Our Environmental and Community Commitments
We are an eco-conscious retreat centre and a key part of our ethos is to make a positive contribution to our environment and local communities, now and for generations to come.
Being immersed in nature is a powerful healer and helps restore our natural rhythms and cycles. Just as everything we see around us is comprised of the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether, so too are we - we are not separate from nature. In order to experience harmony within, we must live in harmony with our environment.
Since 2012 we have worked closely with independent environmental consultants to seek expert advice on how best to operate in harmony with our natural surroundings and to ensure that the sustainability initiatives we create are relevant, responsible and have a long-term, beneficial impact.
We hope to inspire guests to engage with our projects, creating connections between those visiting from afar and those living in the local area, remembering our shared humanity through shared experiences and leaving a positive imprint behind.
As guardians of the very special habitat of the Sanctuary and surrounding areas, we are committed to protecting its flora and fauna, now and for generations to come. This is central to our concept, from the eco-conscious architecture designed with sensitivity and respect towards the natural environment and wildlife, to our efforts in growing and sourcing food locally, and the conservation and educational projects we have initiated.
A key part of our vision is to support the local communities of Rekawa and Tangalle by ensuring they benefit from our retreat centre and guests visiting, economically and otherwise. 80% of our full-time staff are from the surrounding areas, and they are often the main breadwinners in their families. We provide training and employment for them to stay within their community and have a livelihood there. 60% of our staff are women and we actively encourage women to take on leadership roles within our business, for example our Resident Ayurvedic Doctor, House Manager and Assistant House Manager. We also work with local artisans, farmers, labourers and drivers and aim to source supplies locally wherever possible, stimulating growth in the communities surrounding the Sanctuary.