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14 Days Ayurveda and Traditional Medicine Course with Yoga and Meditation in Kalutara, Sri Lanka

The Plantation Villa, Wattalaya Watta, Nehinna, Dodangoda, Kalutara, Sri Lanka

Ayurveda Course and Yoga Holiday Sri Lanka

This award-winning Ayurveda and yoga retreat center offer you a course on the Foundations of Ayurveda and Traditional Medicine. The course is conducted by university-qualified Ayurveda doctors and generational Ayurvedic practitioners. The retreat center is set in a rural village where Ayurveda is actively practiced. The center specializes in healing minor and major illnesses including paralysis and cancer. This is a unique opportunity to learn from specialist Ayurveda doctors who are working with international world organizations to bring Ayurveda to the world stage. The setting could not be more perfect - in a secluded rural Sri Lankan village surrounded by lush jungles in a community dedicated to hosting you!

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Ishara, Dr. Nishan, Bernardo, & 4 More…
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga class
  • Ayurvedic cookery class
  • Other special activities like talks and meditations
  • A detailed introductory course into Ayurveda and traditional medicine
  • Ayurvedic meals (breakfast, lunch, snack and juice, dinner)
  • Usage of hotel facilities (pool, yoga hall, garden, spa, etc)
  • 13 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

14 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$76 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Tour assistance

The hotel villa is a colonial home, approximately 150 years old. It was the house of the village chief and is now converted to consist of a living room, dining hall, veranda, and open living area all renovated at the end of 2015.

The property consists of the main villa and the lodge, each about a 2-minute walking distance from each other. The lodge is the original house of the first occupier of this colonial treasure. With time, their son built a bigger home to house his expanding family, that is the villa.

The villa consists of 8 rooms (2 Suite rooms and 6 Deluxe rooms), dining hall, lounge, verandahs, and spa. The lodge consists of 6 Standard rooms and an open verandah. Both the villa and the lodge were renovated at the end of 2016 and are decorated in a contemporary colonial style in keeping with the age of the property and to meet the comforts and modern needs of the guest. The rooms are beautifully completed with luxury bathrooms.

Program

The course is a comprehensive Introduction to Ayurveda - whilst studying, you can live the Ayurvedic lifestyle and see it in practice.

This is a 100-hour course: This course is the first of three modules leading towards a therapist/practitioner certificate in Ayurveda.

Completion of the course will allow you to apply your Ayurveda knowledge for self and community care. Focus on preventative care for self, friends, and family is

Given during the program through dietary, lifestyle and herbal remedies, following an understanding of ayurvedic principles. It aims at those that already work in therapeutic fields, like Yoga or medicine, or one that wants to enhance their knowledge and possess tools for a better lifestyle.

This retreat is a community center and is run by villagers and profits of the center will be used to fund a variety of charity projects ranging from community development, wildlife conservation, and environmental preservation.

Course 1st module structure

Introduction to Ayurveda - Dr. Nishan Jayasundara

  • Historical and Spiritual Background of Ayurveda
  • Lineage of Ayurveda
  • Eight branches of Ayurveda
  • Kaya chikitsa (medicine)
  • Shalya thanthra (surgery)
  • Shalakya thantha (otorhinolaryngology)
  • Kaumarabrthya (pediatrics)
  • Agadha thantha (toxicology)
  • Bhutha vidya (psychiatry and illnesses caused by spirits)
  • Rasayana thanthra (rejuvenation)
  • Vajikarana thanthra (aphrodisiac)
  • Loka-purusha samya (seeing the universe through self)

Introduction to Sri Lankan indigenous medicine - Dr. Sarath Kottayawatta

  • Historical background and origins of SLIM
  • Principles of SLIM and Deviations from Ayurveda
  • Healing practices of SLIM including special advanced medical treatments to treat mind and body
  • Importance of doctor-patient relationship into healing
  • Cultural elements incorporated in SLIM

Healthy person according to Ayurveda - Dr. Ruwanka Ahangamarachchi

  • Ayurvedic definition of good health
  • Dhathu sara lakshana (features of good health in relation to Dhathu)

Dinacharya and Rithucharya - Dr. Erandi Gunathilaka

  • An Ayurveda daily routine
  • Seasonal regimen in Ayurveda

Agni / Ama / Rasa, Guna, Veerya, Vipaka, Prabhawa - Dr. Ruwanka Ahangamarachchi

13 types of Agni

  • Panchabhuthagni
  • Sapthadhathwagni
  • Jataragni (the Agni of digestion)

Concept of Ama in Ayurveda

  • Causes for Ama
  • Symptoms of Ama
  • How Ama leads to origin of many diseases
  • Measures to remove Ama
  • The six tastes and their effects on each dosha
  • The 20 Gunas and their effects on dosha with examples of foods and herbs
  • 2 potencies (Veerya)
  • Vipaka (affected taste after digestion)
  • Prabhawa (inherited properties of herbs with examples)

Imbalances that lead to diseases - Dr. Ruwanka Ahangamarachchi

  • Vikurthi (deviation from the natural constitution)
  • Etio-pathogenesis of diseases
  • Vata upakrama (measures to pacify Vata)
  • Pitta upakrama (measures to pacify Pitta)
  • Kapha upakrama (measures to pacify Kapha)

Diagnostic methods in Ayurveda - Dr. Nishan Jayasundara

Thrividha pariksha (three ways of examination)

  • Darshana pareeksha
  • Prashna pareeksha
  • Sparsha pareeksha

Ashta pariksha (the eight ways of examination)

  • Nadi (pulse)
  • Mutra (urine)
  • Mala (stools)
  • Jihva (tounge)
  • Shabdha (auditory)
  • Sparsha (palpation)
  • Druk (vision)
  • Akruthi (examining the physique and gait)

Dashavidha pariksha (ten ways of examination)

  • The holistic approach in Ayurveda of assessing both the illness and the person
  • Choosing medicines according to the strength of the patient
  • Environmental factors to be considered while administering treatments

Dosha / Dhathu / Mala Vignana - Dr. Erandi Gunathilaka

  • The five elements (pancha bhutha)
  • Tridosha (three humours and Ayurveda physiology)
  • Prakurthi (natural constitution of the body)

Dhathu (the seven tissues)

  • Rasa (the essence of digestion)
  • Raktha (blood)
  • Mamsa (muscle tissue)
  • Medas (adipose tissue)
  • Asthi (bone tissue)
  • Majja (marrow)
  • Shukra (sperm and ova)

Trimala (the three waste products of the body)

  • Sweda (sweat)
  • Purisha (stools)
  • Mutra (urine)

Ayurveda therapeutics - Dr. Nishan Jayasundara

Two scopes of Ayurveda

  • Prevention of diseases
  • Curing diseases

Principles of ayurvedic treatment in relation to the five elements

Mode of treatment

  • Shodhana (cleansing treatments to eliminate the root of diseases)

Three stages of purification

  • Purva karma (preparatory measures for cleansing)
  • Pradhana karma (Pancha Karma)

Paschath karma (measures taken afterward)

  • Panchakarma (the five cleansing methods in Ayurveda)
  • Shamana (pacifying the disease condition)
  • Tharpana (nourishing the body and improving its immunity and strength)

Mind - Bernardo Staut

  • Relation between Yoga and Ayurveda
  • An overview of the Patanjali systems of practice
  • The classic approach and the therapeutic possibility
  • Understanding different aspects of the mind
  • An introduction to Samkhya
  • Understanding concepts such as Prana, Kleshas, Gunas, and their practical application
  • Meditation theory and application
  • Therapy according to Dosha and Guna constitution

Terms and conditions

  • During the training, you’ll receive notes and lectures. Any notes distributed or taken by hand during the training are for your personal use and to inform your own thinking and teaching. They are not to be published or distributed without acknowledgment of the author.
  • All participants are expected to conduct themselves respectfully and appropriately and to honor and respect the space, times, other participants and most importantly the facilitators. Anyone disruptive may be asked to leave the course.
  • At Plantation Villa, there is a strict no-meat, smoking, alcohol or drug policy. Please do not bring these items onto the property or consume them anywhere on the property.
  • To receive your certification (1st module) you’re required to attend the full program (1st module)

Learn while staying at a comfortable place in lush green nature. Enjoy the Ayurvedic meals at the restaurant. Be part of the daily yoga, talks, and meditations.

Sample itinerary

  • Course hours - 100 (11 days x 8 hours: 88 hours lectures, 2 hours assessment, 10 hours self-study, attending talks, observation)
  • Daily lectures - 8 hours (8.30 - 12.30 a.m. and 2 - 6 p.m.)
  • Free days (May 18 and 22)
  • Daily yoga and meditation practice included (6.30 - 7.30 a.m.)

Instructors

Ishara De Silva

Dr. Nishan Jayasundara

Bernardo Staut

Dr. Erandi Gunathilaka

Dr. Ruwanka Ahangama

Kottayawaththa Sarath Veda Mahattaya

Dr Chathurika Hemachandra

Location

The property is located 80 km away from the capital city, Colombo. The village is rural and has a traditional community feel. The retreat center property itself is a 30-acre plantation of rubber, coconut, cinnamon, black pepper, and Ayurvedic herbal trees/plants. The villa is surrounded by nature and is a habitat for rare local and migrant birds, butterflies, and a plethora of tropical flora and fauna.

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Whale watching

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free toiletries
  • Tour assistance

Food

All meals / food prepared are according to Ayurvedic guidelines and principles and most of the food comes from the center's own gardens and the surrounding forest. Meals are nutritionally balanced and delicious. The majority of the food is grown on the property in the surrounding gardens which guests are welcome to see and partake in harvesting.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Whole food
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You can either hire cycles for rides around the surrounding villages or hire a car for the following day trips:

Sinharajah natural rain forest

The last remaining rain forest in Sri Lanka which is lush and green and hiking through this will be an amazing experience.

Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa

Plantation Villa works with a company working with whale conservation in Sri Lanka. It is an early morning start but totally worth the experience.

Udawalawe National Park (to see Elephants)

Plantation Villa recommends this trip over the trip to Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, where you will have heard mixed reviews about how the animals are treated. This is an opportunity to see elephants in their own natural habitat. Holding the largest population of elephants in Sri Lanka, you are almost guaranteed to see elephants here.

Kandy town and temple of the tooth

The last kingdom of Sri Lanka is still rich in art and culture. Kandy also has the temple of the tooth where Buddha's tooth is kept and is one of the most venerated sights in Sri Lanka. Apart from its religious significance, it is also a must-see sight to understand the richness of Sri Lankan art and culture.

Local turtle hatchery

A turtle conservation project to help save turtles from extinction. You can see and learn about turtles and can have the opportunity to release baby turtles into the sea!

Beach

Picnic at some of Sri Lanka's most beautiful beaches.

Kalutara Bhodiya

One of the most famous temples in Sri Lanka with a Pagoda with architectural value and a Bo tree over 2000 years old.

Galle

A visit to one of the most vibrant cities in Sri Lanka where the influences of colonial time are prevalent with some world heritage sites.

Warakagoda temple

An ancient cave temple with a natural forest displaying some amazing Sri Lankan art on the rock.

Richmond Castle

Left over from the British Empire depicting the influences of European architecture.

Other things to do within the property

  • Attending the afternoon activities
  • Cycle rides in the picturesque village or neighboring villages
  • Day trips to the beach, tourist sights, hikes in the rainforest, wildlife safari to see elephants, etc.
  • Read a book from the library
  • Spa treatments available and paid onsite
  • Swimming in the large pool or use the Jacuzzi
  • Walks in the Village

Spa treatments

There is a fully functioning Ayurvedic Spa at the retreat centre and available for treatments if needed. Costs vary based on treatment

What's included

  • All ayurvedic meals (breakfast, lunch, snack and juice, dinner)
  • Usage of hotel facilities (pool, yoga hall, garden, etc)
  • Daily yoga class and other special activities like talks and meditations
  • 100-hour of Ayurveda teaching
  • Course book
  • Talks and casestudy discussions on Ayurveda
  • Ayurveda doctor consultation
  • Certificate of course completion
  • 13 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Ayurveda treatments
  • Excursions
  • Airport transfers
  • Flights

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). The hotel car is available for transfers at the rate of 65 USD for pick up. Plantation Villa suggests you arrive between 7 p.m to 7 a.m to use the airport transfer services. The venue is about a 1.5-hour drive from the airport.

Arrival by train

Alternatively, one can come by train to Kalutara.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$76 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.

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