In addition to the group experiential workshops there will be the opportunity to also book a private personally tailored one hour session with Jodie at an additional cost. Where appropriate, these sessions may attract a Medicare rebate of $147.65.
GENTLE BEGINNERS YOGA + MEDITATION
Though a great spot for non yogis too, Rukgala was born of wanting to create a space for large and small groups, practicing yoga in a beautiful, remote and peaceful location. Alongside a lovely Shala join Rukgala’s Yoga teachers, Emma Sheridan and Jasmine Brand-Williamson for a set of enriching, enlightening, and restorative yoga & meditation classes.
WELLBEING + FOOD
Wellbeing is at the heart of Sri Lanka culture with centuries old Auryveda medicine used today for medical and holistic treatments alike. Used 30,000 years ago this ancient treasure trove of indigenous knowledge base, natural environment and culture has a worldwide following. We will enjoy luxurious ayurvedic treatments.
We will also enjoy some of the best wellness food that Sri Lanka has to offer. Still an emerging scene, this Sri Lanka inspired, mainly vegetarian,thoughtfully curated menu is light and fresh using organically grown produce where possible. Most dietary requests can be catered for.
Many of our travellers join our wellbeing holidays on their own. If you are travelling solo you can either choose a solo room or we can buddy you up with another traveller of the same gender in a twin share.
You will need to arrange flights to Colombo airport and are free to fly with any airline. It is strongly suggested that you do not book flights until we have reached our minimum guest numbers, when the retreat is confirmed as going ahead. As soon as this happens will be in touch with you immediately. As most flights arrive and depart around midnight, it is important to point out that in order to arrive into the retreat in the early hours of Sunday 29th March, you will need to depart from your home on Saturday 28th March.
Day 1 of the retreat is Sunday 29th March at 9am where when will all meet for breakfast. You will then depart on Saturday 4th April after dinner. If you need to leave earlier or arrive that is absolutely no problem and we can arrange extra meals for you at extra cost. Please chat with your travel agent about your flights.
MEET DR JODIE FLEMING, YOUR RETREAT LEADER
Dr Jodie Fleming is a Kylie-Minogue-loving Staffy owner who does her best to live in the moment. She also cares about people and is deeply interested in the humanness behind all that we do. Jodie came back to psychology as a career after trying a handful of other people centred professions in her twenties, including myotherapy, tertiary teaching and working as a movement therapist based on the Pilates Method. She was always going to be a psychologist though, and now works in her private practice, The Psychology of It, as a school psychologist at Emmanuel College and as a part of the mental health department at St John of God Healthcare.
On the background of her own chronic health issues, Jodie is a motivated exerciser and understands the importance of eating well and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Recently, she has begun practising more 'therapy in action', taking her clients out of their minds and into their lives. Jodie strives to motivate her clients to move their bodies when they are lacking the motivation to do so. Walk and talk therapy has become one of her new favourite ways of working.
After selling out her first retreat, Conscious Living, in Bali 2019, and witnessing the positive and unique benefits that group wellness travel provides, Jodie has permanently added Retreat Leader to her CV and her yearly planner!
Jodie has enjoyed success with her first book, a breast cancer memoir called ‘A Hole in My Genes’ and is also enjoying doing more guest speaking at author talks, within a cancer survivorship program, general community education events, young leaders programs and is also planning a Human Library event #humanlibrary3280. She is already feeling the zen of Nature & Nature and can’t wait to share it with you.
You can find Jodie and her writing at https://drjodiefleming.com.au or https://thepsychologyofit.com.au, on Facebook @drjodiefleming or @thepsychologyofit, Instagram @the_psychology_of_it and Twitter @psychologyofit.