Rates from $899


Surf+Yoga Package

Our retreat is a complete experience for the surfer-yogi or anyone interested in learning both disciplines in a magical atmosphere. Our surf & yoga package includes surf lessons, teacher led yoga classes and everything else you need for the week. The experience we have tailored for the retreat is how we love to live. It is unique and absolutely amazing to be able to share this lifestyle with our guests.

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  • 7 x Nights accommodation: Sunday to Sunday in our Colonial Villa in a shared room
  • 7 x Breakfasts
  • 5 x Lunches
  • 4 x Afternoon tea
  • 5 x Dinners
  • 5 x Sunshinestories surf theory lessons
  • 5 x Sunshinestories surf lessons with surf coaching from certified, on-site Sunshinestories instructors
  • 5 x Video analysis of your surfing (personalized video sessions with your surf coach. every surf session is video filmed and analyzed)
  • 10 x Yoga sessions
  • Free use of surfboards
  • Transport to surf lessons
  • Video evaluation (at the end of the week we do a final video analysis and help you make personal goals to continue to progress as a surfer on your own)
  • Your own surfing video (at the end of the week you’ll get a video of your best surf clips)
  • A visit to our favourite Buddhist temple
  • A cooking class making traditional Sri Lankan food with our head chef
  • Guidance as to great local spots in and out of the surf
  • The Sunshinestories Guidebook to Sri Lanka’s south coast
  • Our help arranging day trips
  • Sri Lankan tea & freshly ground coffee throughout the day
  • And of course, unlimited fresh coconuts

Surf Package

Simply all of the above without the yoga sessions. We strongly recommend to do Surf+Yoga or at least try to do a couple of sessions and see wether it’s something for you or not. We really think it’s the perfect combination. If yoga is not your cup of tea, than this is the package for you.

 

Guest coach: longboarder Karson Lewis

Do you wanna get your toes to the nose? Make your shuffling steps turn into proper cross steps? Join Bing Surfboards team rider Karson Lewis 11-18 December 2016 for a longboard workshop at our surf and yoga retreat! You will get all the goodness of a Sunshinestories retreat: yoga sessions, excursions, good food and all of your surf sessions filmed. Your surf coach for the week will be professional longboarder Karson Lewis. Read more about her and the week here: http://sunshinestories.com/karson-coastal-x-sunshinestories/

Yoga Package

  • 7 x Nights accommodation: Sunday to Sunday in our Colonial Villa in a shared room
  • 7 x Breakfasts
  • 5 x Lunches
  • 4 x Afternoon tea
  • 5 x Dinners
  • 10 x Yoga sessions
  • A visit to our favourite Buddhist temple
  • A cooking class making traditional Sri Lankan food with our head chef
  • Knowledge and guidance as to great local spots in and out of the surf
  • The Sunshinestories Guidebook to Sri Lanka’s south coast
  • Our help arranging day trips
  • Sri Lankan tea & freshly ground coffee throughout the day
  • And of course, unlimited fresh coconuts

For all the above packages, the only additional thing you need to pay for is transportation from the airport, beverages, and two meals out. Read more about the villa and what is included here.

Rates 2016/2017


SEASON PERIOD   SURF+YOGA SURF PACKAGE YOGA PACKAGE NO SURF/YOGA
Peak Season 16/17 December 25, 2016 – January 15, 2017 USD 1399 USD 1299 USD 1299 USD 1199
High season -17 January 15th – April 2nd USD 1299 USD 1199 USD 1199 USD 1099
Peak Season -17 April 2nd – April 16th USD 1399 USD 1299 USD 1299 USD 1199
Shoulder Season -17 April 16th – April 30th USD 1199 USD 1099 USD 1099 USD 999
Summer Season -17 April 30th – October 22nd USD 1099 USD 999 USD 999 USD 899
Shoulder Season -17 October 22nd – November 12th USD 1199 USD 1099 USD 1099 USD 999
High Season -17 November 12th – December 24th USD 1299 USD 1199 USD 1199 USD 1099
Peak Season 17/18 December 24 – January 14th USD 1399 USD 1299 USD 1299 USD 1199
High season 17/18 January 14th – April 1st USD 1299 USD 1199 USD 1199 USD 1099

Prices are given per person in a shared room for a one week (7 nights) retreat. We always charge in USD. Please check oanda.com for today’s exchange rate. We only offer one week packages. It is not possible to participate in only one surf or one yoga session.

Kids between 10-16 receive a 20% discount any of the above packages.

Non surfer-yogi package

Each week we have two spots for non surfers / yogis. These spots are perfect for the family member or partner that want to join the retreat but have little interest in taking part in the surf or yoga lessons. It is also a good package for the solo surfer who just wants a great place to stay while exploring the surf on his/her own. The non surfer-yogi will still get to live their sunshine story with us, enjoy our delicious food, and experience our slice of heaven on Sri Lanka.

Please note that the surfers and yogis have quite busy days with surf theory, surf lessons, and yoga sessions, but there will still be time for you to hang out during dinners and during our free day.

There is a selection of fun activities in our area that are great for the adventurer including: whale watching, seeing the snake farm, visiting the turtle sanctuary, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, diving, mountain biking, off road motorbiking, stand up paddle boarding, visiting the tea plantations, relaxing through Ayurvedic treatments, taking cooking lessons, shopping in Galle, and the list goes on.

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  • 7 x Nights accommodation: Sunday to Sunday in our Colonial Villa in a shared room
  • 7 x Breakfasts
  • 5 x Lunches
  • 4 x Afternoon tea
  • 5 x Dinners
  • A visit to our favourite Buddhist temple
  • A cooking class making traditional Sri Lankan food with our head chef
  • Knowledge and guidance as to great local spots in and out of the surf
  • The Sunshinestories Guidebook to Sri Lanka’s south coast
  • Our help arranging day trips
  • Sri Lankan tea & freshly ground coffee throughout the day
  • And of course, unlimited fresh coconuts

Please note that we only have two spots per week so this package might not be available at all times.

Two week special

If you want to stay for two weeks or more you will get 20% off the additional week(s) on any of the above packages. It’s a great deal and something we especially encourage surfers to do as two weeks gives a great amount of time to practice and progress in your surfing.

Arrival & Departure

The retreat always starts on Sunday and ends on the following Sunday. Check-in is 14:00 and check-out is 10:00 the following Sunday. We are very strict with these times. We don’t allow guests to arrive earlier than 14:00 on the first Sunday or depart later than 10:00 on last Sunday. We rearrange for the next week at Sunshinestories during this time. If you arrive early, we can recommend a few favourite of our restaurants nearby with swimming pools and beach access where you can relax and unwind at until you can check in. If you will arrive late for check-in, let us know and we will fill you in on the information that you will miss on Sunday afternoon. We don’t do surf lessons on Sunday mornings, so if you need to leave us earlier than 10:00am, know that you won’t miss any surf if you have to fly out on Saturday evening. Let us know if you will arrive or depart at special times and we can help you organize your check-in and check-out, if not, see you at 14:00.

Flying to Sri Lanka

The international airport on Sri Lanka is COLOMBO (CMB). From Stockholm and Copenhagen we recommend flying with Qatar Airways with a quick stop in Doha before landing in Colombo, Sri Lanka 12 hours later. We use momondo.com to find the best flights & deals. Don’t forget to grab a glass of free Champagne included in economy and business class!

Which season to go?

Sri Lanka is a great destination all year around with a tropical climate and sea and air temperatures constant throughout the year at 27-31ºC (80ºF). Sri Lanka has two distinct climate zones with two different wet and dry seasons.

Winter season (December-April) Sunny blue skies with offshore wind and waves in the 2-6ft range. This is considered the high season. Most spots can get fairly crowded, but less known spots off the beaten track have less crowds. Good season for surfers in levels 1 to 4.

Summer season (April-October) We normally get really good swells with waves in the 2-8ft range. Most advanced surf spots get onshore winds; whereas, some of the best beginner spots still get offshore winds. This is considered low season, so most spots in our area get little to no crowd. This season is great for surfers in levels 1 and 2. The summer is considered monsoon season, so we have occasional rains and thunderstorms in morning or evening which means the jungle is beautifully lush and green.

Shoulder seasons (October/November & April) The winds normally change mid-October with the swells in the 4-8ft range. It is a great season with big swells and offshore winds at all the spots in our area. November and October are affected by an inter-monsoonal period with occasional heavy rains. When people ask about October and November, we normally answer, “the jungle is super green and lush, not too hot, crowds are low, and surf is pumping! It’s one of our favorite seasons.” In April the bigger swells start to kick in again. April is not affected by the monsoon, and it’s also a great period with few crowds and waves in the 2-8ft range. It’s a good season for surfers in levels 1 to 4.

Visa

You have to get a VISA to enter Sri Lanka. If you are staying on Sri Lanka for less than 1 month, you can apply for a tourist visa online (Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) via Sri Lanka’s official site. Your passport needs to have two free pages and must be valid for 6 months after your trip. If you are staying longer, it is best to apply for a 3 month visa from the Sri Lankan embassy in your home country.

Getting to the Sunshinestories retreat

We’re located in Ahangama. Pronounced: A-han-gama. We work with good drivers and can arrange transportation from the airport or from anywhere else on the island to our villa. Transportation through us costs 100USD one way for 1-6 persons. Driving from Colombo Airport to Sunshinestories takes about 2,5-3 hours depending on traffic. Read more about our location and where you’ll be staying here.

Booking form

Want to book? Use the form below. We charge 50% of the retreat price upon booking (non refundable), and the remaining 50% in USD notes when you arrive. If you cancel less than 60 days prior to your arrival we can’t refund any money and will need to charge you 100% of the retreat cost. We need to apply a 4% payment fee to all online payments / bank transfers / credit and debit card payments, for the cash payment on arrival there are no additional fees.

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