Golden Summer Retreat

10-day, 9-night Retreat

16th-25th August 2024

The Golden Summer Retreat is a 10-day wellness programme. The retreat has been designed for a group and we therefore ask that all guests stay for the full length of the programme. We also recommend guests arrive a day early if possible.

The programme will be held by Sen Wellness Founder, Sam Kankanamge, and one of our wonderful yoga teachers, and will include the following:

  • One-to-one consultation with our Resident Ayurvedic Doctor who will tailor a programme specifically to your body type (dosha)
  • Daily Ayurvedic treatments according to your unique constitution, on average three treatments a day totalling approximately 90 minutes
  • Daily sunrise and sunset yoga and/or meditation lasting up to 90 minutes
  • Opening ceremony to set an intention for the retreat
  • Transformative experiential workshops led by Sen Wellness Founder Sam Kankanamge and the team to support the post-pandemic consciousness shift
  • Fire & Cacao ceremonies, sacred chanting, and dancing
  • Group meditations and sound healing led by Buddhist Monk or Nun.
  • Acupuncture and osteopathy sessions with Sam Kankanamge
  • Personalised wellness mentoring with Sam Kankanamge to support your wellness journey
  • Closing ceremony to reflect on your personal wellness journey
  • Pre and post-retreat advice.
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“There is something magical about a tightly knit group of people working together and playing together, a feeling of being in the world together. We believe that even those of us who have not experienced the magic hear its distant music, feel its ancient call. Such a community can create the context and confidence for a transforming journey.”

Dr Sam Kankanamge Founder of Sen Wellness

About Signature Retreats

Designed to be in harmony with the natural flow of the seasons, our Signature Retreats are always a sacred experience. Hosted by Sen Wellness Founder and renowned healer, Dr Sam Kankanamge, the retreats include personal treatment sessions with him, as well as group ceremonies and rituals.

Gathering a group of special souls for a ten-day journey together, we believe that no group comes together by accident, there is always a deeper purpose and intention.

Some of the deepest healing can occur when we allow others to be a mirror of ourselves. The group naturally evolves during the retreat, strong connections are made and lasting friendships are formed.

Luxury All-Inclusive Accommodation

Eco Cabanas

Step onto your private balcony and lose yourself in the enchanting view of the lagoon, where the tranquil waters weave an ever-changing tapestry of colours as the day unfolds. Our spacious cabanas offer a choice of large king-size beds or twin beds, featuring premium comfort mattresses that promise a rejuvenating night’s sleep, cradling you in a cocoon of unparalleled relaxation.

Indulge in the elegance of our en-suite bathrooms, outfitted with contemporary fixtures and equipped with refreshing showers to wash away the cares of the day. In addition to providing a sanctuary of comfort, we prioritize your safety and security with lockable safes to store your valuables with complete peace of mind.

Stay cool and comfortable in the tropical climate with our efficient fan coolers, expertly designed to circulate a refreshing breeze throughout your personal paradise. We are committed to ensuring your well-being, providing daily-refreshed drinking water to keep you hydrated and invigorated.

Our attention to detail extends to the provision of mosquito nets, ensuring a restful and undisturbed experience as you slumber in the tranquility of our luxurious cabana. At our exclusive retreat, every detail is meticulously curated to create an ambience of unparalleled indulgence and relaxation.

Luxury Beach Cabanas

Our two Luxury Beach Cabanas are the ultimate tier of Sanctuary accommodation. Designed by world-renowned architects, our Cabanas offer unparalleled seclusion and privacy. Immersed in natural beauty and sacred land, our Beach Cabanas cultivate the intelligence of nature.

Encompassed by lush greenery, the view of topaz waters dances through the coconut palmtrees. The transcendental landscape will awaken your senses on your private veranda, where you may also catch a glimpse of the mesmerizing sunrise & sunset. Elegant arched ceilings inspired by nature invite an air of great friendliness, while the hum of the ocean welcomes tranquility.

After a day of healing and exploration, the Cabanas provide ample space to refresh yourself. With intimate fixtures sourced from local craftsmen and women, every feature reflects nature’s wild beauty and healing qualities. Our Luxury Beach Cabanas cultivate the wisdom of nature and invite you to experience the animate natural world that has become a rarity in modern culture.

Testimonials

Excellent4.8Based on 169 reviews from Mithi T.Mithi T.1694508202 ★★★★★ Heaven on earth. A must-visit if you wish to disconnect and self-connect.Elaine L.Elaine L.1693770775 ★★★★★ The most nourishing, relaxing and healing week I have ever experienced in the most beautiful setting!! 7-day Ayurvedic and Yoga retreat left me feeling like a new person. I will definitely be returning.Jill L.Jill L.1693328040 ★★★★★ My two trips to the Sanctuary were equally special. Both were in January, one in 2016 and then again in 2020. It was a perfect way to start the year. The sheer beauty of this part of Sri Lanka is restorative in itself, but when coupled with the luxury and care of the Sanctuary, it becomes a deeply healing experience. I will go back again as soon as I can.Di S.Di S.1693132092 ★★★★★ I arrived exhausted and frazzled from a flight that had lost my bag in transit with the clothes I left London in and raging sinuses from the plane's insanely fierce aircon. Within days the sinus infection was healed with Ayurveda. This was the start of a 10 day healing journey that was pure magic. I stayed in an eco cabana - bed super comfy! - waking up to amazing birdsong. The nature here is lush (bring your mozzie spray!) , the complex open and airy, the food delicious (mainly veggie). Everyone on the team - from the Ayurvedic doctors and practitioners, the amazing manager, the chef and his crew, the yoga teachers to the boys who do the cleaning know what they're doing and radiate positive energy. Days are structured but the vibe is relaxed, open and easy. The Cacao ceremony was amazing. The Fire ceremony also. I'd go back in a heartbeat.Emma C.Emma C.1692720436 ★★★★★ I came to the sanctuary at a difficult time for me personally. I came home feeling mentally and physically restored. It was just the tonic for me.The sanctuary is set in a beautiful and peaceful location, a stone’s throw from the sea and never-ending empty beaches.I loved the daily yoga sessions - I had a brilliant teacher the week I was there - which has an open front so we often saw monkeys swinging by.But it were the Ayurvedic treatments and meals, made with fresh local produce, that were out of this world.The communal dining is such a great idea, particularly if you come on your own like I did. And the sanctuary is run by a fantastic and caring team who went out of their way to make my experience truly unforgettable.I really do hope to return again one day.Stephanie U.Stephanie U.1692379552 ★★★★★ Sen Wellness is really a Sanctuary where you can really connect back to you, your body and nature. The 10 days Spring Retreat was so fantastic, the breathing, moving and the food was always great. The location is far off from everything and you pretty much have the beach to yourself. All the animals like baby turtles, monkeys, squirrels, peacocks combined with nature was just magical. Also all the staff took great care of everyone induvidually. I will definitly be back!!Lara YLara Y1692369607 ★★★★★ My husband and I stayed at Sen Wellness Retreat for 11 days in February 2023. We highly recommend Sen Wellness. It is not a resort, it’s a true retreat. Our stay was an absolute dream come true. From the moment we passed through the gate, took our shoes off, and set our feet on the grounds, we found ourselves in a serene atmosphere that washed away all the stress and worries of everyday life. It was an absolute peaceful heaven with calming sounds of the ocean and nature. We stayed in eco-cabana. The blend of natural materials and elements with simple but modern amenities created a perfect balance between rustic charm and contemporary luxury. The room was daily cleaned and had everything we needed for our stay. After meeting with doctor on the first day, our Ayurvedic treatments were tailored to our individual needs, and they were the best part of the experience. Our yoga teacher Thilini was local and made our yoga sessions very meaningful, connecting our body and mind. We still do yoga with her over Zoom ever since we returned home. In a week, we had a new teacher Megan coming. She wasn’t local but she had an extensive knowledge about Ayurveda, local culture and she was great too. The people we had a pleasure of meeting during stay were from all over the world and truly exceptional. The best part was having all meals together around the table and having conversations. Every meal was a delightful journey of flavors and nourishment. The food had many varieties and left us both satisfied and intrigued to try more. Thilini explained to us each food ingredients and shared many stories and information about the local culture. She even took us to the beach late at night for stars gazing and listening to the sounds of the ocean. The staff was very caring, attentive, and tried to provide the best service. By the time we had to leave, we felt so much genuine care and felt like a part of a close-knit community. After returning home, I had a question about medicine for the doctor. Davia sent my question to Dr. Harnika and she replied to me. We left retreat feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, deeply relaxed, and with determination to change our lifestyle.Rahela R.Rahela R.1691383170 ★★★★★ My time at SEN Wellness Sanctuary for the Ayurvedic retreat was an incredibly relaxing experience. The immersion in pure nature, the sights and sounds of flora and fauna wildlife, and the rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatments made it a standout wellness sanctuary worldwide. Daily yoga and meditation sessions, as well as a meeting with a monk, added a spiritual dimension. The wholesome meals were a delight, and the romantic boat ride they arranged for our wedding anniversary was unforgettable. The staff's warmth and dedication created a peaceful, welcoming atmosphere that truly fostered a deep connection with nature. The private beach felt like a personal paradise, offering an exclusive bond with the ocean and sand. My stay at SEN Wellness Sanctuary was truly transformative.Ghurair S.Ghurair S.1691373696 ★★★★★ Our time at SEN Wellness Sanctuary was like discovering a whole new world during the Ayurvedic retreat. Every second felt like a soothing melody of relaxation and refreshment for both of us. Being surrounded by untouched nature was like a dream, with all sorts of plants and animals creating a calming atmosphere. The Ayurvedic treatments were like magic, making this place stand out as one of the best wellness spots globally.Each day, we got to do calming yoga and meditation. We even met a monk, which was pretty cool and added a special vibe to our days. The food was delicious and healthy, giving us energy and making us smile. The cherry on top was a romantic boat ride on our anniversary, showing how much they cared about our happiness.The staff was incredibly friendly and worked hard to make the place feel like a peaceful escape. It was like they understood how much we needed to connect with nature. The private beach felt like our own little paradise, where the waves and sand seemed to give us their full attention.And guess what? We're already planning our next visit to SEN Wellness Sanctuary. Our stay changed us in a big way. It felt like we were woven into a beautiful story that mixed nature's beauty, calming activities, and friendly vibes. This experience is something we'll always remember and it inspires us to bring more harmony and renewal into our lives.Kristine S.Kristine S.1691073416 ★★★★★ I was looking to fill my cup with good energy and that’s exactly what I got from Sen Wellness. Highlights for me were the delicious healthy food, the setting surrounded by nature and a protected nesting-turtle beach, the soothing Ayurvedic treatments and the daily yoga/ meditation sessions in peaceful settings or gentle dips in the seaside pool. The staff are superb, treating you like family in their lovely home. The cabanas were super comfortable and had everything I needed. Bring lots of insect repellent, camera storage for all the baby turtles you might witness, and a positive attitude and you’re golden. Worth the three-hour trip from Colombo!Shamail S.Shamail S.1691069614 ★★★★★ Amazing place! Location with the beach on one side, a lake on the other and dense green in between is spectacular. The inclusive meals, daily ayurvedic treatments, and highly attentive staff make this place extraordinary. Looking forward to going back.Nicole Z.Nicole Z.1689413531 ★★★★★ Perfect start in Sri Lanka! We had the chance to really calm down and relax at this stay. The food was amazing and delicious. At the first night we got surprised with an outdoor picnic. The treatments (massage, consultation, bath, ...) were a real pleasure. The staff does great work and behaved really nice and friendly. The yoga classes (by Shruti and Stefania) were extremely calming and diverse. All in all a really peasant stay!Asoka B.Asoka B.1687260715 ★★★★★ A peaceful sanctuary in a beautiful natural location. Warm, kind and generous staff. Delicious, healthy food; nourishing ayurvedic treatments, yoga and breathwork. Thank you so much!Jo S.Jo S.1687249611 ★★★★★ I visited the beautiful Sen Wellness with a friend several years ago. It was a life changing experience for both of us. An introduction to the power of Kundalini yoga delivered in the stunning setting by Eleanor. The Ayurvedic consultation and remedies and treatments throughout the week were incredible. The staff are wonderful and naturally take great care of your every need. The food is delicious and plentiful and all dietary requirements are fulfilled. Sri Lanka is a beautiful island full of wonders to discover. It was an unforgettable retreat that will hold a special place in my heart forever. Thank you to everybody. I really hope to return again one day.Sally J.Sally J.1687193596 ★★★★★ My first visit to Sen was a truly wonderful experience. I found it a wonderfully serene and tranquil place to be, and the yoga and daily massage treatments surpassed my expectations. The staff are so incredibly welcoming and warm, and it felt like nothing was too much trouble. The food was delicious and while I did not try the fasting/purge routine I know other people found it very cleansing and uplifting. I enjoyed my visit so much (I took my 20 year old daughter with me who loved it) I then encouraged my older daughter to visit at a time when she was feeling very stressed with work, and she returned feeling renewed and with a calmer outlook on life. I shall return again this year on my own and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a non judgemental and supportive environment to improve their yoga and meditation practice, to take a step out of the modern world and enjoy living and being in the most beautiful and peaceful location.js_loader

Highlights

Daily Rhythm at Sen Wellness Sanctuary

At our Sanctuary, we embrace the wisdom of Ayurveda, with our daily routine, known as “dinacharya” in Sanskrit, which translates to “being in harmony with the day.” This concept encourages attunement with the natural rhythms of the earth, moon, and sun.

Our Sanctuary’s structured routine supports your system in achieving balance and harmony by regulating your biological rhythms, metabolism, hormonal balance, and mood, thereby contributing to overall wellbeing and longevity. During your stay, you will acquire valuable self-care practices that can be integrated into your daily life for enhanced harmony and happiness.

Your day at the Sanctuary unfolds as follows:

  • As dawn breaks, a rejuvenating cup of herbal tea is delivered to your door, gently waking you up for the day ahead.
  • The morning yoga session from 06:00 – 07:30 is invigorating and revitalizing, establishing a positive foundation for the day.
  • Following yoga, guests often enjoy a refreshing swim* or a walk along the picturesque beach with its expansive views.
  • At 08:30, savor a revitalizing king coconut and a nutritious breakfast.
  • Between 09:30 – 13:00, engage in a personalized program of Ayurvedic treatments, relaxation, exploration, or simply taking the time to be present.
  • At 13:00, delight in a delicious, freshly prepared lunch.
  • From 14:00 – 17:00, indulge in additional Ayurvedic treatments and leisure activities. Our weekly schedule of optional activities includes lagoon boat rides, cooking demonstrations, Ayurvedic talks, and excursions to a local market and a Buddhist temple with stunning views.
  • The evening yoga session from 17:00 – 18:30 features gentler movement, providing opportunities for deeper meditation, mantra chanting, and extended relaxation, often accompanied by the healing vibrations of the gong. As dusk settles over the yoga shala, fireflies illuminate the night sky, marking the end of another beautiful day.
  • At 19:00, enjoy a fresh, light, and delectable dinner served around a communal table, fostering conversation and the sharing of experiences among guests.
  • At 20:00, begin preparing for a restorative night’s sleep by retiring to bed early, allowing for complete physical and mental restoration. 

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