Meditation helps us engage with life deeply. It brings a calm sense of clarity as we navigate everyday tasks. It helps us experience more joy, grace, and ease. The Rising Awareness meditation retreat, curated by Mindfulness & Beyond, combines insights and practices to train the mind and open the heart, so you can experience meditation in its wholeness with all its benefits. This Rising Awareness retreat is hosted by Sama, a place that embodies peace and balance. Here we will explore meditation in the pristine beauty of nature. You will be held by the earth, and soothed by nature sounds, and recharged by ocean.
Valid for stays between July 15th - 21st, 2024 | 6 nights
Meet Smitha Jayakumar
Smitha Jayakumar is a personal mentor, counselor and teacher with more than 20 years of experience. Working with individuals and groups, she conducts therapies, workshops and retreats that support mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Her spiritual journey began in her 20s when she practiced as a monk in the Hindu tradition for 10 years. This profound experience molded and inspired her approach to her life and work. She spent the next decade in the wellness field as a ‘Life Enhancement’ mentor at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary in Thailand where she guided people through life changes, relationship enhancement, emotional balance and self-acceptance. With an intrinsic understanding of the mind-body-emotion dynamics, Smitha creates sustainable strategies to manage stressful situations, improve a heartful connection with oneself and others, and encourage a positive mindset shift. She is a certified teacher with Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB^™), which combines ancient Buddhist practices with contemporary psychological tools.
A student of the Krishnamachari Tradition of yoga, her therapies are also grounded in holistic practices such as conscious breathing and meditation, to strengthen all areas of human behavior. Smitha believes, “Awareness is the beginning, the end and the power of every process of transformation.” She fosters a space for self-awareness and self-exploration, facilitating personal transformation through integrated therapies.
Meet Rajesh Ramani
Rajesh Ramani is an internationally sought-after mentor, teacher and retreat facilitator. Over the past two decades, he’s led retreats on emotional and spiritual transformation, facilitated a variety of mind-body wellness programs and run leadership seminars across the world. Rajesh’s approach is influenced by his background as a banker-turned-monk. He has nearly three decades of meditation and Eastern philosophical training, including 13 years embracing a monastic life as a spiritual teacher at the Oneness University, India. He’s also an International Coach Federation (ICF) registered ontological coach.
Among his many international residencies, Rajesh was previously based at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary in Thailand, where he worked as a teacher, mentor and life coach for 10 years. In this role, he consulted with clients from around the world, focusing on personal growth, relationship enhancement and emotional balance. He has also worked with Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and Chief Executive Organizations (CEO) and Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) chapters across Asia and Europe.
In 2018, Rajesh and his life partner, Smitha Jayakumar, co-founded ‘New Insight Retreats’ – a platform for mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. They run retreats in Europe and Asia, sharing spiritual principles, mind-body practices and transformative tools that can be used in daily life. In 2019, Rajesh established the ‘Responsible Leadership Institute’ alongside a consortium of business economists, natural and social scientists, engineers, governance and spiritual scholars. Offering a range of holistic training programs and retreats that mindfully integrate work and life, this vanguard initiative seeks to build a holistic bridge between science and spirituality in the leadership sphere. Rajesh is currently working on his upcoming book.
About the property
Sama Kosgoda – A Santani Retreat is an eco – luxury wellness center in Sri Lanka. Our property is a nature sanctuary at the farthest reach of the ancient and bountiful Sinharaja forest, boasting thousands of medicinal plants and trees, and brimming with wildlife. We are located on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. To our left is a serene Buddhist Temple on the cliffs, and to our right is a sea turtle hatchery and conservation center.
Sama is the experience of peace that comes through balance. Balance of the masculine and feminine, the spiritual and material, the work and play. We offer you an immersion into Alchemy; a merging of the worlds. This is a place where you can develop your skills for walking the tightrope of balancing work with the need for wellness.
This is a place you can come to reconnect to the earth and be healed by the ocean breeze. A place you can come to laugh, dance, and dive deep into the heart of consciousness. A place you can come to remember our ancient roots as human beings and receive support during this massive transition the collective consciousness is going through. A place you can celebrate your inner child and step into your future self.