is a professional and can adapt her style to the guest requirement. Her meditation lessons are good and she does a particularly great moon ceremony.
This retreat will take place in a property located in a small village called Nehinna, 80 kilometers away from the capital city, Colombo. The village is rural and has a traditional community feel. The retreat center property itself is a 30-acre plantation of rubber, coconut, cinnamon, and black pepper. The villa is surrounded by nature, and is a habitat for rare local and migrant birds, butterflies, and a plethora of tropical flora and fauna.
They have an open yoga shala where yoga and meditation classes, and Buddhist poojas take place.They specialize in Ayurveda which is an ancient art of healing the body and mind through nutrition, relaxation, and herbal treatments.
During this retreat, you will be served three daily Ayurvedic meals, consisting of healthy organic meals from the garden. Plantation Villa follows a farm-to-plate policy where majority of the food they serve you come from their own organic gardens. Free from the artificial preservatives, coloring, and pesticides, all meals on site are homemade from healthy and fresh ingredients.
The hotel gardens consist of a paddy field, an organic vegetable or fruit garden, and a spice and herb garden. Anything that is not picked straight from their own organic gardens is sourced locally and ethically so that quality of the food is not compromised. Plantation Villa's doctor has reviewed their menus and ensured they are nutritionally balanced. Their meals are mainly vegetarian, and gluten and sugar free.
Once a week, they serve fish or chicken, as many of their western guests seem to struggle to maintain a vegetarian diet long term. Guests are invited to join in on harvesting activities during seasons or learn about their favorite dishes through Ayurvedic healthy cookery demonstrations and go picking the ingredients from the ground. The complete experience encourages a more hands-on approach to wellness and promotes changes to unhealthy lifestyle choices and habits for good.
You can either rent cycles for rides around the surrounding villages or rent a car for the following day trips.
Go on a picnic at some of Sri Lanka's most beautiful beaches.
Go on a visit to one of the most vibrant cities in Sri Lanka where the influences of colonial time is prevalent with some world heritage sites.
This is one of the most famous temples in Sri Lanka with a pagoda with architectural value and a Bo Tree of over 2000 years old.
The last kingdom of Sri Lanka is still rich in art and culture. Kandy also has the Temple of the Tooth, where Buddha's tooth is kept and is one of the most venerated sights in Sri Lanka. Apart from its religious significance, it is also a must see sight to understand the richness of Sri Lankan art and culture.
This is a turtle conservation project to help save turtles from extinction. You can see and learn about turtles, and you will also be able to have the opportunity to release baby turtles to the sea.
This is a left over from the British Empire depicting the influences of European architecture.
It is the last remaining rain forest in Sri Lanka which is lush and green, and hike through this will be an amazing experience.
Plantation Villa recommends this trip over the trip to Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, where they have heard mixed reviews about how the animals are treated. This is an opportunity to see elephants in their own natural habitat. Holding the largest population of elephants in Sri Lanka, you are almost guaranteed to see elephants there.
This is an ancient cave temple with a natural forest displaying some amazing Sri Lankan art on the rock.
Plantation Villa works with a company working with whale conservation in Sri Lanka. It is an early morning start but totally worth the experience.
Other than the activities above, you can go meditate, swim, bird watching, or sign up for some activities organized by the resort, including Ayurvedic barbeques, outdoor dining evenings, or dance or singing performances by local talent or celebrations of local festivities.
On arrival, you will be met by an Ayurvedic doctor for a consultation to assess your current mind and body status, and to understand any ailments or illnesses you are suffering from. He will then develop a treatment program for you including daily spa treatments and herbal medicines.
Your program will include Panchakarma treatments which is a complete detoxification of your body and mind. It helps remove the nidhana or root causes of many illnesses by removing toxins from the body. The body is then treated with herbal medicines to nourish, heal, and rejuvenate. If you are healthy and do not have any ailments, your treatments and herbal medicines will be according to ailments you are prone to given your physical constitution and family genetics.
Daily Ayurveda treatments include a minimum of four treatments. You are entitled to all types of treatments so if there is anything specific you want to try, please discuss with the doctor. Below are some of the treatments offered.
Body, head, foot, and face massages are administered by the specialist therapists using medicated herbal oils. The oil used and the level of intensity given to different areas of the body is varied according to the guest's body type and doshas.
Regular oil massages delays the aging process. It loosens the deep-seated toxins from joints and tissues, and releases them into system where they are eliminated, and helps to nourish, strengthen, and lubricate the joints. It makes the joints resilient to wear and tear. Besides this, the accumulated toxins from skin are also released to give healthy and clearer skin.
This is an eye treatment using medicated oils or aloe to help revive the eyes and eliminate eye infections and diseases.
Plantation Villa provides Panchakarma treatments which are a therapeutic way of eliminating toxic elements from the body. The body is then treated to balance out the doshas through external therapies using herbal oils and herbal packs, and internally through herbal medicine and diet.
Plantation Villa does require a minimum 21 night stay to administer Panchakarma because they need to prepare the body (Purva Karma) prior to treatments and then normalize the body afterwards.
This is a rejuvenating therapy, massaging the body with hot cotton boluses, made up of a combination of herbal leaves, flowers, and spices. Herbs and massage strokes are chosen according to your dosha. The herbal plants are then warmed and tied into a muslin cloth before being massaged over the body.
Pinda Sweda helps to rejuvenate, strengthen, and nourish the body. The body perspires, allowing the heat and herbs to penetrate deep into the skin. The treatment provides deep relaxation, improves blood circulation, increases suppleness, and removes joint stiffness and swelling, helping to relieve arthritis.
This is achieved through a relaxing technique in which warmed oil is poured over a clients forehead for an extended period of time. Shirodhara is traditionally used to calm the nerves, harmonize vata constitutions, restore the nerves, release stored emotions, and purify the mind. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is considered an important tool in the pursuit of higher states of consciousness.
Shirodhara has been traditionally shown to help with fatigue, mental exhaustion, anxiety, insomnia, some mental disorders, headache, excessive thinking, nervousness, and many other conditions commonly affecting persons in today's active lifestyle.
Ayurvedic steam bath is a special treatment in which leaves of medicinal plants are simmered and the body is exposed to the resulting steam. It is good in flushing out impurities from the body, reducing obesity as well as excess fat, and in the treatment of skin diseases.
The treatment removes skin acne by cleansing and dilating the pores and washing out accumulation. By inhalation of steam, the respiratory system is cleaned, makes it breathe easily. It helps to slow down aging process and drooping of the skin by stimulating it.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). The villa is about one hour and a half drive from the airport. The hotel's car is available for transfers at an additional 65 USD one way.
You can take the train to Kalutara.