What happens if the rooms are double and I am travelling on my own?

We anticipate a number of participants to be in this situation, and can easily match people together.  We will host a yoga and information gathering event prior to departure so you can get to know your ‘roomy’ beforehand.  If there are any issues, please let us know and we will do our best to resolve it.

Can my special dietary requirements be catered for?

Simply advise of us any dietary restrictions and we will notify the hotels.  Sri Lanka has a strong vegetarian culture and our food stops are at high quality places that cater for a wide range of requirements.

Do I need to be able to do a certain level of yoga? 

No - All levels of yoga are catered for.  This retreat is ultimately about more than just asana’s.  It’s an opportunity to deepen your practice through the energetic and spiritual aspects of yoga – incorporating pranayama, kriya, mantra and meditation.  All you actually need is to be open to transformation!

We have specifically capped the number of participants to 12, to ensure a personalised experience where individuals are fully supported throughout every aspect of the retreat.   This intimate group size also enables us to travel with ease throughout different locations, whilst staying at gorgeous boutique accommodation.

How many participants are on the retreat?

To register simply email Avril directly and a registration form will be forwarded to you: info@avrilbastiansz.com 

Alternatively, you can contact notify us via the website contact page: https://www.avrilbastiansz.com/contact

How do I sign up?

The official retreat opening is at 8.00 am on November 22 at Galle Face Hotel in Colombo, so we have arranged for check-in on the evening of November 21.  We will liaise with the hotel regarding your individual check-in time based on your flight arrival time.

What time is check in and check out?

For those travelling from Melbourne, there are currently great deals available with Sri Lankan Airlines, with DIRECT return flights costing $1,086.00.  Additionally the Sri Lankan government has currently waived any Visa fees so there’s never been a better time to go.  The suggested flights are:

Departure Flight:

Departing Melbourne:            Sri Lanka Airline UL605              Nov 21 at 17.25

Arriving Colombo : Nov 21 at 22.35

(Total duration: 10.40 hrs)


Return Flight:

Departing Colombo:                Sri Lanka Airline UL604 Dec 4 at 00.25

Arriving Melbourne:                 Dec 4 at 15.55

(Total duration: 10.00 hrs)

For those travelling via other States or countries, check directly with your preferred airline.   

Please note, flight costs are not included in retreat fees. 

What flights should I book?

If you are travelling on the suggested flights, a driver will be available to pick you up upon arrival and drop you back at the airport for departure.  If you are travelling on different flights, a taxi or private car can be arranged at the airport (approximately an hour travel time, depending on traffic).  Please contact us if you require support for this.

Are transfers included from the airport to hotel?

Two drivers have been arranged to transport the group throughout the duration of the retreat.   We will be travelling in a modern, comfortable van with air-conditioning, allowing plenty of opportunity to see the incredibly diverse landscape of the island.

How are we travelling between destinations?

Upon registration we will provide you with a comprehensive suggested list of items to pack.  The average temperature during December is a sunny 30 degrees during the day, and a low of around 22 degrees.  There will also be plenty of opportunity to shop, so light packing is recommended ;)

What do you recommend to pack?

Yes.  As with all travel, it is highly recommended that you arrange for full travel insurance.

Should I arrange travel insurance?