Empowering Wellness Retreat

Yoga, Sound Healing, Nature & More…
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03 Mar 21 - 10 Mar 21
7 nights / 8 days

Rs. 84,000

1 person, 7 nights / 8 days
Recommended stay is for full retreat. Minimum stay is 2 nights at Rs 12,000 / night. Yoga is Rs 2,000 per session (pay onsite to Jacob)
  All accommodation is shared on a same gender basis
  Children under 15 come free of charge
  Refunds given on cancellation (due to Covid or otherwise)
  If you would like alternative dates, please contact us

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Jacob Handwerker
Joshua Reyna
invite you to an
Empowering Wellness Retreat
Yoga, Sound Healing, Nature & More...
in the beautiful setting of

Join us for an empowering, healing and transformational week in a stunning location. Ulpotha is the perfect place to spend seven nights immersed in nature, focusing on wellness and cultivating good habits to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.

During the week you will experience the power of Sacred Shamanic Sound Healing, connect with the earth, follow the daily rhythms of nature, maintain a consistent yoga practice and much more. We will share a Mysore Ashtanga practice with you but you do not need any experience and we can adapt the practice to all levels....don't worry.

Ulpotha is a self-sustaining agricultural community spanning 25 acres in the jungle heartland of Sri Lanka. When you arrive you can leave the digital world behind. Ulpotha is a living permaculture village and you will sleep in earthen huts and feel connected to the land. Much of the food is grown on-site and the whole atmosphere at Ulpotha is permeated with metta (loving-kindness).

We recommend you join for the full event to get the most from your stay but we understand that is not possible for everyone. Late arrival is possible and we request a two night minimum stay.

The morning starts with Noble Silence. We invite you to wake up and begin listening to Nature. At 7:30 we will gather for the morning class. This will begin with meditation and pranayama, followed by an asana practice.

Three afternoons we will offer a workshop to explore the yoga practice more deeply. Additional offerings could include Partner Yoga, AcroYoga, guided Thai massage trades and it all depends on people's interest.

Multiple Sound Healing sessions will also occur during the event.

You are free to join all the classes or also take time for yourself. This is your retreat and we want to support you to take care of yourself.

Meet Your Team
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Jacob Handwerker
Ashtanga Yoga, AcroYoga & Vipassana Meditation

Jacob has always been a mover and explorer. Challenging his physical body and spending time in the wilderness was how he used to find peace of mind and happiness. Eventually he discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vipassana meditation which turned his attention inward. He still loves the wild but finds these practices sustainable for the rest of his life – they showed him how to experience the same peace and harmony anytime.

He had been practicing yoga since the age of five when in 2005 he first tried “Mysore” Ashtanga Yoga and it clicked immediately.

Since 2007, his primary Ashtanga teacher is Kathy Cooper (who began practicing in 1976) with whom he has spent many winters at Ashtanga Lanka in Sri Lanka.

He then attended Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor’s one month Teacher Intensive. They are creative, insightful, and their knowledge and explanation of the Ashtanga method and it’s subtle aspects is profound.

Jacob has also studied in Mysore, India multiple times. On one trip he spent an entire month studying “Yoga Mudras” with B.N.S. Iyengar one on one. The Mudras he learned combine a specific asana with a certain pranayama technique.

He's also a certified Level 2 Immersion teacher with AcroYoga International.

Ashtanga Yoga is a moving and breathing meditation while Vipassana meditation is a seated practice. Together they are like two wings of a bird; when both are nourished power, grace and compassion can be developed.

To learn more about Jacob, visit www.ashtangalanka.com and follow @ashtangalanka on Instagram.

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Joshua Reyna
Shamanic Sound Healing Journey

Enter into deep relaxation and connect with your higher self through pure healing vibrations. Release fear and come into balance. Sound healing can help detoxify the body, mind, and emotions.

A session includes breath work at the beginning, integration at the end, and healing frequencies with a mix of meditative instruments including Singing bowls, Tibetan bell, Rattles, Native American flute, Shamanic voice, Hang drum & more...

Learn more at nahuayoga.com and by following Joshua on Instagram @rajayogui

What's Included
Meals Included

3 tasty vegetarian meals per day plus juices, snacks and teas


Rs 2,000 / session (pay on site to Jacob)


Our beautifully crafted huts are fitted with very comfortable beds for optimum sleep and recovery


Use of bicycles and guided walks

Retreat Schedule
Arrival Day
Check-in from 2 pm
Opening Ceremony 5 pm
Dinner 7 pm
Daily Schedule
7:30 am to 10 am Morning Meditation, Pranayama, and Asana practice
10 am Coconut, fruits, and light breakfast
1 pm Lunch
4 pm on three afternoons we will offer a workshop/clinic to help you deepen your understanding of Yoga.
7 pm Dinner
One morning during the week there will be no 7:30 am class. You can rest or join us for a sunrise hike up Uncle Willy’s rock. In the afternoon we will offer a special event.
Departure Day
7:30 am to 10 am Morning Meditation, Pranayama and Asana practice
10 am Coconut, fruits, and light breakfast
1 pm Lunch
Depart Ulpotha by 5 pm
Sound Healing:
We will schedule two sessions during the week. One will occur in an ancient cave that was used by monks for centuries
Depending on the group's interest we can offer additional classes of Yin Yoga, AcroYoga, Handstands & Inversions, Core Conditioning and much more
Things To Do
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Ayurveda Treatments

Book a traditional Ayurveda detox package in our Ayurveda treatment center (supplementary fee)

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Walking & Cycling

Cycle around to the local villages and nearby lakes, and take guided walks to the hilltop temple or Uncle Willie's rock

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Swimming & Rafting

Swim in the silky smooth waters of the Ulpotha lake, or take our raft or canoe through the backwaters for the best birdwatching spots

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Relax in a swing bed with a book from our well-stocked library

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Visit our kitchen and kitchen garden and brush up on your cooking skills with our friendly cooks

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Stroll round Ulpotha's large grounds with your camera or binoculars to catch surprising wildlife

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Meet the Villagers

Chat with one of our lovely villagers and learn more about their relaxed and unhurried lifestyle

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Visit the tailor

Order a custom-made cool cotton shirt or pants from our tailor, or design your own outfits