Tracy

April 20,

A truely authentic rustic and simple Sri Lankan experience with traditional food and local experiences. An adventure down to the river with the locals was the highlight of my stay. Meditation under the bodhi tree was also a unique experience. Your host, Sam is a big hearted man with a passion for improving the life’s of the locals with his water filter project – the info can be found on the ashram website.

Private Feedback: Thank you Sam and Anusha you were both amazing hosts and I really appreciate everything you did to make my stay the experience it was for me. The place would t have been the same without you and am glad you were there while I was there.

Guillaume

March 24, 201

C’est un super endroit au calme dans la foret (pas de sollicitation), bonne nourriture vege, pratique yoga et meditation de sa propre initiative (car rien d’organise), architecture super sympa : maisons en boue, mini lac avec poisson, chambre avec jardin(!).

Mauricio

March 19, 201

it’s a good place for rest and calm down your mind, you don’t need to be worried about anything, amazing flora & fauna and of course the food.

Malou

March 17, 201

Lovely place, really the best place to relax in nature. It is not a real Ashram, so be aware of that before booking. But you can do yoga and meditation yourself.

Beatrice

it's not a traditional Ashram but it's the best place to come down and relax.

March 15, 201

For up, it’s not a traditional Ashram but it’s the best place to come down and relaxe. The food was amazing and the people are so nice. It felt like a second home. I love this place! Thanks for your awesome hospitality!

Private Feedback: Thank you so much for the great time on to your amazing place!

Clothilde

March 14, 201

Magnifique endroit au cœur de la jungle, ideal pour se reposer, lire, étudier, prendre du temps pour soi. Possibilité de pratiquer le yoga dans la tree house, la méditation sous le bodhi tree . Les chambres sont mi a l’interieur, mi a l’exterieur! J’ai adoré cet endroit, j’y retourne dans quelques semaines!

Bobbie

March 4, 201

Beautiful tranquil place, perfect to be just be. Great food and friendly hosts

Private Feedback: It’s exactly what it says it is

Gawan

February 27, 201

Wonderful place to really find peace. I was the first few days the only guest staying. Not much to do here so you can really focus on the meditation. Staff is all locals with very basic English, but their golden hearts and smile say all that’s needed. Food is delicious and made from only pure ingredients. Katuwana is 20 min walk, with once a week a local market. Fruits are not served so much so you might want to get some from there. River 20/30 min walk, staff will gladly show you the way.

Private Feedback: Thank you for the stay at this wonderful place. I end up staying for 1 week

Jay

February 18, 201

Beautiful and quiet place to do some yoga and meditation in an authentic Sri Lankan village. Sam and the other people working at the place were so sweet and the food was amazing! I enjoyed staying in the simple mud room and enjoying a shower under the open sky. We had a nice walk down to a swim in a nearby river as well. There no instruction given, so it’s really just a nice place to relax and deepen your own practice.

Private Feedback: thank you, I had such a wonderful stay!

Jeanne

February 9, 201

What an amazing stay ! If you like living in the middle of nature, you’re not afraid of insects and animals, and you need some “me time”, this is what you need ! I loved my room, with the open air bathroom. It is not the most comfortable place you’ll find but you’ll be amazed of what you can understand about yourself by staying there. And the food.. the cook is a magician ! It is the best food I’ve had so far in Sri Lanka ! Thank you for those wonderful days. It feels like I’ve leaved a new family !

Private Feedback: Thank you Sam for this stay ! It really was what I needed at this moment. If I ever come back to Sri Lanka, I’ll go to the ashram, hoping you’ll be there this time !

Julia

February 5, 201

The perfect place for some relaxation and contemplation, because theres not much more then beautiful nature, and good food! Don’t expect that you will entertained with yoga and meditation all day, maybe when you ask for it, but like they describe on the website merely you have to be your own teacher.

Private Feedback: Thank you for the wonderful stay, it was exactly what I needed and the perfect place for some relaxation. And the food was delicious!

Luca

February 5, 201

Peaceful place and great staff. Excellent for self retreat. Simple and basic furnishment. Delicious vegan fresh food.

Private Feedback: I had a great experience, thank you! For new guestes just explain better is not an ashram as per common sense. While I was there three people came, two of them went away becouse a real ashram (Guru included :D) was expected. Wish coming again. Goodbye Luca

Ben

January 29, 2019

What an experience! Everybody should try at least 3 days here to rest, meditate, and eat the best food ever!

Private Feedback: Don’t forget to put a sign for ladies with bikini!

Georgie

January 28, 2019

This was an incredible , raw experience out in the rainforest in Sri Lanka with the best food we had the whole trip. Sam was a lovely , very chilled host, offering us occasional Buddhist teachings. We did a silent retreat for a day and the other says were very quiet and peaceful. Would highly recommend.

Peder

January 26, 2019

The place that Sam and his community has built is truly amazing. With everything you need it is the perfect place to unwind and find your inner peace. The hospitality is without bounds and everyone are welcome as sisters and brothers. And the food, OMG the food, Gamini makes the best rice and curry I’ve ever had and if I ever go back to Sri Lanka, if for nothing else I will make it back just for Gamini’s food. Depending on your definition of an Ashram the word might be a bit misleading. Without a spiritual leader at premise or any structured lessons what you make of your time there is completely up to you. I spent a lot of time meditating and reading about meditation in the books that were available. Once Sam and Mati showed up, they were able to provide their views and thoughts about Buddhism and meditation. If possible, make sure to spend some time when they are around, it will for sure improve your experience. All in all, this was for me an amazing experience and if I return to Sri Lanka, this is for me the most important place to revisit

Private Feedback: Sam, you and your friends are amazing human beings and I’m so glad that I get the opportunity to meet you and see the place that you’ve built for yourselves and others. the time spent at your place was truly amazing and I’m taking a lot of positive energy with my back home from the experience. thank you, Peder

Katie

January 26, 2019

A great place for self-lead meditation and learning. A beautiful, tranquil location and delicious food.

Private Feedback: Thank you again 😊 awesome place and people

Alexandra

January 22, 2019

Wenn man sich völlig erwartungslos auf die Zeit im Ashram einstellt, passiert wunderbares. Vielen Dank für die Erfahrung von Naturverbundenheit, Irrelevanz der Zeit, Stille & der Schönheit von Einfachheit.

Sally

January 16, 2019

For the ultimate in relaxation, getting back to nature and escaping it all. Sam was such a welcoming host from the moment I arrived. I will never forget his kindness and hospitality. Thank you, brother.

Private Feedback: Thank you for making me feel at home from the moment I arrived. I cannot wait to come back.

Eva

January 1, 2019

Great place for inward journey, very quiet and peaceful. Very basic. Amazing food.

Private Feedback: Thank you very much for hosting me, very special time

Claus

December 29, 2018

Das Yoga Ashram liegt wunderschön mitten im Wald nahe der Ortschaft Katuwana. Die Unterkunft besteht aus zwei einfachen Gebäuden in Lehmbauweise, wovon eines von Gamini, dem Koch und Mädchen für alles, sowie als Essensraum genutzt wird. Das andere Gebäude liegt ein paar Schritte oberhalb und bildet die Gästeunterkunft. Die jeweiligen Räume gehen von einem Innenraum mit angelegtem Teich aus und bestehen aus Bett mit Moskitonetz, Tisch, Stuhl, offene Dusche und Toilette. Der Raum ist über dem Bett und Tisch überdacht, der Rest befindet sich im Freien und wird von einer Mauer begrenzt (daher auch die Außendusche und Toilette kein Problem). Strom ist in allen Gebäuden vorhanden (Adapter mitbringen) Die Verpflegung von Gamini ist super. Was er auf seiner sehr einfachen Feuerstelle zustande bringt, ist sehr gute Sri Lanka Küche, vegan und köstlich. Essen wird dreimal am Tag zubereitet, wobei immer jeweils mindestens ein Curry erneuert wird. Tee ist den ganzen Tag verfügbar. Zur Meditation gibt es mehrere Locations. Für Yoga ist man auf sich alleine gestellt, ein paar alte Matten sind noch vorhanden, aber kaum mehr verwendbar. Ich war vier Nächte im Ashram und war tagsüber meist in den Wäldern unterwegs (Schlangen, Affen, Vögel, Lizards, Warane usw.) oder war am 7km entfernten See Muruthawela Reservoir, wo ich auch geschwommen bin. Gegen 16 Uhr setzte tropischer Regen ein und ich nutzte die Zeit für Yoga oder zum entspannen. Das Yoga Ashram ist ein ruhiger Ort, es findet nichts statt, keine Störungen, aber auch kein Programm und kein Komfort. Wenn man das möchte und die Zeit für Meditation nützt, ist man hier richtig. Wenn man Yoga mit anderen praktizieren möchte kann es problematisch werden.

Arya

December 22, 2018

This place is way cool. Way way cool. Quiet. The absolute coolest vibe. Imagine you have been abducted by a tribe living in harmony with their surroundings, themselves and all other life forms. Yes this place is that.. A rare find in a world of very disconnected beings!

Private Feedback: First of all, airbnb asks the STUPIDEST QUESTIONS. how was your experince compared to your expectations? What kind of foolishness is this? I don’t have expectations ever. I really can’t deal with airbnb’s A.I. run corporation. As far as my “private” note to ashram,what the hell do u mean PRIVATE. THIS IS ON THE INTERNET. GAMINI and his daughter are walking examples of self realization. beings connected to Earth’s pulse. I simply love them and was sooo comfortable with them. I want to experience some dishes without coconut GaminI! I want to cook some when I return to you beloved forest dwellers. WHICH I WILL DO INDEED. ABSOLUTELY

Alexander

December 22, 2018

Very best place to come down, leave all belongings behind you. I got the best food I ever had from the best cook I ever meet. All guys have been so friendly and you find your self in a very lovely surrounding in the middle of nowhere. I got teaching for meditation, sitting down a very beautiful and old Bodhi tree from a super lovely guy. Had also nice experiences while going around with him and seeing nice places. I’m sure to come back next year for some weeks and going on to step deeper into my self. It’s a place, where you can be your self and nobody will say to you what to do. Thanks for all and go on your way

Private Feedback: Very best place to come down, leave all belongings behind you. I got the best food I ever had from the best cook I ever meet. All guys have been so friendly and you find your self in a very lovely surrounding in the middle of nowhere. I got teaching for meditation, sitting down a very beautiful and old Bodhi tree from a super lovely guy. Had also nice experiences while going around with him and seeing nice places. I’m sure to come back next year for some weeks and going on to step deeper into my self. It’s a place, where you can be your self and nobody will say to you what to do. Thanks for all and go on your way

Heidi

August 1, 2018

The Ashram is a beautiful, calm, natural retreat completely away from the world. The food is all local, authentic Sri Lankan and amazing! The facilities are simple Ashram style. If you are looking for a place where you can refresh, meditate and just ‘be’ then this will be one of the best places you can find in the world!

Private Feedback: Again, Thankyou so much! The place is amazing and I will be sure to recommend it to my like minded friends!

Silvia

July 1, 201

This place is a wonderful place. Incredible birds, many other animals, a lovely cat and three nice street-house dogs. Great oldschool mud architecture and good, proper food cooked by the chef of the house, Gamini. It’s pretty silent here, although it’s not just jungle, but rather a very wide spread village in the jungle, so always some people around, but mostly at the kitchen house, not at the main / sleeping house. Still you can hear from far people working and listening to very loud music (you just hear a little, little sound…). It’s a marvelous place to relax and enjoy oneself. Though, after staying one entire month, we thought it is not an Ashram. I think one can get really relaxed after some days, but for really working the inner space, it’s just not equipped properly. especially for longterm and daily intense yoga practice not, for that it is too busy somehow. We had the chance to discuss our impressions and suggestions to the owners in detail on how to make this place a real paradise for inner experiences. Still: We had a great time and are very thankful for every moment spent here. Go there and check it out, it’s very, very beautiful and it needs you to go there and… work! thanks a lot for every talk and silent moment.

Michal

April 30, 201

very peaceful place, slept amazing being disconnected from everything in such a beautiful place

Melissa

April 27, 201

I really enjoyed my time in the ashram. It’s such a peaceful location, directly in the jungle, so that one can watch the nature from sunrise to sunset. And even during the night … so many fireflies. The whole place is just like magic and the food is legendary! I already miss my swinging bed and the nice talks I had with Sam and the other guests. Furthermore, I learned the meaning of ‚enough‘ 🙂 Thank you so much for your hospitality, your time and everything!

Private Feedback: I already miss the legendary food! Thanks for the stay … I enjoyed it so much!

Maria Laura

April 10, 20

Great place to disconnect and be in nature….

Angela

January 4, 201

Hi Sam, I wrote everything I have to say in the book. I was really sorry that I didn’t meet you personally.

Celine

November 19, 201

My stay in Asrham Sri Lanka was simply amazing. I can’t imagine a better place to recenter and meditate. Sam is always there with a nice little saying and Gamini makes the best food ever. They both took care of me like I was family and I’m definitely coming back as soon as I can to continue this awesome adventure with them. Om Shanti

Private Feedback: Thank you again!!!! See you next year and keep in touch 😀

Jenny

May 30, 201

The whole complex is made up of the mainhouse, a smaller “mudhouse” and a new almost finished bigger 3-side-bungalow with space for another couple of people. The house where i was, is a beautifully and with love built bungalow. It is made out of natural resources like earth, wood and stone. It is open to many sides and allows to stay in contact with nature at all times. The house is in a private jungle and the closest village is a 7-minute busride away. Families live in colourful houses nearby in walking distance and often come around for a visit. It is a great place to exchange stories and share life. My favourite place was by far the treehouse just a little up the hill with an amazing view over the jungle and to the hills in the distance. It is a perfect place to detatch oneself and do yoga or meditate. The name ashram, may be misleading when you expect an indian hindu-meditation center. There are no programs or activities, no religious dogma or prayers and no spiritual guiding (when Sam isn’t there). Instead, you create your own day and concentrate on yourself. There is a bookshelf full of usefull literature and also outside of the spiritual range. The best thing is Gamini’s food, though. He provides you with 3 huge meals a day and uses traditional recipes. From coconut sambol to jackfruit curry with rice, it never gets boring. Sadly, the owner Sam was only there for two nights, as he has a lot of projects on the side. When he was there he had an open ear for everyone and tought right from wrong. If you are experienced in meditation this is the place to be. You are cut off from humanmade stress and noise. Instead the sounds of nature are omnipresent. It is a good place to be alone with oneself and maybe not talk for some time, as the main language is singala (english is spoken rudimentary)

Ditte

The ashram is the place to go if you are looking for a calm and peaceful environment for your meditation og yoga practice. If you wish, Sam will teach you about meditation. You can do yoga in your room or in the treehouse. Bring your own yoga mat or use the ones there. The ashram is in a private jungle and the directions at the website are easy to follow – bus drivers know where to stop and the tuk-tuks are across the road. If you wish you can walk from the main Road – the ashram is on (Website hidden by Airbnb) Sam is very friendly and so are the others at the ashram – and Garmeni cooks the best food (vegan food). The house is made from clay and it is basic and very nice. The room in the house, where I stayed, is nice, clean, and with moskito-nets. There is a water-filter, so you can refill your water bottle. Overall it is so peaceful and quiet at the ashram; I recommend for everyone to go there – and find themselves or learn more about themselves.

Private Feedback: Thank you Sam. Thanks for the talks and the loving atmosphere at the ashram. I hope to see you again – and we will read that newspaper that day :

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