How do we transform our daily life into a path of spiritual practice? Recognizing the Indian tradition of the ‘Grihastha’, the householder practitioner, the Buddha taught many methods to help us accomplish the dharma while fulfilling life’s many ambitions and challenges.

This 6-day retreat 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.


Albert Paravi Wongchirachai is a Thai concept strategist specializing in cultural enterprise startups and experience design. One of the founders of Thailand’s national design center, his portfolio includes projects for Asian Civilizations Museum Singapore, Dean & DeLuca, the Observation Deck at MahaNakhon, and the upcoming Rivermuseum Bangkok. After a short stint of Buddhist Studies at University of Oxford, Paravi began exploring Buddhist practice traditions with many masters of the Theravada and the Vajrayana, notably Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, and his main teacher Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche.


June Crow is a senior Ikebana teacher and student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. As a member of Kalapa Ikebana, a flower arranging Society founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, June Crow has brought her knowledge of Shambhala principles and Buddhist meditation to the artistic expression of Ikebana, Japanese art of flower arranging. The ultimate purpose in Ikebana is not only to make harmonious and pleasant flower arrangements, but to discover joyfulness, work with obstacles and develop respect for all things, animate or inanimate.


Kris Yao is an award-winning Taiwanese architect, and the Founder and Head Architect of KRIS YAO | ARTECH. The firm currently employs more than 160 professionals in Taipei and Shanghai. His architecture has been praised to have a poetic nature, using his native eastern aesthetic and spirituality with a sense of natural light, interplay of surfaces and forms and executing all with a high level of innovation and professionalism. Kris also supports the Dharma through his tireless work on behalf of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche and Khyentse Foundation.

Practical information:

  • Please arrive at Vana after lunch on Wednesday, 11th September but before 5:00 pm, for the opening session at 6:00 pm. You can depart on Monday, 16th September after lunch.
  • You may have your wellness treatment during the scheduled break on the itinerary.
  • The retreat is also available for non-residents at Rs 15,000 per person. The price includes all the sessions of the retreat, lunch, tea-breaks and support material and does not include treatments.

A day during our Urban Yogi Retreat in 2018 looked like:

  • 9:30 am – 12:00 nn | Short Talk and Conversations, Meditation Sessions
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Rest and Reflection
  • 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Daily Life Dharma

Please click here to view the snippets of our Edition 01 | 2018.

You will hear from us with more details however, you may start booking your place now! To express your interest or to book your retreat, please write to Retreat Reservations at «» or call us at +91 80060 00945.