Introducing New Journeys at Vana

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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.

Artist In Residence: Mari Ishiwata

8th – 16th December, 2018

Mari Ishiwata is a painter, performer, mother and founder of Yama Yama Art Center which is located deep in the mountains of Kyoto, Japan. Mari has a background in Sociology and Anthropology and has studied Spirituality of Japanese Contemporary society from Keio University, Japan (2002-2006).

Retreat Residency: Weaving Together, Nature and Garments

19th – 23rd December, 2018

A Five Day Journey with Chiaki Maki and her team.

Ganga Maki Textile Studio is an oasis of calm, nestled in the thick of mango groves, just six kilometers from Dehradun’s airport.

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.

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.

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...

Vana As A Canvas

The year 2017 saw three firsts for Vana; our first Short Retreat, our first Vana School and our first Vana Foundation Workshop. Know more...