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Location: Talalla, Sri Lanka

The yoga retreats at Talalla are designed with you in mind. We are committed to making yoga accessible, fun, and safe for everyone. We welcome everyone from beginners to advanced practitioners to join us. We inspire, care, and create an atmosphere of discovery and possibility for all participants. All you’ll need is your deep breath!

accommodations

Located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Talalla is a serene and breathtaking bay that is the ideal setting for a Yoga Retreat. Each morning, a stunning sunrise welcomes you to this pristine paradise and gives way to the tropical sun. The quiet bay comes alive with the warm breeze, the sound of the ocean waves, and the incredible variety of wildlife. The facilities at Talalla Retreat are second to none. Well appointed rooms, excellent food, fresh juices, a large swimming pool, and the sprawling common areas are all yours to enjoy. We also have a very skilled team of massage therapists and a wide variety of indulgent spa treatments. Our yoga hall is equipped with everything you need including mats, blocks, straps, and bolsters.

food and dining

Nourish your body at Talalla’s signature restaurant, where only the finest local and seasonal produce is selected to foster the best in wellbeing. Locally sourced, seasonal produce. Gentle to the body, gentle to the environment.

Sip on a king coconut and enjoy the gentle sea breeze as you savour gourmet Talalla flavours in our stunning open-air restaurant pavilion. Vibrant tropical fruit, crisp seasonal fresh vegetables and fresh local seafood feature prominently in our traditional Sri Lankan delicacies and international favourites.

We are proud of our low mileage approach to food, sourcing local ingredients and produce from nearby markets and fishing villages. Much of the resorts herbs and spices are grown organically on the property, while other seasonal ingredients are sourced fresh daily from local markets and fishermen.

activities

Pristine Talalla Beach ~ Large swimming pool ~ National parks Udawalawe, Yala, Bundala etc. ~ Lace workshop ~ Whale and dolphin watching ~ Blow whole ~ Turtle sanctuary ~ Rock temple ~

Your retreat begins on Sunday afternoon with a one on one session with our teachers to introduce you the retreat program and to answer all your questions. A gentle evening yoga session will help you to recover from a day of traveling before you join other retreat participants for your welcome dinner. A beautiful welcome ceremony tunes you into the Talalla vibe. During the week you can enjoy daily classes on yoga, meditation, pranayama and workshops and a lot of delicious food and drinks. We also head out on excursion mid-week to explore more of Sri Lanka. The retreat ends on Saturday with a morning yoga practice and a tasty breakfast. Extend your stay for a few more days of relaxation at Talalla or continue your travels in Sri Lanka.

Sample Schedule:

7:30 am Vinyasa Yoga (90 min)

Vinyasa yoga is a practice in which a continuous sequence of postures and breathing are the primary forms. Vinyasa translates to ʻcorrect purposeful placement of movement and breathʼ and so this group class focuses on proper sequencing of movement to create a dynamic sense of flow, good form, and alignment. Variations will be given to accommodate practitioners of all levels.

12pm Daily Workshop (60-90 min)

4:00 pm Meditation and Guided Pranayama Exercises (45 min) Explore different techniques of meditation in our open air yoga hall or on the beach. Pranayama is the practice of controlling or regulating the breath in order to increase vitality and overall well-being. We explore a range of breathing exercises and learn the proper techniques used for breathing in poses, cleansing, energizing, and meditation. We also begin to cultivate the practice of seated meditation and self-reflection via some writing exercises.

5:00 pm Restorative Yoga / Yin Yoga (90 min) Restorative Yoga is a very gentle and quiet practice. We use props such as bolsters, blankets, and straps to support the body in the poses. Restorative yoga calms your nervous system and the long hold poses assist the body and the mind to deeply relax and renew. Yin Yoga focuses on the connected tissues such as ligaments, bones and joints of the body. Yin Yoga can be used in a passive and soft way as well as a more challenging way due to the long hold of the postures.

Massage Enjoy the relaxation with a complimentary one-hour full body massage by one of our resident massage therapists.

Travel Details

Pricing

  • $1,000 - 6 Nights Accommodation in Bungalow
  • $1,100 - 6 Nights Accommodation in Big House
  • $1,300 - 6 Nights Accommodation in Deluxe Villa
  • $1,400 - 6 Nights Accommodation in Bamboo Hut
  • $1,500 - 6 Nights Accommodation in Sea View Deluxe Villa

Check In

2:00 PM

Check Out

12:00 PM

Directions

Talalla is located on the southern tip of Sri Lanka near the city of Matara. It is well connected with public transport from all parts of Sri Lanka.

From the airport:

Van Pick-up (3.5 hours): With prior arrangement, we can pick you up upon your arrival at the airport 24 hours a day. Our driver will be ready with a sign reading your name – Talalla Retreat. We can fit up to 6 persons in the van. Fewer if you are carrying surfboards.

Taxi or Other Drivers (Average 4 Hours): Taxis are available at the airport. Some will be willing to take you to the south coast – others will hesitate. Make sure you say Matara/Gandara as a destination point so that they know where they are heading and ensure they know exactly where Talalla is. if you take a private driver from the transport stands in the arrival terminal, make sure that you bargain to ensure that you get the best deal. A reasonable price is US$ 120 (15000 RPS) one way.

Train (Average 7 Hours): Sri Lanka is well known for itʼs beautiful train rides through the local villages and coastal towns. This is one of the longer options and will involve a Tuk-Tuk or taxi ride to the closest station. But it would be well worth your time if you are after a bit of an adventure and would like to experience some of the local culture first hand.

Bus (Average 6-10 Hours) This option would suit people traveling on a budget, not for the faint hearted! The chaos on the roads of Sri Lanka can be a bit overwhelming at first but if you are into adventure then this can be a wild experience! There are buses that utilize the newly established highway from Colombo to Matara and a local bus can be taken form Matara to Talalla.

Cinnamon Air Sea Plane (1 Hour Flight) How fancy, right? Yes… Sea planes can be rented to fly from Colombo to a destination about 45 minutes from Talalla, Just make sure you have your camera with you because the Sri Lankan coast scenery will be mind blowing!

Terms and Conditions

WHAT’S INCLUDED

accommodations Sea and Garden View Deluxe Rooms, Bamboo Huts, Bungalows
yoga One morning and one evening class (90 min each), 3 x workshops, 5 x Meditations + one complimentary private yoga session
meals Full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
taxes All taxes included
gift bag Welcome bag + Tank
journal
workshops Led by our resident yoga teachers, these daily workshops will be an opportunity to explore other aspects of yoga that are not covered generally in regular yoga classes. Topics such as anatomy, yoga philosophy, meditation, developing a home practice and advanced postures will be covered.
group excursion One day a week, we take an excursion to either Safari, Galle or Rock Temple
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fitness classes