Panchakarma, which translates to ‘five actions’ in Sanskrit is an Ayurvedic cleansing and detoxification treatment programme designed to release toxins, restore the body’s natural healing capacities and release deep-rooted stress. Developed over 5,000 years ago, it is a treatment method that has stood the test of time.
Panchakarma comprises the following five treatments that work synergistically to eliminate toxins and balance the doshas to their natural equilibrium:
Although panchakarma is traditionally an intensive and demanding programme, our team at the Sen Wellness Sanctuary have developed a modified version that is suitable for the modern lifestyle, based on decades of experience working with Western constitutions. Our focus is on non-invasive methods which integrate well with other treatment modalities. Whether you are in good health or have a specific condition that you wish to address, panchakarma treatment can serve as both a preventative and curative measure, to bring vitality and wellbeing.
Find out more in our latest blog: https://www.senwellnesssanctuary.com/panchakarma-in-sri-lanka-the-essential-ayurveda-therapy
Thank you to everyone who participated in our GIVEAWAY, we received an overwhelming number of inspiring entries. With gratitude, we congratulate Kaly Kaul, our winner of the 10-day bespoke retreat giveaway.
This giveaway is an opportunity to honour the selfless act and we were deeply inspired by the words shared about Kaly and her devotion to higher service. A Circuit Judge at the Ministry of Justice, Kali has dedicated her life to ensuring fairness to others and empowering disadvantaged communities to find their voice. She also founded the Judicial Support Network to support and safeguard Judges who are facing discrimination.
Here is the entry that resonated with us:
“I have known Kaly for over 25 years. During this time, Kaly has dedicated her whole life to promoting the ‘voice’ of the underdog. Kaly through her own childhood traumas and issues has empowered so many humans to have a voice and achieve success. Her journey through the legal system has seen her become one of the first female circuit judges of colour and the 4th Asian woman to be appointed a King’s counsel. Through her own challenges within this area, she became the founder of the judicial support network which has been a ‘whistleblower’ for justice for everyone ever since. Kaly is a true earth Angel who has tirelessly given to all throughout her life and I feel deserves to benefit from the retreat”.
Your story has profoundly moved us, and we hope it will inspire others to help people unconditionally.
The new year is a time to reflect on the year gone, set intentions and ponder all the possibilities that lie ahead. Discover a new beginning at the Sanctuary, where you can let go of what no longer serves you and rekindle your fire ✨
As we enter a new year, we invite you to join us at the Sanctuary for a detox retreat.
While our bodies naturally detoxify, the demands of modern-day living, the processed foods we consume, the chemicals we are exposed to and the sedentary lifestyles many of us lead can hinder our body’s natural ability to cleanse, leading to the build-up of toxins or ‘Ama’ in the body.
In alignment with the ancient healing of Ayurveda, at the Sanctuary we offer a detox programme including holistic and sustainable practices to rebalance the mind, body and spirit:
Daily yoga, meditation and breathwork to bring more conscious movement and breath into your day, and alter your stress response.
Wholesome foods, fresh juices and herbal medicines to support a healthy gut and clear the liver, as well as water and juice fasts to allow the digestive system to rest and focus its energy on healing.
Cleansing treatments, such as herbal oil enemas, nasal rinsing and medical purging, to eliminate toxins and balance the doshas to their natural equilibrium.
Following the natural rhythm of the day to restore a healthy sleep cycle and balance hormone levels.
… and a digital detox to calm the nervous system and bring focus to the present moment.
These are just a few of the many practices and treatments we offer at the Sanctuary to help restore energy levels, enhance mental clarity and improve overall well-being.
We wish you all a wonderful New Year and hope to welcome you to the Sanctuary ⭐️
Mandala, which means ‘circle’ in Sanskrit, is an ancient spiritual and ritual symbol that represents the universe, one of no beginning and no end. It is believed to guide individuals through the cosmic path of enlightenment, and has been used as an instrument of meditation and spiritual practice for thousands of years. Wisdom keepers of all traditions, from the Buddhist and Hindu traditions of the East, to the Maya and Aztec civilizations of Mesoamerica, have passed down the practice through word of mouth over generations.
Often created through painting, drawing, powdered sand, or floral arrangements, mandalas feature striking geometric and symmetrical patterns and vibrant colours.
At the Sanctuary, we create botanical mandalas that form the centrepiece of our sacred space. We gather as a community to honour the wisdom keepers and connect with the ancient symbols. This particular mandala contains the sacred symbol for the universe and ultimate reality, ’Om’ (pronounced ah-uu-mm), with flowers and petals radiating outwards to create a complete circle.
Rituals from various cultures and times weave the fabric of human consciousness, serving as a means to connect with ourselves, our community, our ancestors and the natural world. Integral to our evolution, for many thousands of years, our ancestors gathered around fires, seeking warmth, sharing food and uniting to dance, chant and meditate together. Whether commemorating the passing of loved ones, marking the changing seasons, or connecting to the divine, rituals are a portal to the collective human experience.
At the Sanctuary, we will be hosting a number of rituals throughout the festive period - an opportunity for our guests to come together, reflect and set intentions for the year ahead. Here are a few of our favourites:
Dehi kepima - An ancient Sri Lankan lime-cutting ritual of blessing, healing and cleansing, led by a local indigenous shaman.
Fire ceremony - the oldest of human rituals, associated with renewal, purification, and transformation.
Cacao ceremony - Rooted in ancient Mesoamerican traditions, a heart-opening ceremony to facilitate emotional release and connection.
A week has passed since we welcomed 14 remarkable guests to our Signature Autumn Sunshine Retreat. We are truly grateful to share in the unfolding journeys of each individual.
In a time when societal divisions abound and external distractions often lead us astray, the importance of fostering unity becomes ever more pronounced. We feel blessed to facilitate this sacred group experience and to witness individuals from diverse backgrounds and walks of life transcend boundaries, connect on a heart level and embark on a collective journey.
As we eagerly anticipate the upcoming Festive Retreat, now fully booked, we are excited to extend a warm welcome to 18 new guests who will be joining the Sen Wellness family 🌱
As we approach the festive season, we are inspired by the ancient traditions of giving. Committed to supporting and honouring those devoted to higher service, we are delighted to offer a special gift - a 10-day Bespoke Retreat Package for one remarkable person.
For this giveaway, we invite you to think about someone in your life who deserves a transformative reset. Is there one person that comes to mind? Someone who is always giving to others, someone who needs a break from the stress of everyday life and someone who can benefit from a deeply healing setting. This giveaway is an opportunity to extend kindness and honour your loved ones.
Giveaway details: - 10-day Bespoke Retreat Package at the Sen Wellness Sanctuary in Sri Lanka, valid for a retreat between mid-April and July 2024 - Accommodation + Full board in one of our Eco Cabanas - Transport to and from the airport - One excursion of your choice *Please note that air travel is not included in the package
To enter the giveaway: - Follow @senwellnesssanctuary - Like this post and tag 3 friends - Comment on this post sharing (1) Who you are nominating and (2) A thoughtful explanation of why you are nominating this person and why the Sanctuary would provide the transformative experience that they are seeking.
Once a week, we welcome the esteemed Buddhist Monk and Kundalini instructor, Nimal, to guide our meditation, gong healing and breathwork sessions. With over two decades of dedicated practice, Nimal has been a guiding presence at the Sanctuary, imparting Buddhist wisdom and local heritage to offer guests emotional and spiritual support.
We are very excited that Nimal will be leading this year’s Winter Revival Retreat alongside our senior yoga teacher, Tseyang. For those seeking a deeper immersion into meditation and mindfulness, this transformative 8-day wellness programme will include unique experiences such as forest bathing, sound healing, ancient lime-cutting rituals and ceremonies. Nimal will also be available for one-to-one support, guiding you on a spirited journey towards healing and re-energising.
A few spaces are still available for this retreat, follow the link in our bio to find out more.
Discover the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to find balance and relief for digestive problems.
IBS, also referred to as Grahani in Ayurveda is a digestive condition that results from a weakened Agni (digestive fire). This leads to undigested food and the build-up of Ama (toxins).
Rather than symptomatic treatment, Ayurveda approaches treatment on a whole being level to restore the balance of mind, body and spirit. While often characterised by its core symptoms, digestive discomfort and altered bowel habits, IBS is also closely related to emotional and psychological well-being.
Adapted to each patient’s dosha imbalances and the various triggers and symptoms of IBS they experience, the treatment protocol works through a combination of Panchakarma cleansing, herbal medicines, dietary changes and practices to calm the nervous system including yoga, meditation and nature connection.
Visit the link in our bio to read our latest blog and find out how Ayurveda can support IBS treatment.