Life in this modern-day era is hectic and so it’s important to take time-out for you and to reconnect with your body and soul. The ‘Let Your Soul Smile’ retreat in Weligama allows you to do just this through yoga, meditation, dance and surf, all in the middle of the Sri Lankan jungle and a few minutes from Weligama Beach. Here you can relax, reload and get some extra vitamin D before the real winter starts.
Here’s all you need to know about beautiful Weligama from the retreat’s resident yogi Roos Aa…
Roos, where is Weligama Bay?
It’s located in south west Sri Lanka. Weligama is an old fishing village used by local fisherman as it’s a huge sheltered bay which enables the fishing boats to get out to sea, avoiding the huge swells that crash against the headlands either side of Weligama Bay.
So what makes this a good spot for surfing?
The bay is sheltered from winds and is all sand with no reef which makes it a perfect beginner/ intermediate surf spot, complete with slow rolling clean green waves. We have local surf guides on hand for anyone wanting to surf more advanced spots along the coast and we are situated within a 20 mins drive of up to 12 different challenging surf breaks.
Sounds idyllic, so when you’re not surfing, what animals might you see?
There’s a big chance that you’ll get to see monkeys, sea turtles, peacocks, monitor lizards, tropical birds, tropical fish, maybe even a wild elephant.
What are the local people like?
The local people are beautiful and always welcoming with a warm smile. You just need to keep in mind that they will always try to overcharge tourists a bit, so you need to have a clear idea of what the average prices are, especially for the tuktuk taxis (we can help with this).
What’s the weather like?
The year round climate is tropical with the odd rainy day. October and November is when the season on the SW of Sri Lanka begins and marks the end of the rainy season so it’s a good time to go.
Any local foods you would like to recommend?
The local cuisine is world famous for being green and clean. Fresh fish from the Indian Ocean, veggie based curries cooked with coconut milk and delicious fresh fruit breakfasts. Also Sri Lankan street food hoppers are amazing – the Rotti is too good to be true! At the retreat we offer the people to chose to eat plant based, by eating non processed healthy fresh vegan food (lots of vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, etc)
What level of surfer does the retreat and Weligama Bay lend itself to?
The waves here mean it’s perfect for beginner to intermediate level of surfer.
What’s the top three things you’d recommend to do whilst in Weligama?
1. Go for a sunrise surf in the bay
2. Try the amazing local street food
3. Visit our local Buddhist temple
Sounds like your cup-of-tea? Then join the ‘Let Your Soul Smile’ yoga and surf retreat 4th Nov – 11th Nov in Weligama, Sri Lanka.
About the retreat:
After waking-up in the beautiful jungle of Sri Lanka, start your day with Roos active Vinyasa yoga class and a healthy fresh king coconut followed by a local breakfast and surf lesson at Weligama Bay. After lunch on the beach enjoy an afternoon in the water, putting your surf lessons to practice, or just embrace some free time.
In the evening, head back to the jungle villa for a warm-down sunset yoga class followed by a traditional evening meal. Some evenings there will be special nights with meditation/dance/talk sessions on offer and other evenings will be free for you to relax!
Next to the relaxation and fun that this retreat will bring to you, it will also teach you to listen to your body, open blocked energy and fill you body with new energy. To explore, feel and listen to what certain food does to your body. Through breathing exercises and movement you will awaken positive new fresh energy in your body and life. The retreat also gives the opportunity to embrace being in the ocean everyday, to learn to surf and to explore beautiful Sri Lanka.
Let Your Soul Shine is suitable for any level of yogi/surfer.
About the Villa:
The Retreat Weligama, located in the lush jungle just a few minutes from Weligama Beach, has one luxury master suite room, and several twin beds in a shared spacious room, great for a family or group of friends traveling together.
The house features innovative design and large common spaces both indoors and outdoors. The bathrooms are large and luxurious and all rooms have mosquito nets, air conditioning and fans. There is a back patio perfect for practicing yoga on or enjoying a glass of wine at sunset while looking out for the wild peacocks which roam the property.
Dates: 4th Nov – 11th Nov
Price: 1245EUR / Deposit: 400EUR
DISCOUNT: we have a special discount for the first 4 people that subscribe. What to do? Book NOW, pay the deposit, subscribe yourself for the retreat add the discount code ‘laviederoos’ and get 15% off making it: 1058EUR
7 nights accommodation / 6 dinners / 7 breakfasts / daily fruit and fresh coconuts / 7 sunrise yoga’s / 7 sunset yoga’s and meditation / 5 days of 2-hour surf lessons and board rental / 2 x evening talk sessions / 1 day digital detox / Safari / Yoga mat
Whats not included?
Flight and visa / airport transfer / lunch meals / last evenings dinner / alcohol / additional sup and surf lessons / additional yoga classes
This experience will fill up quickly and is only open to a maximum of 8 people so reserve your spot now!