About the Venue – Guava House
Guava House is a peaceful family Retreat, perched amongst mountains of Sri Lanka’s Central Province, just 3 1/2 to 4 hours driving time from Colombo, 1 hour from Kandy, and 45 minutes from Kegalle town.
It is situated on top of a hill, amongst 3 acres of it’s own private land and with 360 degree views of the valley below and Bible Rock. It is located amongst the rubber trees and local fauna of a Hill Country estate. Thatched roofs and open plan living areas create a sense of space, simplicity and freedom.
Guava House is of a simple ‘open-style’ living experience, open to the breezes with beautiful views throughout. The two separate thatched chalets, are built into the side of the sloping terrain, add an extra dimension of privacy and peaceful relaxation. It is the perfect venue for quiet reflection and peace and during this retreat style teacher training week we observed silence for two periods.
About the Retreat
This retreat syle teacher training was true bonus, having an extra 3 days longer that the usual 6 day training for the level 2 trainings. It was an 8 night and 9 day course. The teachings during this week were for anyone who would like to learn how to authentically relate to partners, family, at work or in the home. We soon learnt that the key to happiness and contentment and achieving harmonious relationships with our closes family and friends and even strangers is to work on our own consciousness. Learn to connect to our true self/identity, once we can elevate ourselves we can act from tolerance and love. We learnt about the polarities and paradoxs within us and others, also the polarities between the female and male energies and characteristics.
We practised mantra and chanting every day with the long Mul Mantra during Sadhana and then more mantra throughout the day. This kept us all in an elevated state, we became conscious of the resonance of the sound current and became sensitive to everything and everyone around us.
We ventured out mid week to do a silent medative walk around the surrounding area which was an enriching experience.
About the Food
As always, during our teacher training we support our bodies with the food we eat. At Guava House we were spoilt with delicious simple Sri lankan village cuisine, all vegetarian, we ate a huge array of different vegetables, pulses and grains, the main one being rice or other delicous delicacies made from rice flour like string hoppers and hoppers, roties from kurukkan (millet) flour. For the last two days we were joined by chef German Germaano who made us yummy dumpling soup and nutricious filling quinoa veggie herb and green bean tahini salad.
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