Introducing 'Vana Sansar'

A Newsletter Connecting Vana And the World

Introducing New Journeys at Vana

Vana Ashram
Vana Wellness
Vana Lifestyle

Schedule for Young Vanavasi Retreats 2019

May 21st to 26th
(Tuesday to Sunday)
June 18th to 23rd
(Tuesday to Sunday)
July 17th to 22nd
(Wednesday to Monday)
August 13th to 18th
(Tuesday to Sunday)

*One may also choose to arrive one night prior and depart one night after.

In Residence: Geshe Dorji Damdul

25th – 29th March, 2019

Venerable Geshe Dorji Damdul, a distinguished Buddhist scholar and academic in Tibetan Buddhism, will be back at Vana from March 25th to 29th, 2019, to host a series of sessions on wisdom.

A search for equilibrium, learning and the inner journey are at the heart of Vana. We are a refuge for all beings and are beyond conventional definitions. Vana means forest and those that take abode within it are Vanavasis.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

A search for equilibrium, learning and the inner journey are at the heart of Vana. Reflecting on our first few years, we believe that we have achieved something unprecedented in wellbeing.

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VANAVAS

Vanavas means to take abode in the forest and those that do are called Vanavasis. A forest touching it on one side, Vana is nestled between the city of Dehradun and the hill-station of Mussoorie. Just inside its boundaries, one enters a different world where trees, plants, birds, monkeys, butterflies and insects all coexist in peace.

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WELLBEING

Your retreat at Vana is intimately connected to the wellness journey you follow and how you approach food and nutrition, traditional medicine systems of India, Tibet and China and Traditional treatments and therapies.

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Retreat Types

VANA ASHRAM
Minimum 5 nights. One wellness weight per night.

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VANA ASHRAM

Feel at home at Vana, consider it your refuge. While you rest your mind and body, find ways to just be. Enjoy Vana’s stillness and silence. Benefit from our repertoire of wellness traditions and participate in group sessions. Enjoy nature, music and meditating. Learn and assimilate. Encounter, discover and engage in ways that you may not experience back home. Live life fully and mindfully at Vana.

Minimum 5 nights. One wellness weight per night.

Room Type For One For Two For Three
Garden / Forest Room 30,000 45,000 60,000
Forest / Bodhi Suite 55,000 70,000
Esteva Suite 70,000 85,000
Vana Suite 100,000 115,000

Retreat prices are per night and quoted in Indian rupees.

VANA WELLNESS
Minimum 7 nights. Two wellness weights per night.

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VANA WELLNESS

Focus on particular objectives for your physical health while also working on your mind and emotions. Learn about your body, take back skills and tools to keep it well. Explore all the aspects of your physical wellness from movement and internal systems to natural healing and remedies. Discover the right cuisine for you. Become aware of your surroundings, your food, your treatments and activities. Observe how your body and mind respond to them and develop a wiser sense of discernment. Find health from inside‐out and outside‐in.

Minimum 7 nights. Two wellness weights per night.

Room Type For One For Two For Three
Garden / Forest Room 37,000 59,000 81,000
Forest / Bodhi Suite 62,000 84,000
Esteva Suite 77,000 99,000
Vana Suite 107,000 129,000

Retreat prices are per night and quoted in Indian rupees. Additional inclusions — dietary advice, detailed departure note, post-departure check-in.

VANA LIFESTYLE
Minimum 14 nights. Three wellness weights per night.

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VANA LIFESTYLE

Take time to settle in at Vana, discover it and yourself fully. Explore each of our pillars of wisdom, wellness, learning and giving. Work with physical concerns, the mind and spiritual wisdom equally. Surrender to Vana, craft a new inner and outer journey. Work on your awareness and sense of connectedness, through nature and meditation. Engage with our experts and learn from their abilities. Work on transformation at a deep physical level, through treatments, sessions, special diet plans and by learning to make informed choices. Be transformed, take Vana home with you and stay on the Vana journey.

Minimum 14 nights. Three wellness weights per night.

Room Type For One For Two For Three
Garden / Forest Room 44,000 73,000 102,000
Forest / Bodhi Suite 69,000 98,000
Esteva Suite 84,000 113,000
Vana Suite 114,000 143,000

Retreat prices are per night and quoted in Indian rupees. Additional inclusions — regular check-ins by our wellness team, mid-retreat consult, nutrition consult, dietary plan, lifestyle note on departure, ongoing post-departure connect.

Life at Vana

We believe that everything contributes to one’s wellbeing. Architecture, nature, design, music, art, cuisine; simply being at Vana brings about a sense of well being.

Vanavasis about Vana

The Retreat

It does take a day or two to discover Vana fully, even more to find its hidden nooks, which are best discovered unintentionally and at the right time. You will find places both inside and outdoors to sit and contemplate and to meditate. And others to meet Vanavasis and spend time together. Both time on your own and being with others is vital for one’s retreat. There are also spaces to read and a wonderful collection of books, comics and movies spread across more than one library. Music is an essential part of Vana’s life; you will enjoy many quiet performances and the occasional vibrant one during your time here. The flute is usually played as an offering to nature, regardless of whether anyone is present. Pujas or prayers are often held, for the health, wellbeing and prosperity of all, as well as to pay homage to our Gurus and Gods. Know more...

Retreat Programming

Between the months of May to October, Vanavasis may choose from a variety of carefully curated retreats and programming at Vana, usually 5 days and for participation in their entirety. Most if not all these programs will allow time for Vanavasis to have their usual wellness treatments. Some might require prior sign-up.

Wednesday, 1st May – Sunday, 5th May 2019
+1 day each for arrival and departure

Ode to the Guru

An Ode to the Guru, is a musical homage to our spiritual traditions and Gurus. Each day, we will host devotional music performances...

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Tuesday, 7th May – Saturday, 11th May 2019
+1 day each for arrival and departure

Silent Retreat

A Silent retreat is a unique opportunity where daily routine, guidelines, and the practice of meditation together offer a space...

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Wednesday, 15th May – Sunday, 19th May 2019
+1 day each for arrival and departure

Inner journey through Pottery and Ceramics

The art of pottery is believed to be therapeutic and relaxing. While spinning clay, your mind...

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Tuesday, 21st May – Sunday, 26th May 2019
inclusive of arrival and departure

Young Vanavasi Retreat – Batch I

Vana invites children below 16 years of age accompanied by adult family members. The children will have a carefully planned schedule...

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David Soin and group

Contemporary Jazz ensemble

Sunday, 27th January – Wednesday, 30th January 2019

Dr John Brazier

Functional enhancement and recovery specialist

Monday, 4th February – Friday, 18th February 2019

Chef Philippe Laloux

A traveller and celebrity chef

Thursday, 28th February – Sunday, 10th March 2019

Retreat Calendar

Our Retreat Calendar is an overview of everything happening at Vana. This includes all performances, festivities, prayers, as well as everything in the ‘Retreat Programming Schedule’ plus those experts and accomplished people confirmed to be In-Residence at Vana.

1st January, 2019

New Year Celebration

Shishira
12th January, 2019

Children's Day Celebration

Shishira
1st - 6th January, 2019

Terry Liang

Shishira
13th January, 2019

Guru Gobind Singh Ji (Shabad Kirtan) Shiv Kumar Sharma / Anniversary of Dudjom Rinpoche

Shishira
4th January, 2019

Vana Day Celebration

Shishira
14th January, 2019

Lohri Celebration / Medicine Buddha Puja

Shishira
5th January, 2019

Amavasya (Flute Offering to the New Moon)

Shishira
17th January, 2019

Dhanwantari Puja

Shishira
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