About Retreat co-host Sala Salwatura

As the Co-founder of Konectiv Wellness, I strive to connect my lived experience to create spaces and experiences that allow "us" to experience "I".

I spent most of my adult life in the advertising industry and half of my entire life (un)learning and reflecting on who I am. My understanding of myself now, in relation to who I used to be has inspired me to become the artist & wellness practitioner I am today. For me, Wellness is Art, a reflection of our best selves on the canvas of this planet.

I am a Sri Lankan true and true, I have lived my entire life on this amazing island and back then lived in our capital city following the stream until over a decade ago I quit my job and moved to Unawatuna, a small coastal village on the south coast - to find myself and my purpose. I am 39 now and this journey as a Sri Lankan has been an infinitely beautiful yet harrowing experience because I chose to do it alone as a singular organism battling the storms, a square peg amongst round holes. Never questioning but always weathering storm after storm - sexual orientation, Race, Religion, Culture, Capitalism, and Colonization to name a few. I did not know then that battles are exhausting and futile. Battles exhaust us of everything - it aims to vanquish and not see that beneath the smog, under the ashes the earth is always alive and breathing, spewing out new life through the cracks towards the light. Community, on the other hand, is its’ polar opposite. Community is alchemy, as it allows us to transform and transmute our emotions and see ourselves reflected in the people in our lives. This motivates me to hold space and create retreats centered around Love, compassion, empathy & the simple mindful thought of understanding that the answers we seek are already within us.

As a queer Sri Lankan man, I grew up unaware of my true birthright of simply being happy with who I am so I looked for happiness in the eyes of others. Now as I spend time watching my daughter play and revel in nature, I know now I am ready to claim and pass on my birthrights through my offerings. Wellness is our birthright, we have the right to feel joy and be way more than comfortable in our own skin. Konectiv Wellness and my work are about reclaiming all we deny ourselves - our right to our own wellbeing.

We designed the modern world that holds us back, so as its' creators we also have the deep insights needed to change it as we move forward. The medicine we seek is within us - The connection to ourselves, The relationship we have to nature, and the nourishment of a loving community. We have grown up cultivating wealth by sacrificing these deep connections but true wealth lies in these 3 core connections that we are born to experience - We are here to thrive it is our right to not accept anything less.

Journey to the Heart is a passion project come true and it is my utmost pleasure to share this space with strong, powerful women who I consider are the keys to the new world we envision. Join on us on a 6-day deep dive towards the realm of the heart.

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” ~ Arundathi Roy

Sala was called upon in July 2022 when Kalukanda House founder Dee, a yoga fan, instinctively knew that she needed a daily teacher led practice to recover from recent tough times. Meeting Sala was a moment she believes was destiny playing a hand in finding the right resident yogi for Kalukanda House.

Arvind Salwatura