Vana Samachar | November 2019 | We hope you are having a joyous winter. The last few months have been abundant with celebrations and festivities, and we look forward to their culmination with Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The Vana team will honour the new year (and decade) with meditation, gratitude, and prayer. We would be delighted for you to join us at Vana during the holiday period. You can learn more about our retreat offering, including our three night retreat
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Dear Vanavasi,
We hope that you are having a joyous winter. The last few months have been abundant with celebrations and festivities, and we look forward to their culmination with New Year’s Eve. The Vana team will honour the new year (and decade) with meditation, gratitude, and prayer. We would be delighted for you to join us at Vana during the holiday period. You can learn more about our retreat offering, including our three night retreat, here.

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VANA NEWS

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Vana Team at Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Switzerland
11th - 14th March, 2020


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For four nights in March, Vana’s Head Chef, Mohan Rawat, and our culinary team will visit The Grand Hotel Kronenhof to participate in a dynamic cultural exchange. Learnings from the art of cooking traditional Indian food – with a focus on Ayurveda – will be shared, while the mutual commitment to ‘slow cooking’ will provide a cohesive theme to the exchange.

The Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina, nestled in the beautiful Swiss valley of Engandine, dates back to 1848. One of the finest hotels in the Alps, the property is a heritage building located close to St Moritz.

We are proud that this will be the second year of collaboration between Vana and Grand Hotel Kronenhof and hope that our European Vanavasis will be able to attend this special event. Please contact the Vana team for more information.

www.kronenhof.com
www.kronenhof.com/en/culinary-art/vana-excursion-to-india/


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In-Residence


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We look forward to welcoming Terry Liew back to Vana from 2nd - 18th December. Terry is a master in Anma, a traditional Japanese body treatment, and specialises in back injuries.

From 23rd December - 18th January, we are looking forward to having Pooja Gautam as our Watsu expert in residence at Vana. Pooja is an expert practitioner who has been working with specialised aquatic-based therapies since 2013. During her time at Vana, she will be available for private Watsu sessions and group Aqua classes.

www.vana.co.in/vananews/inresidence-terry-liew
www.vana.co.in/vananews/inresidence-pooja-gautam


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In-Residence Calendar 2020


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Through 2020, we will continue to enrich Vana with our In-Residence program, which brings talent from all over the world to Vana. Our soon-to-be finalised 2020 In-Residence calendar, which features wellness practitioners, celebrity chefs, musicians, writers, artists and, medical experts, will be shared shortly. We encourage you to check our calendar well ahead of time, so that you can coordinate it with your next visit, should you wish to. Please note that the calendar is always subject to change.


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NOVEMBER REVIEW

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Just as every month we look forward to what is to come, we also take time to reflect on what we were fortunate to experience at Vana.

550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji


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On November 12th, we celebrated the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The Shabad Kirtan at Kila filled our space with powerful melodies, and we enjoyed a blissful langar (communal lunch spread) under a bright sun. We also took this opportunity to unveil a commissioned work of Guru Nanak by the Mumbai-based artist, Pavan Rajurkar.


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Lhabab Duchen


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Shortly after, on the 19th November, we celebrated Lhabab Duchen, which translates as the ‘Festival of Descent from Heaven’: the occasion that marks the birth of Buddha’s mother, Mayadevi. We paid tribute to this day with auspicious offerings at Bodhivana and chants guided by Khenpo Sonam Phuntsho.


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VANA AMBASSADORS

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The Vana Ambassadors are a core part of Vana’s global community. They are individuals across the world that help to build our Vanavasi network. We are grateful for all that they do, and this month would like to honour them briefly by sharing a little more about them:




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Albert Paravi
Thailand

Albert Paravi Wongchirachai is one of the founders of the Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC), and has served as a policy advisor to many national initiatives on culture and creative economy, from the Thailand Senate, to the Office of the Prime Minister.

Aside from being one of our key ambassadors, Albert is also an advisory Board Member and participates in discussions concerning the future of Vana.


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Chandan Kashyap
Singapore

After completing her MBA, Chandan spent 11 years working with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare in their Human Resource department in Delhi. She also has an avid interest in Indian and South East Asian Art and has undertaken a range of projects in Philanthropy and Art, including being a founding member of the Khushwant Singh Literary Festival. Kashyap’s connection to Dehradun dates back far before her first visit to Vana: it was right next door that she attended school at Doon.


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Gemma Bes Padrós
Spain

Gemma has a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Barcelona (1997), Master in Nutrition and Sports from the University of Barcelona (1998) and a degree in Nutrition from King’s College in London (2000). An expert in food and sports and children's nutrition, Bes Padros brings a wealth of knowledge to our wellness component, as she helps build our Vanavasi network in Europe. Gemma has been involved with Vana from our very beginning, due to her husband – Tomeu – being one of Vana’s two architects, alongside his father, Antoni.


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Ludovica Falez
Milan

While Ludovicia is one of our youngest ambassadors, in her 31 years she has accumulated a wealth of interesting experiences. Amongst these is a venture two years ago, when she spearheaded Chef Ritu Dalmia’s new fine dining Indian restaurant in Milan. This catalysed her deep and ongoing connection with India, of which her connection to Vana is central.


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Mariangela Spada
Italy

Vana is very close to Mariangiola’s heart. She describes it emphatically, as a “place where to find peace when life changes ryhthm.” Her ambassadorship is premised on spreading what she describes as the “gift” of Vana.


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Regine Kaegi
Switzerland, Germany & Austria

Originally from Switzerland, Regine is an expert in Yogic Science and a qualified Yoga instructor. She also has many years of professional experience in the HR industry. These skills, combined, with many others, make her an ideal ambassador for us in Europe.


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Sylvia Lee
China

Sylvia is originally from Taipei and has spent more than 16 years working in Shanghai in the commercial real estate industry. Sylvia first came to Vana in 2018; upon seeing notable changes in her health, she returned the very next year with her mother. These personal health improvements have been key to her outreach efforts.


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Tomomi Kitami
Japan

Tomomi is a professional photographer and has been a student of Indian classical music for the last 13 years. She is also closely involved with the Deer Park Institute in Himachal Pradesh, and was instrumental in helping us organise Japan Week at Vana: a specialised retreat organised earlier this year.

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WELLNESS TIPS

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We are in the Hemant Ritu (early winter season) when typically a mild accumulation of the Vata and Kapha dosha occurs. In addition, the ‘digestive fire’ is typically augmented, and if to an optimal degree, this creates an internal balance. Below are some wellness tips for the season, customised for each dosha, which may aid in attaining this ideal balance:

Vata

• Avoid exposure to wind and cold breeze
• Add a little ghee to dals and vegetables
• Use mustard oil for body massages

Pitta

• Include good fats, like olive and coconut oil, in your daily diet
• Regular oil massage with coconut oil will help

Kapha

• Avoid exposure to wind and cold breeze
• Choose to exercise in the morning
• Cook with sesame oil for extra nourishment



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