Art Retreat And Rejuvenation 'in' VanVaas With An Artist

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 06 Nights 07 Days      Manali

25,800.00 + 5% GST

    On this retreat immerse yourself in a transformative journey of artistic exploration, nature connection, and rejuvenation. Led by artist Ghanapriya, this retreat combines inspiring art workshops, mindfulness practices, breathtaking landscapes, and the tranquility of VanVaas with the vibrant forest of Soyal village and the wilderness charm of Sethan village, both nestled in the Manali region.

    Escape to VanVaas for a transformative experience combining art, nature, and rejuvenation. Led by artist Ghanapriya, this retreat offers:

    • Inspiring art workshops: Spark your creativity and explore new artistic mediums in a serene natural setting.
    • Forest bathing: Immerse yourself in the healing power of nature with guided walks and mindful practices.
    • Breathtaking landscapes: Hike through lush forests, discover hidden waterfalls, and soak up the beauty of meadows.
    • Relaxing activities: Enjoy bonfires under starry skies, delicious BBQs and picnics, and rejuvenating spa treatments (optional).

    This retreat is perfect for:

    • Aspiring and experienced artists seeking inspiration and connection.
    • Anyone seeking a unique way to reconnect with nature and unwind.
    • Individuals interested in exploring mindfulness and self-discovery.

    VanVaas Art And Rejuvenation Retreat Trip Facts:

    Type: Meaningful Holiday – Art and Forest Bathing With Artist Ghanapriya

    Option 1: 7-Day Retreat – INR. 25800 + 5% GST

    Date: 10th – 16th August 2024

    Duration: 05 Nights and 06 days ex Manali + 2 Nights overnight travel from Delhi

    Option 2: 4-Day Retreat at VanVaas, Soyal – INR. 12900 + 5% GST

    Duration: 03 Nights and 04 days ex Manali + 2 Nights overnight travel from Delhi

    Option 3: 4-Day Retreat at Sethan Village – INR. 12900 + 5% GST

    Duration: 03 Nights and 04 days ex Manali + 2 Nights overnight travel from Delhi

    Route: Delhi – Manali – Soyal Village – Sethan Village – Manali – Delhi

    Start/ End: 7 pm, Delhi/ 7 am Delhi

    Highlights Of The Art Retreat with GhanaPriya

    • Art retreat led by Ghanapriya
    • Learn Sketching and different mediums of painting
    • Forest Bathing and Picnics
    • Explore Soyal and Sethan village 
    • Cafe Hopping in Old Manali, the ‘little Amsterdam of India’
    • Hike to ‘Panduropa’ and Chikka in the Hampta Valley
    • Hike to Crystal Falls, Troy’s Fall
    • Bonfire, BBQ and Picnic lunches

    Meet Ghanapriya, An Artist and Your Host at The Art Retreat In VanVaas and Sethan Village

    watercolors painting of forest made during VanVaaas art Retreat in Soyal Village, Manali



    Ghanapriya, a renowned artist, leads this 7-day art retreat at VanVaas, Soyal Village and Sethan Village. Her passion and expertise will ignite your creativity, whether you’re a budding artist or a seasoned pro seeking renewal. Prepare to learn new techniques, explore art therapy, and find inspiration in Soyal Village’s beauty.


    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival & Welcome at VanVaas

    • Afternoon: Arrive at VanVaas, nestled amidst stunning natural beauty. Check into your comfortable accommodation and settle in.
    • Welcome Reception: Meet your fellow retreat participants, artist Ghanapriya, and the VanVaas team over a refreshing welcome drink and light snacks.
    • Introduction & Orientation: Get acquainted with the retreat schedule, explore the property, and learn about the surrounding area.
    • Art & Nature Connection Workshop: Ghanapriya will lead an introductory session to explore the link between art and nature, sparking creative inspiration.
    • Forest Bathing Experience: Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the forest with a guided walk focusing on mindfulness and connecting with nature through your senses.
    • Welcome Dinner: Enjoy a delicious vegetarian dinner prepared with fresh, local ingredients at VanVaas’ communal dining area.

    Day 2: Unleashing Creativity at VanVaas

    • Morning: Start your day with a rejuvenating yoga session in the open meadow, surrounded by breathtaking views.
    • Art Workshop 1: Ghanapriya will guide you through an inspiring art workshop, introducing a specific artistic medium (e.g., watercolor, mixed media, nature-inspired collage).
    • Lunch: Savor a healthy and flavorful vegetarian lunch at VanVaas.
    • Free Time: Explore the property at your own pace, take a refreshing dip in the stream, or simply relax with a good book in a hammock.
    • Art Therapy Session: In the afternoon, participate in an art therapy session led by Ghanapriya, using creative expression to explore your inner self.
    • Bonfire & Storytelling: Gather around a crackling bonfire under the starry night sky, share stories, and connect with fellow participants.

    Day 3: Exploring Soyal Village & Artistic Inspiration

    • Morning: After breakfast, embark on a guided walk through the charming village of Soyal, interacting with locals and experiencing the traditional way of life.
    • Art Workshop 2: Return to VanVaas and participate in Ghanapriya’s second art workshop, building upon the concepts learned earlier and encouraging further exploration.
    • Lunch: Enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch at VanVaas.
    • Free Time: Take an afternoon nap, indulge in an optional spa treatment (available at an additional cost), or choose from various activities like bird watching or journaling.
    • Artist Talk & Q&A: In the afternoon, participate in an insightful artist talk by Ghanapriya, where you can learn about their artistic journey and ask questions.
    • Farewell Dinner: Celebrate your time at VanVaas with a special farewell dinner, enjoying delicious food and heartfelt conversations.

    Day 4: Scenic Drive & Lunch at a Cafe to The Wilderness Lodge

    • Morning: After breakfast, bid farewell to VanVaas and set off on a scenic one-hour drive to The Wilderness Lodge in Sethan Village, Manali.
    • Lunch Break: Enjoy a delightful vegetarian lunch at a charming cafe en route, soaking up the picturesque mountain views.
    • Check-in at The Wilderness Lodge: Upon arrival, check into your cozy accommodation at The Wilderness Lodge, surrounded by breathtaking Himalayan scenery.
    • Free Time: Settle in, explore the lodge’s surroundings, and enjoy the serenity of the wilderness.

    Day 5: Exploring Nature & Artistic Inspiration at Sethan Village

    • Morning: Start your day with a rejuvenating yoga session on the lodge’s deck, overlooking the majestic Himalayas.
    • Art Workshop 3: Ghanapriya will guide you through a third art workshop, taking inspiration from the surrounding mountains and natural beauty.
    • Lunch: Savor a delicious vegetarian lunch prepared by the lodge.
    • Free Time: In the afternoon, explore the nearby trails, go for a nature walk, or simply relax and soak up the tranquility of the wilderness.
    • Art Critique & Feedback Session: In the evening, participate in a group critique and feedback session led by Ghanapriya, fostering growth and learning from each other’s artistic journeys.
    • Dinner: Enjoy a hearty dinner under the stars, sharing stories and experiences with fellow participants.

    Day 6: Completing Your Masterpiece & Farewell Dinner

    • Morning: After breakfast, dedicate the morning to completing your final artistic creation, drawing inspiration from your entire retreat experience.
    • Farewell Art Exhibition: In the afternoon, showcase your creations in a farewell art exhibition hosted at The Wilderness Lodge, celebrating your creative journey.
    • Farewell Dinner: Celebrate the culmination of the retreat with a special farewell dinner at the lodge, enjoying delicious food and heartfelt conversations.

    Day 7: Departure & Renewed Creativity

    • Morning: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at The Wilderness Lodge, savoring the final moments of your rejuvenating retreat.
    • Departure: Check out of the lodge and say your goodbyes to fellow participants, Ghanapriya, and the staff.
    • Optional: Depending on your departure time, you may have additional free time to explore the surrounding area or relax at the lodge before heading to the airport or your next destination.

    Throughout the Retreat:

    • Mindfulness & Meditation: Short mindfulness exercises and meditation sessions will be integrated throughout the retreat to enhance your connection with the present moment and promote inner peace.
    • Healthy & Delicious Meals: Enjoy nutritious and flavorful vegetarian meals prepared with fresh, local ingredients at VanVaas and The Wilderness Lodge.
    • Relaxation & Rejuvenation: Ample free time is provided for relaxation, allowing you to unwind in nature, explore the surroundings, or indulge in optional spa treatments (available at an additional cost).

    Please Note: This itinerary is a sample and may be subject to change based on weather conditions and group preferences. We encourage open communication and will work with you to personalize the experience to your desires


    • Community living at VanVaas and The Wilderness Lodge.
    • All meals (veg.) throughout the trip from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 7
    • Picnic hike in VanVaas
    • Make your own pizza/bbq at Sethan
    • Experienced and professional guides
    • Wildlife/ environmental permits and other permits & levies, wherever required


    • Air or Bus tickets
    • Insurance of any form (personal/ baggage/ medical)
    • Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc.
    • Any personal expenses like tips to drivers, guides, any beverages etc
    • Any expenses that arise due to changes in itinerary because of natural forces like landslides, weather, roadblocks, sickness, etc.
    • GST

    Short Itinerary:

    Day 1: Pickup from Bus stand, Manali – Drive 10 minutes to Soil Village – Hike 30 min to VanVaas  – Quick Sketching in Pen

    Day 2: Hike to Crystal Falls – Landscapes in Watercolor

    Day 3: Forest Bathing – Picnic – Mixed medium

    Day 4: Lunch in Old Manali – Drive to Sethan – Wall Mural 

    Day 5: Sethan – Expressive Acrylic

    Day 6: Sethan – Pandu Ropa hike and picnic

    Day 6: Explore Old Manali, Souvenir shopping- Departure

    Items to Carry

    • T-shirts preferably full sleeves
    • Sweatshirts 
    • Windproof/ waterproof jacket
    • Track pants/ trekking pants
    • Muffler/ Cap
    • Cotton and Woolen socks
    • Waterproof hiking shoes
    • Raincoat/ Poncho (ensure it covers your daypack and camera)
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Camera
    • Headlamp/torch
    • Water bottle
    • Sunscreen SPF 50+
    • Personal medicines

    Note: We advise you to carry all the belongings in a rucksack so that it is easy to move around.

    How to reach Manali

    • Delhi to Manali – Volvo Bus
    • Chandigarh to Manali – Volvo Bus
    • Delhi to Bhuntar – Flight (we’ll arrange for a pickup at the airport on request)

    *If you need any assistance with your travel bookings, let us know and we’ll be happy to help!


    Safety & Adventure Sports
    The most basic yet prominent principle of indulging in any adventure activity is to take all the necessary precautions for safety.
    We at Yoloo.Life, keep it all in account and ensure maximum safety measures to pre-plan the trip and minimize any kind of risk. We plan to mitigate the risk of high altitude-related problems by preparing and acclimatizing well and staying in comfort.
    We strongly suggest you keep yourself adequately hydrated- possibly double your water intake.

    • Ensure that you take all your medications along to avoid any health issues.
    • Inform your friends and family before you depart for the trip and let them know that this will be a ‘No-Network’ zone.

    We will be your point of contact throughout the entire trip. Our complete staff is trained and certified, including our wilderness first responders on the programs. So in any case, we will be there to help you out.

    Payments, Confirmation, and Cancellation Policies

    Payment Policy

    • Full payment to be made up to 30 days in advance, by cheque, cash, or net banking.  Treks/Events are planned on a first come – first served basis.
    • We shall send you the payment link and details over the mail.

    Confirmation Policy

    • Once the payment is received, you will be notified over email with a confirmation.

    Cancellation Policy

    • In the event of cancellation, we must be notified in writing (e-mail).
    • Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: –

    Cancellation between 15 to 20 days in advance
    ● Amount would be adjusted against another trek or 75% refund.

    Cancellation between 10 days and 14 days in advance
    ● Amount would be adjusted against another trek or 50% refund.

    Cancellation between 0 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
    ● No refund and adjustment against any planned trek may be possible