Are you ready to escape the stresses and demands of daily life and experience a truly exotic destination retreat where the focus is all about reconnecting to you?

If so, join us for an exclusive 7 day wellness retreat set on one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful Tea Estates from 29th October – 4th November 2017.

Step back in time and feel the romance of being on a tea estate in the remote hills of Sri Lanka.

Relax into the serenity of the expansive views of rolling green hills. Wander in total privacy to the nearby waterfall, or along the many walking trails around the estate. Enjoy taking in the clear hill country air and the sounds and smells of the rich natural environment.

Sip freshly picked tea at sunset and enjoy the fragrant aromas of Sri Lankan spices as they fill the air for your evening meal. This is a place of peace and tranquility where you can truly come to rest.



Do you feel out of balance and overwhelmed?

Allow us to share our years of wellness experience and training to personally guide you back to a healthy balanced life where you feel calm and centred.

Do you feel there are times when you’re on a hamster wheel?

We want to invite you into a stress-free zone where the focus is all about YOU and your wellness.

Do you feel overly connected to the ‘outside’ world but disconnected from yourself?

We will whisk you away to a remote location in the hills where you can disconnect from the busyness of life and be fully supported to focus on reconnecting to yourself.


Do you feel you would like to create a positive life change?

We offer expert facilitation to gently transform you and your life one day at a time.

Do you feel you’ve lost your energy and vitality?

For 7 days we will nourish and nurture you on every level to a point where you feel vibrant and alive again.

Each day we will work through these areas of your life, whilst immersing you in stunning surroundings and rich Sri Lankan culture.

If you love the idea of combining wellness and transformation with exotic travel, this is the perfect retreat for you.

This is not a boot-camp, it is not a yoga retreat, and it is not paint by numbers seminar training.

THIS IS a one week retreat personalised to you and where everything is optional.

Our only objective is that you feel like a new person when you leave.


Mental Wellness

Theme and Simone are trained professionals in self-development. Between them they have degrees and diplomas in psychology, psychotherapy, life coaching, Mind Detox Therapy, energy healing and more. In addition to this they have worked with people around the world to help them evolve into the best versions of themselves. Some of the areas we plan to explore during the retreat are as follows:


  • Finding your true purpose
  • Letting go of what is not serving you
  • Limiting beliefs and how to dissolve them
  • Energy – what is depleting it and what can boost it
  • Finding balance and managing stress
  • Creating rituals and habits for life
  • Intention setting and mapping out your dreams
  • Living an extraordinary life 

Physical Wellness

Throughout the retreat we will work with you to reconnect with your body. We will look at how can we heal pain in the body, exercise to reduce stress and create more vitality and how we can nourish our body through beauty rituals, healthy food and massage.

Some of the physical elements we will offer in the retreat include (and are all optional):

  • Hiking through the stunning hills of the tea country
  • Mindful walks in nature (learning to be in the moment)
  • Waterfall swims
  • Swim in the pool above the tea plantation
  • Yoga or Tai Chi
  • Mountain Biking
  • Self beauty ritual lead by Theme Rains
  • Massage
  • Auyervedic health talks (TBC)
  • Healthy food talks and demos

Soul Wellness

Life is so full that sometimes we don’t feel we have time to breathe, to think properly or to work out who we want to be in this world.Ultimately Simone and Theme are here to take you on a beautiful journey of the self. Everything is done at your pace. It is our objective that you feel completely supported to rest, to stop, to rejuvenate and to create (the new you).
To this end we encourage you to:

  • Truly rest
  • Experience deep uninterrupted sleep
  • Journal/write creatively
  • Enjoy our guided Meditations
  • Practice our visualisation exercises
  • Switch off from technology and truly experience TIME
  • Wander through the undulating hills of the tea estate and put things in perspective.


This is a boutique hotel for a boutique experience.This is an intimate retreat enabling us to offer a personalised experience for you.

Ashburnham (or Ash) is a beautiful boutique hotel set in its own 100-acre tea estate, around an hour north-east of Kandy, in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. The estate boasts stunning waterfalls and far reaching views up to and across the Knuckles Mountains, not to mention around 60 acres of lush tea fields, plucked each day.

The house has a funkier edge than most estate bungalows, yet still retains its 1930’s estate heritage.


CUISINE - Fresh local fare

The flavours and aromas of Sri Lankan food are a sensory experience of the best possible kind. The memories of this delicious cuisine will stay with you long after you leave (which is why we offer an in-house cooking class for those of you who want to take this home with you).

Reggie, the house’s wonderful Kandyan chef, produces great food, with both western and Sri Lankan options available.

The place doesn’t chase after Michelin stars but we love what he serves up; superb curries; uncomplicated but great European fare; and delicious treats for afternoon tea.

The kitchen uses as much produce from its own organic vegetable garden as possible and sources other ingredients locally.


In addition to experiencing life on a working tea estate we will offer you the opportunity to visit the Cultural Triangle with a day trip to the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya, a truly spectacular site to visit. We will also offer guests the option to visit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy (60 minutes from Ashburnham).

Throughout your Sri Lankan experience you will meet local Sri Lankan people and no doubt be touched by their kindness and hospitality.


  • Daily group classes for revitalising mind/body/soul (as above)
  • Individual coaching session/mind detox session or an energy healing
  • Hiking, waterfall swims, biking, yoga, Tai Chi (all optional)
  • Sri Lankan cooking class
  • Aromatherapy and oil blending
  • Ayurvedic teachings (TBC)
  • A lot of Sri Lankan tea drinking ?
  • Full day tour to Sigiriya (ancient rock fortress) in the Cultural Triangle.
  • ½ day tour to Kandy to visit the Temple of the Tooth.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (and more in between)
  • 6 nights/7 days boutique hotel accommodation
  • Pick up and transfer from Colombo airport (or Negombo) to Ashburnham Estate (3+ hours) and SO much more.

Simone Denny is a qualified Life Coach, a Mind Detox practitioner, a health and wellness blogger, a yoga teacher and the owner of a successful online wellness store in Australia called the Nourishing Hub. She runs women’s workshops and health retreats and has a strong passion for mind-body wellness. Simone has degrees in psychology and in business and has previously spent 15 years working in the banking industry, where she successfully project managed multi-million dollar projects from inception to delivery. Simone has spent the past 20 years living and working abroad and has recently returned to her home on Waiheke Island with her husband and two daughters.


Theme Rains is the founder of Synthesis, the Heart of Organics – an award winning skin care and wellbeing company created as a way to share all the life-positive healing modalities that have touched her life, with the intention to nurture, uplift and restore others in their journey of personal discovery and flowering. Theme has 19 years experience in the Healing Arts, including Yoga, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Astrology, Energy Alchemy, Herbalism, Ayurveda, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Organic Skincare and Health-food formulation, energetic meridian work and healthy, conscious living that have added the layers to her holistic offering – Synthesis.

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