About the Venue
Sri Villas is a set of 3 luxurious houses all connected by an infinity pool, with a 180 degree view of the sea. The sea is so close that the sound sends you into a deep rejuvenative sleep. Each villa has luxury rooms decorated with a simple but elegant hand, well designed bathrooms and plenty of space to lounge around in between yoga and eating sessions. Sri Villas gives you the space to just ‘be’ and enjoy the essence which is you. We indulged in a sea bath each day. Even though it is the monsoon season, it was just glorious to jump into the waves to have some sun and fun.
About the Retreat
During the Retreat we delved deep into our minds to teach us emotional intelligence. Fiona began the work by teaching a very physical kriya to rid us of our body blocks. Ending the session with writing down our negative mind patterns and learned how to, ‘not react’ or ‘act out’ these emotions but release them through our breath and mentally acknowledge and acceptance that these patterns are a part of us.
Fiona, Shaunagh and Annoushka followed this theme during the next 5 classes. Linking the right and left hemispheres of the brain so we could be more conscious of our mind and its held beliefs and patterns. During the morning sesions we experienced long, deep meditations to practice being present and conscious of those thoughts and patterns. The teachers encouraged all to end the day writing a personal daily journal of ‘how we were feeling and coping with our thoughts and emotions’. We experienced the negative, positive and neutral minds. Learning how to feel the discomfort and embrace it to gain release. The final class lead by Annoushka concluded the retreat by doing a deep practice to experience the elementary self, the watcher in us all which is all seeing, completely connected and joyful. Watching the genuine joy of everyone’s faces at the dancing at the end was huge pleasure for all who took part, teachers and students alike.
About the Food
Chef German Dimaano and Sumantha prepared us some amazing and unusual foods, using kurakkan (Asia’s equivalent to quinoa), in rotis, coconut & lime steamed cake, and chocolate brownie. They also used lotus and kolu seed, endemic seeds which have high levels of trace minerals and are a wonderful form of vegetable protein. The green gram and sweet potato soup left us wanting more. Whilst the Vietnamese rice paper rolls were a real teaser. Yummy avocado salads with orange vinaigrette, butternut squash stuffed with herbs and organic red rice, tomato salsa and roast beetroot, with a curd dressing were all gobbled up. The diet was lovely fresh, healthy, plant based foods to support our emotional detox all lovingly made with an expert
Yummy avocado salads with orange vinaigrette, butternut squash stuffed with herbs and organic red rice, tomato salsa and roast beetroot, with a curd dressing were all gobbled up. The diet was lovely fresh, healthy, plant based foods to support our emotional detox all lovingly made with an expert hand.
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