YOGA & AYURVEDA RETREAT:: BREATHING LIFE INTO YOUR LIFE

Sat 9th - Mon 18th April 2016
Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Beruwala, Sri Lanka

If you want to learn how to control your breath so you can truly be in charge of your thoughts, actions and the whole of your life, then join me for this transformative Yoga + Ayurveda retreat in the world renowned Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort in Sri Lanka in April 2016!

This is your chance to explore, balance and connect with your Prana or the life force energy and transform yourself from where you are now to where you want to be in your life!
 

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN ME?

• You feel stressed, tense or anxious and want to de-clutter your mind
• You want to detox your body, rejuvenate and boost your energy levels
• You want to unwind, relax and pamper yourself inside out
• You find yourself stuck in your life or feel overwhelmed
 • You want to develop a strong body and flexible mind
• You wish to re-connect with your true nature and soothe your soul
• You're stuck in the past or worry about the future too much
    • You don't feel aligned with your dreams and desires
    • You fear you're hiding yourself or can't access your potential
• You wish to receive a personalised support and guidance


...and did I mention you will experience daily yoga sessions, bespoke daily Ayurvedic treatments and delicious healthy meals while soaking in the sun overlooking the ocean?
 

My sister and I decided to go on the yoga retreat with Michaela after I attended some of her classes in London. As it was our first retreat we were unsure what to expect but it exceeded all our expectations. We were beginners to yoga and the retreat was a great way to immerse yourself in the yoga way of life for a weekend. We truly felt rested, rejuvenated and energised by the yoga, Ayurvedic treatment and beautiful setting of Tilton House. The group was diverse and interesting and we learnt a lot from each other throughout the weekend. Michaela is a fantastic yoga teacher who brought together a great weekend programme and lots of fun along the way. I would not hesitate to book another weekend with her some time soon.
— Miranda Searle

THE RETREAT
 

Set in the world renowned Ayurvedic resort with a direct beach access, this 9 nights retreat is designed to inspire, transform and enhance your wellbeing through the combined science of Yoga & Ayurveda, two of the most effective and practical self-healing methods to reduce the effects of stress on your body + mind and to bring balance into your busy lifestyle so you can feel healthy, happy and live the life of your dreams.

We will explore the relationship between Yoga & Ayurveda and how the union between both sciences, their origin, principles and goals can help you breathe life into your life using prana or the life force energy that can transform your existence from the physical to the deepest spiritual level of your being.

Drawing from the authentic yoga tradition and philosophy, Ayurvedic principles and energetic healing systems, you can expect a fusion of breathing exercises (pranayama) combined with simple yet challenging yoga poses, meditation, mindfulness and visualisation techniques.

This retreat is designed to help you release tension, fears and blockages throughout your body and mind in order to create more space to live, love, dream, create, grow, share, give and connect with yourself and will cover the following key areas:

 

• Life force energy attunement
Learn the basic principles of breathing (pranayama), how to breathe correctly and control your breath to balance your energies, cleanse your nervous system and ignite your inner glow.

• Breathing life into your life
Discover two simple steps to help release tension and discomfort as we explore the deeper relationship between your physical body and prana. Learn how to open up and create more spaciousness head to toes.

• Dare to live your dreams
Learn how to control your thoughts and actions to create more headspace, change your perception, live in the present moment and transform your life inside out.

 

We'll be focusing on self-observation of your physical, mental and spiritual body, giving you a chance to re-connect with the nature and yourself, energise and restore, increase vitality, relax your busy mind and nurture all senses. Whether you're a novice or a regular yoga practitioner, I promise you a fun life transforming experience so you can return home glowing on the outside and feeling fantastic on the inside! 

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

 

The retreat starts on Saturday 9th April at 5pm and ends on Monday 18th April at 12noon and features the following set of activities for you to enjoy:

• 9 nights accommodation at Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort

• 2 daily Prana Yoga & Meditation sessions with Michaela (morning + evening)

• Initial Ayurvedic consultation with physician and subsequent consultations

• 8 days of bespoke daily Ayurvedic treatments (2 hours per day)

• 4 scrumptious nutritious meals daily: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or fruit juice, dinner

• Daily free time to relax by the pool or on the beach and enjoy yourself

• Optional Ayurvedic lectures, food demonstrations or short excursions to local places of interest

• Transfer from/to Colombo Airport and Barberyn Reef Ayurvedic Resort in Beruwala

• FREE pair of Gandy's flip flops (see below for more details)

Please note: The rates don't include your flights, travel insurance and tips.

 
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OUR DAILY SCHEDULE WILL LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS...
 

6:30 - 8:00
Meditation + Energising Prana Yoga

8:00 - 9:30
Breakfast

9:30 - 13:00
Ayurvedic Treatments
(approximately 2 hours each day)
These will include herbal decoctions, herbal elixirs, head oil massage, face oil massage, synchronised massages, herbal or steam baths and other therapies depending on your medical needs. Free time after the treatments.

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch

14:00 - 17:30
Lectures, excursions, food demonstrations, private yoga session or "me" time
Depending on the day, you can participate in optional Ayurvedic lectures, food demonstrations or short excursions to local places of interest. These include visits to special gardens, boat trips to the unique riverine vegetation and excursions to temples. You can also use this time for relaxation, a walk on the beach, relaxing by the swimming pool, enjoying an afternoon tea or book your private yoga session with Michaela.

17:30 - 19:00
Restorative Prana Yoga + Meditation

19:00 - 20:00
Dinner

20:00 - 21:00
Free time
Depending on the day, you can watch a film, meditate, read or just relax.

 
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HAPPY CLIENTS

The retreat at Tilton house was a magical experience. Being a novice to both yoga and Ayurveda, I was unsure of what to expect, and this retreat definitely met all my expectations and more. It is amazing how you ‘can get away from it all’ in such a short distance from London. We managed to fit in so much over only 3 days and still I left the retreat feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. I am not sure what I enjoyed more- the Ayurvedic treatments which were tailored to me personally or the yoga classes which were tailored to the Ayurvedic dosha’s - the combination of the two is excellent and I left with my body and mind wanting more. I would highly recommend treating yourself to such a magical experience. Looking forward to the next one!
— Ryre Cornish
I just wanted to say what a fantastic yoga retreat weekend I had at Tilton House which you organised perfectly. The venue was just excellent, with very comfortable rooms and bedrooms in such a wonderful location near Lewes. It was perfect place for the retreat. There was just the right amount of yoga sessions and each session had great variety. I came away from the weekend totally revitalised. The whole weekend was brilliantly planned by you and the group you got together also really connected well and I know many of the others were delighted like me by it all. I highly recommend it to anyone thinking of doing it especially any guys who feel unsure as to what to expect. Very well done Michaela, I look forward to joining you again on another retreat weekend sometime soon.
— Simon Docherty
What a wonderful, restorative retreat! Thank you so much for all the thought and planning you put into it making it such a success. And what a great opportunity to explore yoga practice and learn something of Ayurveda too. Thoroughly enjoyed the classes, the treatment, the delicious food - and all of this in such beautiful, tranquil surroundings. The idea of joining another retreat with you is very appealing indeed!
— Angela Pasta

THE RESORT


Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort is set on a long strip of beach, with a reef running the length of the resort, forming a natural swimming lagoon. The resort has a casual and serene ambience and is set as close to nature as one can get. It has 75 rooms which are furnished with hand crafted wood made on site by their own team of carpenters. Rooms have mosquito nets, attached toilets with showers or bath tubs, natural ventilation as well as electric fans and a terrace or balcony. Each room is unique with its own character and identity depending on the location and the furnishing.

Founded in 1984, Barberyn Reef Ayurvedic Resort is one of the world’s first Ayurveda Health Centre established in a resort setting, dedicated to provide authentic Ayurveda to guests from overseas. It has been featured in numerous international publications and received pioneering status from the Government of Sri Lanka. Its Ayurveda Health Centre has a team of specially trained staff members from resident Ayurveda doctors, therapists, medicine makers to acupuncture specialists.

According to Ayurveda, the diet of an individual plays an important complementary role in the Ayurvedic treatment. The dining room reflects the mood of the resort and the best of fresh ingredients and leaf vegetables from the resort’s gardens go into the preparation of the meals. You'll quickly learn the advantage of Ayurvedic food as well as taste some of Sri Lanka's delicacies.

The resort's facilities include: Ayurveda health centre, Sea view dining room serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Reception, Swimming pool adjacent to the ocean, Conference facility, The arts and crafts shop, Jewelry shop, Beauty Salon, Reading room, Shrine room, Food demonstrations, Ayurveda lectures, Cultural evenings, WiFi Internet Service, Laundry, Tailor and Foreign currency exchange.

 

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION


Please note that after you submit your enquiry via my website, I will forward your details to Barberyn who will be handling your booking and payments.
You will be required to pay a 30% advance deposit to confirm the booking and the balance payment should be made on arrival at the very latest.

Standard Single: Euro 1,588 per person
Standard Double: Euro 1,507 per person

Classic Single: Euro 1,750
Classic Double: Euro 1,588

Duplex Single: Euro 1,993 per person (Only 1 left!)
Duplex Double: Euro 1,710 per person

Beach Front Single: Euro 1,993 per person (Only 1 left!)
Beach Front Double: Euro 1,710 per person

If you wish to book a private yoga session with Michaela during the retreat, please click here.

If you need to cancel your retreat, please note a cancellation charges apply as follows:

 More than 30 days - No deductions (Except Bank Charges)
 15 - 30 days prior to the arrival - 30% of the total cost with Ayurveda treatment cost for entire stay
7 - 15 days prior to the arrival - 50% of the total cost with Ayurveda treatment cost for entire stay
3 - 7 days prior to the arrival - 75% of the total cost with Ayurveda treatment cost for entire stay
3 days prior to the arrival or during you stay - 100% (full amount) for entire stay with Ayurveda treatment cost

The resort also reserves the right to change the above prices from time to time.

So now you probably have a good idea of what you want to get out of this retreat, but did you know that by participating in my Yoga + Ayurveda :: Breathing Life Into Your Life retreat in Sri Lanka you'll be also giving back?

I believe that helping and giving back is the essence of yoga and that's why I feel so strong about supporting non-profit initiatives and charities whenever I can. The story of Gandy's flip flops and their 'Orphans To Orphans' foundation has been on my radar for some time so when I started planning this Sri Lankan retreat I knew this was a perfect match. It's really simple, the investment you make in yourself by participating in this retreat will directly support and help transform lives of less fortunate children and families in Sri Lanka, the founders of Gandy's (Rob & Paul) original home before they were tragically orphaned at the ages of 15 and 17 in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.

You see, the free pair of Gandy's flip flops you receive as part of your booking goes a long way! When you book your space via my website and pay the deposit for the retreat, I'll send you a link to choose your Gandy's, your preferred style and size. It will then be delivered to your home within 30-60 days but definitely in time for the retreat so you can enjoy your new flip flops in Sri Lanka. 

If you haven't heard of Gandy's before, please visit their website and share your love at www.gandysflipflops.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 

WHEN DO I HAVE TO BE THERE?
The retreat will start with a welcome restorative session with Michaela at 5pm on Saturday 9th April 2016. Unless you decide to arrive the night before, please aim to arrive early afternoon so that you have time to unpack and relax before the session. The session will be followed by dinner.

WHAT IS THE CHECK-OUT TIME?
Our last session will be on Sunday 17th April 2016 in the evening and the check-out time is on Monday 18th April at 12 noon. Unless you are staying longer at the resort, please arrange your flights for Monday 18th April 2016.

IS THIS RETREAT SUITABLE FOR A COMPLETE YOGA OR AYURVEDA BEGINNER?
Absolutely, this retreat is designed to suit people of all levels. I tend to keep the group small to support each and every participant - their needs, condition and ability in a safe environment.

IS MY FLIGHT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
No, you are responsible for sorting out your own flights. When booking your flights, please make sure your arrival / departure fits the retreat schedule (see the check-in and check-out time above) and don't forget to inform Barberyn of your flight details in advance so they can arrange transportation to/from the airport for you.

HOW ABOUT THE AIRPORT TRANSFER?
Your transfer from/to Colombo Airport and Barberyn Reef Ayurvedic Resort in Beruwala is included and takes about 2-3 hours depending on traffic. Once you clear immigration and customs at the Colombo airport, you walk into an open area where there are counters operated by the banks and you can change your money there. As you walk out of this open area (still within the airport building) stop there and look around for the Barberyn driver with your name-board. The driver will accompany you out of the airport and will ask you to stay at the entrance to the airport while he goes and gets the vehicle from the car park. This may take about 5-10 minutes depending on the arriving traffic. If you cannot see the Barberyn driver at the greeting area, please wait for a moment, he won't be far away. In case you wish to call, the telephone number of the resort is: + 94 (034) 2276036 or + 94 (034) 2276134.  

DO I NEED VISA TO TRAVEL TO SRI LANKA?
Yes, you will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. Tourist visas are normally issued for a maximum period of 30 days and you can apply for a short stay visa online at www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa for $30.

DOES THE COST COVER MY TRAVEL INSURANCE?
No, it's your responsibility to purchase travel insurance before you travel. We highly recommend that everyone booking this retreat has a full travel insurance as we accept no responsibility for loss, theft or damage to persons or property during your stay or when you need to cancel your trip.

WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?
Not much as Barberyn provides yoga mats (unless you prefer your own), bath towels, shampoo, soap and beach towels. Hair dryers & bathrobes are also available on request. Other things I recommend to pack and bring with you include:
• 2 sets of yoga wear (think of layers to keep yourself comfortable whatever yoga style and temperature)
• Casual & comfortable clothes and footwear suitable for outdoor walks & relaxation for both hot sunny or rainy days (during the monsoon season)
• A pair of flip-flops or slippers
• Swimming costume and kaftan to wear by the pool/beach
• Meditation shawl or blanket
• Sunscreen, sunglasses and/or hat
• Eco-friendly water bottle
• Personal toiletries
• Your favourite book and camera
• Your favourite journal to note your intentions, progress, ideas and revelations
• Alarm clock (there will be early morning starts!)
• A plug adapter
• Anything that makes you feel at home
• Open and positive mind

IS THERE AN INTERNET CONNECTION AT BARBERYN?
Yes, although I would encourage you to totally switch off from the pressures of home/office whilst on the retreat and leave your laptop at home. However, if you need to use it there is a wireless internet access in the lobby area of the resort and internet cards can be purchased at the reception. The charges are as follows: 2 hours / Euro 2.00 or 4 hours / Euro 4.00.

DO I NEED ANY VACCINATION?
Please check with your GP before the trip what specific medical and vaccination requirements he/she advises with travel to Sri Lanka. Also during the retreat the Barberyn's Ayurvedic doctors will be on hand to answer your medical needs.

WHAT IF I HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS?
No problem, I'm happy to help so please send me an email at info@michaelaolexova.com