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Seva Retreat Sri Lanka

Travel the world - Find Inner Peace - Be of Service

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Introducing

Nil Manel Foundation and Let’s Imagine Non-Profit invite you to a healing and harmonizing getaway that combines yoga and service on a two-week retreat with Ayurveda treatments and meditation throughout the course of the retreat.  

Seva is selfless and devotional service. Seva makes your heart larger, more generous and full of universal love. Our yoga seva retreat connects you with an opportunity for adventure, exploring the culture Sri Lanka, practicing yoga and giving back with volunteer work.

In the lusciously green environment of Sri Lanka, you can easily let go and connect to your peaceful inner-self. Re-energize in a small circle of daily yoga and meditation practices. Treat your body to the organic, fresh fruits and vegetables, taste the exotic spices of Sri Lankan local cuisine, experience the fascinating flora and fauna on recharging yoga hikes to waterfalls, through tea plantations and on unforgettable service adventures with rescued elephants and sea turtles.

Service Opportunties

Projects include helping care for turtles at the sea turtle hatchery, assisting locals with essential care for rescued elephants, helping plant mangrove trees and socializing and helping prepare food for local dogs. December is hatching season, so if we are lucky you can even experience the special opportunity of witnessing baby sea turtles head towards the ocean. Get excited about 10 enjoyable days for your body, mind & soul!

Highlights

  • 10 nights accommodation

  • Morning yoga class (variety of styles)

  • Evening yoga class (slow flow, restorative and yin)

  • Intensive workshops (arm balance/inversion/back bending & heart opening/partner yoga)

  • King coconut after yoga

  • Tea/fresh juices, snacks in between breakfast and dinner

  • Free breakfast and dinner daily

  • Beautiful beach nearby

  • Private pool

  • Guided walk to the temple

  • Stand Up Paddle boarding on the lake

  • 3 relaxing ayurveda massage sessions

  • Local Adventures to the elephant sanctuary & turtle sanctuary

  • Transportation for all excursions

  • Waterfall excursion

  • Sunset Beach Yoga

  • Witness hatching of baby sea turtles (not guaranteed, but we are anticipating this since it is hatching season)

  • Learn about and help plant mangrove trees

  • Help prepare meals and play with local dogs

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare

  • Traveler’s insurance (recommended)

  • Cost of tourist visa on arrival

  • Lunches 

  • Cost of airport tax upon departure (often included in price of plane ticket)

  • Airport pickup (transport can be arranged at cost of taxi only)

  • Airport drop-off 

  • Independent ground transportation (motorbike, scooter, bicycle, rental)
    Personal photoshoots with retreat photographer (this can be arranged directly with photographer at their rates)

  • Additional activities, lessons, tours, excursions to those listed above

  • Personal shopping expenses/souvenirs

  • Vaccinations, additional preventative medical needs

  • Soda, juices, or alcoholic drinks

DISCLAIMERS:

  • Valid passport is required for this retreat

  • All deposits are non-refundable

  • You must pay the retreat balance in total 45 days prior to retreat start date, otherwise your booking will be cancelled and your space filled

  • If you do not specify who your roommate is, you will share with any guest (if you select shared accommodation)

  • You must sign and return liability waiver and retreat contract before the first day of the retreat


Things to note:

-VALID PASSPORT REQUIRED (6 month minimum before expiry date, and two blank pages required)
-Notify your bank of travel to avoid credit card complications
-Travel insurance is highly recommended
-Check in with your travel doctor for any vaccinations or preventative measures that may serve you for this region

Travel Tips

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Meet Your Teachers

KIMBERLY LYNN

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Kimberly is a sunshine loving yogini from NJ. She has been teaching yoga since 2015. She began her journey in NJ where she completed her 200 HR training with a yoga alliance accredited school. She then taught for 2 years before traveling to Rishikesh, India to advance her studies and complete her 300 HR training at Anadi Yoga Centre. In her classes, Kim guides her students through mindful flows with a strong focus on foundation, breath and alignment. She encourages you to tune into your experience, draw intentionality into your practice and learn to recognize your strengths on and off your mat. In addition to teaching Vinyasa and Hatha classes, Kim is a Kids Yoga Teacher and the Founder of Let’s Imagine Inc., a registered non-profit dedicated to improving the well-being of youth and our planet by teaching youth practical skills for health and well-being.

MAGGY TORRES

Maggy is a 200HR certified instructor in Vinyasa (from Ra Yoga) and holds a 15hr training in Yin. She is also currently finishing her 300HR certification through Be the Change Yoga with a foundation in yoga therapy. Yoga arrived in 2013 and has never left Maggy's life. At first, she focused on a strong physical practice that brought much needed confidence and assurance, but she truly began to live the practice when the mindfulness and breath merged. The mental and spiritual benefits led her to take steps to begin to heal others and share the practice of yoga. Maggy teaches a variety of studio classes, including Vinyasa Flow, Meditation, Gentle/Restorative, and Yin. She loves the uniqueness in each students practice and will help you customize to your body and your breath. When Maggy is away from the studio she enjoys surfing, hiking, traveling, and working with kids. She currently volunteers teaching teens yoga for a non-profit in Southern California.