Vana Samachar

August 2019

Drishyam Retreat
Siraj Saxena and friends

25th – 30th September, 2019

This art retreat will help you feel Vana - space through drawings and paint the inner landscape and visual poetry.

Homage to Nusrat 2019

9th – 14th October, 2019

As a tribute, we will organise five consecutive nights of music. During the day we will organise interactions with the performing artists, facilitate conversations around the devotional art form, and showcase films and concerts of the legendary performer. The dedicated music retreat is curated to delight a casual listener as it would a music connoisseur.

Weaving the lights and winds of India

16th – 21st October, 2019

After a successful 5 day retreat last year showcasing the unique process of producing textiles – right from reeling silk from cocoons, art of dyeing with natural flowers and plants and, using the handloom to turn yarn into fabric – Chiaki Maki and her team will curate another special retreat this October!

Today at Vana

27o C

Humidity

64.57

AQI

16

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Vana?

Vana means ‘forest’ in Sanskrit. It is the word that connects all our initiatives including our retreat, institute, foundation, personal care and ritual products and project that focuses on the revival of traditional Indian farming.

Who is a Vanavasi?

A Vanavasi is someone who strives for a sense of equilibrium and wellbeing that is wholesome, and in harmony with nature. In short, a Vanavasi is any member of the Vana family.

Who is part of the Vana community?

Like-minded individuals are drawn to Vana and its initiatives; although most are above the age of 35, age and cultural background are constantly changing categories for us. We have no ‘target audience’; a nineteen-year-old model and an eighty-year-old retired banker are equally at home here.

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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 Types

VANA ASHRAM
Immersion in Vana’s Retreat Program

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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
Garden/Forest Room 30,000 45,000
Forest/Bodhi Suite 55,000 70,000
Casa (Two-Bedroom/Three-Bedroom) 60,000 75,000

Retreat prices all encompassing activities from our RP, arrival and departure consultation, all major meals with afternoon tea, Private sessions upto 1 WW, attire, airport transfer and all taxes.

VANA WELLNESS
Explore Vana’s Wellness Offerings

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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
Garden/Forest Room 37,000 59,000
Forest/Bodhi Suite 62,000 84,000
Casa (Two-Bedroom/Three-Bedroom) 67,000 89,000

Retreat prices all encompassing activities from our RP, arrival and departure consultation, all major meals with afternoon tea, Private sessions upto 1 WW, attire, airport transfer and all taxes.

VANA LIFESTYLE
Embark on a journey for greater wellbeing

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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
Garden/Forest Room 44,000 73,000
Forest/Bodhi Suite 69,000 98,000
Casa (Two-Bedroom/Three-Bedroom) 74,000 103,000

Retreat prices all encompassing activities from our RP, arrival and departure consultation, all major meals with afternoon tea, Private sessions upto 1 WW, attire, airport transfer and all taxes.

Vanavasis at Vana.

We often get asked what the best time to come to Vana is. Our answer to this question always takes in to account multiple factors, including a person’s naturally preferred season. Over time, we as a team, have grown to find something special in all.
Moreover, for us, the natural takes precedence over the operational: through the year, we always take fewer guests than we have room for, and choose to ‘fix’ the count of our Vanavasis at a number far below actual capacity, so that we can offer each person the best possible experience.

Vanavasis at Vana
Vanavasis at Vana

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.

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.

17th September, 2019

Vishwakarma Puja

Sharad
28th September, 2019

Flute Offering to the New Moon 'Amavasya'

Sharad
25th - 30th September, 2019

RP: Drishyam Retreat

An art retreat to explore inner landscape and visual poetry within you

Sharad
29th September, 2019

Maha Navratri Puja begins

Sharad
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