Yoga Adventure Sri Lanka September 23 – October 05, 2017: 12 days
Katie, an Australian yoga teacher, and Indika, a Sri Lankan tour leader, are teaming up to lead our small group of yoga and travel lovers through this beautiful country, weaving our yoga practice into the adventure so that we can experience Sri Lanka with our whole hearts.
Picture yoga in ancient forest monasteries: meditation talks and lunch with the monks: night time visits to the stupor and bodhi tree; a sunset practice overlooking Sigirya (the rock castle) and a morning practice at the top; sunset canoe trips; Sri Lankan cooking; nights around the fire with Indika's friends playing Singalese music; ayurvedic massages; yoga next to rivers, mountain walks, swimming in waterfalls and a stunning train trip! In the 12 day itinerary we will visit Anuradapura, the first capital of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya, the ancient rock castle, Knuckles Ranges National Park, Kandy, Ela and end with a beach stay.
Three days in Anuradapura, the ancient capital; We will visit the top of Mihintale and enjoy sunset yoga; Visit a couple of lakes for yoga, bike ride, canoe and swim and sunset; Enjoy a morning practice at a 2500 year old forest monastery which is beautiful and still used with monks in isolation and has the old cement meditation seats built into the rock; Meditation talks and lunch with the monks and maybe a cooking lesson from the women; A night time visit to the Bodhi tree under which the buddha attained enlightenment, it has been protected by the same family for 2000+ years; A night time visit and yoga practice to the stupa when it is lit up and all the families come to pray and the monks are chanting; A night around the fire with Inidka’s friends playing music (no english but they are hilarious!) and homemade curries and rice; Two days in Sigiriya area. This is the ancient rock castle and a major tourist attraction but it’s not to be missed. We will visit another forest monastery (not used) in the evening and watch the sunset and look over to Sigirya and then in the morning first thing climb to the top of Sigirya (before the tourists) and have breakfast and a yoga practice; That afternoon and evening there is an amazing ayurvedic place for massage and treatments, again not to be missed; There is also an opportunity to see elephants here; Two days in River accommodation at the base of the Knuckles ranges. The accommodation here is very simple but beautiful; A trip to the waterfall and a walk in the National Park; Of course yoga and local food and friends around the fire; One night in Kandy to go and see The Temple of the Tooth; More massage and viist a buddhist bookshop - they have great books; The trip from the Knuckles ranges to Kandy is beautiful so we will take our time along the way; One night in Ela in the hills; We will take the train trip Kandy to Ela. This was one of the highlights for me – stunning and considered one of the most beautiful train trips in the world;
Two nights at a beach, where relaxing will be high on the agenda….” “Indika and I want to give you a chance to see the sights of Sri Lanka, but also to take some time to really enjoy them and absorb the atmosphere. Some places are not tourist territory (the Forest Monastery), and some are - but shouldn't be missed so we will go at night when there is not a tourist to be seen and the atmosphere is totally different, very local. And being in a small group give us a chance to get around more easily. We will be hiring a small bus for transport.” All costs of travel, accommodation – twin share, including breakfasts, and entrance fees, two massages, twice daily yoga and an experienced guide are included in your Yoga Teacher Training Package. This is a unique opportunity to experience the best of Sri Lanka, whilst at the same time exploring your yoga and cementing your daily practice. And our local tour guide? “Indika is lovely! I met him the first time as the tour guide and have visited twice more to see Sri Lanka with him as a friend. He is Buddhist (not religious) through and through and is very calm and relaxed and happy, frustratingly so sometimes but I have learnt to relax and trust him as he always has it under control. If you want to experience local culture he is it to a 'T'. He learnt English only when he started university and it is perfect. He studied business/accountancy but left that started tour leading and has been working for Intrepid for two years - it is truly his calling. Intrepid recently brought him to Australia as he is one of their top tour leaders. He really is gifted ,and I would love to see him set up on his own there is so much potential in Sri Lanka right now.”
And more about our yoga?
Katie initially trained in Nepal and has been teaching full time ever since. She has completed her Yoga Therapy with Dr NC in 2015. Dr NC studied with Desikachar for more than 20 years and spent 10 years as the head of Yoga Therapy at KYM. She has also completed a Certifiacte IV as and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, and Level Five Thai Massage. Teaching in different studios around Brisbane, Kate classes are creative vinyasa, a refreshing mix of everything she has learned and experienced.