Feb. 8 to 22, 2017 – Meditation and Yoga retreat with a cultural tour in Sri Lanka

For women only


Dominique Jeanneret, swiss and canadian therapist, et Ven. Omalpe Sobhita Thero, Buddhist Monk, are inviting you to join them in Sri Lanka from February 8 to 22, 2017.

The trip

The trip begins with a 3 days-visit of the country to discover the cultural, touristic and spiritual scene, enjoy the life in the mountains and by the sea, the kindness of Sri Lanka inhabitants and the typical « rice and curry » meal as well as discovering the fauna and flora of Sri Lanka, elephants in sight !

Ven. Omalpe Sobhita Thero

We will then spend two days/nights at Embilipitiya buddhist monastery with Ven. Omalpe Sobhita Thero where we will meet with monks and novices (little monks). We will take part in spiritual activities with the monks including the monthly Poya day celebration on February 11th, 2017, day of the full moon which is a public holiday every month in Sri Lanka.

We will then stop for 7 days for a yoga and meditation retreat in a meditation centre in the mountains south of the island. You will receive teachings of the Buddhist way of life to be happy. You will practice yoga and meditation and use that time to find and replenish yourself. Ven. Omalpe Sobhita Thero, boudhist monk and founder of the meditation center, will be our guide and teacher for that stay.

After the retreat, we will travel to Adam’s Peak (Sripada) to discover Sri Lanka from the mountain tops and then, we will go to Kandy, the capital, to give offerings to Buddha at the majestic Buddha’s Tooth Temple.

All transportation will be in minibus with air conditioning. We will stay in pleasant and simple hotels. We will eat local meals which are mainly vegetarian.

Join us for 15 days to let go, appreciate the “here and now”
and let peace and joy guide our tour between sea and mountains.

* Everybody is very welcome even if you do not practice yoga.

Schedule :

Wednesday February 8, 2017
Arrival in Sri Lanka
Setup at Negombo city beside the airport boarding the sea.

Thursday February 9, 2017
Traveling from Negombo to Galle. Historical fort visit and lunch.
We then travel to Matara where we will visit Pigeon’s island and  Weherehena temple. This temple is host to a 39 meter monumental Buddha statue. Inside, the crypt’s walls are covered by about 200 paintings representing Buddha’s life along with portraits of donators.

Friday February 10, 2017
Small trip to  Udawalawe National Park for a safari to dicover fauna and flora of Sri Lanka, elephants will be part of it.
We then go to  Embilipitiya’s buddhist monastery  where we will stay for two nights.


Saturday February 11, 2017
Meeting with the monks and the novices (little monks ) to whom we may serve them breakfast.
Activities at the temple, lunch and shopping in town and preparation for the retreat.
At the end of the day, we will take part in the Poya Day, day of the full moon celebration (Full moon day is a public holiday in Sri Lanka).

Sunday February 12, 2017
We go to  Bodhiraja International Meditation Center where we will be in a retreat for 7 days.

Sunday February 19, 2017
We leave the meditation center for Sripada (Adam’peak) which is one of the highest peaks on the island of Sri Lanka. Cone shaped and 2243 meter high, it is considered as a holy place for the shivaïtes hindus, the buddhists and the muslims. There we have a fantastic 360 degrees  view of Sri Lanka.

Monday February, 2017
Early departure to climb Adam’s peak to appreciate the sunrise.
Back to the village in the morning, we will rest and have lunch before going to Kandy, the capital, where we will attend a typical dance of Sri Lanka performance in the evening.

Tuesday February 21, 2017
We cannot leave Sri Lanka without giving offering to Buddha and visit the majestic Budha’s Tooth Temple (Sri Dalada Maligawa) in Kandy, before heading to Marawila, a small Christian town, then we go to Negombo for the last night.

Wednesday February 22, 2017
Time for shopping in town and return home.

Seven-days retreat

We will have yoga sessions every morning before breakfast with a srilankan teacher to keep in shape and make exercise before it gets to hot. Do not worry, at that time of the year, the weather is nice and not too warm because of the mountain climate.

After breakfast, we will gather to listen to the teachings of Buddha’s life and philosophy, discuss and practice different types of meditation with Ven. Omalpe Sobhita Thero.

After lunch, time for a rest, meditation practice or intend to your personal needs such as cleaning clothes, writing, etc.

In the afternoon, we will get together to share, remove blocks and open your life path so that you can create a life that reflects your dreams. Dominique will be your guide for these therapeutic steps.

In the evening, after super, we will have conferences (Dhamma talks), teachings, discussions and meditation practices with Ven. Omalpe Sobhita Thero.

If you do not want to attend the yoga sessions, you are welcome but you need to participate in the other activities which is important for the cohesion and the progression of the group during the retreat.

NOTE : At the meditation center, we are far from everything. You have to think about bringing all of the things you need for 7 days. Of course, if an emergency should arise, transportation will be available to go to the village.

Some pictures of this journey

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Philosophy of this journey

Buddha’s philosophy rests on how to be happy and stay in that state. One of the basis of this doctrine is that we are 100 % responsible of what we are living. To this effect, members of the group commit themselves in that journey to be 100 % responsible of themselves and to be open to live a fully peaceful, positive and joyful experience.

Languages used

All the trip will be in english. If some participants don’t speak enough english, Dominique will translate in french.

The accompanists

Dominique Jeanneret


From Switzerland, born in Liberia in 1962, Dominique immigrated in Québec in 1986. She grew up in a family that worked in  a medical and social field. At a very young age she is curious and passionate by health and well being, psychology and spirituality, energies, travels, exchanges and sharing.

A major road accident brought her into a near death experience (NDE) in 1976. This brought her even further in the path of holistic health along with developing mediumship, intuitive energetic and psychological skills that she has given freely until 2006.

She then earned a degree in psychocorporal therapy at the Institut de psychothérapie corporelle intégrée (PCI) in 2006, in polarity from Turya Centre (Andrea Jutras) in 1994. She also received teachings from different Quebec teachers, Canada First Nations medicine man and women and buddhists teachers.

Dominique has spent three months in India and in Sri Lanka in 1982. She went back to Sri Lanka in 2015 to cohost a 10 days-workshop with a group. She met a buddhist monk, Kusala Thero, after arriving at Balapitiya. She decided then to stay 3 months in Sri Lanka, with Thero and other monks in other places in the country. She also taught to young monks and teenagers in schools.

Sumitra Weerasinghe


Sumitra is Dominique’s friend living in Sri Lanka, a beautiful wise women. She is srilankan and has lived in Los Angeles for 20 years where she owned and taught in a Montessori school before retiring and coming back to live in Sri Lanka a few years ago.

Sumitra also loves traveling and she offered to accompany us. It is a privilege and joy that she will come and share her knowledge about the srilankan culture and the buddhist world. Dominique learned a lot about country’s culture and buddhism from her. Sumitra will also be our link with the srilankan people who does not speak english because Dominique does not speak cinghaleese, the official language in this part of Sri Lanka.

Price :

Till Oct. 30, 2016 (with deposit received) :
2875 $ / 1995 €* per person double occupation in hotel or small dormitory at the meditation center.
3295 $ / 2295 €* per person  single occupation  in hotel or 2-persons room at the meditation center.

From Nov. 1st, 2016 or if the deposit has not been received :
3175 $ / 2195 €* per person double occupation in hotel or small dormitory at the meditation center.
3595 $ / 2495 €* per person  single occupation  in hotel or 2-persons room at the meditation center.

* prices in euros as in August 17, 2016, subject to change when buying. Canadian dollar is the base currency.

A $900/675 € deposit is required to reserve your place. This deposit is non refundable in case of cancellation from your part except if you find someone to take your place (who will be accepted by the organisers). The complete payment will be needed 8 weeks before departure.

Minimum group of 10 and maximum 15 at these prices.
Maximum capacity 25 participants


  • All overnight stays in standard categories
  • All meals
  • Transportation from and to the airport
  • All transportations within your stay
  • Taxes
  • Accompaniment by the acompanists as guides, trainers and therapists.
  • Visits and excursions mentioned in the schedule including fees for sites and monuments
  • Temple offerings
  • 24 hour assistance from a receptive agency in Quebec
  • Credit card fees for payment ( possibility of discount if paying in cash or bank transfer)
  • Contribution to FICAV: 1,00 $ per 1000 $

Not included

  • Plane fare return from Montreal or Paris to Colombo. If desired, Passion voyage, our agency, will assist you in finding the most appropriate fare for your trip at a fair price. A group price is possible from Montreal or Paris.
  • Personal expenses (internet, phone, wash etc.)
  • Travel insurance (mandatory, for cancellation, sickness, accident, theft and repatriation)
  • Tips
  • Offerings in temples and at the meditation centre
  • Tourist visa (17$ us)
  • Alcoholic beverages or others other than included water and tea
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional excursions

Your passport has to be valid to at least May 22, 2017


If you would like to join us, please send an email to bonjourdo@gmail.com. Dominique will then send you the registration form.


This trip was made possible by Passion voyage agency from Montreal and Marie Pier Lanoue, our dedicated agent.

Holder of a permit from Quebec
Taxes included


B-532, 1001 Lenoir
Montréal, Québec
Canada H4C 2Z6
Tél. : 438.381.6511

Selling conditions

If you are unable to assist or cancel your trip 8 weeks before departure, you are responsible for the total cost of the trip unless you find someone to replace you. For cancelations received more than 8 weeks before departure, your money will be refunded excluding the 30 % deposit which is not refundable.
Travel insurance is  mandatory so that you are covered, should a problem arise that would prevent you from traveling.
In the case that the trip would be canceled by Passion voyage, all the payments will be refunded completely.
We are not responsible for travel costs or other expense that you might have encountered.