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ULPOTHA 8 Limbs of Hatha Yoga with Michael Barnes in Sri Lanka

Includes daily morning (dynamic) and evening (restorative/pranayama) yoga classes, 3 veggie meals & snacks & juices, twin-sharing accommodation in elegant huts, swimming in silky freshwater lake, bike rides, hikes, excursions to local ancient heritage sites and much more. Ayurveda treatments on option. One or two week stays, Sunday to Sunday.


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Cultural Triangle near Dambulla, Dambulla LK

Type of Event

  • Retreat

Yoga Styles



Jan 5 to
Jan 19
12:00 pmto10:00 am

Sunday to Sunday - one or two weeks available. All levels.
Check-in: 12 noon - first class in early evening.
Check-out: 10am - last class is on the Saturday evening



Full Description

Ulpotha is a beautifully situated sustainable traditional village in the heart of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle.

Yoga classes will be offered in the morning and evening - the time in between is all yours: relax in a swingbed, have a massage from one of our excellent visiting practitioners, swim in the lake, bird-watch, explore the surrounding villages on a bike ride, take a jungle walk up to the temple, have traditional Ayurveda treatments, order outfits from the local tailor, check out the well-stocked library for books on Yoga and Ayurveda, and enjoy yummy veggie Sri Lankan meals made with fresh produce from our gardens!

Excursions to outstanding heritage sites in the heart of the Cultural Triangle are organised weekly.

Ulpotha is a retreat in every sense of the time and place to enjoy life and health, and live by the natural rhythms and ancient rituals of the land. There is no strict regime here, it's all about what you feel like doing. On arrival you will be given a sarong – and your holiday begins.

Guests are accommodated in one of a number of tastefully decorated traditional wattle and daub huts sprinkled through Ulpotha, where living is by design a communal and shared experience in nature's embrace.

Ayurveda treatments are available on option.

One or two week stays.
Mick is a 1000hr Teacher based in Sydney. 200hr Samadhi, 300hr Jivamukti, 500hr Jivamukti mentor and Advanced cert Jivamukti teacher. Registered with both Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance.

Born and residing in Sydney Australia Mick has co owned and operated different schools (Jivamukti Sydney, Samadhi Yoga Newtown) over his 12 years of teaching. He currently owns and operates The Yoga Factory at Annandale.

His emphasis nowadays is on inclusiveness, keeping things grounded and accessible to all. This means understanding the importance of fundamental asana and methodology. Giving students the time and space to breath, find stillness and progress. Finding the breath, observing, giving up desire and attachment to physical form and turning inward seems to tick all the boxes in terms of improving strength, flexibility and mind clarity. Rushing the process and forcing students into poses through athleticism and force is not conducive to peace nor progress. The practice is a process, not an event and every day it is different hence the need for some familiarity with the fundamentals.

Morning classes will be building foundations and bringing awareness to the importance of bandha, drishti and breath. From these fundamentals we will progress over the two-weeks to new challenges with variations to suit all. Afternoon classes will be some asana with kriyas, pranayama and meditation. Mick likes to see who is in the class and what and where they are at, therefore creating an intelligent and safe practice for all. He hopes to meet some new faces along with some old faces and enjoy the retreat together at this very special place, Ulpotha.