Kabir Satsang with Shabnam Virmani at Vana

19th - 23th May, 2018

Earth. Water. Fire. Air. Space. The 5 Elements in us/ In the Voice of the Mystics

There are powerful evocations of the experience of the five elements in the poetry of Bhaktas, Sufis and Bauls such as Kabir, Mira, Shah Latif, Lalon and others.

‘Path of the Urban Yogi: Training for Daily Life Dharma'

A Guided Short Retreat by Albert Paravi, June Crow and Kris Yao

7th – 11th June, 2018

This 3-day retreat, plus a day each for arrival and departure, focuses on equipping the “urban yogi” with creative ways to integrate mindfulness and awareness into everyday circumstances.

Young Vanavasi Retreat

24th - 29th June, 2018

Vana is delighted to announce this retreat in lieu of The Vana School!

VANA 5!
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.

Summary of upcoming Residencies and Retreats


Retreat Residency: 'Vrindavan' – A Journey of Kathak

By Shivani Varma

12th - 17th May, 2018

Retreat Residency: Kabir Satsang

By Shabnam Virmani

19th - 23th May, 2018

Short Retreat: 'Path or the Urban Yogi – Training for Daily Life Dharma'

By Albert Paravi, June Crow and Kris Yao

7th – 11th June, 2018

Young Vanavasi Retreat

Vana is delighted to announce this retreat in lieu of The Vana School!

24th - 29th June, 2018

Retreat Residency: Kintsugi Workshops

By Tomomi Kamoshita

November, 2018

As we build up to our 5th Anniversary in 2019, we’re delighted to announce ‘Vana 5’

Retreat Residency: 'Vrindavan' – A Journey of Kathak

by Shivani Varma

12th - 17th May, 2018

Kathak is not just a dance though. It is a process of meditation,

Kabir Satsang with Shabnam Virmani at Vana

Earth. Water. Fire. Air. Space. The 5 Elements in us/ In the Voice of the Mystics

19th - 23th May, 2018

There are powerful evocations of the experience of the five elements

Albert Paravi, June Crow and Kris Yao

‘Path of the Urban Yogi: Training for Daily Life Dharma'

7th – 11th June, 2018

This 3-day retreat, plus a day each for arrival and departure,

Kintsugi Workshop

by Tomomi Kamoshita

November, 2018

After having Tomomi Kamoshita lead extremely successful Kintsugi sessions in April this year, we are happy to announce that

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 Know more...

Retreat Residency: 'Vrindavan' – A Journey of Kathak

by Shivani Varma

12th - 17th May, 2018

Kathak is not just a dance though. It is a process of meditation, which helps to train the mind and body to be aware of rhythmic composition, as well as its meaning and interpretations. Hence, in Indian tradition, this dance form has been known as a form of worship.

Journey of Kathak will begin at Vana with Shivani Varma, who will be in residence from the 12th until 17th of May. Know more...

Kabir Satsang with Shabnam Virmani at Vana

Earth. Water. Fire. Air. Space. The 5 Elements in us/ In the Voice of the Mystics

19th - 23th May, 2018

There are powerful evocations of the experience of the five elements in the poetry of Bhaktas, Sufis and Bauls such as Kabir, Mira, Shah Latif, Lalon and others. The Earth as our field of consciousness to be filled with attention or in the fragile beauty of our clay selves; the Fire of the ‘tap’ of our practice or in the blazing desires of our ego-selves; the Water of the source-ocean evoking our original, undifferentiated selves, Know more...

Albert Paravi, June Crow and Kris Yao

‘Path of the Urban Yogi: Training for Daily Life Dharma'

7th – 11th June, 2018

This 3-day retreat, plus a day each for arrival and departure, focuses on equipping the “urban yogi” with creative ways to integrate mindfulness and awareness into everyday circumstances. Drawing inspirations from Theravāda, Mahāyāna, Zen and Tantra, three long-time lay students of the dharma share techniques on how to bring the view, meditation, and action of the Buddhist path into work, love, relationship, and personal development Know more...

Kintsugi Workshop

by Tomomi Kamoshita

November, 2018

After having Tomomi Kamoshita lead extremely successful Kintsugi sessions in April this year, we are happy to announce that Tomomi will be back at Vana in the second week of November, 2018. She is an expert in modern version of Kintsugi technique, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Know more...

Summary of upcoming Residencies and Retreats


Retreat Residency: 'Vrindavan' – A Journey of Kathak

By Shivani Varma

12th - 17th May, 2018

Retreat Residency: Kabir Satsang

By Shabnam Virmani

19th - 23th May, 2018

Short Retreat: 'Path or the Urban Yogi – Training for Daily Life Dharma'

By Albert Paravi, June Crow and Kris Yao

7th – 11th June, 2018

Young Vanavasi Retreat

Vana is delighted to announce this retreat in lieu of The Vana School!

24th - 29th June, 2018

Retreat Residency: Kintsugi Workshops

By Tomomi Kamoshita

November, 2018

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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