7 Nights/ 8 days New Year Vinyasa Yoga with Wade Gotwals

  • Organizer: Ulpotha
  • Type: Yoga Retreat
  • Starting From: 22-December-2019
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Area: Kurunegala, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
  • Food: Vegetarian,Vegan,Gluten Free,Organic,Ayurvedic,Dairy Free,Nut Free
  • Surrounding area: Lake,Close To Nature


Wade teaches a unique fusion of styles derived from his travels and from the inspirations of teachers like Dharma Mittra and Rusty Wells. His certifications in Ashtanga/Vinyasa, Thai and Intuitive Massage, and Touch for Health added with his meditation and Advaita studies in India with Ramesh Balsekar have given him many gifts to be thankful for and share with others…

His teaching style is structured but at the same time very playful and always gives options of openness, depth and strength so that everyone will be challenged and can share their energy. The Advaitic principles of ‘oneness and non separation’ are the dharmic principles to his teachings.

On his retreats you can expect a daily creative vinyasa flow based practice, with individual attention to challenging poses deconstructed and a daily restorative practice infused with meditation, dharma and thai yoga. He strives to find interesting ways to keep others inspired and connected and receiving inspiration from others is what keeps his love for yoga alive.


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    Michael Barnes

    Core Subject: 1000hr Yoga Teacher

    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.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.


Wade found yoga in the late 90’s during his travels and since then has made it his passion to discover alternative techniques for furthering growth of mind and spirit and for healing the body. He’s taught in Asia, Greece, South America and the U.S. and is always excited about sharing new discoveries.

There are 11 charming adobe guest huts in Ulpotha, all of which are built using traditional wattle and daub with comfortable beds, voluminous mosquito nets, cupboards, fresh water, towels and offer a sarong to wear and take home.

Open and airy by design, the huts offer you coziness and protection whilst being at one with nature. Each hut is hand painted twice a year using natural coloured clays. Much use has been made of clay, stone, wood, pottery and fabrics that reflect traditional village practices and aesthetics.

With one or two exceptions, Ulpotha adheres to the Sri Lankan village tradition of keeping toilet/loo spaces separate from living spaces. The enchanting showers are open to the stars and the toilets are comfortable and modern.

All the huts at Ulpotha are allocated on a twin share basis.

The food in Ulpotha is almost entirely vegan, naturally gluten-free, with an abundance of fresh vegetables, organic red rice and tropical fruit. Based on traditional rice and curries from the area, no specific ‘Master Chef’ has had a hand in the cuisine. Instead the dishes served at Ulpotha have evolved over its 20 plus year existance by a simple process of elimination.

Ulpotha has been written about in culinary articles and is in the esteemed position of having a celebrated cookbook dedicated in its honour! A visit to Ulpotha is a good opportunity to detoxify your system without fuss.

Special diets cannot be catered for but it is fairly easy to pick and choose, depending on your taste, from the many dishes served at each meal. 

As we have no electricity, all food is freshly picked, un-refrigerated, and cooked in terracotta pots on open fires.

Ulpotha is a secret hideaway where you can enjoy a fabulous break from the digital world in a stunning environment, get strong thanks to twice daily yoga sessions led by world-class instructors, regain health with copious nutrient-rich plant-based cuisine, and tone up thanks to our expert international therapists and supplementary Ayurveda treatment programs. 

Built around Buddhist agricultural village ethics offering gentle hospitality, Ulpotha has been named by the international press as "the best yoga retreat in the world" (Observer).  And it's no wonder, for it's unlike any other yoga retreat on this planet.

Included in the holiday cost/ per week:

  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis (sharing with someone of the same gender if coming alone)
  • All meals, snacks, drinks
  • Two Yoga classes a day (No yoga on arrival morning, departure day and the excursion days)
  • A one-on-one consultation with our resident Ayurveda doctor (only for those who have booked some Ayurveda).
  • A one-hour massage/ per 7 nights' stay
  • Laundry service
  • The use of bicycles and hot water bathing area
  • Taxes
  • The organisation & transport of an excursion once a week (1/2 day excursion during Week 1 & a full day during Week 2 of any retreat)  

Since gracious and priceless hospitality is what Ulpotha offers, tipping is not accepted and there are no additional service charges.

Not included in the holiday cost are:

  • Travel costs to and from Ulpotha,
  • Insurance,
  • Ayurveda treatments,
  • Entrance fees to cultural sites, outside meals/drinks
  • Any additional massages guests may wish to book with the respective therapists (these can be arranged with the therapist subject to availability at USD-$80/per hour).



Ulpotha is a Buddhist agricultural community in the jungle heartland of Sri Lanka, offering guests not only world class yoga but also traditional Ayurveda healing in an incomparably beautiful setting as close to nature as is humanly possible. Ulpotha has no aspiration to be anything other than what it is – a lovely, playful but honouring folly. Ulpotha is there to be enjoyed as one wishes, and taken for what it is: an enchanting place that sprinkles its magic dust on those who pass through.Ulpotha is in itself an integrated privately-run community that nurtures close ties to the surrounding villages.

Ulpotha is talked about in revered tones as one of the most extraordinary yoga destinations in the world.” – The Guardian


The easiest way to pay is by bank transfer. 

We will send you an invoice for your payment to be made either by wire transfer or credit card.


If the start date of your holiday is more than 8 weeks away, a 40% non-refundable deposit is required within 5 days of booking confirmation to reserve your space, the balance payment is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival date at Ulpotha. 

If the start date of your holiday is less than 8 weeks away, a full payment is required within 5 days of your booking being confirmed. 

Please note that as our spaces are very limited, if your payment is not received within the stipulated time, we regret that your space will automatically be released.


You may pay by credit card via Pay Pal, for which we will send you the payment request / invoice. Kindly note that Pay pal has a 5% surcharge on all payments which has nothing to do with us! 

Early bird: -10% discount for full holiday price paid, by 1st July, for the winter holidays, and before the end of February, for the summer holidays.

* Please note that Discount or Special promotions don't apply to the tailored Ayurveda treatments as all the proceeds go towards funding a free clinic for the local population.


Cancellation of your holiday, for whatever reason, should be notified to us in writing. In any case, the 40% Deposit payment is NON refundable.

The cancellation charges are as follows:

55 - 28 days before arrival date        : 70% of total cost

27 days or less before arrival date   : 100% of total cost 

However, in the event you wish to re-book your holiday (date change) all funds paid except for 40% Non refundable deposit will be available as a credit towards a future holiday to be booked within a year. The replacement holiday dates can include the Christmas and New Year period as well, but subject to availability and at the rates applicable at that time.   

We regret, there will be no refunds on the Ayurveda bookings, or to any changes made to the on-going Ayurveda booking whilst at Ulpotha due to our limited capacity and high demand.