The Retreat | Vana

Living Spaces

At Vana, our private living spaces bring together various elements of our design philosophy: contemporary aesthetics, bespoke and natural materials, exceptional comfort, thoughtful lighting, design and simplicity. The 66 rooms and 16 suites on the estate peer into the ancient sal forest or our gardens and fruit orchards, all with balconies or terraces.

We are passionate about ecology and have used sustainable materials where possible, including bamboo flooring, FSC certified wood and even certified organic linen.

With a neutral palette of colours and art created by artist Siraj Saxena, our rooms evoke a sense of harmony and wellbeing, allowing guests to rest, reflect and connect with nature.

Our forest and garden rooms have the same layout and are comfortably appointed for a guest on their own or two guests together. With its unique layout, the Bodhi suite provides intimacy in its living room and bedroom, and the ability to meditate or have a private treatment in its petite meditation room. The Forest suites, with their generous living room, feel ethereal and almost part of the forest in front of them. Our casas follow a duplex-style layout. The two, sun-lit bedrooms – ideal for a family of three or four – are interconnected yet large enough to be private spaces of their own. A large living space that is perfect for relaxing, lounging, or mediation is the center of the house. For small daily needs, a pantry provides basic utilities. Our Esteva suite pays homage to Vana’s architects and is special for the natural light that enters it, along with its sense of space. The Vana suite enjoys a 180 degree view of the hills and the forest, and is the most generous suite at Vana.
The entire space is designed with muted, soothing tones and the artwork by Siraj Saxena is intended to merge gracefully into the space. Like the other living spaces, these structures also reflect our commitment to ecology: we have used sustainable materials where possible, including bamboo flooring, FSC certified wood and certified organic linen.


530 sqft

Views to the gardens, well-appointed resting space, bathroom, wardrobe

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530 sqft

Views to the forest, well-appointed resting space, bathroom, wardrobe

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1060 sqft

Views to the forest, intimate living and resting spaces, bathroom and powder room, wardrobe, petite meditation room

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1060 sqft

Views to the forest, generous living space, resting space and bathroom, powder room, wardrobe

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1750 sqft

Duplex-style layout, views to the orchard, generous living space, resting spaces and bathrooms, powder room, wardrobes, pantry for daily needs

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1560 sqft

Our Esteva suite pays homage to Vana’s architects and is special for the natural light that enters it, along with its sense of space

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3140 sqft

The Vana suite enjoys a 180 degree view of the hills and the forest, and is the most generously-sized suite at Vana

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Retreat Types and Initiatives

Vana is a refuge from the dukkha of everyday life, imbued with wisdom, wellness, learning and giving. Each Vanavasi’s journey at Vana is suited to their own distinct needs. Which is why we have introduced three new retreat types for you to choose from, offering varying levels of immersion and activity. From simply resting the mind and body to working on your health to undergoing a long-term physical and spiritual transformation, we have designed our retreats at Vana to help you live your goals and deepest aspirations.


  • A Retreat Program with yoga, meditation, cuisine lessons, functional fitness, talks, music and more.
  • Arrival and departure wellness consultations.
  • All cuisine including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
  • Private treatments/specialist consultations/sessions based on 1 – 3 wellness weights per night per guest.
  • Attire to wear within and outside Vana, footwear, summer and winter accessories.
  • Airport transfers from Dehradun Airport.
  • Retreat prices are per night and quoted in Indian rupees. Government taxes as applicable

Private treatments and sessions are valued in wellness weights, mostly between 1 and 2. À la carte wellness weights may be taken while at Vana, if required. Retreat Program activities, free time and personal practice are just as beneficial as wellness treatments. Please note, certain physical wellness objectives require a minimum duration of retreat as well as a specific Retreat type.These include Weight Management (14 nights | Vana Wellness or Vana Lifestyle), Detox (14 nights | Vana Wellness), Ayurveda Panchakarma (21 nights | Vana Lifestyle). Retreat prices depend on the type of retreat and room you choose.


Feel at home at Vana, consider it your refuge. While you rest your mind and body, find ways to just be. Enjoy Vana’s stillness and silence. Benefit from our repertoire of wellness traditions and participate in group sessions. Enjoy nature, music and meditating. Learn and assimilate. Encounter, discover and engage in ways that you may not experience back home. Live life fully and mindfully at Vana. Minimum 5 nights. One wellness weight per night.


Focus on particular objectives for your physical health while also working on your mind and emotions. Learn about your body, take back skills and tools to keep it well. Explore all the aspects of your physical wellness from movement and internal systems to natural healing and remedies. Discover the right cuisine for you. Become aware of your surroundings, your food, your treatments and activities. Observe how your body and mind respond to them and develop a wiser sense of discernment. Find health from inside-out and outside-in. Minimum 7 nights. Two wellness weights per night.


Take time to settle in at Vana, discover it and yourself fully. Explore each of our pillars of wisdom, wellness, learning and giving. Work with physical concerns, the mind and spiritual wisdom equally. Surrender to Vana, craft a new inner and outer journey. Learn and practise habits that will help you live a better life. Work on your awareness and sense of connectedness, through nature and meditation. Engage with our experts and learn from their abilities. Work on transformation at a deep physical level, through treatments, sessions, special diet plans and by learning to make informed choices. Be transformed, take Vana home with you and stay on the Vana journey. Minimum 14 nights. Three wellness weights per night.


Vana is now offering a 3 night ‘Introduction to Vana’ retreat. With an emphasis on rest and relaxation, therapeutic offerings and nourishing meals, this retreat will suit those looking to learn more about Vana or gain an introduction to its offerings. Its aim is to give those new to Vana important insights into what long-term transformation could look like.


Vana exists to be of service to all, and it is with this endeavour we continuously strive to evolve and grow our repertoire of offerings. With this in mind, we are delighted to introduce the Vana Wellness Sabbatical – a 30 day or more retreat balancing life and work. Personal transformation is the overarching goal of any wellness journey at Vana. The Vana Wellness Sabbatical is a program designed to help Vanavasis create long-term change in a way that is sustainable, holistic and most importantly, achievable, without taking a long period of time cut-off from work and life in the outside world.


Vana is exceptional in the summer: we enjoy a micro-climate, which is perhaps more cultural than purely meteorological. There is a palpable sense of peace and serenity that is felt through the Retreat; the longer days reward those who are looking for meditative rest. We want more Vanavasis to take advantage of the benefits a stay during the summer months can bring. This is the logic behind our summer pricing, where we reward your time above all else. Between 15th May – 15th September 2020, retreats of over seven nights qualify for Vana summer pricing.


Vana is a refuge for all beings. Harmony, nourishment and wellbeing are here for all on the Vana journey and the ultimate truth lies in perceiving all beings, people, plants and animals as equal. We hope you too share our feeling of equanimity for all. From this philosophy arises a sentiment that Vana is a leveller, where material differences are left outside, and people connect to each other and nature without hindrance. When we become truly aware, we recognise our interdependence.

At Vana, each human being is important. We do not conform to political, cultural or social stature or benchmarks. Our guidelines apply to all and our vision, mission and values take precedence over individual beliefs. We encourage Vanavasis to step out of their social personas as they retreat into Vana.


Vana follows the six traditional ritus or seasons – Vasanta (spring), Grishma (summer), Varsha (monsoon), Sharad (autumn), Hemanta (pre-winter) and Shishira (winter). Each brings its own unique character, energy and grace, to which we adapt as best as we can. Our endeavour is to exist in equilibrium within nature. This takes effort but benefits Vanavasis, our team and the Retreat as a whole.

Any opportunity to work on one’s wellbeing is precious. Therefore there is no ideal time to come to Vana other than when one has the time. Experiencing Vana in each season also brings its own joys and pleasures. Our weather in general can be described as being temperate and we do not get North India’s infamous summer temperatures. Even the warmest days are not too hot and evenings are always cool.

The monsoons are the most lush and beautiful time at Vana, the best time to be on retreat as per Indian tradition. They begin in late June and end in early September.

Vana lives and breathes all year round.


Vana almost seems a contradiction – a forest touching it on one side, nestled between the city of Dehradun and the hill-station of Mussoorie. Over the years, the outside world has crept nearer to our 20-acre Retreat, and yet just inside its boundaries, one enters a different world. The Retreat’s neutral coloured walls are seen amidst its trees and orchards, with pebbled paths and stone walls cutting through, bamboo gently swaying in places. Vana’s spaces are sometimes vast but always humble, seeking to evoke a sense of wellbeing. Held together by its skilful team, the experiences at Vana reflect its sincere intentions and generosity. Trees, plants, birds, monkeys, butterflies and insects all coexist in peace at Vana. Know more…


Vana can only point to the truth and give you a taste of it. We can provide healing, opportunities to learn and glimpses of a better life. But sustained health and a present mind can only come from personal effort. Working on the mind and the wellbeing of others should also form part of this effort, with some dedication to develop it into a practice. Understanding the dependence of our wellbeing on our mind and the interdependence of our wellbeing on that of others, is vital to our peace and happiness. Results might come slowly but positive imprints can be lasting. Shifting one’s focus away from oneself, to genuinely benefit others, will make this journey easier and more fulfilling.

This is all that you need to know…to ‘take Vana home’.

Vana wishes to be both a journey and a springboard, as do its initiatives. It is not an end in itself. So we  urge you to discover, wander and wonder. At home, in India, elsewhere and back at Vana too. Wellbeing is sometimes found or deepened at the most unexpected of places. Positive motivation, renunciation, awareness and compassion are helpful qualities worth developing on this journey.


Experience tells us that it takes time to settle into Vana. Getting adequate rest and catching up on sleep is encouraged. Don’t fear missing out, because this slowing down is important. Surrendering to the experience of being at Vana is rewarding; control can be renounced without hesitation.

Our approach to each Vanavasi recognises their uniqueness, with a personalised program, that is open to iteration. While treatments, sessions and activities bring healing, vitality and learning, it is also important not to do too much. One must find time to just be and let things settle.

Shorter retreats allow one to rest and restore depleted energies. After a fortnight, one might achieve tangible wellness benefits and greater awareness. Three weeks onwards, transformation begins and deeper goals can be addressed. Beyond four weeks is when the layers really begin to unravel and wellbeing arises from within. Transformation then takes root with new habits and we find clarity through learning and practice, inspiring action towards greater realisation.


Vanavas means to take abode in the forest and those that do are called Vanavasis. Vana draws inspiration from the qualities of a forest—a place that protects, nurtures and nourishes, providing space to discover and flourish.

‘Taking refuge in the forest’ has always been an important act of personal evolution in Indian culture. Retreating from one’s usual material existence allows us time to contemplate and reflect; one is equal to all other beings in the forest. This may mean developing a fresh perspective; for others, it is overcoming a physical hurdle. It is an opportunity to reconnect with oneself or with something greater. The great masters say that to retreat is to simply create a boundary between past and present thought. In other words, to be in the present.