Mahagedara Wellness Retreat is a culmination of a long awaited dream and vision of holistic living that founder, Lakmali, wanted to share with like minded guests.
Lakmali was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in Africa and then moved to the United Kingdom. Her keen interest in History, Arts and Humanities was fostered by her childhood experience of visiting museums and jungle safaris. She had a successful corporate career in the United Kingdom but her passion for nature and giving back to the community led her back to Sri Lanka to start Mahagedara in 2012.
It has been her lifelong aspiration to set up a school for girls and to enable them to fulfill their dreams. This is why 10% of all profit at the Wellness Retreat, goes to the beginnings of this school. Mahagedara's core value is to positively impact the guests, staff, ecosystem, environment and community.
In 2014, after a long awaited search of an ideal location for the retreat, the jungle property was discovered. The location itself is 7 km to Sigiriya Lion Rock and 3 other UNESCO sites, surrounded by 4 National Parks and multiple historical sites.