Vana Malsi Estate 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 estate 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 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.
We are pleased to share news that Vana has been awarded the ‘Most Life-Changing Retreat’ by Condé Nast Traveller UK. Please click here for details.
Start 2016 with wellbeing. The months of January and February at Vana will create opportunities for you to set a course for the year ahead and provide techniques to fulfil your intentions. Please click here for details.
Specialist Retreat: Brian Bauerle, coach, psychotherapist and founder of the Asian Leadership Institute, will be at Vana from February 20-26, 2016. This retreat focuses on relationships, meaning and purpose as a foundation for leadership in life. Read more.
Yamuna@Vana: We are happy to have Yamuna Zake back on her second Specialist Retreat at Vana! This 10-day retreat in March 2016 will be a tapestry of Yamuna’s work and Vana’s offerings. While Yamuna’s sessions re-educate muscles into a healthier alignment and functioning, Vana’s wellness offerings will heal, nourish and strengthen the tissues at a deeper level through treatments, oils, herbs and nutrition. These combined progressive sessions will have a greater impact on improving flexibility, range of movement and one’s overall wellbeing. For more information, click here.
On the second weekend of every month, Vana will offer a 3-night introduction for those who wish to experience the retreat for the first time. ‘An Introduction to Vana’ will give guests an insight into Vana’s unique approach to wellness, cuisine and design, as well as a flavour of its treatments, private sessions and activities. For details, please click here.
We realise that airports can be tedious, tiring and at times intimidating. Airport assistance will be offered at no charge to guests who book directly with Vana. To learn more about making your transit at Delhi Airport's T3 easier, click here.
e-Tourist Visas for India: The Indian Government recently introduced the e-Tourist Visa for certain countries including UK, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, USA, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Singapore. We recommend that guests apply for their electronic tourist visa at least 2 weeks prior to their date of travel. To read more, please click here.
Starting September 1, 2015, Vana will offer its guests adjusted retreat prices. We hope this adjustment will make it easier for our existing guests to stay longer and to return on retreat more frequently, as well as encourage more guests to come for the first time.For Vana’s retreat prices, please click here.