Ulpotha is a luxe yoga retreat in rural Sri Lanka, offering a variety of yoga programmes to suit all levels and preferences. Developed by Georgia Marnham, Iyengar Yoga emphasises detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture and breath control.
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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
- Two Yoga classes daily
- One-on-one consultation with the resident Ayurveda doctor
- A full day excursion per week
- A massage per week
- Laundry service
- Use of bicycles, sauna, steam bath, hot water bathing area
- Travel costs to and from Ulpotha
- Ayurveda treatments
- Entrance fee to cultural sites
- Outside meals
- Single hut supplements
- Additional massages are for additional costs are for
- Andrew Rosenstock
An international Healing Artist and Yoga Teacher, Andrew is multi-certified in Thai Massage, Esalen Massage and a Reconnective Healing Foundational Practitioner, as well as being an iRest Yoga Nidra Level II trained Teacher and a student of The Integrative Yoga Therapy 1000hr Yoga Therapist program. He loves anything and everything having to do with helping people get back on the path of health, wholeness, and wellness as well as realigning themselves with and a realisation of their true nature.
- Jon Fellman
Jon began his career in healthcare over 30 years ago as a trainer at a health club after rehabilitating himself following a very serious car accident at the age of 16. This led him to Chinese martial arts, Yoga, and eventually Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He has been treating patients with bodywork since 1993, and has been working as a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine after completing his four-year Master of Science degree in traditional Chinese medicine in 2001 at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Science in Oakland, CA.
- Alexandre Onfroy
Alex has been teacher for the past 12 years and now is one of Paris’ most loved and respected yoga instructors and a lifelong student of Iyengar.
- 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