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13 Days Yoga Retreat in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka - 2018/2019

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This “13-Day Yoga Retreat in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka” takes you in your everyday life and gives you the opportunity to find the inner center, the inner self and deep inner relaxation.  You want to live more relaxed and healthy?  Yoga means harmony of body, mind and soul.

Thirteen days in the peace and security of the dreamlike Villa Shanthi combined with the practice of the Mahashakti Yoga  a holistic yoga path  will lead you to new insights and approaches in your life.

  •  Thirteen nights in DeLuxeDoubleRooms
  •  Three vegetarian meals daily
  •  Twice daily yoga exercises (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation,     satsang with mantra singing,
  •  Two workshops / lectures per week (a total of four)
  •  Three excursions / excursions to the surrounding area
  •  Airport transfer (pick up and drop off)

13 October 2018 until 26 October 2018
13 April 2019 until 26 April 2019 (Easter)

Villa Shanthi, Kovila Road, Wewalgoda, Hikkaduwa, South West Coast, Sri Lanka.


How much:
2 pers. in the DoubleRoom                        -2.400 EUR
1 pers. in the DoubleRoom in single use  – 1.500 EUR
All prices include taxes,  charges, service fee.

More information:

Daily two-day yoga exercises (asanas), pranayama exercises, deep relaxation, meditation, mantra singing (Satsang) and workshops.  Connected to lovingly prepared and fresh market produce Sri Lankan food (her nature vegetarian/vegan) let experience the holistic path of yoga.

There is sufficient time for individual relaxation on the nearby beach or in the tropic garden of the Villa Shanthi and for tours of the surrounding area with ancient temples, paradisiacal land of exotic wildlife, glad cities and amazing sights of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

We are pleasant to prepare everything for you to reach deep relaxation and find new strength and energy.  You do not need to worry about anything.  We pick you up at the International Airport Colombo and drop off you there.  In Villa Shanthi, all will be catered for you.  We would like to fulfil special wishes with our possibilities.

The maximum number of participants is 10 persons and allows a protected frame and space.  No conditions are expected, except the openness for a holistic yoga path, the MahashaktiYoga.  The entire program is designed and conducted face by Verena Diefenbach, international certified yoga and medita tion teacher (RYT 500 of the International Yoga Alliance).


Day of arrival:

5:00 pm Relaxing gentle arrival yoga class

7:00 pm Dinner

8:00 pm Evening Satsang, then introduction


6:30 am Pranayama and meditation followed by Morning Satsang

7:30 am Yoga class (Asanas and deep relaxation) 90 minutes

9:00 am Breakfast

10:00 am Lecture / workshop (twice a week) / Leisure for relaxing on the beach, in the garden or strolling and shopping

1:00 pm Lunch, then leisure

5:00 pm Yoga class 90 minutes

7:00 pm Dinner

8:00 pm Evening Satsang

Lessons: Beginners and experienced

No Conditions or previous experience required.

Max. Group size: 10 participants


Language of instruction: German

Spoken languages: German, English

Topics of the workshops / lectures (selection)

  • Introduction to Hatha Yoga
  •  The six yoga paths
  •  The eight stages of yoga to Patanjali
  •  The Universal Ethical Principles of Yama and Niyama
  •  Meditation techniques
  •  Stress management with yoga
  •  Introduction to Ayurveda (the path of long healthy and happy life)
  •  Healthy ayurvedic diet

Verena Diefenbach - Yoga teacher, meditation teacher

yoga and meditation retreatSpiritual Name: Mahashakti (sanskr .: great / universal force / energy)

Certified as yoga teacher at the International Yoga Alliance RYT 500

Yoga Studio in Mahashakti in Radebeul (Germany) and in  Hikkaduwa (Sri Lanka)

Verena has turned after the completion of professional practice the universal path of yoga (MahashaktiYoga) and give it in her yoga classes and workshops with great devotion and affection.  In the yoga groups of Yoga Studio Mahashakti is teaching the classic Hatha Yoga in the tradition of Sivananda Yoga, continued in Yoga Vidya Yoga (, taught to the development of physical and spiritual health and serenity.  Yoga teaching is based on the traditional vedantic philosophy combined with a contemporary use of Hatha Yoga on physical and mental wellbeing.

Verena DiefenbachVerena has her education and training as a yoga teacher and meditation teacher at Yoga Vidya in Bad Meinberg (Germany) with currently completing more than 1300 hours.

Special fields of application are yoga nidra, nada yoga, mantra yoga, spiritual life counseling.  Verena is trained as an Ayurveda cook and brings this knowledge into the diet and meals during the retreat.

Place of the Retreat

The Retreat “13 days yoga and meditation in Sri Lanka (MahashaktiYoga)” will take place in Hikkaduwa, about 100 km south of the capital Colombo instead.  Hikkaduwa is a famous seaside town, where the lightness and carelessness still live, away from the big tourism.  Surfing, diving in coral reefs, relaxing on the golden beach and picturesque sunsets are here.

With only ten minutes easy walk from Villa Shanthi through picturesque typical villas and gardens to reach the hustle and bustle of the beach and the lively town with countless restaurants, markets and shops for souvenirs, clothing, jewelry and precious stones and ayurvedic products.

Sri Lanka is a country with a thousand years old high culture, which can be experienced impressively in the archaeological sites of the UNESCO world cultural heritage.  Sri Lanka has paradisiacal landscapes with tropical tress and plants and exotic animals, rice paddies, palm groves, Wildlife Safari’s, countless ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples, endless beaches to the overall e island.  A round trip to the beauties of Sri Lanka prior to or following the retreat rounds off the stay rewarding.  The team Villa Shanthi is happy to help with the mediation.

Villa Shanthi

Situated on a gentle hilltop, Villa Shanthi is a unique luxurious retreat in the famous beach town of Hikkaduwa.  A quiet, secluded from the outside world Villa Shanthi is a power and energy-place of peace for rest and relaxation, yoga and meditation.  “Shanthi” means peace and stands for the peace and serenity of this place.

The newly built and spacious villa has five 32 m² en-suite DeluxeDoubleRooms with oversized double beds, with romantic mosquito nets, hand-crafted furniture made from local craftsmen, ceiling fans, two rooms with air conditioning, three rooms with country typical natural ventillation, refrigerator, safe, free Wi-Fi and other amenities.

Four large airy and shady Veranda’s and balconies offer stunning view of the beautiful tropical garden with swimming pool and sun loungers.  An 80 m² veranda is ideal as a yoga hall.  In the elegant lounge and dining area one can stay wonderful and enjoyable to take the homemade dishes of our own highly qualified cook.


The board includes three vegetarian/vegan meals a day with breakfast, lunch and dinner; herbal teas and cold or hot water.  The meals are prepared according to traditional recipes in compliance with Sri Lankan ayurvedic nutritional principles.

The price includes:

  • Twice daily yoga classes (asanas), breath exercises (pranayama), meditation, satsang with mantra singing
  • Two workshops / lectures per week (a total of four)
  • Three excursions to the surrounding area
  • Thirteen nights in DeLuxeDoubleRooms
  • Three meals daily
  • Airport transfer (pick-up and drop-off)


  • Other excursions
  •  Ayurvedic type determination by an Ayurvedic physician
  •  Ayurvedic treatments and massages (except house)
  •  Arranging Round Tours (before or after).

The price does not include:

  • Return Flight
  • Travel Cancellation Insurance
  • Personal expenses

Clothing and other notes

The daily temperatures are all year around 30 ° C. It is recommended light and loose clothing, primarily pure cotton or linen. You can buy pretty and suitable clothing for little money on the town, this also helps the local families.  Also the clothes for the yoga and meditation sessions should be very comfortable and light.

Important is a head cover against sun exposure (especially at the beach) and sun protection oil or lotion.  Also protection against occasional tropical heavy raining is helpful (all ingrained waiting usually until it’s all over – and rarely lasts longer than 1 ½ hours).  Medication according to your personal requirements.  The usual travel vaccination are recommended.


A passport is required, which is still valid for at least six months.  In addition, a tourist visa is required that can be conveniently ordered online at .  It is also possible to obtain the visa upon arrival at the airport Colombo against an additional fee.

Booking and cancellation conditions

On your booking request, you will receive a confirmation of reservation and booking, which takes effect with the payment of an immediate deposit of 25% of the retreat price.

Payment of the remaining retreat price (75%) must be made no later than 30 days before arrival.  For bookings made within 30 days prior to arrival, the entire retreat price will be due immediately.  The cost of foreign credit cards or bank transfers are your responsibility.  In the event of cancellation from booking, the non-arrival or early departure you will be charged:

  • From 14 days prior to arrival / non-arrival:                100% of the retreat price
  • Early departure:                                                           100% of the retreat price

The conclusion of a travel cancellation insurance is recommended.


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