My partner and I stayed at Green Peace Inn for one week in January 2020 for a yoga and meditation retreat.
Not only did the retreat change our lives, we were also fed some of the most delicious vegan food we’ve ever had. The operators of the retreat, Alex and Martina, are incredibly down-to-earth, friendly, and knowledgeable about yoga, meditation, consciousness, etc. and they exude very joyful and positive vibes. We felt like part of the family as soon as we walked in on the first day - greeted with hugs and big smiles. We felt so comfortable at Green Peace and it really felt like home.
We had two yoga classes each day put on by various instructors (AM and PM), three guided meditations throughout the week, one group singing circle (which was amazing) during the week and one group breathwork session (which was also amazing) during the week. There was also plenty of downtime to go to the beach (about 20 metres away), hang out at the Inn (there are many places to relax), go into Weligama city, or work on your individual practice (the entire space is inspiring and conducive to this).
Vegan breakfast and dinner were provided and are included in the cost. Portions were great and there was always extra food at the end of the meal if anyone was still hungry. A vegan dessert was also provided after dinner each night. The food was something that everyone looked forward to before each meal, with each one being unique and creative. It was clear that a lot of love went into making each meal. We really appreciated the time we took before each meal to think of something we were grateful for, followed by smelling the food and looking at the colours and textures of the food. There was a big focus on being present while eating.
The yoga classes were of high quality and varied in difficulty. Morning classes were quicker-paced vinyasa classes and evening classes were restorative/yin classes, which was a perfect set-up. Yoga classes were suitable for all levels and there was a lot of instruction regarding proper alignment of poses.
Guided meditations were also great, with plenty of good instruction and various types of meditations provided. The group breathwork session was amazing and inspiring. They also offer private breathwork sessions, which we did and were well worth it.
Additional positives include: free herbal tea all day (with many different varieties, all grown and produced in Sri Lanka), free water refill (and encouragement to bring your own reusable water bottle), a focus on no plastic and minimal waste, a library to borrow books from, yoga mats/blocks/straps provided, and cafe with a small lunch menu (additional cost), and a cooking class with a friendly local Sri Lankan woman (additional cost, but well worth it).
Overall, this experience was one of the greatest we have ever had and we would highly recommend for anyone who is remotely interested in yoga, meditation, or deepening their spiritual practice. We will make every effort to attend more retreats at Green Peace Inn in the future. Thank you for the great experience!