Best Yoga Retreats in Sri Lanka in 2024 - Top 10

If you’re looking for a paradise-like destination to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul, Sri Lanka is the place to be. With its stunning beaches, lush jungle, and Ayurvedic traditions, Sri Lanka has become a popular destination for yoga retreats. In 2023, there are numerous yoga retreats in Sri Lanka that offer daily yoga sessions, meditation, and wellness activities. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a beginner, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. From yoga and surf retreats in Weligama to Ayurvedic yoga holidays in Kandy or Galle, there’s a perfect retreat for everyone.

The best yoga retreats in Sri Lanka offer a variety of styles of yoga, including Vinyasa, Hatha yoga, and more. You can practice yoga in a serene shala in the middle of the jungle or on a stunning beach overlooking the ocean. There are yoga teachers from all over the world who will guide you through your next yoga session and help you deepen your practice. You can also combine your yoga practice with other activities such as surfing, trekking, or exploring the local culture.

Accommodation in Sri Lanka’s yoga retreats ranges from luxurious villas to eco-friendly plantation villas. You can wake up to the sound of monkeys playing in the trees or the waves crashing on the shore. With delicious Sri Lankan cuisine and Ayurvedic treatments, you’ll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

In this article, we tell you about the Yoga Retreat at Sen Wellness Sanctuary and how it compares with the other Yoga Retreats in Sri Lanka. 

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Why go on a Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka might be a small island, but what it has to offer is more than you can imagine. In the central province, you can visit the Lion’s Rock, an ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya, or the famous cave temples of Dambulla, a sacred pilgrimage site with five sanctuaries and Buddhist mural paintings that cover more than 2000 square metres; you can take a stroll in the sacred city of Anuradhapura marvelling at its ancient Buddhist temples and giant dome-shaped stupas or mingle with wildlife in Yala National Park which has the highest density of leopards in the world.

Immersing yourself on a yoga holiday for a few weeks is a temporary lifestyle change that can lead to permanent transformation in your body, mind and spirit. And if you choose to go on this healing journey in a country where you are surrounded by lush greenery, rich biodiversity, ancient Buddhist temples and swaying coconut palm trees, the shift can be even greater. This is Sri Lanka, an emerging pristine, off the beaten track and affordable Asian hotspot, a feast for all the senses with its rich cultural heritage, colonial architecture, and a wide array of classic dishes such as the egg hopper or Sri Lankan kottu roti, that you won’t find anywhere else.

According to Hindu mythology, Vishwakarma, the divine architect created a kingdom called Lanka, which is one of the earliest written references to the island of Sri Lanka in the Ramayana. The island of ’serendipity’ – Sarandīb as the ancient Persians and Arabs referred to it from the Sanskrit word Siṃhaladvīpah – is a year-round destination for surfers trying to ride the best waves in a tropical climate, and for people who want to practice yoga and meditation, or experience the ancient healing practices of Ayurveda.

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Gong Baths & Yoga Nidra at Sen Wellness Sanctuary

Sen Wellness – An Eco Yoga Retreat Center in Sri Lanka

Sen Wellness is an eco-conscious retreat centre that has been voted one of the top 20 yoga retreats in the world by The Times and has glowing reviews by publishers such as Taschen and Conde Nast.  The sanctuary’s sustainable, circular buildings nestle between a peaceful lagoon and a secluded beach in Rekawa Nature Reserve, home to a rich, tropical mangrove ecosystem with unique and diverse flora and fauna. The sanctuary offers luxury yoga retreats whilst providing a bespoke healing program for every guest, based on a holistic approach and Ayurvedic principles that not only help them regain balance in mind, body, and spirit but also empower them to reach their full potential that carries over into all aspects of their lives.  

Sen Wellness puts great emphasis on supporting all guests, empowering them and helping them reconnect with their authentic selves in a nurturing environment. After a thorough consultation with one of the best Ayurvedic doctors in Sri Lanka, a personalised support and health care program is developed for each guest that includes daily doses of herbal medicines, ayurvedic treatments, yoga and meditation classes – all tailored to their specific needs. The daily routine is structured in a way that helps guests be in sync with nature and regulate their biological rhythms, metabolism, hormonal balance, and mood.

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Eco-Conscious Accommodation

Sen Wellness Sanctuary has prioritized eco-conscious accommodation and works closely with independent environmental consultants to ensure their sustainability initiatives are relevant, responsible, and have a long-term, positive impact. Their sustainability policies aim to reduce their carbon footprint, conserve natural resources, and educate guests on the importance of environmental responsibility.

It operates with a strong belief in being in harmony with nature and takes its role as guardian of the Sanctuary’s habitat seriously. The reserve boasts a rich mangrove ecosystem, a peaceful lagoon, and a stunning, unspoiled beach where giant sea turtles come to nest. The sanctuary takes pride in its sustainability journey and has recently committed to expanding its efforts further. In October 2020, they made pledges to prioritize renewable energy, waste management, sustainable water use, sustainable food production, and reducing carbon emissions. They understand that being in harmony with the environment is crucial for well-being and aim to create an immersive experience that reflects this belief.

Guests are invited to experience Sen Wellness Sanctuary’s eco-conscious accommodation and immerse themselves in the healing power of nature. Their Green Manifesto outlines their current sustainability policies and pledges, which they continuously strive to improve and implement. As they continue to evolve, the sanctuary remains committed to protecting and preserving the natural beauty of the Sanctuary for generations to come.

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Yoga Retreat Schedule at Sen Wellness Sanctuary

The days can vary, but the day always begins with a cup of herbal tea before the early morning revitalising yoga session at 6 am. At 8.30 am guests can choose from a smorgasbord of healthy and nourishing dishes as part of an abundant breakfast with a refreshing king coconut. Between 9.30 am and 1 pm, and from 2 to 5 pm, guests have their bespoke Ayurvedic treatments and special programs they have requested. Guests also have free time during the day to explore and to experience the feeling of just ’being’ and connecting with nature and others around them. After an evening yoga class with meditation, mantra chanting and gong bath taught by either a Buddhist monk or one of the centre’s highly experienced and carefully selected yoga teachers, the day ends with a light but wholesome dinner around a communal table where guests can connect and share their experiences.

Sen Wellness is a unique, sustainable luxury paradise on a magical island with immense biodiversity that can help you reconnect with yourself, nature, and the people around you. In this healing and nurturing space, open all year round, the programs, treatments and yoga classes are designed to meet your individual needs and to help you regain balance in mind, body, and spirit, whilst developing the inner resources you can always rely on.

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Range of the Best Yoga Retreats in Sri Lanka for 2023

Sri Lanka offers a wide range of yoga, meditation, and wellness retreats at resorts with world-class facilities where you can also do surf courses or even yoga teacher training. Many of these centres incorporate detox programs and Ayurvedic treatments into their yoga retreat experience, but there is only one retreat centre in the southern province of this special country that offers a bespoke healing and treatment plan for each guest. Sen Wellness was founded on Ayurvedic principles and takes a holistic approach to healing, with world-class osteopathic treatments, daily yoga and meditation classes, sound journeys, and various other complementary healing practices. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just starting your yoga journey, there’s a perfect retreat for you in Sri Lanka. From beachfront retreats to jungle getaways, here are the 10 best yoga retreats Sri Lanka has to offer:

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Sen Wellness Sanctuary

This eco-conscious retreat centre nestled within the Rekawa Nature Reserve offers a variety of yoga classes, meditation sessions, and Ayurvedic treatments to help guests connect with nature and find inner peace. Voted one of the best yoga retreats in the world by The Times.

Talalla Wellness

Located on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, this beachfront retreat offers sunrise and sunset yoga sessions, mindfulness walks, and spa treatments for a holistic wellness experience.

Samadhi Centre

Set in the lush jungle of Kandy, this retreat offers meditation and yoga sessions, and Ayurvedic treatments to help guests rejuvenate and find balance amidst the serene surroundings.

Lanka Yoga

This surf and yoga retreat in Weligama offers a blend of dynamic and restorative yoga classes, sound healing sessions, and surf lessons for a holistic approach to wellness.

Villa de Zoysa

This boutique retreat in Ahangama offers bespoke yoga and meditation experiences tailored to each guest’s unique needs. In addition to yoga, guests can enjoy cooking classes, nature walks, and cultural excursions.

Welikande Estate

Located in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Knuckle Mountains, Welikande Estate is an eco-conscious and sustainable retreat center that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and Victoria Lake. Perched atop the mountain, this retreat center boasts acres of lush gardens, a yoga shala and meditation studio, a spa center, a swimming pool, and mountain view accommodations.

Soul & Surf Sri Lanka

This retreat centre in Ahangama offers a variety of yoga classes, mindfulness workshops, and surf lessons for a fun and inspiring wellness experience.

Jungle Tide

This eco-lodge and popular yoga retreat centre deep in the jungle of Sri Lanka offers daily yoga sessions, Ayurvedic treatments, and guided treks to help guests connect with nature and find inner peace.

Ulpotha

This rustic wellness retreat in Sri Lanka offers a unique yoga experience amidst a stunning natural setting. In addition to daily yoga sessions, guests can enjoy outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, and horseback riding.

Santani Wellness

Nestled in Sri Lanka’s central highlands, this luxurious retreat offers an array of yoga and meditation classes, sound baths, and personalized Ayurvedic treatments to help guests unwind and recharge.

Excellent4.7Based on 152 reviews from Rebecca T.Rebecca T.1719827339 ★★★★★ An experience that changed me forever!I can't even begin to thank Sen Wellness enough. I came to this retreat with the will to change, and it is here that I learned to inhale what's good for me, exhale all the toxins and past traumas, and let my body breathe and be free. Living in a nature reserve helped me reconnect with nature and overcome my fear of animals and insects. In this place, I found the link between my body and mind and reconnected on all levels.The treatments and medicines definitely aided in the healing process, and the food was nourishing for both the body and soul. The staff were phenomenal, and I can't thank them enough. Special thanks to Francis, who listened and took care of every detail, Irina, who made me fall in love with yoga, and all the professional therapists, especially Tini, whose smile brightened my day and whose positive energy boosted me into becoming a happier person.So much love for this place.RebeccaUte K.Ute K.1719287374 ★★★★★ My recent stay at the Sen Wellness Sanctuary in Sri Lanka was an extraordinary experience that exceeded all my expectations. From the moment I arrived, I was welcomed with warm smiles and exceptional service by the friendly staff, who went above and beyond to make my stay comfortable and memorable.The Sanctuary is nestled in a beautiful natural setting, with lush greenery and a stunning beach just a stone's throw away. Each morning, I woke up to the soothing sounds of nature, feeling completely rejuvenated and at peace.The cuisine at Sen Wellness Sanctuary was a highlight of my stay. The delicious local dishes, prepared with fresh, organic ingredients, were a true delight for the senses. Every meal was a culinary adventure, showcasing the rich flavors of Sri Lankan cuisine.The personalized Ayurveda treatments were simply outstanding. The expert practitioners took the time to understand my individual needs and tailored the treatments to promote healing and wellness. The therapies were not only incredibly relaxing but also highly effective, leaving me feeling revitalized and balanced.Adding to the holistic experience were the blissful meditation sessions and professional yoga classes. The meditation sessions provided a deep sense of tranquility, helping me to connect with my inner self and achieve a state of complete relaxation. The yoga sessions, led by a highly skilled instructor, were both invigorating and restorative, accommodating all levels of experience and enhancing my overall well-being.Overall, my time at Sen Wellness Sanctuary was a perfect blend of relaxation, natural beauty, and holistic healing. I highly recommend this sanctuary to anyone seeking a transformative and blissful retreat in Sri Lanka. I can't wait to return!Marylyn W.Marylyn W.1719227000 ★★★★★ I visited Sen Wellness for the spring awakening retreat in early April this year.The retreat was very rejuvenating and I got to meet amazing women who had joined the retreat.It is my second time to visit the Sanctuary and I can't begin to explain how peaceful, rejuvenating the surroundings are.The diet follows Ayurvedic principles, mainly vegan, and vegetarian lots of herbs and indigenous vegetables. Good for the digestive system. You can immediately feel the difference.The spa treatments are very good too, I specially enjoyed the herbal steam bath.A very special thank you for the manager Sanath. He was very quick to solve any problems issues that arose and always followed up to ensure that the guests were satisfied and happy.The staff in general are extremely polite, attentive and very kind. As a solo traveller, this Sanctuary will make you feel at home.Hope to be back soon.!Claire W.Claire W.1717427624 ★★★★★ I have just completed a 10 day retreat at Sen Wellness and having researched many options, I was drawn to this but it was way beyond my expectations, it was amazing. The yoga by Frances and the monk was incredible, the doctors were kind and helpful and all the staff could not have been more helpful. Special mention to treatments from Tanisha and the manager Sanath who got me out on the beach one evening to see the mother turtles. A dream come true in so many ways, left feeling refreshed,so much healthier in body and mind!! I would highly recommend to anyone who needs a reset.Michael BMichael B1717236953 ★★★★★ My stay at Sen Wellness was absolutely amazing all-round. Sen is a beautiful place, in the middle of nature with a serene atmosphere. I had a deeply relaxing,  inspiring and unforgettable stay at Sen.I stayed for three weeks in April/May 2024. The Yoga and meditation classes were great and even as a (complete) beginner, I felt very well supported. Also the therapeutic sessions were fantastic and effective. The food is delicious and rich in variety, which was very welcome for my longer stay.As I was traveling alone, I much enjoyed the close-knit group and personal feeling at Sen. Meals are enjoyed sitting together around a large communal table, allowing you to connect and meet.The staff is just fabulous - everyone, from the gardener, kitchen staff, to the therapists and managers (to mention just a few), really cares to make you feel well. Whenever you need something, they help you. Everyone greets you always with a smile.I would like to thank the whole Sen team for an amazing experience, and I am sure to be back here in the futurebritta B.britta B.1713871962 ★★★★★ I had a wonderful stay and participated in the Signature Retreat. The resort is located in a very beautiful nature reserve. There is a beautiful beach for long nice walks and you also can see turtles.Meditation and Yoga were very also so good as were the ayurvedic treatments. I love it.The Signature Retreat led by Sam is a great, inspiring journey in itself - I can highly recommend.The ayurvedic food was delicious and the staff is great.I hope to go soon again to this wonderful place.Mandy thanks to Sam and his team at Sen Wellness Sanctuary. BrittaKimberly St. O.Kimberly St. O.1712299536 ★★★★★ One of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had in my life. The 10-day retreat is the ultimate in relaxation. They feed you all your meals (delicious homegrown/homemade food), schedule yoga and daily spa treatments and hold special ceremonies throughout the week. The staff go above and beyond to make your experience deep, meaningful and heartfelt. The sanctuary is located in a jungle so be prepared to be immersed in wildlife! Monkeys, reptiles of all kinds, turtles on the beach, eagles/birds and more! I stumbled across this place researching Sri Lanka and it was truly meant to be. The faculties are stunning, comfortable and reasonably priced. Don’t miss an opportunity to come here!Melanie F.Melanie F.1711609773 ★★★★★ A wonderful stay! The staff was so incredible and thoughtful throughout. I left feeling very rejuvenated. Thank you !M U.M U.1710650939 ★★★★★ I had really nice experience at Sen Wellness for 8 nights. Here is in the middle of nature, we can feel that we are a part of nature and it is very natural to live with all kinds of animals and plants. I am now mentally and physically fit.What I really appreciated is food - healthy, everyday different menu, some vegetables that I have never seen… I felt that my feeling of taste transformed through my stay and skin condition and body condition became better.All people here is really kind and peaceful.Yoga teacher, Stefania, is a wonderful teacher, she is really knowledgeable and so kind to care all participants. I had enjoyed conversations with her at breakfast, lunch and dinner.Doctors, therapists are nice, I could ask questions and request whatever I feel comfortable.There are different types of rooms, I experienced the most luxury cabana and eco-cabana with Air Conditioning, too. Luxury cabana was awesome but I liked eco-cabana as well. It was an old facility but authentic, compact and I felt cozy. I was alone in the room so the space was enough for single use. If you wish to have luxury stay, I would recommend you to go for Luxury cabana.Everyone has different purpose and expectations. My purpose was feel nature, have simple life and feel appreciation of life. And it was fulfilled. Thank you so much for all Sen wellness team.sunil D.sunil D.1710516667 ★★★★★ Went to Sen Wellness with family for a retreat, it was a nice spiritual and healthy experience. Fantastic team who were friendly and did everything possible to make it us feel special, great doctors and therapists and of course the daily yoga and one on one interaction with Sam was icing on the cake. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a great mix of spirituality, yoga, treatment and healthy eating. Look forward to my next one at Sen Wellness.Jessica C.Jessica C.1709904229 ★★★★★ Sen Wellness is the perfect place to go to when you are exhausted by life and need a rest to get back to yourself and work through any difficulties you may be experiencing.There’s lovely yoga and meditation classes every day plus a set schedule which is a great way to structure your day of rest alongside tailored Ayurvedic treatments and healthy food.The place is for me perfect but it’s not like a 5 star hotel so if that’s what you are looking for it may be the wrong place for you.If you are lucky you’ll see some turtles as well.Samath and Francis are great managers and will make sure everything goes well.Kumail S.Kumail S.1709739998 ★★★★★ Beautiful experience, beyond my wildest expectations. Would recommend to anyone interested in Ayurveda and healingNeil W.Neil W.1709656423 ★★★★★ I was fortunate to lead a yoga retreat in early February of 2024. Everything was absolutely spectacular. Sen is a very special place with a beautiful energy that is perfect for retreat and healing.What really makes Sen so special are the people. Every single one of the staff members as well as the ayurveda doctors and all the managers were so kind and always trying to make each experience special. The entire team was led by Sanath and Frances and they were both absolutely wonderful. I can't possibly find enough kind words for both of them. Their leadership and warmth really allowed me to lead the retreat in the best way I could and they were always there for me whenever I needed. Thank you!helen W.helen W.1709279369 ★★★★★ Sen wellness is a perfect sanctuary. The Ayurvedic retreat was insane - I loved every minute of it . Thank youElly GElly G1708444914 ★★★★★ Came here for a yoga retreat with our teacher. This is the place to unwind, do yoga, relax and get Ayurvedic treatment. Ayurvedic drs and therapists are so helpful and friendly. Staff are so warm and helpful. Frances is the manager at Sen, a person with a beautiful soul who is very sensitive to our needs and intentions when visiting the sanctuary. Saneth (pardon my spelling) is a very dedicated and hardworking gentleman who made sure that our stay was a pleasant one. Highly recommend Sen Wellness Sanctuary 🙏🏽js_loader

The Final Word

In conclusion, Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise that offers some of the best yoga retreats in the world. With a range of yoga styles, daily yoga classes, meditation sessions, and Ayurvedic treatments, a yoga retreat in Sri Lanka is the perfect way to recharge and rejuvenate. The country’s rich culture, beautiful retreat centres, and authentic Sri Lankan food make it an ideal destination for a wellness retreat.

Whether you’re looking for a surf and yoga retreat, a wellness sanctuary, or an authentic Sri Lankan yoga retreat experience, Sri Lanka has it all. The retreats are open all year round, thanks to the tropical climate, and offer a variety of activities, including cooking classes and meditation classes.

Many of the best yoga retreats in Sri Lanka are set in the middle of the jungle, deep in the heart of Central Sri Lanka, where you can find the best waves and one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world, Yala National Park, home to one of the largest populations of leopards in the world. The Salty Pelican, one of the beautiful retreat centres, is a boutique hotel that offers a range of yoga styles, including Yin Yoga and is one of the best surf retreats on the south coast.

In 2023, Sri Lanka’s yoga retreats offer an authentic experience, with Ayurvedic doctors, Ayurveda treatments, and a range of yoga and meditation classes. Whether you’re looking for a surf camp, a yoga shala, or a retreat centre, you’ll find the best retreats in Sri Lanka.

So, if you’re looking to go on a yoga retreat, Sri Lanka is one of the top destinations to find the best yoga retreats. With its stunning scenery, rich culture, and top-notch retreats, Sri Lanka offers the ultimate yoga experience. Book your next retreat and discover the beauty of Sri Lanka and its many yoga retreats.