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FAQ

Booking a retreat is an investment, and one you should feel comfortable, excited and confident about. If we haven't answered your question below, please email us and ask!

Where is the airport transfer to and from?

The only airport transfers included are from CMB (Colombo Bandaranaike) to Lanka Yoga. We will organise alongside your flights times, you could be sharing with another retreat guest or coming by yourself depending on when and where you are flying from. 

Is the yoga suitable for beginners? 

Yes, the classes will be adaptable for ALL LEVELS. However, we do recommend that before the retreat you attend a few classes to get familiar on the mat to really make the most of your time with us. 


Is the retreat suitable for those with an advanced practice? 

Yes. Your hosts are experienced teachers and can guide the class to meet everybody experience needs. Please just note the retreat will be open to all levels, so many variations and options will be provided. 



What is your refund policy?

 

Your deposit is non refundable and any cancellations 90 x days prior to the retreat start date are completely non refundable or transferrable. Your payment is made firstly with the deposit and then two separate payments to complete the balance, if you cancel during your two separate payments, only 50% of your balance will be refunded and retreat payments and non transferable to another retreat. We highly recommend all guests to organise their own insurance incase they are unable to come due to health or unforseen circumstances to claim back. 

 

If I can no longer attend and I've made full payment, what happens?

 

You are welcome to gift your space to family members or loved one who wants to come. They will be responsible for sorting all of their own flights, and you must let us know immediately of their name and contact details. If you were sharing, it's important that if you booked a female only sharing room, your transfer guest must also be female to ensure the promise of what we've advertised to all guests. 

Is this retreat suitable to come on my own? 

YES. You'll never feel like an outsider at our retreats, you'll always be welcomed into the space and feel a part of it. If you prefer to come and spend time on your own that's absolutely fine, but we always want you to know this is a space you'll feel at peace in, coming on your own. 

Do I need to bring yoga equipment with me? 

No. We'll be providing everything, unless you have any bespoke or specific you need to make your personal practice more comfortable. We'll be providing blocks, bolsters, straps and mats. 

What time do bookings open on 01 January 2024? 

Bookings will open from 6am GMT. However all emails on this day will be responded to from around 6pm that evening. Bookings will be responded to and spaces will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. 

To which Airport do I have to fly?
Bandaranaike International Airport

How many participants will be present?

Typically, our retreats host a cozy gathering of 12 to 20 individuals.


Will there be external participants in the asana classes?

No, the asana classes are exclusively for the private enjoyment of Actively Alive guests, ensuring an intimate experience within the retreat center.
 

Can I opt for my own accommodation?

No, as we aim to maintain the group energy it is important to remain on site


Is it possible to extend my stay at the retreat venue?

Yes, you have the option to extend your stay. We can facilitate communication with the retreat center to tailor the duration of your extension.
 

Can I contribute to the retreat costs by offering my support, such as teaching yoga?

The retreat is meticulously designed for relaxation, rejuvenation, and refreshment, and therefore, external support or contributions, like teaching yoga, are not considered.
 

Can I participate in only part of the retreat?

While partial participation is allowed, we highly recommend immersing yourself in the entire retreat to fully embrace the experience.
 

Which airport should I fly into?

Bandaranaike International Airport is the recommended arrival point.
 

What travel documents do I need?

A valid passport with a minimum validity of six months beyond your planned departure date is required. You can apply for a Sri Lankan visa in advance or, for some passports, obtain a visa on arrival.

To apply, visit the official homepage or click here and make your payment via Mastercard (please note that credit cards are not accepted).


What culinary delights do you offer?

Our world-class kitchen team serves delectable vegan meals three times a day. Our menu is a delightful fusion of Sri Lankan and Western cuisines, offering a healthy and evolving selection that you're sure to enjoy.


Do you provide towels?

Yes, we supply towels for your room and for use at the swimming pool. However, please remember to bring your own beach towel.


What is the local currency, and can I easily access cash?

The national currency is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR). ATMs and Exchange Facilities are readily available, including at the airport arrival hall. We accept various currencies, including LKR, GBP, EUR, AUD, and USD.


Is Wi-Fi available?

Yes, we provide Wi-Fi, although occasional dropouts and slower speeds may occur due to our rural location. For enhanced connectivity, local SIM cards are available and inexpensive.


What voltage and plugs are used?

Sri Lanka operates on 220v electricity. Our universal sockets accommodate all international plug types. In other parts of Sri Lanka, you'll find a mix of 3-pin round and UK-type square sockets.


What should I pack?

  • Traveling light is easy, but here's a quick checklist:

  • Yoga gear

  • Swimwear

  • Beach towel (if exploring off-site)

  • Waterproof sunblock

  • Zinc/iron/vegan supplements

  • Light clothing

  • Long-sleeved and leg-covering clothes for sun protection

  • Personal first aid kit

  • Mosquito repellent

  • Comprehensive travel insurance

What are the check-in and check-out times?

Check-in begins at 3 pm, and check-out is at 11 am.


What is the weather, surf, and water quality like?

The south of Sri Lanka enjoys a tropical climate, warm and humid throughout the year. The monsoon season, with more rain, onshore winds, and humidity, occurs from May to October. The peak tourist season is from December to February, offering drier weather and better surfing conditions. The pre- and post-monsoon months (November, March, and April) are somewhat unpredictable, with occasional rain. Water temperatures range from 27º-29º, allowing for comfortable surfing in board shorts throughout the season. Water quality is generally good, except during storms when rivers wash into the sea.

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