About us

Having successfully run an Eco Tourism project in the central hills of Sri Lanka for the last 10 years where the environment and the local community are at the heart of its operations, we have learnt that mankind easily survives - if not still live well, by taking less from the Earth and giving back more, such as eat less meat and grow more trees. 

The first reforestation project started on aland called Bululand - which was bought in cooperation with Polwaththa Ecolodges and Henk Kieft near Digana. Nel Kapteyn and her local colleague take care of the planting, the initial watering and the protection of the trees. Since the start of 2017 they have planted over 400 trees which has already caused a climatic change on the land. 

The Forest Healing Foundation together with Polwaththa Eco Lodges and the Pepper Cottage offer an unique opportunity - to give back to nature and take back an experience - an experience to help change to a simple and peaceful lifestyle in harmony with nature.


Henk Kieft

Co-Founder & CEO

Nihal Ellegala

Co-Founder & Head of Operations

Henk has over 30 years of international experience in sustainable agriculture and rural development. One of his main interests is soil and water conservation.

Nihal has been in the tourism industry for over 25 years. He is the founder and owner of Polwaththa Eco Lodges & Homestays with a passion for nature conservation and community development. 

Oude Deventerstraatweg 26

8017 BC Zwolle

The Netherlands

69/1 Wepathana 

Gomagoda 20184 via Digana

Sri Lanka