'Art in Everyday Life'

3rd June – 9th July, 2018

June Crow will be leading ‘Contemplative Art’ sessions like Ikebana, Floating Arrangements, Haiku, Tea Demonstration, Mindful Walking during her Retreat Residency at Vana.

June began her studies of Ikebana in 1990 with Watanabe Sensei, an accomplished master of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

Young Vanavasi Retreat

24th - 29th June, 2018

Inspired by our ambition to make Vana a place of learning, the Young Vanavasi Retreat invites children below 16 years of age accompanied by adult family members. This five day Retreat will be from June 24th – June 29th, 2018.

April - October, 2018

As we build up to our 5th Anniversary in 2019, we’re delighted to announce ‘Vana 5’ – a five-night retreat that introduces you to Vana or lets a Vanavasi return for a quick recharge.

If you can take out the time, we recommend 7, 10, 14 nights or more…but better Vana 5 than nothing!

Vana 5 will be available from May to October, each year, both months inclusive. As an introduction, this year Vana 5 is available from the 1st of April.

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...

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