While spending time in south Sri Lanka, we were fortunate to come across Weligama Surf Yoga Retreat. They run monthly week-long getaways in the Bandara Watte Villa, a beautiful colonial escape surrounded by many local animals including wild peacocks. Located in the jungle nearby Weligama, Sri Lanka, their adventures are equally focused on surfing and yoga, using experienced local surf guides and certified yoga instructors. They also feature a “give back” volunteering day where participants visit a local school, teaching the children yoga and donating school supplies.
Unlike a lot of the yoga camps in the area, Weligama Surf Yoga Retreat takes you surfing almost every day. Weligama Bay near the villa is the perfect spot for beginner surfers. For more experienced surfers there are many opportunities for close by beach and reef breaks in Unawatuna, Galle, Ahangama, Midigama, and Mirissa. We loved how they used only local surf instructors; the guys were super nice and helpful especially for the newbies.Weligama Surf Yoga Retreat also features a “give back” day when you get the opportunity to check out a local school and lead activities for some children. The kids really love it and it’s a great opportunity to see into the lives of little Sri Lankans. They have so much energy, and by the end of the hour all the adults are dripping sweat, the kids still running circles.
The morning and sunset yoga practice is at the Bandara Watte Villa. You listen to the sounds of the jungle while peacefully drifting into a meditative state. If you get lucky a peacock will show its feathers.
One of the highlights of the retreat was the food! The chef, Mahendra, creates local dishes with a twist of western fusion. The curries he makes are some of the best we’ve had, the spices deep and complex, but comforting and familiar at the same time.
Whether in Sri Lanka for a short time or a long trip, Weligama Surf Yoga Retreat is a great way to see and do a lot, without worrying about anything. The staff is top-notch and the venue is classic, you’ll quickly feel at home and not want to leave!