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Nourish You Retreat, Sri Lanka

  • 12-23 Sep 2020

**2020 retreat is fully booked. Thank you!**

Discover the magic of Sri Lanka with its extraordinary culture, people, food and wilderness...

Join me (Becs) for an unforgettable 10-day experience set in Arugam Bay on Sri Lanka’s East Coast.

This isn’t a yoga retreat.It’s a lifestyle retreat.

Relax and unwind with a small group of like-minded women. Swim or surf in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Venture into the jungle and dine under the stars. Experience wildlife in its natural habitat.

An entire experience involving nature, yoga, meditation, Ayurveda (yoga’s sister science), incredible food, sun, sea, surf, adventures, good times, good people and local village life. With sunrise yoga, meditation and yoga nidra (guided relaxation) on offer daily. You can always decide if you want to join or if you want to skip a session to relax for the day.

There is Ayurvedic massage, Sri Lankan food, Sri Lankan cooking classes, temple walks and more. Or simply take time out for you to rest, relax and restore. Everything is optional so you get to move at a pace that works for you.

During this retreat, we will also focus on fundamental principles of Ayurveda, getting to know your body type and the lifestyle practices to maintain vitality and health throughout the changing seasons and stages of life.

Nourish You Retreat offers the perfect mix of fun, friendship, adventure and mental relaxation over 10 blissful days.

Plus; for an additional cost there is the option to extend your trip with a personalised itinerary to explore more of Sri Lanka. Thanks to Mondo Travel .

** Limited opportunities.

What's included

  • Airport transfers to/from airport accommodation
  • Land transport to/from Arugam Bay on Sri Lanka’s East Coast
  • 11 x nights accommodation
  • 11 x breakfasts, 10 x lunches, 7 x dinners – all healthy and delicious meals made fresh and local daily (3 free evenings to explore)
  • Daily yoga, pranayama (breath practices), meditation and yoga nidra (guided relaxation) with Becs
  • 3 x excursions (Jungle BBQ, Kudumbigala Temple walk, Sustainable Waste tour and workshop)
  • 1 x Ayurvedic Massage
  • Sri Lankan cooking class
  • Tea tasting (couldn’t really visit Sri Lanka without a full tea tasting)
  • Carefully curated gift bag of local treats and a few surprises
  • Help in arranging day trips
  • Fresh fruit daily
  • Filtered drinking water
  • Detailed yoga retreat packing list and pre-arrival checklist
  • Pre-retreat support

What's not included:

  • Flights to/from Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo. Contact Becs to discuss flight options once your booking has been confirmed
  • Travel Insurance – you must arrange your own BEFORE traveling
  • Tourist Visa – purchase your ETA Sri Lankan Visa here . New Zealand along with many other countries pay ‘No Fee’). See fees to find out if you’re eligible for a ‘No Fee’ ETA Sri Lankan Visa
  • Meals on day of your arrival and departure (inbound/outbound flight times will vary so lunches/dinners are only provided on full days in Sri Lanka – meals are available at airport accommodation at your request and are reasonably priced)
  • 3 x Dinners (you’re welcome to join me for dinner at one of my favourite spots in Arugam Bay or explore any of the nearby beach eateries on your own)
  • Donations and tips – tips are given at your own free will to staff, drivers or tuk tuk drivers
  • Surf Lessons & boards (available for hire)
  • Yoga mats. Please bring your own
  • Alcoholic beverages (this is an alcohol-free retreat. You are welcome to drink offsite in one of Arugam Bay’s many eateries)
  • Extra activities – if you want to explore the region – or try out local yoga classes – there is a lot to visit and do on your own

I will be there to help and advise on places to go and eat, food can be cheap when you know where to go.

Wondering if this retreat is a good fit? Let’s chat! Register your interest to arrange a phone/Zoom/Messenger call with Becs. I’ll answer all of your questions and then some!

Investment:

  • Master Bedroom with King Bed & En Suite (** SOLD OUT**) Double Occupancy: NZD $2,500 per person This option is perfect for two friends, sisters, or mother/daughter duo; with a shared full, king bed
  • Twin Bedroom with En Suite (** SOLD OUT**) Twin share occupancy (only a limited number available): NZD $2,500 per person
  • Master Bedroom with King Bed & En Suite (** SOLD OUT**) Single Occupancy (only a limited number available): NZD $3,000
  • ** Traveling solo, but don’t want your own room? I’m happy to partner you up with a same-sex roommate.
  • Early Bird discount of NZD $100 for bookings made prior to 1 November 2019.
  • 10% discount off full price for annual Good Change members .
  • To confirm your space a refundable deposit of $500 is required (deposit becomes non-refundable after 31 March 2020).
  • The balance of monies is encouraged before 1 April 2020. Payment plans available upon request.
  • Flights, travel visa and insurance not included in the price

It is advisable to have at least six months validity on your passport after the final day of travel.

Once your booking is confirmed please contact Becs to discuss payment options and flights: +64 (0) 21 913 318 or becs@heartspace.co.nz

Basic schedule for retreat days:

Everything is optional so you get to move at a pace that works for you. You can always decide if you want to join or if you want to skip a session to relax for the day:

Yoga & Meditation class: 7:00am - 8:30am
Breakfast: 8:30am - 9:30am
Free time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Lunch & Free time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Yoga Nidra class: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Excursion / Free time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Dinner: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

This schedule will vary on travel days and tour/workshop days with either the morning class or Yoga Nidra available.

There will be plenty of free time to explore and have your Auyurvedic massage.

3 x excursions are included (Jungle BBQ, Kudumbigala Temple walk, Sustainable Waste tour and workshop)

1 x Sri Lankan cooking class is included (you get to cook your own dinner or you can opt to have this evening free to explore)

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka – Saturday 12 Sept and transfer to airport accommodation (organised for you). Approx 15 min drive.

1 Night at Airport accommodation.

1 Day of land travel to Arugam Bay on 13 Sept. Approx 8 hours including lunch en route.

9 Nights at Arugam Bay retreat.

1 Evening of land travel back to Airport accommodation on 22 Sept. Approx 8 hours including dinner en route.

1 Day of rest (poolside) on 23 Sept. OPTIONAL LOCAL TOURS: Negombo Fish Market, Dutch Canal Boat Ride, Negombo Lagoon Boat Trip (local tours not included in the retreat price).

Evening departure Wednesday 23 Sept; depart Bandaranaike International Airport and return home ♥

Important Travel Info, Cancellation Policy & Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is required for all international retreats with Heart Space. Many policies will help cover theft, travel delays and evacuation should you need it. It may also protect you in case of trip cancellation due to illness or death of a family member. If in doubt, call your travel insurance provider.

Sri Lanka Visa Requirements:

For New Zealand Passport Holders

  • ​It is advisable to have at least six months validity on your passport after the final day of travel.
  • You require an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) to allow you entry into Sri Lanka for 30 days
  • Purchase your ETA Sri Lankan Visa here . New Zealand along with many other countries pay ‘No Fee’). See fees to find out if you’re eligible for a ‘No Fee’ ETA Sri Lankan Visa
  • You will need to provide proof to immigration officials of a valid round-trip ticket into Sri Lanka
  • It’s best to give yourself plenty of time before you visit to apply for your ETA, but remember the ETA visa is only valid for 180 days from the date of application

If you’re traveling from another country please consult with your local embassy.

Cancellation policy:

  • The deposit amount of $500 is refundable until 31 March 2020 less any associated bank fees. After 31 March 2020 the deposit becomes non-refundable. However, if you can fill your space your deposit may be transferred to another individual.
  • The balance of monies is encouraged before 1 April 2020.
  • Cancellations cannot be refunded after 1 April 2020 without prior arrangement.
  • Cancellations prior to that will receive a 50% refund, less the deposit and bank fees.
  • If Heart Space must cancel the retreat due to illness, death, or extenuating circumstances 100% of money (minus bank fees) paid to Heart Space (Becs) will be refunded within 30 days of retreat cancellation. Heart Space is not responsible for guest’s costs and expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled trips.

Still wondering if this retreat is a good fit? Let’s chat! Register your interest to arrange a phone/Zoom/Messenger call with Becs. I’ll answer all of your questions and then some!

You can also read more about Me and what I teach here .

What people say

  • Adele Holmes

    Yoga Teacher

    “Learning and now embedding the principles studied through Good Change has not only seen me start to build some great habits, they are now becoming symbiotic to both my personal yoga practice and my yoga teaching – bringing to life the ayurvedic theory we touched on in teachers Training). Becs is a fabulous coach, and has built a beautiful community of humans at all stages of life who come together to learn.”

  • Bridget Scully

    “Good Change has been life changing, but as my tutor says when describing how to make change… ‘in the most underwhelming way’. This course has been a great tool for my belt and works in beautifully with my mission to live more sustainably in ALL that I do. Not just the garden, or the food but equally my energy levels and the daily grind kinda stuff.”

  • Colleen Robinson

    “I feel more alive now, I am not tired all the time, more aware of how what I do affects the way I feel. Having some decent sleep is fantastic, and I feel more focused, and am completing tasks and projects that I had been procrastinating about. I am more in control of my life now and feel like I am achieving more.”

  • Jenny Bain

    “Learning about my body, hearing and trying to understand is the best gift I can receive. Becs has given me tools to grow and learn that you’re never too old to shift into a more easeful way of living. Good Change is a journey into oneself and not intrusive just one foot in front of the other!”

  • Kaz Jones

    DoTerra Ambassador

    “Prior to Good Change I had a never ending list and decreasing fuel to accomplish it with. I have learnt to “stop”, “breathe” and look after my body with the correct fuel and when to incorporate good habits throughout my hectic day. The result is a more nourished mind, body & soul to get through my day more effectively.”

  • Kylla Petersen

    “The impact of Good Change has been so obvious on me that even my husband is now participating in many of the habits. Becs is a great coach and has so much knowledge to share – in an absolute trusted and empathetic way, stepping you through the course. The outcome for me has been a deeper understanding of the “why” and the “how” to live a more relaxed, healthier and content version of my life.”

  • Michele Franks

    Pilates Teacher

    “I came in wanting some positive changes with my skin inflammation & to improve my mental state as I had feelings of depression & plenty of negative chatter. I wanted a better work/life balance. Participating in the 12 week Good Change program 3 times has changed my life. I have learned habits that are part of my lifestyle that give me more calm & ease.”

  • Marie Solier

    Osteopath & Yoga Teacher

    “Becs is a passionate teacher dedicated to yoga, her personal practice, and her students. I attended her 6-week meditation course, during which Becs thoroughly delivered practical tools whilst keeping theory & philosophy accessible. Each class was workshop quality. Becs has a gift with words. If you are lucky to attend one of her Yoga Nidra, this will feel like a nurturing treat you gift yourself.”

  • Lassara Hall

    Shiatsu practitioner & Yoga Teacher

    “Rebecca’s classes offer the student three traditions of yoga – pranayama (breath), asana (movement) and meditation. This combination raises the class from another type or form of exercise to a holistic therapy, which incorporates the entire wellbeing of the student.”

  • Shirley Keown

    “An opportunity to try something a little different and challenging, in a totally safe environment. Keep an open mind – give things a go – surrounded by like minded people – with no expectations – its ok if it doesn’t happen or resonate for you – or you don’t understand – you have permission to seek clarity if not in the group – individually – its ok to ask – its learning about yourself and others.”

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