Yoga Retreat

Come with us to the beautifull island of Sri Lanka this winter

Rukgala Retreat Center is located near Kandy and next to the Victoria Lake – The perfect place to get in touch with yourself, relax, heal and let go of everything unnecessary. It is by venturing through body, mind and spirit and discovering strength and righteous intuition within ourselves that we allow ourselves to master the art of “letting go”.

Jana and Stephane will guide you through this self-liberating journey, teaching not only on the yoga mat, but including the power of meditation, mantra and scriptures.

After daily morning Yoga classes, relax around the pool, get massage treatments or go on an excursion (every other day). In the afternoon we’ll gather for workshops, yin yoga and relaxation techniques.

DATE : Winter / Spring 2021

PRICE : From 1350 Euros


  • All Yoga classes and workshops
  • Daily meditation, pranayama + kirtan
  • Swimming pool access
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (vegetarian and vegan options)
  • Free Kayak on Victoria Lake
  • Excursions: Bambaragala, Knuckles Trek, Ashburnham Tea Estates


  • Airfares
  • Airport shuttle
  • Individual excursions and transport
  • Massages, privat yoga lessons

More about Sri Lanka Retreat

Meals :

You have the choice of three set menus (vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian). Please choose on your application form which one you prefer for the time of your stay. In the attached pdf you will find detailed information on the menu options.

If you have any allergies or intolerances please let us know via the application form.


Accommodation :

There are triple, double and single rooms available at different costs


Main House Double and Twin Bedrooms

Three large double/twin bedrooms line the Main House - sitting on top of the rock that puts the 'Gala' in Rukgala. Beds might have different sizes, and very comfortable mattresses. Enjoy the views over the pool, trees and lake beyond.

Bathrooms open onto the private terrace with similarly great views.









Garden Cottage Double (2 people) and Twin Bedrooms (3 people)

Just down from the Main House, the Garden Cottage has four bedrooms - two set up as doubles (with Queen-size beds) and two as twins (with large single beds). Each room has a cute mezzanine level with extra single bed. Bathrooms a little larger, each with stand-alone claw-foot tubs.










Shared Room (4 people)

At the end of the Main House is a great big room ideal for friends or small groups happy to share. The room has four large single beds - two four-posters and two standard beds.

The room has a lovely little private garden/sun-spot.







Explore Sri Lanka during the retreat :

Dip into the natural beauty and cultural variety for an authentically Sri Lankan experience. Rukgala sits wonderfully close to lesser-known temples, lush green tea estates, the untouched mountains of The Knuckles and secluded villages that dot the shores of the Victoria Lake.


Explore with us the really beautiful, small meditation caves of Bambaragala, incredibly and intricately painted several hundred years ago. Visit the Ashburnham Tea Estate with a guided tour of the fields to see and understand the process of planting and picking and plunge under the waterfalls after a morning in the fields. We ‘d love to take you on one of the incredible hikes of the Knuckle mountains- a National Park, well protected against development with a yoga /meditation session on the trek.

If you are still thirsty for more adventures there are possibilities to go catamaran fishing; kayaking, or to take a tuktuk to explore Kandy and the temple of the tooth.











The Teachers :

Jana and Stephane are both experienced Yoga teachers having each an individual approach to spirituality, asana and healing.




Being born in Sri Lanka the occasion of teaching in the heart of this beautiful island is very special. Jana has been practicing Yoga for about 17 years and teaches traditional Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Yin Yoga. For the retreat you will not only benefit from her great knowledge and experience around asana, pranayama, deep relaxation and meditation, but also on Ayurveda, Naturopathy, massage techniques, sound healing and Partner/Acroyoga.






Stephane teaches Yoga in London. His background in martial Arts and Buddhism have led him to recognize the powerful healing and transformative virtues of yoga. His teaching is strongly influenced by the work of Baron Baptiste, Ana Forrest, Dylan Ayaloo, Jambo Truong and David Sye.




Useful Information

Visa :

In order to travel to Sri Lanka you need to get an ETA (electronic travel authorization) beforehand. Please apply directly online for the visa on for a 30 day to 6 months permission of stay. Costs are 35$US - 40$US.

How to get to Rukgala:

Fly in/out of Bandaranaike International Airport, the main airport in Colombo.

Direct flights are available from Switzerland and Great Britain. For all other European countries there is a stop-over in one of the Arabian airports.

Transportation to/from the airport to the Retreat center can be arranged.

The pick up costs are 120$US one way, but can be shared if other guests arrive at the same time. Once we have your arrival times we will try to group up the shuttles.

If you are travelling in Sri Lanka before the retreat starts you need to get to Kandy (train/bus/flight- all running regularly) and then take a tuktuk (~20 Euros) to come to Rukgala.


Travel and health insurance :

Please make sure you are sufficiently covered by a (additional) health insurance (usually health and travel cancellation insurances can be booked at the time of flight booking).


Terms and Conditions :

The minimum requirement of participants for the retreat is ten (10) people. We reserve the right to cancel the retreat if the requirement is not met 70 days before the beginning of the retreat. In case of cancellation, a full refund of the payment will be provided.

The 700 Euros deposit is non-refundable. If the participant needs to cancel 90 days prior to the retreat starting, we will provide refund minus non-refundable deposit.

*For group booking of more than two (2) people, and any special accommodation arrangements, please contact us directly via email at


Reservation :

Please fill in the application form and send it back via email. With the deposit of 700 Euros your reservation is confirmed.



Early bird - when you pay the full balance before December  10th 2018.


Shared room (3-4 people): 1350 Euros – 6 slots available

Twin room: 1500 Euros – 10 slots available

Single room: 1800 Euros - 2 slots available


Normal pricing

Shared room: 1450 Euros – 6 slots available

Twin room: 1600 Euros – 10 slots available

Single room: 1900 Euros – 2 slots available






Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if he is able to think,

if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast.

Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha (1877 – 1962)

Fasting is a natural way to give the body and mind time for self-healing. This is not a new method, but has been practiced throughout human history.
Fasting once or twice a year gives the gastrointestinal tract a well-deserved break to regenerate. It allows the body to rest, to develop new strength and get rid of excess acids and toxins accumulated in the tissues.
Cleaner skin, more physical flexibility, better digestion and weight loss are some of the pleasant side effects occurring during this detoxification process.

During the fast we are not only cleansing the physical body, but also the mind – through adapted yoga practices, sound therapy, and meditation. There is the possibility for longer walks, shorter bike rides and special detox massages to stimulate the detoxification process.After five days of fasting, we come to the most important step – starting to eat again – because “Any fool can fast, but it takes a wise man to break a fast properly.” (George Bernard Shaw)
There are several ways to detoxify, we offer you a very well-tolerated, detox method according to Dr. med. Buchinger, which is based on fruit and vegetable juices and bouillon to provide the body with all the necessary vitamins and minerals during the detoxification.

This detoxification method and fasting method is practicable by anyone in good health (excluding pregnant women and nursing mothers) who do not need regular medication.
For course registration we require a medical certificate that confirms that you can safely carry out a fast.

DATE : 21 April – 27 April 2019
PRICE : 195 Euro

• 6x Yoga sessions
• 6x Yin Yoga or relaxation sessions
• 6x meditation and pranayama sessions
• 1x sound massage (30 min) 
• Swimming pool access
• Guided walks
• Detox drinks
• Re-adaptation meals after breaking the fast

Not included :
• Accommodation (click here)
• Bicycle Rental (click here)
• Detox massages on request (~70 Euros)

Ayurveda means “the Science of Life”. This ancient and respected Indian medical system adapts treatment methods and lifestyle recommendations to the individual’s constitution. Everyone is unique in their physical characteristics and mental attributes, which is why diet, recovery periods, and yoga practice etc. will also be different. You will discover and learn about the five elements within yourself (ether, air, fire, water, earth), understanding also their proportions in relation to your own constitution.

By applying this knowledge in everyday life, you will be able to live in greater balance according to your constitution. Above all, this concerns nutrition and the practice of yoga. You will learn to observe nature within and outside of yourself to better understand the Principle of Cause-and-Effect. Once you know how to get rid of the source of an imbalance, the symptoms will disappear as well. There is the possibility to book an appointment for an Ayurveda massage

DATE : 1. June – 2. June 2019
The course begins Saturday at 3pm with a Yoga session
and ends Sunday after the yoga session around 2pm.

PRICE : 80 Euro


• 2 x meditation sessions 
• 2 x yoga sessions 
• 1 workshop: “Ayurveda, understanding the basics” (Saturday)
• 1 workshop “Ayurvedic constitution” (Sunday)
• 1 sound relaxation + Kirtan

not included :
• Meals (click here)
• Accommodation (click here)
• Ayurveda massage

Experience the Atlantic from every angle! Practice yoga on the beach and enjoy the view of the coast while surfing!
We are excited to be collaborating with the local surf school at Saint Girons Plage. In good weather, the morning yoga session will be held outdoors, otherwise in the beautiful yoga room. Afterwards you can jump in the ocean to surf. Finish each day with a relaxing Sound Yoga or Yin Yoga session.
Wonderful, personalised massages can be booked to treat any sore muscles or fatigue after surfing.

Participation in morning and evening yoga classes and the rest of the day is planned according to your wishes and needs. Additionally, you have the option of booking massages with Jana, and we are more than happy to provide advice, tips and suggestions for nearby activities you can enjoy during your stay.

Wellness Weekend
2 yoga classes (Saturday and Sunday morning)
+ 1 back massage (25 min)
= 45 € (instead of 55 €)

Wellness Week
5 morning Yoga sessions (60 min)
from Monday to Friday
+ 1 back massage (25 min)
+ 1 head/face massage (25min)
= 99€ (instead of  120€)

You have the possibility to book your accommodation at the „Camping les Tourterelles”. This campsite is located next to the sea, just behind the dune, surrounded by pine forest. The perfect place to relax and get back in touch with nature and with yourself!

You can book either a rental accommodation or a pitch. Please indicate your accommodation requirements when registering.


The rentals (Mobile home, Pagotel or Massai) are all equipped with private bathroom, toilet, kitchen, dining area, 2-3 bedrooms and terrace, and are reasonably priced during our retreats in May, June and September. If you wish, you could share the rental accommodation with one or more friends and share the costs as well!
If you are traveling alone, you have the option to live alone or with another solo traveler, if available.


You also have the opportunity to travel with your own tent / camping car/ caravan and book a pitch with / without electricity. You will use the public sanitary facilities and need to bring your own kitchen equipment.

After reception of the confirmation letter for the yoga retreat, please book your accommodation directly at the campsite with the reference “Stage Gayani-Yoga”.

Meals are not included during your stay.

You have the possibility of catering for yourself, as rental accommodations are equipped with kitchen and essentials such as dishes. Please bring your own food – local supermarkets can be easily reached by car.

Furthermore, you can dine at any one of the restaurants at the beach.