Reforestation Project

Reforestation Project

"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." Howard Zinn

In November 2019 we launched an exciting initiative to plant 10,000 mangrove trees within the Rekawa Nature Reserve by the end of 2021. This project will contribute to the fight against climate change, promote biodiversity and assist the 50 families who depend on the Rekawa Lagoon for a large part of their livelihood. After being granted approval by the Sri Lankan Forest and Coastal Conservation Departments, we began the regeneration of mangroves on four acres of empty land at the edge of the lagoon, across the water from the Sanctuary.

Mangroves are particularly effective when it comes to carbon off-setting because they absorb three times as much C02 from the atmosphere compared to most other trees. They also play a very important role in promoting biodiversity, offering an ideal habitat and food source for a wide variety of species, from shrimps and fish to water monitors and birds. Mangrove forest waters provide fishermen with a rich supply of fish and shellfish, generating income for them and their families.

This project is a collaboration with our local community. Rekawa villagers are paid to run tree nurseries, where the young mangroves can be prepared and looked after until they are ready to be planted. And after planting, local farmers look after the trees, helping them to reach maturity.

People come from all over the world to visit Sri Lanka and we have a responsibility to balance our carbon footprint. We hope our project will become a model to inspire other small businesses like ours to set up tree planting initiatives in their communities.

Testimonials

What a special place!! I had an unforgettable week at the sanctuary. Filled with relaxing treatments, friendly faces and the most nourishing food. Also loved the nearby rock pool and watching the turtles nest their eggs on the beach in the early mornings. Truly recommended!

Constanze Saemann

- February 2020

Overall was a great 2 weeks staying at Sen Wellness, where we reached the goals that were defined - clean the mind, loose weight and starting to get back in shape. We'll be back.

Rui & Claire

- December 2019

What an amazing experience. Everything was above and beyond- treatments, service, staff, hosts, doctors. I thoroughly enjoyed my 7 night stay in a private cabana with amazing meals. The excursions were great and everything flowed so well. I highly recommend if your just looking for a place to relax, if you have a health issue or stress to deal with. Thank you to Sen, I look forward to coming back again.

Madison Graham

- November 2019

Sen Wellness Sanctuary is a true oasis for wellness, relaxation, detox and a culinary heaven. We were pampered from check-in to check-out. The staff was always friendly, the treatments were amazing, the beds were so comfy and everything was very clean. The food was amazing: so tasty and fresh. I was looking forward to yoga on the beach or gong meditation daily as it was the best thing to start or end your day. I would recommend staying at least 7 - 10 days, since 5 days are waaaay to short. There is nothing that I didn't like about this place!

Mimi Harp

- December 2019

This was one of the most uplifting experiences of my life. Everyone was so kind and considerate, nothing was too much trouble. The team are so knowledgeable, catering for your own personal needs. The surroundings are idyllic and food great. I came away after a 12 day stayfeeling like a new woman, totally re-energised both physically and mentally. Just wonderful!!

Karen Lester

- January 2020

A stay in the Sanctuary was a wonderful experience in every respect (renewal for the body, mind and balance of emotions). For 10 days fantastic and professional people took care of us: Ayurveda treatments, delicious and healthy food, daily yoga and meditation. Fantastic yoga teachers (Kundalini, Yin and Vinyasa) and the wonderful Dr. Sam (bioenergy therapy, acupuncture). The area is ideal for retreatment (nature, peace and quiet). This is a place worth returning to - we will definitely be back next year, especially since we need to check how the mango trees planted by us on the lagoon grow

Paweł Bębenek

- November 2019