Ulpotha is a luxe yoga retreat in rural Sri Lanka, offering a variety of yoga programmes to suit all levels and preferences. This yoga practice is a gentle Hatha flow, friendly for those with wrist or shoulder issues. There are no sun salutations and vinyasas in this practice, just a strong steady flow from posture to posture with focus on strength, openness, stillness, awareness and breath.
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There are 11 guest huts in Ulpotha, 10 of which are for two guests and one for three. All of them are built using traditional wattle and daub and feature comfortable beds, excellent mosquito nets, fresh water, towels and a sarong to wear and take home.
The huts are of an open, airy design that facilitates the sense of being one with nature. Twice a year, each hut is hand painted using different coloured clays, where no designs are ever repeated. Much use has been made of clay, stone, wood, pottery and fabrics that reflect traditional village practices and aesthetics. With one or two exceptions, Ulpotha adheres to the Sri Lankan village tradition of keeping toilet spaces separate from living spaces. The enchanting showers are open to the stars and the toilets are modern.
All the huts at Ulpotha are allocated on a twin share basis. By design there is no electricity in Ulpotha and life is lived by the rhythm of the day. Paths and accommodation are lit by lamps and lanterns with the twinkling firelight creating a captivating and romantic sense of times gone by.
Guests will stay in twin sharing rooms, which is included in the cost of the programme.
Ulpotha supports yogic lifestyle practices so it serves traditional Ayurvedic vegetarian cuisine. Most of the ingredients of Ulpotha’s healthy menu are harvested from the retreat’s bio-diverse organic farm. Much of their produce is sourced here, including organic tropical fruits, vegetables and red rice.
The menu is wheat-free and vegan-friendly, although special diets cannot be catered for. Since there is no electricity at Ulpotha, all food is cooked fresh on open fires. Breakfast generally consists of herbal teas, fresh fruit, fresh coconut water and Sri Lankan herbal rice porridge, while lunch and dinner include a wide selection of vegetarian dishes, salads, curd, fresh juices and fruits. Ulpotha also its own cookbook, A Kitchen in Paradise, so guests can replicate retreat recipes at home.
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- Explore surrounding area on bicycles
- See local wildlife
- All meals, snacks, and drinks
- 2 x Yoga classes daily
- 1 x Transport for one-day excursion per week
- 1 x Massage per week
- Travel costs to and from Ulpotha
- Ayurveda treatments
- Entrance fee to cultural sites
- Outside meals
- Single hut supplements
- Additional massages are for additional costs
- Nigel Gilderson
Nigel Gilderson has been teaching yoga in the UK and on retreats around the world since 1997. He is the founder of, and senior teacher at, Brockwell Lido yoga centre in London.
- Alexander Ivanov
Alex is a wellness practitioner, dedicated to creating authentic experiences and developing environments that encourage holistic well-being. His passion for travelling and immersing in local cultures has introduced him to the great traditions of Asia. His journey into healing and bodywork had taken him to Thailand, Maldives, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Bhutan, where he learned an extensive number of therapies, successfully incorporated into his treatments.
- Deborah McGovan
Originally from the UK, Deborah is a highly qualified level 6 Ka Huna massage therapist and facilitator. Ka Huna massage therapy dates back thousands of years and provides an holistic approach to healing and an ability to transform, heal and balance the body, mind and spirit. Deborah has an intuitive ability to tune into client needs supporting them through their own process.
- Payment is inclusive of tax
7.907945, 80.365928 Embogama, 60718
Ulpotha is a traditional working village in Sri Lanka cradled on the one side by low mountains and a lotus-ringed lake and on the other by tiny emerald green paddy fields. Ulpotha’s focus is on the restoration of an ageless agricultural way of life and creating an idyllic environment for Yoga and Ayurveda retreats. This includes biodiverse organic farming and reforestation of the land and its immediate surroundings. Ulpotha is about a four-hour drive from the airport.
Ulpotha Village, Dambulla, Sri Lanka