Raw food, juice and yoga retreat, Sri Lanka

26 January - 2 February 2019

Cost from £975

Teacher Ali Gilling

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There is a growing awareness of the importance of eating raw foods and juices for our health and well-being.

Juicing vegetables enables all the vital nutrients to be absorbed quickly into the body and gives our digestive system a well-earned break. Green juices in particular boost energy and immunity. They are packed with oxygenating chlorophyll which helps fight the ageing process, improves alertness, is great for aiding weight loss, helps our bones and joints function properly and gives our skin, nails and hair a healthy glow.

This nourishing combined raw food, juice and yoga programme will cleanse and purify your body, leaving you feeling light, energetic and thoroughly nourished on the inside and out.

The luxurious and spacious Sri Devi Villas is a 15 minute walk inland from the turquoise blue sea on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. It is situated a 15 minute ride from the historic city of Galle. The retreat centre overlooks paddy fields and is quite hidden away, filled with incredible beauty and wildlife. It really is the perfect place for complete rest, rejuvenation and relaxation.

About Sri Devi Villas

Situated on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sri Devi Villas offers access to excellent beaches for relaxing and enjoying unforgettable sunsets. There are tea plantations and various Buddhist temples along the coast. This luxury retreat centre has over 2.5 acres of tropical garden. The covered yoga platform is outdoors, situated next to the paddy fields amongst the wildlife. There is a large pool, a spa and both an indoor and an outdoor covered lounging area. The centre has extremely friendly and helpful staff and all modern facilities.

The daily programme

On the first day and last day there will be raw food meals (salads, mains and deserts).

For the days in-between there will be super high-energy juices which include:
3 x freshly-prepared fruit and vegetable juices
1 x fresh coconut juice
Selection of herbal teas
Potassium detox soup

There will be a yoga class each morning and in the evening a more gentle class focusing on mindfulness, meditation and gentle movement. There will be one yoga free day. Two massages of your choice and two one-on-one consultations with the Ayurvedic doctor are also included.

The retreat starts on the Saturday at 7pm with a welcome meal. The last class is on the Friday evening with a farewell meal.

Things to do

The villas are very luxurious and spacious, tucked away near a village and surrounded by wildlife. There are many different areas to have time to yourself undisturbed to simply relax. It is about a 15 minute walk along the paddy fields or five minute tuk-tuk (the local three-wheeler) to the ocean and sandy beach.

Treatments available

The spa offers Ayurvedic floral / herbal baths, the shirodhara drip and a wide variety of massages. An Ayurvedic diagnosis is available with one of the best practitioners. Umesha, the Ayurvedic therapist, has over 10 years of experience in different kinds of Ayurvedic massages and treatments. Her specialities are chakra massages, shirodhara (the slow oil stream on the forehead) and relaxing body massages, reducing tension and stress.

Accommodation & food at Sri Devi Villas

Sri Devi Villas has several villas that are clean and spacious. They can be twin or double bed and a limited number are for single occupancy. Each villa has its own tea/coffee making facility, a fridge, a private terrace and a large bathroom.

Comments

I had a blissfully relaxing time at Sri Devi Villa in February this year, on a yoga retreat led by Ali Gilling.

The Villa was incredibly comfortable and felt very luxurious. The individual apartments were very spacious - a friend and I shared one together - and had plenty of space to ourselves, a sitting area, kettle and fridge - plus a beautiful bathroom. Each morning we awoke to a lovely view of the garden and pool. The yoga platform is situated in the garden - a wonderful setting. It was so tranquil, yet teaming with wildlife and bird sounds. It proved to be an ideal space for meditation and breathing exercises, where you could tune into the sounds and rhythm of the place.

I especially selected this yoga retreat as it was led by Ali Gilling, who has led other retreats I have been on in the past. Ali's style is very restorative and nurturing. She supports you to explore a very wide range of postures, whilst listening to your body and going at your own pace. Ali adapts to suit the needs of the group - and of individuals - meaning that everyone has the opportunity to learn about and develop their own practice. This, combined with the wonderful staff at the villa, who were so welcoming and attentive, made it the ideal holiday.
George
I had the pleasure of joining Ali’s yoga retreat in Sri Lanka in February 2018. Being a novice, and on my first retreat, I had no idea what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. On arrival, Ali immediately put our minds at ease. we were a small manageable group of 7, and we all settled in to the routine fairly quickly. Ali has a very calming nature, and took us through all of the practices in a progressive way, so that we could work to the best of our  own abilities. She was vigilant with our positions, and gradually built up our strength and balance throughout the week.

The Sri Devi villas was a stunning location, offering comfortable accommodation with a delightful pool, and delicious food, not to mention the abundance of wildlife in the gardens and surrounding area. we were also offered massages at a very reasonable price. I would highly recommend Ali’s yoga retreat to anyone, whatever their level.
Laura
Thank you so much for wonderful times in India. The yoga holiday was just what was needed. I felt like I was hanging in time with rest, relaxation, healing, amazing yoga, giggles and all at a fabulous venue. The guys there were great fun, very sensitive to everyone's needs and couldn't have done more to attend to every individual. Ali is a beautiful soul who supported and guided us with great knowledge, integrity, variety and holding. Thank you to you and your team. I trust Yoga on a Shoestring
Pauline
I had a wonderful time. Ali was an incredible teacher and host, she went over and above to ensure everybody had a great experience,and she's just such an amazing presence.
Alice
Ali was the sweetest yoga teacher we could of wished for who held a very special, gentle supportive space for us.
Tracey

Raw food, juice and yoga retreat, Sri Lanka, 26 January - 2 February 2019

Costs

Price per person
Shared twin or double villa £975
Single occupancy villa £1275

To reserve your place a 50% non-refundable deposit is required.
The full amount is due 6 weeks before the start of the retreat.

Included:
Transfers to and from the airport to the villa (a 2.5 hour drive in a comfortable taxi)
Your accommodation
Raw food meals & juices as outlined above
Yoga, mindfulness & meditation classes with one yoga free day
2 massages of your choice
2 one on one ayurvedic consultations

If you haven't seen this part of Sri Lanka before you may like to extend your stay. There are many nearby affordable places in the area that we can give advice on.

Travel Arrangements

Although there are many options for flights to Sri Lanka it is essential that you book early to get the best deals. A visa is required for visiting Sri Lanka, which you can apply for online - your passport is stamped upon entry to the country.

For flights to Colombo:
www.skyscanner.net
www.cheapflights.co.uk
www.southalltravel.co.uk
www.srilankanairlines.com
www.jetairways.com

A taxi from Colombo Airport to the Sri Devi Villa is included in this holiday. The journey takes about 2 to 2.5 hours.