- 1 . Why should I attend the Good Life Experience?
- 2. What makes the Good Life Experience different?
- 3. Who should attend the Good Life Experience?
- 4. What can I expect the accommodation to be like?
- 5. What is included in the Good Life Experience package?
- 6. What is a typical schedule like?
- 7. Is the schedule flexible?
- 8. How do I add additional experiences to my package?
- 9. What methods of payment are accepted?
- 10. Are there any guidelines and rules?
- 11. Is there a dress code?
- 12. How can I best prepare for this experience?
- 13. What kind of food will be served during my stay?
- 14. Will my dietary restricitions be accommodated?
- 15. How do I get to the Good Life Experience location?
- 16. What can I bring as a donation to the communities we serve?
- 17. Will I be able to use my phone/computer?
The Good Life Experience provides positive and unique experiences to participants via 5 overarching Programme Benefits.
1. Rest & Inner Growth “Cleansing your heart and mind”
Relaxing, reflecting, and discussing how to be a healthier, happier person gives participants tools to be happy now and challenge adversity in the future.
ART OF HAPPINESS
The programme takes people back to the basics, and in doing so helps participants to find answers to the age-old question: what makes us happy?
MIND MAKEUP AND LEADERSHIP
“Mind Makeup” techniques help participants achieve their goals, develop themselves, and build the right mental attitude to improve inner well-being.
Healthy, vegetarian meals are served and morning sessions at the beach are incorporated into the schedule so that participants can detoxify physically. Positive thinking, gratitude, service, and community all help purify our minds.
Adversity is inevitable in life, but it does not have to keep us from happiness or success. Participants will gain a new perspective from the experience and have tools to turn difficulty into an opportunity.
2. Practicing Good Values “Superior Happiness”
Practicing Humility, Kindness, Equality, Compassion, Respect, Gratitude, Truthfulness, and Patience and reflecting on our experience helps participants feel good while doing good things.
The experience is structured so that participants can step outside themselves and be more aware of their connection to others and the environment.
Participants are encouraged to be mindful of ways that they can practice good values, and try practicing them in real life.
As participants engage in different service activities and acts of kindness, we will have discussions and time to reflect on how these experiences make them feel.
3. Engaging in Service “Priceless in Advancing Years”
Helping others enriches the heart and mind.
Research has shown that Volunteering is associated with increased happiness. Volunteering helps to reduce stress and improve satisfaction with life.
Engaging in service connects participants to the community around them. It brings people from different walks of life together, fostering new friendships and personal growth.
4. Connecting With Nature
The natural environment of rural Sri Lanka lends itself to a peaceful getaway for participants. The programme activities also encourage participants to reconnect with nature and disconnect from technology.
ENGAGING WITH THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
The programme is rooted in experiencing nature mindfully, through our five senses. The mind is shaped by what we input into our five senses, so after greater exposure to nature, the mind feels more at ease.
Engaging in an unfamiliar community and interacting with local people leads to insight into the way others live.
Living in a new community challenges one’s assumptions and identity, leading to life-changing growth.
Participants authentically engage in rural Sri Lankan culture, and they also share their own culture and experience with the local community. This helps to educate and create a broader worldview for both retreatants and the local community.
There are so many different types of experiences, getaways and retreats out there now, a lot of them only focusing on yoga and meditation. This retreat is unique in that it is simply focused on your rest and inner growth, it is flexible and customizable to your interests, and it is rooted in goodness, nature and traditional Sri Lankan culture.
The Good Life Experience allows you to create your own growth experience, whether you want to spend your time meditating at Buddhist monasteries, exploring rural Sri Lanka, taking a Sri Lankan cooking class, doing community aid projects or a little bit of everything, we will arrange your stay accordingly. Leave the planning and scheduling up to us, and just come, relax and enjoy.
The Good Life Experience aims to allow you the rest you need paired with the growth that comes from new experiences. This is not a resort experience where you are removed from the culture and the community. The accommodations are simple and you will be immersed at a non-profit centre where we serve the local Seenigama community. You will leave the Sri Lanka having made new friends, tried new things, and hopefully, you will come out from this experience a better person than you were before you arrived.
This programme is for anyone looking for a break to relax, grow and give back while exploring authentic Sri Lanka. It is unique in that we help you create your own growth experience, so you can decide whether you want to visit ancient Sri Lankan heritage sites, read a book on the beach, teach a cooking class for our charity’s Women’s Empowerment Centre…etc.
Guest can either stay at the Lahiru Villa or at partner hotels near the MCC Centre of Excellence. For further information about accommodation, please email [email protected]
Fresh, local vegetables and fruits form the foundation of the foods served at the Good Life Experience. Healing ingredients like turmeric, garlic, fresh coconut and ginger impart simple and delicious flavors to the meals. Eating a balanced, nourishing vegetarian diet helps participants detox their bodies, be healthy and feel good.
- Guests will be served breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments for the duration of their stay.
- A menu will be provided for them to select what they want to be served.
- The chefs will make reasonable substitutions as necessary and accommodate dietary restrictions.
Seawater contains vital elements, minerals, and living microorganisms which help promote a healthy immune system. Inhaling sea mist also boosts the immune system. Swimming in seawater boosts the circulation of blood and can improve the skin’s surface. Additionally, the sea can be used as a meditation or contemplation object.
- Every morning, guests will be taken to the beach for a stroll and dip in the sea.
Volunteering is associated with increased happiness, reduced stress and improved satisfaction. Foundation of Goodness has hosted over 500 volunteers since 2014, and rural community members across Sri Lanka have benefited from this service.
- Per each individual’s interest, guests will be encouraged to volunteer at Foundation of Goodness for 2-hour sessions, either once daily, once every other day, or otherwise according to their preference.
- Guests will have a discussion with the Programme Coordinator regarding their interests and what they would like to share, how they should share it and how to prepare for their volunteer experience.
Engaging in service in the local community connects guests to the people around them. It brings people from different walks of life together, fostering new friendships and personal growth. The schedule can also accommodate for guests to visit a local Elder’s Home and/or Children’s Home and will be encouraged to do some service there. Some ideas of service projects to do with the Elders’ Home and/or Children’s Home:
Bring puzzles or coloring books to work on with Children or Elders
Paint walls for repair or to add colorful murals
Take children over to Elder’s Home to do a shared activity
Please see our Sample Schedule. Please note that the schedule is very flexible, and we will try our best to accommodate your requests.
The schedule is very flexible. We want guests to feel relaxed and make their experience their own. Just let us know, and we will try our best to accommodate your needs and interests.
Note that we have a Dive and Water Sports Centre and a diverse offering of local activities including visiting Devol Sea Temple, Sea Turtle Hatchery, a Madu River Boat Tour, and more. We can incorporate any of these activities into your schedule and provide transportation. Contact us and we will send you our Sri Lanka’s Quintessential Goodness Getaway and Community Aid brochures so you can check out the options and rates.
Please contact the Good Life Institute team to add additional experiences. We can send you our Sri Lanka’s Quintessential Goodness Getaway and Community Aid brochures so you can check out the options and rates.
You can pay by credit or debit card in advance (Sri Lankan Rupees or US Dollars) upon arrival. The exchange rates will be calculated per the currency rate on the day of payment.
A deposit fee will be required in order to secure your place on the Good Life Experience.
Seenigama is a rural, traditional community. As guests of the village, please respect its culture at all times. If you are unsure what to do in certain situations, please do not hesitate to seek guidance from our staff.
GENERAL RETREATANT RULES
- Abstain from harming any life, taking what is not given and using harsh language in order to cultivate a pure and harmless way of life.
- Keep belongings under lock & key at all times. (We are not responsible for the loss of any valuables.)
- Ensure that you are back at your accommodation centre before 11:00 PM every night.
- Limit phone and computer use to get the best retreat experience.
- Use mosquito repellent during your stay as mosquito bites can spread tropical illnesses. Mosquito repellent can be brought with you or purchased locally from pharmacies or supermarkets.
- If you have any medical needs relating to your sleeping accommodations, or if you cannot fully participate in the retreat for any reason, inform the Programme Coordinator.
- Alcohol consumption is not allowed during the duration of the retreat.
ACCOMODATION CENTER RULES
- Keep your room and common areas clean & tidy so as to respect the peace of other guests.
- Outside guests are not permitted at Foundation of Goodness premises throughout the duration of the retreat. Special circumstances may be granted with prior approval from the Programme Coordinator.
- Refrain from feeding stray/wild animals (e.g., birds, cats, dogs, etc.).
- Alcohol and smoking are prohibited on Foundation of Goodness premises.
- Be mindful of water, electricity & gas usage. (e.g., turn off A/C, fans and lights when not needed.)
- If using Wi-Fi, please be mindful to use this shared resource appropriately. Usage is monitored.
- Bicycles provided at our Centres should be used with care and respect.
- Alcoholic beverages are not served in the Villa.
- Guests are required to dress modestly and respectfully. Deep necklines, mini dresses, shorts, skinnies, tank tops, transparent material and revealing clothes are strictly prohibited.
- Please ensure that you are appropriately attired for formal occasions such as graduation ceremonies and opening ceremonies. (i.e., Long pants or skirts, modest tops)
- When visiting Buddhist temples, remove headgear and shoes and wear white clothes that cover shoulders and knees.
- When visiting Hindu temples, remove headgear, shoes and wear clothes that cover shoulders and knees
- When visiting the pool, wear modest, one-piece swimsuits/swimming shorts.
Other Information: The working hours of the Seenigama Centres are 08:30 AM – 05:00 PM Tuesday to Saturday. The Seenigama Centres are closed on Sunday & Monday.
A local mobile phone is essential for ease of communication. Please bring an unlocked mobile, and a local sim card will be provided.
Yes. Guests are required to dress modestly and respectfully at the accommodation centre. Deep necklines, mini dresses, shorts, skinnies, tank tops, transparent material and revealing clothes are strictly prohibited. For additional details see Rules and Guidelines above.
While it is not a necessity, if you have the time, you can prepare your mind and body to make the most of the Good Life Experience.
READY THE MIND
Try being aware of the present moment
– Be mindful of your breath
– Listen to silence
Open your heart and quiet your mind
– Practice not rushing
– Practice contentment
Contemplate what it is you want to get out of your experience, write it down in a journal
Resolve to make every moment on the experience count towards regeneration and restoring your health and happiness
Simplify your life. Put your cellphone down, pack minimally, and declutter your life
Getaways such as the Good Life Experience can positively impact every area of your life and can be one of the most valuable ways to spend your vacation time.
READY THE BODY
Wind down, especially before you go to sleep
Do light exercise
Try and adjust your Circadian Rhythm to waking up around 6AM SLT
Fresh, local vegetables and fruits will be served to you during the Good Life Experience. Healing ingredients like turmeric, garlic, fresh coconut and ginger impart simple and delicious flavors to the meals. Eating a balanced, nourishing vegetarian diet helps guests to detox their bodies, be healthy and feel good.
Guests will be served breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments for the duration of their stay.
A menu will be provided for them to select what they want to be served.
The chefs will make reasonable substitutions as necessary and accommodate dietary restrictions.
We will try our very best and should be able to accommodate your dietary restrictions. Please contact the Programme Coordinator directly with your specific restrictions and questions.
We are happy to help arrange transportation to the Accommodation Centre in Seenigama and the Foundation of Goodness, MCC Centre of Excellence prior to your arrival. The Centre is approximately 2-3 hours south of Colombo.
If you are arranging your own transportation, you can find the centre, listed as Foundation of Goodness in Seenigama/Hikkaduwa on Google Maps. We will provide you with the address of your hotel if you are not staying at the Foundation, prior to your arrival.
Foundation of Goodness, Temple road, Seenigama – Aluthwala Rd, Hikkaduwa 80240
Stationery items (all sectors)
Fabric (Women’s Empowerment sector)
Cookery items – baking trays, vanilla etc. essences, food colouring, baking powder, cooking chocolate, custard powder (Women’s Empowerment sector)
Salon items – hair conditioner, shampoo, make up (branded), combs, hairbrushes, hair cutting scissors, etc.
Shampoo, conditioner, soap, absorbent wipes, stimulating toys for elder’s for easy blood circulation (Elder’s Homes and Orphanages)
Electrical tools, insulin tape, etc. (Electrical Installation class) Used digital cameras to be used to monitor our projects
Sports equipment – used in good condition or unused, toys – used and unused.
Wall Clocks, batteries – different sizes, extension cords (electrical), multi plug sockets, nursery DVD’s, English songs and lessons – DVD’s, DVD player, digital cameras (used in good condition or unused)
Toothpaste, tooth brushes, wallpaper rolls, spectacle frames, regular medicine, antiseptic creams, muscle sprays for sprains (Medical Centre)
Umbrellas, rain coats, foot wear, used in good condition Chocolates and candy
If you wish to make a financial donation, we assist in the funding of much needed welfare items for villages. Ask us for specific details. These include:
o Sponsor a child’s education
o Fund the installation of electricity, water or sanitation for a village home
o Sponsor medical surgeries, a wheelchair or walking aid for a villager
Using electronic devices is not prohibited, but we recommend that you limit these distractions to get the most out of the Good Life Experience.