Samadhi, in the words of its owners, is ‘a pilgrimage you owe yourself’. Samadhi is a Buddhist term, and is achieved by meditating upon one of 40 different topics: upon achieving samadhi, the mind becomes calm, concentration is enhanced and you eventually obtain release from all suffering. Samadhi Centre was built in this spirit, created from an abandoned tea plantation on the edge of the Dumbara valley by Waruna Jayasinghe, antique dealer, organic farmer and erstwhile hippy. He lives with Yumi, his Japanese wife, who is a yoga teacher. Here, there are no mobile phone connections, television or insistent demands. City life is replaced by the soothing sounds of a flowing river, rustling leaves, bird song and crickets. Samadhi Centre’s chalets are scattered on a hillock providing much privacy and tranquillity and there are several small pavilions surrounded by trees, ideal for quiet contemplation. A large Yoga pavilion sits atop the hill with beautiful views of the mountains. Traditional rice and curries are made with organic produce and prepared in clay pots over a hearth.