Wednesday, 15th May – Monday, 20th May 2019
Wednesday, 2nd October – Monday, 7th October 2019


Clay is from the earth beneath our feet and working with it gives an immediate connection that roots, calms and stabilizes. The art of pottery is believed to be therapeutic and relaxing. While spinning clay, your mind and body are in natural synergy, wrapped around your creative thoughts and emotions.

The central theme of this journey is to suspend the perceived realities of our day to day life and immerse into the unique form of escapism through pottery

This program is intended to experience mindfulness by expressing things that we don’t often have words for but are deeply felt.


The sessions would commence with a talk on how pottery let oneself dive deep within by using its natural faculties of heart, mind and hand in balance – the whole being. The talk will be followed by hands on experience of both the hand built and wheel pottery over the course of next few days. Few videos would also be screened to make the experience more immersive.

Some of the workshops and classes we have planned are listed below: Hand building techniques: pinching, coiling, slab building. Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel – how to center yourself and the clay. Create your own artwork with hand and on wheel. Trimming and burnishing.

About the Artists

Sanjay Gupta, ex-investment banker in New York city, turned to a self-taught potter and settled in Dehradun. Sanjay is well known for his hand-buffed terracotta work in addition to his organic ceramic artworks and his sculptures in wood and bronze. One of his greatest works is the Tapasvi Buddha statue at Bodhivana in Vana. His artistic endeavours are spontaneous, intuitive, and in many ways quite basic, but liberating. He feels that pottery has not just taught him creative discipline but has also helped begun his spiritual journey.

Ayushi Rastogi, a design graduate of Symbiosis University, Pune, has been working with Sanjay Gupta for some years now and is evolving her own vocabulary in studio pottery in terracotta and ceramic. She enjoys exploring organic forms.

Retreat Dates

This 5-night retreat will be held twice this year, on the following dates-:

May 15th – 20th, 2019
October 2nd – 7th, 2019

Retreat Terms

1. The retreat will have sessions from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on first five days and will conclude with a morning session and lunch on the last day.
2. The retreat must be attended from start to finish.
3. The sessions of this retreat will also be available for non-residents at Rs 5000 per person.

To book your retreat at Vana or to express interest in attending this retreat, please email Retreat Reservations at or call us on +91 135 3911114. You may also decide to attend these sessions after your arrival at Vana, however numbers for this retreat are limited!