Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said : “ Here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Set in the middle of the Sri Lankan jungle, Ulpotha is a sanctuary for the mind, body and soul. A place to find peace, your peace. A place you will never forget…
Rare are the places on this planet where you get this feeling of total happiness in just about a second. Close your eyes and imagine the sound of the birds chirping around in the palm trees. Feel the sun dancing on your skin with the gentle swing of the monkeys above your head. This is Ulpotha. As soon as you step one foot in this oasis of beauty, the calmness and serenity of this safe haven absorb you.
There is no better host than Suzy and her warm welcoming smile showing you around this magical land. The Yoga Shala where you will enjoy your morning and evening yoga with the best yoga teachers from all around the world. The Massage huts where you will come together with your emotions. The Ayurveda Sanctuary to balance the body’s energies. The Ambalama to find your inner peace and enjoy scrumptious traditional vegetarian food. And, of course, your hut, making one with nature as your little sanctuary for the weeks to come.
More than a Yoga Retreat, Ulpotha is a place to connect and reconnect. Connect with nature, life in its purest and most simple definition. Reconnect with your heart, your emotions, with your inner self.
Life has taught me many lessons along the way, yet none carries the wisdom of the ones I learnt at Ulpotha. Being far from technology, enjoying the day as it comes, having no expectations of what the day holds, living in the present. This is a day at Ulpotha.
One can find it hard to face yourself in its entirety, and it can be, but as the day passes, a feeling of calmness takes over and life becomes entirely different. The most simple details are like magic to you. The sweet perfume of the blooming flowers, the gentle sunrise on the lake, the pink sunset of the paddy field, the laugh of a friend, the touch of the water on your skin, each moment feels like a new beginning. As if you were reborn and discovering life for the first time again.
Situated at the base of the Galgiriyawa Mountains in the jungle heartland of Old Ceylon, Ulpotha is an ode to kindness that one should experience at least once-in-a-lifetime to find renewed energy.