Geometry of Bliss: Sacred Art Retreat

Event Highlights

  • Retreat Highlights:
  • Daily art and yoga asana classes
  • Homa (Fire Ritual)
  • Celebrate Holi, the beloved festival of colors, in India
  • Live traditional music and dance
  • Learn the symbolism and application of sacred geometry
  • All art materials and tools included (feel free to bring your own favorites)
  • 2 Field trips to visit local temples, waterfalls, and architectural wonders.
  • 3 meals a day featuring a wide variety of gourmet vegetarian food
  • 10 nights in the beautiful Ram Bihari Palace
  • Airport transfers
  • SIGHTS (As time allows):
  • Bala Quila (Massive Medieval Fort)
  • Chand Baori in Abhaneri (Massive step-well used as backdrop even in Hollywood movies)
  • Gharbaji Falls & Hanuman Temple (Sacred natural destination hike)
  • Alwar Museum & City Palace
  • Pandupole Hanumanjee Temple

Schedule

Basic Overall Schedule:

DAY 1 - Mon, 02 Mar: Travel to Alwar, Orientation Meeting, Opening Ceremony
DAY 2 - Tues, 03 Mar: Art Classes at the Palace
DAY 3 - Weds, 04 Mar: Art Classes at the Palace
DAY 4 - Thurs, 05 Mar: Half-Day Field Trip to Architectural Wonders & Classes
DAY 5 - Fri, 06 Mar: Art Classes at the Palace
DAY 6 - Sat, 07 Mar: Art Classes at the Palace
DAY 7 - Sun, 08 Mar: Half-Day Field Trip to Sacred Waterfall & Classes
DAY 8 - Mon, 09 Mar: Art Classes at the Palace
DAY 9 - Tues, 10 Mar: Art Classes at the Palace & Live Folk Entertainment
DAY 10 - Weds, 11 Mar: Closing Ceremony
DAY 11 - Thurs, 12 Mar: Return to Delhi & airport or hotel drop off

Early Arrivals and extended stays: accommodations and tours can be arranged by request for additional fees

About This Event

INTRODUCTION & OVERVIEW

What is the shape of bliss? Can you actually change your mood, your mind, your subtle body or your destiny by making sacred art? Yes! Together, we will learn the ancient system of sacred geometry and how it relates to spiritual practice. We will create artworks that actually resonate with ecstatic states of consciousness.

Sacred Geometry is a visual language that expresses the nature of reality and the universe we live in. More than just mathematical symbols, the geometrical diagrams of deities called yantras and maṇḍalas are powerful tools for invoking divine powers and expanding consciousness.

This eleven-day immersion gives you stunning sights, delicious food, luxurious accommodations, and a deep dive into sacred art with world-class instructors. We invite you to be creative, relax, stretch, eat, and enjoy live entertainment at a historic palace in rural India.

If you’ve never been to India, this is a perfect introduction; you will be pampered. No worries about staying safe or navigating the many challenges of travel in this beautiful yet sometimes bewildering country. We handle everything from the moment you leave the airport terminal: all meals, lodging, transportation, and entry fees are included.

Beginner artists and the merely curious are welcome to join. Besides daily art classes, you are free to join us for optional daily yoga classes, field trips, hikes, dance lessons, shopping, and temple visits.

Together we will create intricate patterns (kolam) on the sandstone patio with local villagers, and make a deity yantra in the traditional manner on a graceful veranda overlooking lovely Siliserh lake. We will learn the symbolism of each geometric shape, how they relate to mind and body. Classes include all the tools and materials you need to make a beautiful and potent work of art suitable for realization of your true nature.

Our three renowned instructors, Mavis, Krupa, and Ekabhumi, each bring decades of experience as instructors, professional artists, and spiritual practitioners. Our highly-skilled event producer, Mukul, will ensure your needs are fulfilled. This event will be a nourishing exploration of playful meditation, art as a way to see reality more vividly, art as a joyful expression of your own innermost wisdom.

I truly enjoyed my experience at this Retreat and thank you for making it all possible. It has been said one never steps in the same river twice, having made this crossing, I’ve come away with so much that will resonate for a very long time. M.K

What's Included

  • All art materials and tools
  • Tuition
  • Field trips to visit local palaces, temples, bazaars, and architectural wonders
  • 3 meals a day featuring a wide variety of gourmet vegetarian food
  • 10 nights at the Ram Bihari Palace at Alwar
  • Folk Entertainment Dance and Music
  • Transport to all Destinations
  • Airport transfers both ways

What's Not Included

Air ticket from your country to India
Visa
Travel Insurance
Alcoholic Drinks
Tips

Venue Highlights

Our extraordinary venue - The Ram Bihari Palace is the sprouting of a jewel in the crown of the princely kingdom of Alwar in Rajasthan. Nestled between the oldest fold mountain range in India - the Aravalis, it overlooks the picture perfect Siliserh Lake. The famous Sariska nature forest – a tiger habitat necklaces the resurrected three-hundred year old palace. An architectural marvel particularly in restoration, it boasts of the same aesthetics, construction dynamics and materials used during the time of its medieval Rajput kings. The unpretentious luxury here is a treat to the senses appealing both to the indulgent and the recluse. A destination in its own right, the palace is an ideal nature getaway within the quintessentially Rajasthani countryside.

Accommodations

The tastefully appointed rooms incorporate design principles of vaastu (indian science of architecture) and demonstrate intelligent spatial awareness. A small boutique hotel by choice, the boutique rooms local artisanal excellence and motifs that subscribe to both Rajput and Mughal styles. Unpretentious, classy décor and temperature control lend themselves to providing a great in-room experience.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • House-Keeping
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Menu/Cuisine

Vegetarian or Vegan Gourmet meals will be served. The premise behind vegetarian meals is to be consistent with the theme of the spiritual nature of the theme and the premise that the food that we eat directly impacts our subtle body.

Directions

Our air-conditioned shuttle will bring the participants to the venue from an agreed venue in New Delhi to the palace.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due 14 days before the retreat start date.
The remaining balance is non-refundable once paid.
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