5-15 May 2019. Uppuveli, Sri Lanka.

Sun Gathering 11.0

10-day journey of sharing, self-discovery and personal connections in beach village of Uppuveli, Sri Lanka. 100 born-to-explore attendees from different countries, all sharing similar values of wholesome lifestyle. Lectures, workshops, yoga practice, volunteering, sharing circles and more.

What is Sun Gathering?

Sun Gatherings are a mix of lectures, workshops, group trips, yoga practice and meditation, volunteering, sharing circles. The festival-like event brings together people with similar values ​​and goals, launching a change process in each participant.

People come not only to receive, but also to share their experience, knowledge, skills, and happiness with others. New information, friends, and connection with nature help to know yourself, find answers to important questions and see yourself in a genuine way.

Sun Gathering encourages and inspires for further self-development and bringing good to others. Morning yoga practice, lectures and workshops, joint evenings, sharing circles and trips will be held in English language.

Sun Gathering happens semi-annually in different parts of the world. Thailand, India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Georgia, Indonesia, Nepal, Morocco, Turkey, Mexico have already rallied hundreds of people. Now it’s Sri Lanka’s turn!

 

#Sunsurfers Sun Gathering Uppuveli Sri Lanka

How would you benefit from SunGathering ?

Discover non-touristy Sri Lanka
Practice yoga and conscious lifestyle together with 70+ like-minded people
Listen to 10+ lectures and participate in workshops on different topics: lifestyle, remote work and productivity, responsible traveling
Improve your English for 10 days in the atmosphere of complete immersion
Meet 70+ new friends from all over the world
Become a part of the international community of 1000+ talented people
Get a boost of energy and inspiration for the months ahead
Get motivated for further self-evolution

Watch videos to feel the atmosphere of Sun Gatherings

Sun Gathering 9.0 in Cirali, Turkey and Sun Gathering 10.0 in Mazunte, Mexico.

Planned activities

Interesting and rich daily program for Sun Gathering’s participants.
Yoga classes
We will practice morning hatha yoga to stretch the body and mind. And also collective meditations to increase our consciousness.
Volunteering
Cleaning beaches and streets, helping seniors, teaching English, and other activities which local people will benefit from.
Talks & lectures
We will talk about free travelling, spiritual practices, share useful life-hacks, insights, secrets of remote work, freelance and business.
Workshops
Intuitive drawing, thai massage, traditional dancing, fitness, photography, etc.
Short trips
Sometimes we will go out to explore the surrounding area as well as get acquainted with the local culture.
Active rest
Swimming in the ocean, morning jogging, surfing, interval training, volleyball, boating, and other activities.

Planned daily schedule

The exact schedule will be approved after all participants are registered. A detailed schedule for each day will be sent to our secret chat in Telegram app.
7:00 — 9:00
Yoga practice
9:00 — 10:00
Fruit breakfast
10:00 — 13:00
Active rest
13:00 — 16:00
Workshops
16:00 — 18:00
Free time
18:00 — 21:00
Lectures

Participation involves

Being active in the whole program of Sun Gathering, including volunteering
Maturity, sanity, and independence in decision-making
Full refusal of alcohol, smoking, and drugs
Respect for local people, their culture and religion
Availability of health insurance
Having a yoga mat

Location of the Gathering

Uppuveli, Sri Lanka

SunGathering 11.0 will take place in Uppuveli — a small village 6 km away from Triconomale city. Uppuveli is one of the best beaches of the Eastern Sri Lankan shore. Their high season is from April to October with dry and windless weather, unlike the rest of the island.

Uppuveli has clear and warm water to swim in, few tourists, beautiful scenery and various budget accommodation options to choose from. One of the best national parks called Pigeon Island is located nearby. It offers an incredible coral reef to discover that is a prime location for snorkelling and diving. At this time of year it is also possible to see dolphins, turtles and whales. 

May on Sri Lanka is one of the richest months for tropical fruits. It is the beginning of mango, pineapple, jackfruit, magosteen, and avocado season. All year round you can also find bananas, coconuts and guavas.

Photo credits: Life-in-travels.

Sun Gathering’s main principle

Each participant contributes to the benefit of others: invests their energy in the organization process, generously shares knowledge and keeps active within the entire program of the Sun Gathering. Tries to keep his/her mind open by observing and accepting oneself, others, and all circumstances as they are. Each participant preserves the purity of consciousness: no alcohol, nicotine, and drugs.

Community speaks

Nobody can tell about Sun Gatherings better than those who have participated in it at least once.
Enrique González
Mexico
Usually when we start looking for alternatives in life, it is hard to find good conditions to properly learn and to develop new skills. That is why having like-minded people around is the best foundation to continue improving. When I met Sunsurfers I found a space where is easy to relax and focus on the important. I found a knowledgeable family full of respect, discipline and kindness. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced yogi or if you just begin trying to figure out your way. If you are open minded to trust, learn and share, you will receive the right support and the best motivation to continue growing and spreading your values.
Reut Crystal
Israel
My first (and definitely not last) SunGathering was in Mazunte, Mexico. I experienced so much in only 10 days! We connected with the local community, saw amazing places, and learned new things from the talented, open and inspiring members of the community. I am very grateful I joined this experience, it is unforgettable!
Fernando Serrano
Salvador
I met the Sunsurfers in SunGathering in Mexico, it was great to meet so many good, conscientious and kind people in a single event, the example that I saw there inspired me to improve my life and the environment in which I live. Definitely an experience that will give a good sense to your life!
Natalie Ong
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sun Gathering is a fascinating journey! I re-discovered myself, the inner-child in her heart, and have courage to chase after the sun to live a lifestyle with free spirit. I quit alcohol and eat only vegetarian food after I met the #Sunsurfers in Penang, living in healthy lifestyle with tons of fruits and learning the benefit of fasting. I was suffering with spine pain and chronic pain, regular practice of meditation and yoga, healthy diet has changed my life. I was so inspired with #Sunsurfers who work remotely. After Sun Gathering in Bali, I dived in to learn and found skills that I’m passionate to work. I’m now freelancing and helping for NGO projects, and am on the journey again! I highly recommend Sun Gathering and meet these like-minded community! Together we share love and kindness.
Christoph Schwarz
Germany
I attended 3 times in 3 countries one of the #Sunsurfers events and I have to say, that every time it was again an amazing experience! It is great to meet like-minded people from all around the world and share your and their passions. This community is based on helping each other and I made some really good friends there which I keep on meeting.
Nadezhda Nasyrova
Kazan, Russia
Sun Gathering is a special atmosphere of love, trust, kindness, sincere communication! It's an opportunity to make friends with amazing people, to see the world in a new way, to discover yourself and share your knowledge. Every day there is a new story, emotions, pure happiness and joy.
Tim M.
California, USA
I am thankful to have been a part of SunGathering in Mexico. It was wonderful to learn from each other and to experience the warmth and acceptance of this fantastic community of amazing people. Highly recommended if you like to travel, spend time with new and special friends, and experience life in unique ways.
Alyona Yanushkevich
Minsk, Belarus
Sun Gathering is a wave of love and open hearts, serving others in joy, this is the acceptance of numerous parts of myself and watching thousands of mirrors around. Sun Gathering means friends and like-minded people around the world. Joint morning practice on the meeting charges with energy for the whole day. And Marat is a good example of how it’s possible to live. For this it is worth to come.
Burak Bilen
Ankara, Turkey
I was on my spiritual path but i was always feeling a deep loneless all the time. After this meeting, having incredible 10 days with more than 100 people, I know now I am not alone and I have a very deep connection with #Sunsurfers community.
Jevgenija Cholodova
Vilnius, Lithuania
I participated in only one Sun Gathering but even it gave me a wonderful feeling that there are people like me in the world, I am not alone. It gave me a lot of new knowledge which I didn’t know where to find before. The most important thing is that it is the community with good values where you also can put your energy in.
Sasha Chetyrkin
Riga, Latvia
Participating in Sun Gathering for the first time seemed to be «at home». The feeling of a large family, the space of like-minded people was tempered. I want to re-immerse myself in this atmosphere of the sun, smiles, happiness, mutual understanding and embrace. During the Sun Gathering, you get new acquaintances and close friends around the globe, and it's so cool! Sun Gathering is a very transformational event, after which you will never be the same again.
Golnoush Moradi
Iran
True, pure and real friendships is a #Sunsurfers gathering essence! Being surround by beautiful free sprits at the state of love and kindness. Cheering our true self while enjoying the pure nature. Unity, clarity, simplicity are the best way to describe A Sun Gathering, where you can develop the knowledge of self or heal yourself! If you are looking for intellectuality then this is your clan!
Evgeny Kovalchuk
Norilsk, Russia
My acquaintance with #Sunsurfers community started in May 2017, when I for the first time came to Morocco for the 8th Sun Gathering. And immediately I felt good, healthy atmosphere in this community. A lot of guys and girls became my friends later. I knew many interesting information and also shared with my knowledges with opened heart and pleasure. In October 2017 me and my wife visited amazing Sun Gathering 9.0 in Turkey. And now I study Spanish and looking forward to the next meeting in Mexico. Who knows, maybe will meet you.

Questions and answers

We will finalize FAQ with useful tips and information about Sri Lanka by 27 January — when we open registration process.
Why will SunGathering take place in Sri Lanka?

Why not? :) We had a positive experience hosting another event in Sri Lanka called SunUniversity, but this will be the first SunGathering in this beautiful country. Sri Lanka is closer to Europe than most Southeast Asian countries. May is high season in the lesser-known eastern side of the island. So, even those who have already visited the island will be able to discover new places. And of course, enjoy the sun, tropical fruits, wonderful beaches and warm Indian Ocean!

How do I apply to attend?

1. Send a participant request by filling in the registration form with honesty.
2. Wait for approval via email within 10 days.
3. Pay the participation cost and receive confirmation.
4. Buy tickets to Sri Lanka.
5. Get to the village Uppuveli.
6. Find a place for living (or book in advance).
7. Show up at the meeting point on the evening of May 5, with an open mind and vibrating heart.

How can I pay the registration fee?

After your application is approved, we will send you an email with payment details. You can pay by card online, by transfer via Paypal or card-to-card transfer to Tinkoff Bank card (for those from Russia). For all payment queries, please only contact Sasha Wickenden through Telegram: @sasha_wickenden. If anyone else writes you regarding payment, please ignore these emails in order to avoid fraud.

What if I can’t fly?

In case of cancellation, the paid fee isn’t refundable. We try to minimize the number of people who aren’t serious about coming to the Sun Gathering.

What are the visa requirements?

Citizens of all countries need a visa to visit Sri Lanka. A visa is valid for 30 days. It can be issued either online or upon arrival at Colombo airport at the ‘Visa on arrival’ desk. The online visa costs $35 (may vary depending on nationality). The cost of the visa on arrival is a bit more expensive — $40. At the airport visas are issued on a first-come-first-served basis. This can be time-consuming so getting a visa online is advised. This can be done at eta.gov.lk. On the homepage select the appropriate language, then go to the “Apply” section and follow the instructions. Online payment may be made by card. The visa confirmation will be emailed within 10-15 minutes after successful completion of the application and payment. Important — please print your visa confirmation and take it with you in printed form!

How to fly and where to buy a ticket?

Most flights arrive at the country’s main airport Bandaranaike in Colombo (CMB).

There are flights to Sri Lanka from Europe and Russia with a transfer in Sharjah (UAE) with AirArabia, in Abu Dhabi (UAE) with Etihad, in Doha (Qatar) with Qatar Airways, or in Bahrain with Gulf Air.

There are direct Aeroflot flights from Moscow. You can also fly via India since often there are low-cost deals from Europe and Asia to this country. For example, prices for return tickets Moscow-Colombo start from $330. However cheaper deals can be found if you look out for airline promotions.

For the best ticket prices use aggregator sites like Skyscanner, Aviasales, Kiwi.

It is usually recommended to buy tickets 2-2.5 months before departure for the best deals.

How to get to Uppuveli?

First, you will need to get to Trincomalee — the closest big city to Uppuveli. To travel from Colombo to Trincomalee there are three options.

The first option is by train. There is one that runs once per day, departing at 9:45pm from Colombo Fort station and arrives in Trincomalee at 5:45am. The fare is from $1.70 to $4.50 depending on the class. The second option is to travel by bus. They run once per hour from Colombo bus station that is located close to Colombo Fort train station. A typical bus ride lasts 8-10 hours depending on traffic jams and costs around $1.70. The third option is taking a taxi straight from Colombo airport that will cost around $150.

From Trincomalee to Uppuveli there are buses running every 20-30 minutes from the Central Bus Station Trincomalee. The bus ride lasts 15-20 minutes and costs about $0.20. From Trincomalee you can also travel by tuk-tuk from the same bus station and that will cost around $1.30. The advantage of tuk-tuk is that there is no need to wait for the next scheduled bus.

What about accommodation?

On booking.com there are more than 60 accommodation options in Uppuveli to choose from. You can check in Uppuveli itself as well as a couple of kilometres to the north in the neighbouring area of Deva Nagar. You can see it immediately if you open the site in map view mode.

Prices start from $10 for a double room without breakfast (such as the inexpensive Emerald House hotel). With a budget of up to $20 per day, you have a wider range of options to choose from. There are also interesting options on Airbnb. However, you stand a better chance to negotiate a lower price in person, especially if you pay for all 10 days of the gathering at once. And if you cut out the middle man, hosts do not have to pay the 15-25% commission to online agencies. So it will be easier for them to offer a lower price.

What are the prices like there?

Prices in Sri Lanka in general and in Uppuveli in particular are very attractive for foreigners. There are budget accommodations from $10 per day, there are budget cafes/ restaurants offering food from $1.50 per dish. For more price estimates for food and various services, please visit numbeo.com.

What about vegetarian food?

It is easy to find vegetarian food as it is offered in most Uppuveli cafes. For example, the famous Fernando’s Bar serves vegetarian fried rice, vegetarian burritos, vegetarian burgers and so on. At the Rice 'n' Curry restaurant there is a vegetarian buffet for $4. At the Be Cool Juice Bar you can buy fresh juice made of local seasonal fruits for just $1.

What is the weather like in May?

It is high season in Uppuveli in May. That means the weather is dry, windless and warm. During the day the temperature is about 29-32 degrees Celsius, and at night it is about 24-26 degrees Celsius. Sunscreen and a headwear will definitely come in handy! The ocean temperature in May is about 30 degrees Celsius.

What's the deal with mobile internet?

There are 4 mobile operators in Sri Lanka, the main ones being Dialog and Mobitel. You can buy their SIM cards in almost any store in tourist areas. The cost of a SIM card with zero balance varies from $1 to $3 depending on willingness of the seller.

Our friends, experienced travellers in Sri Lanka, recommend the Dialog operator. An 8GB internet package (4GB at any time, and 4GB at night) costs $3.40. All packages offered by this operator can be found on their official website.

Which language do we use to communicate with locals?

Sri Lanka has 2 official languages — Sinhalese and Tamil. Until 1957 the official language was English, which remains widely used throughout the country. According to the constitution of Sri Lanka, English has the official status of the language of inter-ethnic communication. It is often possible to speak in English.

Your next best option is switching to the Tamil language as it is most widely spoken in the Trincomalee area. To help you get started, here are some basic words in Tamil:

Vanakkam — hello (for any time of the day).
Kaalai vanakkam — good morning.
Maalai vanakkam — good evening.
Nandri — thank you.
Romba Nandri — thank you very much.

How safe is Sri Lanka?

It is easy to feel safe in Sri Lanka. People are very friendly and responsive. But just like everywhere else, it is necessary to observe basic safety rules especially with respect to personal valuables.

Cost of participation

$77

The event itself is non-profit. Your contribution is for organizing short trips, renting a lecture room, renting special equipment, designing and manufacturing branded t-shirts and stickers, refreshments during opening and closing, charity events, website support and development of the #Sunsurfers eco-village project.

Have more questions? Contact us

Here's how you can reach one of the event organizer — Sasha Wickenden. Please text her via WhatsApp or Telegram.

How to join SunGathering 11.0?

Registration to the SunGathering is already opened. To fill in the application form, please click the button below. Wait for the application approval for up to 10 days, pay registration fee ($77) and come to Sri Lanka. See you there! ;)
Registration is closed :)