VanVaas: Is it exile, or is it liberation? Uncover your truth!

Going to VanVaas means going away from the world to reconnect, get grounded, rejuvenate and come back stronger. Nestled in isolation in an orchard by a stream, deep in a Himalayan forest, VanVaas offers the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the cacophony of everyday life and delve within.

The Healing Power of Nature: Find Yourself Again at VanVaas

VanVaas, a nature retreat nestled in Soil Village near Manali, is a community living project focused on reconnecting with nature, yourself, and fellow travelers.  VanVaas is a Himalayan sanctuary for artists, seekers and change-makers. Gurgling streams, orchards bursting with fruit, and towering pines paint a tranquil scene. It’s about 3km from the parking in Soil or Soyal village on the Naggar-Manali road, 16 km from Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

gushing stream in vanvaas, soil village, manali

Going To VanVaas:

Going to VanVaas means going away from the world to reconnect, get grounded, and rejuvenate. Staying at VanVaas is a chance to retreat into nature, without distractions. Spending time at VanVaas allows you to reconnect with your core self and what’s truly important.

The remote tranquility of VanVaas makes it the ideal place to heal and grow as an individual. The pause from modern life opens up space for personal transformation. Surrounded by nature, you can gain powerful insights about your inner self and focus on your continuing journey of growth.

waterfall - crystal falls, VanVaas, Soil Village, Manali

Activities at VanVaas

Set in a tranquil orchard next to a stream in a forest, VanVaas offers a wide range of activities for visitors looking to reconnect with nature, find stillness and nurture their creativity.

Forest Bathing & Mindfulness

Immerse yourself in the healing powers of the forest through shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of forest bathing. Take mindful walks along winding trails, breathe in the phytoncides released by the trees, and soak up the sights, sounds and aromas of the forest. Guided forest bathing walks can help you slow down, de-stress and become fully present.

Yoga & Meditation

Practice yoga and meditation amidst nature’s beauty. Outdoor yoga surrounded by verdant forests and fresh mountain air re-energizes the body and calms the mind. Guided outdoor meditation sessions help you tune out distractions and tune into the present moment. Find your flow with daily yoga classes, or simply roll out your mat on the grass.

forest bathing at VanVaas in Soil Village, manali

Foraging & Gardening

Learn about edible and medicinal plants through foraging walks in the forest and orchard. Help out in the organic vegetable garden and discover how food is grown. Get your hands dirty, connect with the land and appreciate nature’s bounty. Take your harvest back to the kitchen and create delicious farm-to-table meals.

Creative Arts

Ignite your creative spirit with painting, writing, music-making and other arts activities. Find inspiration in the tranquil natural beauty surrounding you. Join a watercolor paint session en plein air, pen poems under the trees, jam on acoustic instruments by the campfire, or craft artworks from foraged finds. Release your inner artist at VanVaas.

couple doing yoga next to a stream at VanVaas in Soil Village, Manali

Accomodation and Food at VanVaas

VanVaas offers a range of accommodation options to suit different needs and budgets:

Private rooms

For those seeking extra privacy and comfort, VanVaas has a number of tastefully designed private rooms spread throughout the property. Each room has a comfy bed, own bathroom and basic amenities. The rooms are decorated minimally with local fabrics and furniture, creating a serene environment ideal for rest and relaxation. Large windows provide views out to the orchards and forest beyond.

Dormitories

Backpackers and budget travellers can opt to stay in our dormitory, which sleeps up to 8 people. Sturdy bunk beds, storage lockers, ceiling fans and shared bathrooms make this an excellent choice for single travellers or groups. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people interested in nature, sustainability and personal growth.

Camping

For the ultimate back-to-basics experience, unlimited camping space allows visitors to pitch a tent in secluded forest clearings or under fruit trees in the orchard. Shared bathroom facilities are a short walk away. Fall asleep to the sound of the stream bubbling nearby and wake up to birdsong and mountain views. Campers can feel immersed in nature while still accessing VanVaas’ amenities.

group of people at a picnic at VanVaas, soil Village, Manali

Cuisine

VanVaas takes great pride in serving nutritious and delicious meals made with ingredients harvested fresh from our own organic gardens and orchards. Our farm-to-table philosophy means you’ll enjoy dishes prepared with just-picked vegetables, fruits, herbs, and other produce grown steps away from your plate.

We believe that food is medicine for the body, mind, and soul. That’s why our chef pays careful attention to creating menus focused on health and vitality. You’ll be nourished with wholesome vegetarian cuisine free of preservatives, chemicals, and processed ingredients.

In addition to garden-fresh meals, we serve freshly made detox juices and smoothies overflowing with the bounty of fruits, greens, roots, nuts and seeds grown on the land. These elixirs provide a boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients to cleanse your body and awaken your senses. Our juices and smoothies complement the nutritious balanced meals to support optimal energy, health and inner balance.

people around a bonfire at VanVaas, soil Village, Manali
bee on flowers at vanvaas, soil village, manali

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