Sen Wellness Sanctuary in Sri Lanka ‘offers an escape from stresses of the modern world’


The Telegraph UK’s Alice Barraclough quotes African-American writer Audre Lorde: “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival”.

She is in Sri Lanka to experience the full ‘survival’ regime at the Spring Awakening Signature Retreat at Sen Wellness Sanctuary on the south coast.

She asks if spending 10 days on a strict sugar-free, wheat-free, dairy-free diet, with complete strangers, really has the ability to create lasting contentment and heal your mind, body and soul.


“Situated next to a protected turtle nesting beach, overlooking the dramatic Indian Ocean, Sen Wellness Sanctuary consists of four luxury thatched cabanas, a yoga shala and various treatment rooms.

“It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.”

She adds: “It’s very regimented, but, I guess when your day-to-day life leaves you feeling continually low and lost, it can take something extraordinary (and disciplined) to get you back on track.”


“It’s a truth universally acknowledged that if you feel good about yourself you’re going to be happier. Self-care isn’t just about practising yoga on palm tree-lined beaches and living off dhal curry and coconut sambal (although, that definitely helps) – it’s about being present.

“For me, the retreat offered a chance to escape my day-to-day stresses and heartbreak and just focus on me.”

And yes, it really does have the ability to create lasting contentment and heal your mind, body and soul

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