Rukgala was conceived from a passion and enthusiasm for this very beautiful and still pretty unknown part of Sri Lanka. Out of a crumbly, empty old house they team fashioned something they hope will make an ideal sanctuary, both for those wanting extended retreat space and those just seeking a shorter escape in the hills.
The goal has been to offer spaces where people can enjoy time together, experience a very honest and open side of Sri Lanka, and from which they can take something not so often found in the tourist guides.
While the focus has been to create something ideal for retreat leaders of all sorts, Rukgala are equally keen to welcome guests traveling independently; those that will appreciate really great, healthy Sri Lankan food...active, occasionally even adventurous, days...and a uniquely restorative spot.
This part of Sri Lanka is naturally beautiful and has a variety of rich and warm cultures it plays host to. Rukgala sits wonderfully close to lesser-known temples, lush green tea estates, the untouched mountains of The Knuckles and secluded villages that dot the shores of the Victoria Lake.
These surrounds make for a wonderfully mixed, and, dare we say it, authentically Sri Lankan experience during your time with here. Try catamaran-fishing on the lake; hiking to the caves of the Bambaragala Temple; and plunge under waterfalls on tea estates in the foothills of the Knuckles.
Through the lens of Ayurveda, reconnect with and celebrate your own true nature, while also inviting in plenty of time for rest, relaxation, nourishment and connection with your fellow travellers.
Each day of the retreat is designed around a theme to offer you the most healing and rich experience that a week as a whole can offer and so that each day is a delicious experience in it’s own right.
Each day you will learn about and integrate a different element, a different energetic experience and a different sensory experience.
This is tied into the movement classes, the meals, conversations and your explorations, embracing true embodiment of Ayurveda.
Enjoy a visit to a Tea Plantation, a hike in knuckles mountain, visit to Sigiriya Rock, an Elphant Safari, an Ayurveda cooking class and have left plenty of time for you to simply enjoy the beauty of the lake retreat, receive bodywork, or to go on your own adventure to visit an elephant sanctuary or hike.
This yoga retreat in Sri Lanka is a trip for all experience levels. Whether you’re a beginner yogi, experienced yogi or a beginner traveler or you’ve been around the world, you’ll have a beautiful and profound experience in the teardrop of India.
Included in your retreat is 6 nights accommodation, 3 delicious meals daily (except a couple lunches on the road), all yoga & Ayurveda classes (1-2 daily), Ayurveda Treatment, massage, visit to Tea Plantation & Knuckles Mountain Hike, view Sigiriya Rock & Elephant Safari, use of kayaks for the lake.