Yoga & Art Therapy retreat in india

With Avantika Malhautra/ 5 days


This unique Art Retreat, coupled with Yoga, aims to harmonize the body and mind through through Art Therapy, that includes painting, meditations, creativity exercises etc, to explore and express your own sub-conscious mind. The Mother Nature on this river-side location in a peaceful countryside, along with yoga, meditation, yogic diet can help students to discover their creative passions.

Most of the yoga and meditation practitioners know that dealing with sub-conscious mind is not so easy. It takes years, if not decades to silence the sub-conscious thoughts from regular meditation and to really enter into that thoughtless state of mind. But what many practitioners don’t know is how to let go of that sub-conscious mind through creative and conscious art – as a form of dynamic meditation.

What do I learn in this retreat?

During your stay in this Art Retreat with celebrated artist, Avantika, you will enter into a fuller dialogue with your own mind to unleash the hidden talents within. Incisive questions will guide you to discover what is unique and essential in your work, in your vision and in your Being.

Through painting, colors, stickers you can explore your creative expressions and come out with concrete steps to support personal development and authentic Self expression. The facilitator Avantika will help you to grow and trust your creative vision so that you have a greater clarity and boldness in the direction you need to take with your art and heart of life.

Who can come?

Anybody with interest in yoga, meditation, art, personal growth. It is not necessary to have any prior experience in these fields. Beginners as well as intermediate and advanced seekers and art lovers are welcome. Please note this retreat is not for teaching any specific techniques of painting. We assume everybody is an artist, or have potential to be artistic, when the right circumstances can inspire them to express.

About lead teacher

Avantika Malhautra

Avantika is a Counselling Psychologist and certified Creative Arts Therapist. She is the founder of Soul Canvas – Art for Wellness and one of the core team members of CMTAI (Creative Movement Therapy Association of India) and Artsphere, Pune.

Avantika works with individuals using the person-centered approach to counselling, complimented by expressive arts as the underlying basis to achieve therapeutic goals within the domain of mental health, social-emotional skills and overall well being. Self-awareness through body-mind integration leads to insights, acceptance and resolution. Her work involves the interplay of talk therapy and the use of creative arts such as body movement, guided meditation, visual art, theatre-based activities and embodiment for expression and reflection.

Her experience includes working in different contexts such as hospitals (Medanta – The Medicity, Fortis Healthcare, Gurgaon), schools (Shiv Nadar School, DPS R K Puram, Srishti School of Design, Pearl Academy, Larkspur Educational Trust), rehabilitation centres (Richmond Fellowship Society), and NGOs (Asha Charitable Trust, Nightingale); while working with youth, adults, senior citizens in both individual and group settings.

She was one of two Counsellors at the Shiv Nadar School in Gurgaon, working closely with students, teachers, parents and administrative staff of over 2000 individuals and has recently moved to Pune where she is a therapist & facilitator at Artsphere.

Other Teachers

Avantika will be leading two classes daily ( about 5-hours/day) in this retreat. There will be other yoga teachers from our school to teach yoga, pranayamas, meditation and yoga nidra (yoga relaxation) every morning.  Also there will be optional video shows after dinner.

Daily Schedule

06.00 – 06.45 am: Meditation
07.00 – 09.00 am: Yoga (includes pranayama & relaxation)
09.00 – 10.30 pm: Brunch
10.30 – 01.00 pm: Art Class (1st session)
01.00 – 02.00 pm: Tea with snacks/fruit salad
03.00 – 06.00 pm: Art Class (2nd Session)
06.00 – 07.00 pm: Nature Walks/Mantras/Yoga
07.00 – 08.00 pm: Dinner
08.00 pm: Video-show/movies related to Art (optional)

The schedule is subject to change, as per weather and number of people and their background in Art.

Group Size: 5 – 10 only
Duration: 5 Days/6 Nights
Extension: Possible to extend by one/two days of extra lessons by paying additional $100/day (includes all meals + Accommodation + Art Materials).

Upcoming Dates:

Dates Available Spots Register

Arrival & Departure

  • Check-in: After 2 pm, on the day before the Start Date
  • Check-Out: By 9 am, on the day after End date
  • Additional days of Stay: You may be able to stay before or after the retreat, depends on room availability. For additional days, the charge is $30/day for twin-share, $40/day for private room, includes all meals and drinks, but no classes.

Price for Yoga and Art  Therapy Retreat:

$600 USD (Includes all classes + art materials + food + accommodation in a Private Room)
$500 USD (Includes all classes + art materials + food + accommodation in a Twin-Share Room)

$300 USD non-refundable deposit (included in price) at the time of Registration.
Balance Payments after arrival here.

As of now we are offering $200 USD Discount for students who are already in the campus for other retreats. When you book two retreats together, please email us to apply this discount on this retreat.

Price includes:

  • Art classes – 5 hours a day
  • Painting materials – Canvas, brushes, papers, colours, art book, tools etc..
  • Yoga, Pranayama / Meditation – 2 to 3 hours a day
  • Nature Walks / Videos Shows (Optional)
  • All Food & Drinks.
  • Accommodation for the duration of the retreat, including the day before to arrive early and rest.
  • Internet: If you have your own computer/phone, wi-fi vouchers for 500 mb is complementary and extra vouchers can be purchased.

Price does not include:

  • Flight Tickets
  • Airport Transfer:  Bangalore International Airport – we will pick you up at Extra cost Rs. 4000/taxi which can be shared with other students.
  • Laundry (is available in our campus for a nominal price)

How to Register?

Before registering for our retreats, please be aware of the Ashram Guidelines and Payment Policy as you nee to accept them while filling the application. Also be ensured of logistics of travel to ashram, visas and flights from How to Get Here page.

1) Please go to our Registrations (or click on Book Now at the top) to see the availability. If the course status is open,  please click on ‘Register Now’ link next to the retreat/date you are applying for.

2) After reviewing your application by our teachers, we will send you a Booking Confirmation mail within 24 to 48 hours. Rarely, if the application is rejected for any reason, the deposit will be refunded within 24 hours.

3) Apply for Indian Tourist Visa and send us your flight tickets, at least two weeks before the course starts, to organize airport transfers.

Please email: for any further questions.
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