The Concept

Vana is a wellness retreat that explores each aspect of wellbeing: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Its destiny is to be a place of true wellbeing.

By bringing together ayurveda, sowa rigpa, yoga, natural therapies, spa, fitness and aqua, the retreat provides many paths to start the journey towards greater personal wellbeing.

At Vana, each guest is seen as an individual entity and an opportunity to serve and enhance wellbeing, through wellness.

Vana means forest, and we believe in the nurturing and nourishing qualities of nature. Our 21-acre Retreat is in Dehradun, India, near clusters of reserve sal forest with the hills of Mussoorie to the north and the bustling town of Dehradun to the east.

We are a Retreat for guests who wish to be 'on retreat' and see it as a world in itself. Though at the crossroads of city and rural life, nature and urbanity, we are very much a place that looks within, that seeks to nurture and nourish each person individually.

Vana is a space for all beings. It is our endeavour to provide harmony, nourishment and wellbeing for those on the Vana journey. While we all play our roles in life as well as on the Retreat and are designated by labels, these are only relative truths. Perhaps one gets closer to the ultimate truth if all beings, people, plants and animals alike, are perceived equally. From this notion arises Vana’s belief that it is a leveller for its guests, where material differences are left outside and people connect to each other and nature equally.

Vana leaves its guests with different impressions. Some see it as an ashram of the contemporary world, others as an urban forest-retreat, and the romantics, as an ideal microcosm of real life.

To respect the sanctity of guest's on retreat at Vana, we are unable to welcome non-residents or offer visits of the retreat. It is our hope that everyone who enters Vana does so with a generosity of spirit, faith in what we do and an ability to forgive us for our mistakes.

We recommend that guests review our Retreat Guidelines and Restrictions before making a reservation as these are unique to our Retreat and applied without exception. Useful information may also be found here in our frequently asked questions.