Sri Lankan Surf and Yoga Retreat

 
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Flying into Colombo via Singapore to put my head down for the night before tomorrow’s pick up to take me to the surf and yoga retreat. I was filled with excitement, curiosity and questions like “Will I actually conquer standing and surfing down a wave like so many people seem to effortlessly do’?

The retreat was a mix of things for me. Yes, learning to surf and practice yoga in an stunning overseas location such as Sri Lanka was hugely appealing as was meeting and connecting with the owner of Swellwomen , Lulu Agan. Lulu and I have had several discussions around partnering to bring Swellwomen retreats to Australia.

Having been to other health retreats in the past, I was keen to see what was on offer and I‘m pleased to report I was really impressed with all aspects of the week. It was relaxing, professionally run and serious fun.

Staying in a spacious, beautiful private home at Dickwella Provence, 3-4 hours south of Colombo, complete with chef and staff helped make the experience really special.  Every meal was prepared from fresh local produce, combining traditional recipes including herbs and spices to nourish our bodies especially after 3 hours of surfing each morning.

The local surf coaching staff were just delightful, patient and kind. After all they had 7 women to look after all with varying skill levels, including 2 novices!  We were transported by jeep each day to Hiriketiya Beach where there were a range of waves to suit.

We indulged in daily yoga classes, mostly yin style to provide balance and restoration to our tired bodies, expertly lead by a lovely bubbly lady named Katy Cox. Katy had excellent teaching skills and I welcomed her holistic approach to health and wellbeing.

There was time from away from surfing to lay around by the pool and read a book, receive relaxing massages or venture out on short excursions.  I chose to go on a half day safari to Udawalawa National Park - seeing happy elephants in a safe environment was a highlight for me as well as the stunning colours of peacocks up close. I even had a go at traditional Sri Lankan pole fishing and true to any previous fishing form, caught nothing!

As I was only in Sri Lanka for a week, I sadly didn’t have an opportunity to travel further around the country. Judging by the photos sent from a couple of the ladies who stayed on, it all looks wonderful.

Would I suggest travelling to Sri Lanka?  Yes!! without a doubt. Especially if you prefer a more unspoilt destination.

Would I suggest a Swellwomen Surf and Yoga Retreat? Yes!! most definitely, in fact, why not join us in Noosa QLD, March 2020.  Stay tuned for details coming soon!

 

Bye for now,

Chris.