Vana Visosana~Nature Retreat

About This Event

Our Vana (“forest”) Visosana ("healing of a wound”) weekend retreat explores the role of Nature as the True Healer.

Yogis have always known (and science is catching on) that health and happiness is our natural state and everything we need to BE that is available to us within the natural world, in its natural state.

Time spent in Nature has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure, inflammation, cancer risk and stress. But there’s more to the story than just reducing exposure to air, noise and digital pollution.

Contact with the Earth and natural elements literally heals the body on a cellular level. Simply walking barefoot on the Earth's electron-laden surface reduces stress and inflammation, symptoms of being electron deficient. Rushing water generates negative ions, powerful antioxidants that also boost serotonin levels and brain oxygenation. And that’s just scratching the surface of Nature’s synergistic healing effects.

The Earth's healing powers don't just help us “feel better.” Nature biologically rejuvenates us in ways no manmade substance can. Yogic practices show us how to systematically harness these “miraculous” yet scientifically verifiable healing processes.

Join us to reverse the effects of modern living among the trees, beside a rushing stream… Not only will you breathe fresh mountain air; you will explore the amazing Yogic healing power of your breath—and so much more!

The Earth's healing powers don't just help us “feel better.” Nature biologically rejuvenates us in ways no manmade substance can.

Event Highlights

  • Full immersion in a quiet, mountain woodland setting
  • Complete digital detox (off-grid, no internet or cellular use)
  • Workshops on Yoga practices that will guide you in actively absorbing Nature’s healing elements
  • Presentations on how you can transform your home to be closer to Nature and provide natural health supports, even in the city
  • Organic, wholefoods, plant-based vegan menu
  • A hike to nearby waterfalls
  • Free time to relax, listen to the birds and explore our woods and trails


Friday Afternoon/Evening Arrival-Sunday Evening Departure
8:30 Fruit and tea
9:00 - 10:30 Morning Yoga
11:00 Organic vegan brunch
12:00 Short drive and hike to nearby a waterfall
4:30 Presentation on how you can transform your home to be closer to nature and provide natural health supports, even in the city
5:30 Dinner
6:15 Free time
7:30 - 8:30 Group meditation (optional)
8:45 Group Sauna w/ dips in the stream! (optional)


Our aim is to create the perfect environment for Yoga, meditation and reflection. To create that tranquility, distraction and disturbance free, we are in the nestled in the mountains and, very comfortably, off-grid.

Our accommodations have indoor composting toilets, hand pumped water, hand pumped shower (hot), wood heat (we will manage your stove), and cooled by opening the windows to the fresh mountain air! Our guest buildings also have solar lighting and are free from all other electronics and their disturbing EMFs to allow complete digital detox, essential for you to re-energize.

We have 3 guest cabins. All linens included.
~The "Guest Cabin" is private with a queen bed, cozy sitting room. Indoor half bath. Showering takes place in our Sauna/shower room down the road a short walk.
~"Shodhana" has two bedrooms, a queen in one room and twin bunk beds in the other, each with a private half bath, and a shared sitting room. Showering takes place in our Sauna/shower room across the road.
~The "Kund" has two bedrooms upstairs, a queen in one room and two twins in the other, and a shared sitting room and full bathroom downstairs. There is also a kitchenette.
~We have tent sites along our rushing stream for those looking to really commune with nature. Bring a tent and bedding.


All meals are prepared by our skilled Yogi chefs. We serve a Vegan, organic, wholefoods based menu, with flavoring and mild spicing inspired by India and Nepal. Food is nourishment for the body, mind and soul. We spare no effort in providing a healthful and fulfilling eating experience!

Meals are served at 11:00am and 5:30pm on “Pradakshina,” our dining area that surrounds our Shakti Temple. Fruit and herbal tea are available anytime, upon request. Please inform us of any allergies or special dietary needs. All food will be provided by the Ashram and kept in designated areas.


The closest major airport is Portland National Jetport, about 2 hours south of us. We offer airport pick up and drop off for $150. You can also take a bus to the Augusta Concord Bus Station, about an hour away, pick up and drop off, $60.

If you plan to drive, almost all online maps and GPS systems provide incorrect directions. To reach us, please use the driving directions that will be provided in your confirmation email.

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

My inspiration is a desire to gain a deeper connection to and understanding of myself, something that I've been working hard on for so long and will continue to do in the future. I view a retreat as a wonderful way to focus entirely on this without the distractions of every day life! Nicola

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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