The Talalla Story.
Tucked into the corner of the mile long Talalla Beach is, for the most part, a newly built fishing village. Talalla Retreat had barely begun construction when the village was devastated by the tsunami.
Founded by Australian Laurie Rose who fell in love with the spiritual charm of Sri Lanka, Talalla retreat sits meters away from Sri Lanka’s most peaceful and protected beach; an undiscovered cove of clear turquoise water, golden sand and brilliant sunrises.
Talalla Retreat founder, Laurie Rose, along with some friends and associates offered immediate assistance and promptly set about raising funds, thus forming a close bond between the village and our resort that strengthens by the day.
After an eventful set up period for Talalla- sidetracked by the devastating 2004 Tsunami whereby Laurie mobilized a Talalla Support Group to assist the local community clean up – see www.talallasupportgroup.com- Laurie has now realized his dream with a boutique health resort built on sustainable principles offering yoga, surfing and a hip restaurant and pool space for all to enjoy.
Many of our staff are tsunami victims and the resort has been accepted as a part of the village and is one of its biggest benefactors.
From these urgent beginnings the Talalla Support Group was formed. All those affected by the devastation of the tsunami were able to approach the Group for financial and practical aid. As a result, hundreds of families in the immediate area found relief, support and hope.
The Group was responsible for the construction of two community centres which are are aligned with the local Buddhist monks and cater to everything from infant schooling to computer classes.
Talalla Retreat Responsible Tourism Commitment
At Talalla Retreat we believe a respect for the local culture and natural environment is integral to maintaining a spiritual, harmonious retreat. We work hard to ensure our environmental footprint is minimized and that the local community benefit economically from the retreat and any subsequent tourism in the area. We encourage our guests to enjoy the natural abundance through the open air villas, and provide information to raise awareness of local and environmental issues.
Day to day examples of this commitment include:
- Sourcing many of our supplies and building materials from the immediate locality, and protecting the local wildlife and vegetation
- Absence of artificial air-conditioning and televisions, with guests instead encouraged to reconnect with their natural circadian rhythms
- Installation of solar panels for electricity generation
- Establishment of an organic vegetable garden and a healthy composting system for kitchen waste
- Employment of at least 10% of the local village as full time staff
- The Talalla Support Group: Following the devastating 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami Talalla’s directors set up the Talalla Support Group. All those affected by the devastation of the tsunami were able to approach the Group for financial and practical aid, months before any official government aid arrived. As a result, hundreds of families in the immediate area found relief, support and hope. The Group was responsible for the construction of two community centers which are aligned with the local Buddhist monks and cater to everything from infant schooling to computer classes. See http://www.talallasupportgroup.com/ for further information.