Vana Updates

ABRAHAM & THAKORE AND VANA LIFESTYLE

Vana has always seen Indian aesthetic and tradition as its reference point for design and attire. In an effort to make it available to more people, we have invested in Abraham & Thakore and hope to make their contemporary Indian style the new benchmark in everyday fashion. Vana Lifestyle will be a new arm of Vana that leads this effort.

Click here if you want to see the Abraham & Thakore website.


THE VANA SCHOOL 2018

Our first Vana School in 2017 was a success! In the year 2018, we have planned two batches, each between 7-10 days. One in the second half of June and the other in the first half of July. You are welcome to come on retreat during these 3 weeks if you love being around children!


THE YEAR’S FIRST DAY, 2018

Today will be a new beginning and a celebration…

Vanavasis began their day by sprinkling some holy water from the Ganga which we provided to them. As per the Indian tradition, this is an auspicious thing to do.

We also held Yoga sessions in the Kila Lobby to begin the day together! A special breakfast was prepared for all Vanavasis as well.To honour all the deities and evoke their power and energy, we organised a special Medicine Buddha Puja as well as a Fire Puja or Havan. Medicine Buddha is the manifestation of the healing energy of all enlightened beings and the ceremony acts to heal as well as empower to heal. The Fire Puja was for purification and also to seek blessings and dynamic energy. Know more…


THE VANA JOURNEY ON INSTAGRAM

We have re-launched our Instagram page under the handle vanajourney. « Click here » to visit and do share it with friends!

Vana will never diverge from its vision nor dilute its way of approaching life, our Vanavasis and its Team. Please help us spread the good word!


RETREAT RESIDENCY: DR JOHN BRAZIER

Functional enhancement and recovery specialist, Dr John Brazier will be at Vana from 7th January to 20th January, 2018. He is the founder of KORE, a unique system of holistic healing. He developed this method through years of studies and practice, from Eastern and Western perspectives that he had gained from Traditional Chinese Medicine, kinesiology as well as from his own experience and intuitive sensitivity as a champion martial artist and an 8th Dan Ninja. Know more…


RETREAT RESIDENCY: BRIAN PAGE BAUERLE

We are happy to share with you that Brian Page Bauerle, coach, psychotherapist and founder of the Asian Leadership Institute will be at Vana from 22nd to 28th November, 2017. Drawing on his years as a Buddhist monk and through his personal commitment to social work, Brian emphasises on high trust and an open connection, characterised by genuine caring. His success derives from his practical awareness, his extensive experience with business and the wise intuitive counsel he provides. In this retreat residency, Brian will share a unique perspective on leadership based on the application of mindfulness. Know more…


OPERATION VANA 2.0

In a step towards furthering and expressing Vana’s vision to be of service and enhance wellbeing, we are evolving towards a different paradigm, where Wellness shall co-exist with Wisdom, Learning and Giving as equal foundations of Vana.

We are beginning a process of adapting certain concepts, offerings and spaces to achieve what we informally call amongst the Vana team as Vana 2.0. This transformation will start to gain momentum by later this year and early next year and our hope is to see it to it’s completion sometime in 2019. Know more…


SHORT RETREAT: VENERABLE PAISAL VISALO

Phra Paisal, one of the most respected and accomplished Theravadan monks and Buddhist scholars in Thailand will be leading a Short Retreat from November 3rd to 6th, 2017. He is the Abbot of Wat Pa Sukato forest monastery. Phra Paisal took robes in 1983 and has been a strong advocate of non-violence, peace, ecology, meditation and human rights. He is also the co-founder and driving force behind Sekhiyadham, an organisation that drives community development in Thailand. Know more…


THE VANA SCHOOL 2017

Each day of the Vana School was thoughtfully laid out in a structured itinerary. Specially curated activities with elements of fun and learning, practical daily life skills, developing respect and gratitude for nature, understanding traditional wisdom, and lifestyle guidance from Indian and Western cultures were included. Young Vanavasis participated in all the activities. Our aspiration was that children should become curious, learn and acquire beneficial skills through the Vana School, which would help them live a better life. Know more…


VANAVĀS WITH DZONGSAR JAMYANG KHYENTSE RINPOCHE

In this era and all those that have been, it is a rare occurrence and privilege to encounter a being like Khyentse Rinpoche. A sublime teacher, ‘true’ friend, prolific artist and writer, silent patron and provocative vanguardista, Rinpoche truly seems to transcend the boundaries of space, time and energy. Perhaps the most skillful and innovative teacher of the Buddha’s wisdom in this generation, spending time with Rinpoche was a unique gift. Know more…


RETREAT RESIDENCY: VENERABLE GESHE DORJI DAMDUL

Venerable Geshe Dorji Damdul, a distinguished Buddhist scholar and academic in Tibetan Buddhism, was in residence from December 28th, 2016 to January 3rd, 2017. Geshe La guided a spiritually uplifting retreat, on Shamatha and Special Insight Meditation packed with intelligence and wit. Know more…


RETREAT RESIDENCY: DR MYUNG SOO KIM

Dr Myung Soo Kim, a veteran Qi gong master and Tai chi practitioner from Korea, was in residence from November 14th to December 4th, 2016 to benefit our Vanavasis and Team with his decades of experience in treating many health conditions and restoring personal wellbeing. His sessions, when integrated with the other modalities during a Vanavasi’s retreat, brought out significant improvement in his/her overall wellbeing especially pertaining to energy and mindful awareness.


RETREAT RESIDENCY: ANDREW WHITLEY AT VANA

Andrew Whitley, a leading organic baker in the UK, was in residence at Vana from February 17th – 26th, 2015. We look forward to having him back at the Retreat soon. Please stay tuned for more information.


INDIAN VISA

e-Tourist Visas for India: The Indian Government recently introduced the e-Tourist Visa for certain countries including UK, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, USA, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Singapore. We recommend that guests apply for their electronic tourist visa at least 2 weeks prior to their date of travel. Know more…


RETREAT RESIDENCY: ROBIN HARFORD AT VANA

Robin Harford is a contemplative, forager and ethnobotanist specialising in wild edible plants and has been teaching people about their local edible landscape throughout the Britain and beyond since 2009. Robin was in residence from October 3rd to 13th, 2016. Know more…

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