Imagine painting watercolors of the Taj Mahal at dawn. Singing ancient devotional songs inside the courtyard of a restored hilltop fortress. Studying the secrets of sacred geometry in a flower garden surrounded by the cries of tropical birds. Exploring the teeming bazaar of the ancient “Pink City” of Jaipur with a local art collector. Fine dining at a mountaintop palace PLUS daily Yoga classes, meditation sessions & live devotional music, as well as trips to nearby palaces and temples.

Details  

Faculty & Staff

Aditi Karmakar

Aditi Karmakar

Classically Trained Singer

Aditi will be available to lead small or large groups in the singing of devotional songs.
Caterina Gushiken

Caterina Gushiken

Traditional Japanese Watercolorist

At the magnificent Taj Mahal, Caterina will lead a workshop in the nearly lost art of landscape watercoloring.
Ekabhumi Charles Ellik

Ekabhumi Charles Ellik

Poet, Illustrator & Mystic Retreat Co-Founder

Ekabhumi will introduce you to Tantric Hindu sacred geometry and guide you in the construction of a yantra. Learn how to incorporate meditation and ritual into your art practice as you discover your path as a sacred artist.
Mukul Purohit

Mukul Purohit

Art Collector & Mystic Retreat Co-Founder

Meet Mukul, our producer and guide! Mukul will help you communicate with hotel staff to arrange extra side-trips etc.
Shivani Ray

Shivani Ray

CEO of LIving Sanskrit

Shivani Ray will lead you on a journey within as you learn meditation techniques informed by both venerable tradition and the latest science. She will also instruct interested students in proper Sanskrit pronunciation.
Tiffani Gyatso

Tiffani Gyatso

Painter & Art Teacher

Have you ever admired Buddhist art and wished you could make something like that? Let Tiffani show you how to paint a thangka that will inspire and delight long after the retreat is over.

Itinerary & Schedule

New Delhi - Preliminary Activities & Meet Up

  Fri & Sat, 12 - 13 January 2018
Optional Sight-seeing
Everyone is welcome to arrive early in New Delhi and stay at the rendezvous hotel (Pride Plaza Hotel - http://www.pridehotel.com/delhi/new-delhi-aerocity/overview/). We’ll offer daily trips to local museums, historic sites, and shopping on Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th. Just meet us in the lobby at 9:00 AM. each day. You must book your room and pay for meals during this early activity, but we’ll cover the rest: transportation, entry fees, etc.
  14 January 2018, noon
Board bus to Ram Bihari Palace
We rendezvous at the Pride Plaza Hotel and set out together via AC bus for the Rajasthani city of Alwar, where the enchanting Ram Bihari Palace awaits.

Alwar & Taj Mahal - Core Retreat

  Sun - Fri, 14 - 22 January 2018
Classes & Activities
Tara Thangka Painting - Tara Yantra Painting - Landscape Watercolor Painting - Mediation - Sanskrit Pronunciation - Etiquette - Yoga Asana - Padabali Kirtan - Iconography and Symbolism Classes
  TBA
Day Trip - See & paint the Taj Mahal!
Not to be missed. Built in the 17th century at the command of a heart-broken Moghul emperor, it doesn't get more romantic than this!
  Mon, 22 January 2018
Departure for Jaipur or New Delhi
Those who continue with us for the Complete Journey will board an AC bus to romantic Jaipur. Those who only joined us for the Core Retreat will board a different bus and return to our rendezvous hotel near the airport in New Delhi. If you are in the 2nd group, you are of course then free to continue your travels or return home.

Jaipur - The Complete Experience

  Tues - Fri, 23 - 26 January, 2018
Classes & Activities
Landscape Watercolor Painting - Yoga Asana - Iconography and Symbolism Classes
  Tues - Fri, 23 - 26 January 2018
Sight-seeing
After settling at the quaint heritage hotel Bissau Palace in Jaipur, we will re-visit our plans to see what the remaining group wants to focus on. We'll decide together which temples, palaces, or fortresses we wish to visit. Some of us may want to split from the main group to go to the world-famous Jaipur Literary Festival while we’re in town (https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/).
  Tues- Fri, 23 - 26 January 2018
Gemstone, Arts & Crafts Shopping
Jaipur is the gemstone and hand-made jewelry capital of India. We'll all go shopping together for Rajasthani arts and crafts, textiles, jewelry (of course!) and more.
  Thurs, 25 January 2018
Gourmet Indian Feast
Before we bid farewell to enchanting Jaipur, we'll gather at the Once Upon a Time at the Nahargarh Fort for an unforgettable evening.
  Fri, 26 January 2018
Departure for New Delhi
No journey through India is complete without a train ride across the countryside in a 1st class AC rail car. We return to the rendezvous hotel, and bid farewell - till next time!

Packages & Prices

Core 8-Day Retreat
$1950 with instruction
$950 no instruction (companion)
Transportation between Delhi and Alwar (with air-conditioning) included
All meals at Alwar resort included (except alcoholic beverages)
Art materials for those on art instruction track are included
For those on the art instruction track, classes in thangka painting, sacred geometry painting and pleine-aire watercolor painting are included
Yoga classes plus classes on meditation, temple conduct & mantra pronunciation are available to everyone
Side trip to Taj Mahal included
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Shared double room at Ram Bihari Palace included
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See below for rates of private rooms and luxury suites
Complete 13-Day Journey
$2800 with instruction
$1300 no instruction (companion)
Transportation from Delhi to Alwar, from Alwar to Jaipur, and from Jaipur to New Delhi (with air-conditioning) included
All meals at Alwar resort included (except alcoholic beverages); breakfast and lunch included at Jaipur resort
Art materials for those on art instruction track are included
For those on the art instruction track, classes in thangka painting, sacred geometry painting and pleine-aire watercolor painting are included
Yoga classes plus classes on meditation, temple conduct & mantra pronunciation are available to everyone
Side trip to Taj Mahal included
Gourmet Indian feast included
Additional outings in and around Jaipur chosen by group included
Shared double room at Ram Bihari Palace included
Shared double room at Amber Villas included
See below for rates of private rooms and luxury suites

Accommodations

Shared, standard double rooms are no extra cost. Rooms have a crisp, neutral décor featuring traditional furnishings and fabrics, along with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. Each room is equipped with air conditioner, attached bathrooms, room service messaging, as well as tea and coffee makers. Additional fee for a private room or luxury suite during your entire stay at Ram Bihari Palace: Mithila luxury suite (1 double, 1 single)...$139 Koshalendra suite (1 double, 1 single)........$93 Seerdwaj suite (1 double)..........................$93 Ahilya suite (1 double, 1 single).................$93 Vishwamitra deluxe room (1 double)........$31 Gautam deluxe room (1 double)...............$31 Vaidehi deluxe room (1 double)................$31

Shared double rooms are no extra cost. All rooms have air conditioning. Additional fee for a private room or luxury suite: Superior room .... to be announced Luxury suite ..... to be announced For a description of room types and other information, please visit the Amber Villas website.

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