Soma Retreat

Shivaratri & The Inner Arts of Yoga for Regeneration
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10 Mar 21 - 14 Mar 21
4 nights / 5 days
COST

Rs. 60,000

1 person, 4 nights / 5 days
Rate is full board and includes Yoga tuition. Recommended stay is for full retreat, minimum stay is 2 nights. The nightly rate is Rs 15,000 /adult & Rs 2,500 /child aged 7 - 16 years. Treatments with Franco Rs 10,000 /session
  All accommodation is shared on a same gender basis
  Children under 7 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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Tara, Franco & Hania
invite you to a
Soma Retreat
in the beautiful setting of

Experience the healing pathways of the water deity, Soma, in the Enchanting setting of Ulpotha. Soma (meaning the Moon’s nectar in Sanskrit) is a celebration of water, balance and renewal.

Beginning on the eve of Maha Shivaratri, this transformative five day experience is the perfect place to honor the essence of your devotional practice.

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.

Tara, Hania & Franco are beyond excited to share their love of nature & nurture with you in a beautiful, artful one of a kind experience, it’s going to be beyond magical!

The Rs 15,000/night price includes full board accommodation and meals, plus yoga classes with Tara and Hania. Bodywork therapies with Franco (Rs 10,000/session) are to be booked in advance or arranged and paid directly on-site with Min and Franco.

Meet Your Team
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Tara Germani
Sattvic Sadhana ~ Yogic Arts & Luna studies for Rejuvenation

Tara underwent her formative Vinyasa Teacher Trainings 500RYT at Radiantly Alive Yoga School from 2012 in Ubud.

While incorporating the science of Ayurveda she discovered an approach to share the true essence of Yogic Arts with others.

With consistent curiosity she continues to enjoy self-directed study in a myriad of styles branching from the Krishnamacharya lineage of yoga, Vedic and Evolutionary Astrology, and traditional and contemporary forms of Ayurveda. Humbled to share the essence of her findings through the evolving journey of integrative practices she has entitled Sattvic Sadhana.

Sattvic Sadhana is an evolutionary form of Vinyasa yoga or movement meditation that draws momentum from the sister sciences of Yoga, Ayurveda and Astrology. The practice is slower-paced, dynamic, and meditative. ​

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Franco
You are the Sea ~ bodywork / massage

Trained in Esalen massage Franco spent the last 15 years developing his own bodywork program called YOU ARE THE SEA.

YAS is about embracing the organic and the fluid forces that live within us. Franco sees massage as a primal form of art, where the therapist intuitively tunes in to awaken the participant’s true voice. YAS philosophy sees the body as an intelligent being as a whole with the tools to regenerate and restore itself and that every being can access their own awareness via this truth.

The therapy treats the body through conscious deep tissue techniques, long integrative and gentle harmonic strokes along with rocking, stretches and acrobatic postures.

Sessions are 60 minutes at a rate of Rs 10,000 during this retreat.

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Hania
Musical Artist, humming & chanting

Sri Lankan born Hania Luthufi is a vocalist, music educator and a yoga practitioner. She spent five years in a music conservatory in Shantiniketan to pursue her Bachelors in Indian classical music and moved unto Calcutta for another five years to sit by the feet of her Guru Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharrya for a more immersive training. In her many years there Hania has developed a deeper understanding of sound and silence.

She has conducted voice workshops in Colombo, Calcutta, Geneva, Bologna, Istanbul, Izmir and Barcelona.

NADA YOGA
In this course Hania will facilitate congregational humming and share mantras that encourage expression, healing, and communication.

These mantras and gentle pranayamic practices will encourage us to use our voices with grace and freedom, in either speech or song.

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What's Included
Meals Included

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

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YOGA CLASSES

Price includes 2 classes per day

ACCOMMODATION

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

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ACTIVITIES

Use of bicycles and guided walks

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Your days at a glance
Arrival Day
11am onwards
Arrivals, exploring, swimming, softening, settling
1pm
Healing Ayurvedic Lunch served in the Ambalama
4pm
Opening circle, introduction to Yin Yoga, the lunar arts & healing invocations
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
You are the Sea healing & body work experiences with Franco begin (bookings essential)
7pm
Dinner & resting. All is well
Daily Schedule
7am
Sunrise humming & chanting on the day of Shivaratri with Hania
or
Gentle & exploratory morning of Vinyasa Sadhana with Tara
10am
Light Ayurvedic breakfast
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
You are the Sea healing & body work experience with Franco on-going
1pm
Healing Ayurvedic Lunch
2pm-4pm
Swimming, snoozing, softening
4pm
Exploring nature, Yin Yoga, Lunar Studies Meditation & the Inner yogic arts with Tara
Followed by
Moon bathing, star gazing, time in nature
7pm
Dinner & resting. All is well
Departure Day
7.30am
Final morning Special Vinyasa Sadhana with Tara
10am
Light Ayurvedic breakfast
11am – 1pm
You are the Sea healing & body work experience with Franco final session
1pm
Final nourishing lunch served in the Ambalama
2pm-4pm
Last swims & Parting rituals
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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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Reading

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

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Cooking

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

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Wildlife

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

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