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Escape to the Villa De Zoysa to embrace relaxation, tranquility, and exploration of all the senses in this serene sanctuary.Built in 1907 by a prominent philanthropist, the colonial, beachfront mansion provides yoga retreats, surfing, and Ayurvedic healing for those wanting both energizing and revitalizing holiday.Get nourished from the inside and out by homemade Sri Lankan food that is both healthy and delicious.Nestle up with your favorite book in one of the sunlit corridors, open courtyards, or sprawling terraces.Take a dip in the swimming pool right outside the yoga shala to cool off after a hard class.Fall asleep to the sounds of waves gently crashing on the shore to realize that you have truly woken up in a corner of paradise.

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Set within the beautiful garden Villa de Zoysa has a private yoga shala and specializes in yoga retreats and yoga holidays in Sri-Lanka. It hosts a variety of International teachers year round whether you’re a yogi or not anyone is welcome

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Treat yourself to Ayurveda treatments and massages at Villa de Zoysa a perfect relaxing and pampering time on your yoga retreat. Each treatment is designed for the individual and specially tailored to your needs

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Stay in one of the best and unique old Colonial houses near Galle. With spacious and individual rooms this villa is one of a kind! Known to serve the best rice and curry and delicious breakfast to accompany the yoga holiday

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We are ideally positioned between three surfing spots. Reef break for advance surfers just a 5 minute walk down the beach, Beach break for medium to beginners surfing in a 15 minute...

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Fancy a couple of free cooking lessons on preparing sumptuous rice and curry
Accompany Devinda to the Galle vegetable/Fruit Market, housed at the Old Dutch building once used as horse...

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Lily the Elephant

Lily is a 20 year old young adult elephant calf, living just ten minutes drive from our retreat center. The 25 acre ancestral virgin land of the de Zoysa family with a large river border is perhaps the only jungle...

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Stewart Richmond

Sunmmer 2017 Retreat...............Sydera Yoga

Dr Stewart Richmond

Dr Stewart Richmond BSc(Hons) PGDipHE MSc PhD RYT MICR

Stewart is an experienced ashtanga yoga teacher, having trained with various teachers including Brian Cooper and qualified with Union Yoga – UK.

Stewart brings a direct but warm and supportive approach to his teaching, offering lessons to both beginners and improvers. These are founded on the belief that a lifelong yoga practice should offer challenges but remain joyful.

Stewart is also doctor of health science. Having worked in applied health research for almost two decades, Stewart has conducted numerous clinical trials of alternative and integrative therapies for conditions including arthritis, chronic pain, and depression. This background, together with his own personal journey and passion for the study, practice and teaching of yoga, has led Stewart to develop a deep respect and appreciation of the benefits of yoga for both physical and mental wellbeing.

Esmeralda Smit

Esmeralda Smit

Esmeralda began her yoga journey 10 years ago and immediately felt the mental and physical benefits of yoga. Since then her practice has become part of her daily life.

Being curious where yoga had come from and to deepen her own practice she started a 3 year Hatha Yoga teacher training course and qualified in June 2014. She has attended several yoga retreats and workshops experimenting with different styles of yoga. The last year of her training she covered classes in The Hague in The Netherlands, where she is originally from. Her classes are based on classical Hatha Yoga, but she likes to bring in a theme to work

on during the class. This theme can be related to the seasons or specific anatomical areas.

Esmeralda worked as a special needs teacher for several years and saw that yoga had a positive influence on her pupils as well. After attending yoga for kids teacher training she used yoga daily in her classroom.

Esmeralda also has a great interest in the world of Ayurveda, especially food and cooking to replenish body and mind.

If you like an approachable style of teaching, a calm and gentle flow of yoga, where there is focus on breathing and relaxation you will enjoy her classes.

Esmeralda now lives in Manchester where she works in a primary school and teaches Hatha yoga in The Pilates Rooms in Urmston.

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