Holistic Synergy Coaching invites you to an extraordinary retreat. This carefully crafted program of daily yoga, meditation, conversation, and chanting will inspire, invigorate, and ignite your inner wisdom and purpose, helping you feel more connected, balanced, and at ease.
Imagine waking up to the sound of birdsong, while they preen and sip from the water features dotted around the magical hideaway gardens.
Feel the sweet delights of Sri Lankan culture and cuisine as you kick back in the daybed as you recharge with a delicious smoothie.
Feel your personal freedom of discovering the best and safest ways to move your body in a way that works and enhances your experiences.
Imagine the bliss of daily guided meditation and mindfulness practices and daily health and healing conversations to help you learn to create or enhance your unique mind-body connection and wellbeing.
Envision the laughter and contentment you spontaneously share with all the other vivacious, compassionate, creative people who will join you on this once-in-a-lifetime journey. Imagine the contented feeling of inspired creativity and the soothing and comforting sensation of making meaningful connections.
On your last morning, you will bring it all together over breakfast, integrating, relaxing, and reflecting on the power of your time together. Embodying your renewed sense of calm and clarity, you will celebrate your journey together with a gentle and nourishing closing ceremony.
As part of the retreat, you will be invited to join their Awaken and Evolve Sri Lanka Retreat private Facebook group. Here, you can connect, collaborate, and share heart to heart in anticipation for your journey. Plus, upon arrival, you will receive your own personalized retreat welcome gift.
You will also receive two half-hour one-on-one online sessions after you return home to ensure you stay ignited and in the flow.
-Embracing change for lasting bliss
:: The meditations will be primarily breath awareness, yoga Nidra, and mindfulness-based with plenty of explanation on technique. The intention is for what you learn at this retreat to be something you are able to take with you when the week is over.
-Connecting with the wisdom of body, mind, and spirit
:: The yoga practices will be a Hatha-based practice with influences of Vinyasa, Kundalini, and yoga therapeutics, to give you a variety of tools to help you learn to release tension present in the body and the mind and to cultivate space for healing.
:: Conversations will be on the topics of the body and health, the importance of breath, the body-mind-spirit connection, the nature of the mind and spirit, and developing a home practice. Chanting will be encouraged but will remain an option for those interested.
-Cultivating inner calm and peace
:: You will work on adjusting your focus, developing skills to see life's challenges from a higher perspective, and learning to release attachment and control. You will discover tools on how to see stress and difficulties as the means for growth and discovering ways to shed light on life's lessons so you can learn from them, release them and move on, thus creating space for inner calm and peace.
There is a $300 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration to guarantee your spot on the retreat. Full payment is due by September 22, 2017. If registering after September 22, 2017, payment due in full at time of registration to guarantee your spot on the retreat.
Cancellation Policy: Please note that cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received on or before September 22, 2017 will result in only the total loss of your $300 security deposit. Any cancellations received between August 21, 2017 and September 22, 2017 will result in a loss of 50% of the total trip cost. Any cancellations received between September 22, 2017 and the final day of the retreat, October 28, 2017 will result in a 100% loss of the total trip cost and all moneys paid to Holistic Synergy Coaching.
Holistic Synergy Coaching reserves the right to cancel the retreat in the event that we do not meet the retreat minimum. In the event the retreat is cancelled by Holistic Synergy Coaching, all money paid will be fully refunded (this does not include any additional costs associated with planning for your trip, such as flights or additional transportation and/or accommodation.
Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly recommended to protect you in the event of an emergency.
The schedule is tentative and is subject to change.
-Sample daily schedule (excursions will fit in where appropriate once attendance numbers are confirmed)
*07:00 - 07:25 Morning meditation
*07:30 - 08:45 Morning practice
*09:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
*11:30 - 12:15 Yoga, health, and healing talks
*12:30 - 15:00 Lunch and free time
*15:00 - 15:45 Chant and Pranayama
*17:00 - 18:15 Evening practice
*19:00 - 20:30 Dinner
You will certainly enjoy your delectable breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or enjoying the peace and tranquility of the peaceful garden. No matter where you are or what you are doing, one thing is for sure, you are totally indulging and enjoying your experience and you are completely loved and accepted for the amazing person you are in this place.
As you roll out your yoga mat in the open air Yoga Shala, surrounded by a lush tropical garden, you will feel blessed to be able to practice yoga in such a beautiful and an amazing setting. The openness of the yoga shala offers near continuous breezes with the pool close by offering you the option to slip in for a quick moment to refresh after your practice.
-Air-conditioned OPTION bungalow (single and couple occupancy)
:: The double bungalows (with air-condition option) consist of a double bed, en-suite bathroom, and private verandah. Lounge under the cool shade in hammocks strung up between the trees. All of their double bungalows have outdoor showers with privacy screens. Under the shade of tropical trees, the bungalows offer guests that 'hidden away' feeling of seclusion that makes Hideaway unique in Arugam Bay.
-Air-conditioned OPTION double rooms (single and couple occupancy)
:: Each of the two rooms (option for air-condition) consists of a double bed, ceiling fans, en-suite bathroom, verandah, or balcony with lounge chairs. Both rooms are housed in the same building, each on one floor, with foliage beautifully screening their verandahs. Additionally, both rooms are provided with fans and all the amenities of a guest house including regular housekeeping service.
-Main Villa (double and triple occupancy)
:: The upper floor of the main villa houses, four double rooms and one triple room (all non-air-conditioned). An open verandah leads to these five bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold water. Each room is comfortably and elegantly appointed and consists of a double bed with mosquito netting kept cool by ceiling fans.
:: The stylish lounge on this upper verandah offers views of their tropical garden through a riot of exotic and colorful bougainvilleas, which afford a sense of privacy and seclusion. Sit back and enjoy the delightful activities of colorful birds from this vantage point.
HOW TO GET HERE:
Arrival to Arugam Bay by airplane : Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) NO LATER THAN SATURDAY OCTOBER 21st. Transfer from Colombo to Arugam Bay is INCLUDED. Nicole Du Guay from Holistic Synergy Coaching will meet you in Colombo to make your way out east together on the morning of Sunday, 22 October, and make your way to Arugam Bay, stopping for a rest and an activity in Kandy.
Arrival to Arugam Bay by bus : Overnight buses run daily from Colombo to Akkaraipattu. There is a private luxury service that departs from Colombo at 8:00 p.m. and arrives in Akkaraipattu at 3:30 a.m. the next morning, tuktuk will be available from Akkaraipattu to Pottuvil at that time. There is also a public bus that leaves Colombo at 10:30 p.m. and arrives directly in Pottuvil at 6:00 a.m. in the morning.
Arrival to Arugam Bay by train : Ella is the closest town to Arugam Bay that can be reached by train. Expo-rail runs a luxury service daily from Colombo direct to Ella, a long day on the train but one is rewarded with some of the most breath-taking scenery the island has to offer. For those arriving from the hills, there is also a train that runs daily from Kandy (Peradeniya) to Ella. Ella is 132 kilometers away from Arugam Bay.
Nicole Du Guay – truth seeker, holistic health enthusiast, gypsy spirit, and intuitive Reiki energy healer! I’m also a wanderlust traveler, an organized and reliable Virgo, a fairly strong and bendy yogini and an evolving meditator. I bring a lighthearted feeling, love and acceptance to any occasion, and I’m often seen indulging in (and sharing) dark chocolate and popcorn!
For over 10 years now I have been passionate about health, wellbeing and happiness. I’ve spent the past 5 years of my life on an intentional spiritual journey to explore my inner and outer worlds, along with a deep yearning to find my own truth. I now live in beautiful, New Zealand, teaching yoga, meditation, and helping people all over the world mostly find relief from stress, anxiety and depression, all of which I am incredibly familiar with.
I began my journey as a healer through yoga, attending my first yoga class over 10 years ago and I continuously reflect back on how much I've changed since that first class. After practicing regularly for 6 years, using yoga as a means to move my body and learn how to reduce stress, I decided to take the next step and attend my first of two yoga teacher trainings. Little did I know, from the moment I made this decision, my life would change forever!
Both my yoga teacher trainings were powerful, life-altering experiences from which I draw from to continually improve all areas of my life, nurturing my desire to help others experience their own positive transformations.
Join me for an opportunity to create health, happiness and healing through the practice of yoga and meditation as well as through the wisdom and insight through intuitive energy healing, holistic nutrition & Usui Reiki.
More than anything, I strive to create a space for you to feel good and be calm and at peace physically, mentally and emotionally and, along the way, to have the most amazing and magical experience ever!
I hope to see you there!
"The variety of workshops/talks, yoga styles and meditation sessions on offer was fab! Very good value and lots of variety. Good balance of free time and organized activities " - Tiffany, Canada
"I enjoyed the yoga, workshops/talks, meeting new people and connections that were made with everyone and the way Nicole made you feel comfortable. " - Jo, New Zealand
"Great retreat! The atmosphere Nicole created was well-suited to unplugging from the stresses of everyday life and resetting, finding a calmer, more focused perspective! And the personalized gift was such a nice touch! " - Liz, Canada
$997-$1387 USD (prices go up $200 Aug 15)
Transportation from Colombo to Arugam Bay including a stop in Kandy
Accommodation for 6 Nights @ Hideaway Arugam Bay Resort
Personalized welcome gift
Daily guided yoga & meditation classes
Yoga, Health & Healing conversations
2 cultural excursions
Meals made with quality local ingredients, both international and local cuisine
All vegetarian meals from the Saturday night until the following Sunday morning (special dietary needs can be accommodated)
Farewell brunch/breakfast buffet
Tea, coffee & filtered water
Ancient Rock Monastery
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Flights to CMB (Colombo, Katunayaki, Sri Lanka)
Transportation after the retreat finishes (can be arranged at resort)
Breakfast and lunch on day 1
Spa Options (Ayurvedic Massage & Holistic Physiotherapy (tentative) & Reiki)
Several afternoons free to explore at your leisure. Drivers can be arranged and excursions can be planned.
Sri Lankan Cooking Class
Water activities (snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, rafting)
Visa on arrival (can be purchased in advance online or in USD CASH upon arrival)
Airport exit tax (usually included in airfare)
Additional nights' stay