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11 Days Art, Meditation and Yoga in India

  • Vrinda Kunja ashram, bhutgalli, Vrindavan, UP

11 Days Art, Meditation and Yoga in India

  • Vrinda Kunja ashram, bhutgalli, Vrindavan, UP

India Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Join us for an 11-day retreat in the heart of Mystic India. These days we will explore the essence of what is Yoga. Vrindavan is an ancient temple-town with over 5000 temples and ashrams where the locals and pilgrims share a timeless faith in Universal Divinity. Since thousands of years the area has been revered as place for healing and deepening ones own spirituality. Still today students of sanskrit from various Yoga philosophy schools come here for purification and to celebrate their diversity in unity. Our retreat is no exception to that purpose as we embark on a journey within with arts and yoga as our vessel and tool. Our purpose with this retreat is not tourism but rather to share with you an insight into one of the few living ancient cultures of this world.


  • Bhajan classes
  • Vedanta Art session
  • Morning Yoga, pranayama, meditation
  • Discovering Vrindavan, excursions, temple dinner
  • 11 nights accommodation in the ashram
  • Airport transfers with taxi
  • Daily healthy meals
  • 11 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will be staying in ashrams in Vrindavan, where there are double rooms with attached and shared bathroom.

Our stay in Vrinda Kunja ashram offers you a daily morning Yoga and meditation session. The ashrams history goes back to the queen of Manipur who established this temple in the backyard of an ancient Shiva temple. You are introduced on a very personal level to the life of our local friends. We will process our experiences with daily art sessions and meditations.

There will be art sessions where you will process your experiences with artistic assignments that requires no previous experience of painting or sketching.

Daily yoga sessions are designed to balance your body and mind.

Please arrive on February 26, 2017 so that you will have some time to settle before the retreat begins on the next day (there will be no classes on the arrival day). Every day in our ashram we will offer you:

  • Morning Yoga, pranayama, meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Vedanta Art session
  • Lunch
  • Discovering Vrindavan (see disclaimer), excursions, meeting new friends
  • Temple dinner
  • Evening gathering
  • Evening excursions

Every evening there is a colorful festival somewhere in Vrindavan, the temples are chiming with bhajans and mantras and perhaps a monkey will steal your sandal. We will offer flower garlands in various temples and take part in ceremonies that has been going on for thousands of years. Monkeys, cows, buffalo, camels, pigs and rikshaws mix in the street like a symphony of diversity. Many areas and structures in Vrindavan are very old and sometimes it feels like you have traveled 500 years back in time. The teenagers of Vrindavan meet up around the temples every evening to sing lively bhajans. The beggar in the street can be a previous millionaire who gave everything away to simply live on mercy.

Itinerary disclaimer

If you decide to come, please keep in mind that this retreat is not for everyone. The mix of a culture that transcends external consideration and the reality of globalization and pollution can be difficult to digest. The schedule adapts to the spontaneous nature of Vrindavan and its colorful locals. Expect the unexpected.

  • Brahma Samhita

    Brahma Samhita started his search for spirituality in India, where he found his spiritual master and lived like a monk in several ashrams in India and Sweden. Originally a painter, his life is mostly dedicated to discovering himself and helping people to do the same. He is indeed a very deep philosopher and poet. He is also a high-class lecturer on all kinds of Vedic knowledge and a licensed therapist in the Vedic art.

This retreat will take place in Vrindavan.

The price of this retreat includes all meals, where you will enjoy the best Indian vegetarian dishes both in the ashram.

In Vrindavan you can find many extra activities outside our program such as visiting authentic astrologer, taking music-lessons or perhaps visiting our local ayur-vedic doctor. These activities are not included in our price.

You can book an Ayurvedic massage or other treatments on site, with a reservation, for an extra cost.

  • 11 nights accommodation in Vrinda Kunja ashram
  • 3 daily meals
  • Airport transfers with taxi to and from the Airport
  • Bhajan classes
  • Daily yoga session
  • Daily art session
  • Daily excursions
  • Daily lectures on local culture and faith
  • Airfare
  • Extra activities
  • Personal insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa for India - 50 EUR

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat will pick you up from the airport.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified reviews

  • I
    Review by Iryna Piontkovska from France

    Great first experience!

    CONS Cons: Nothing

    PROS Pros: I had a very pleasant stay with Lidia and Desi in Shambanya. Lidia and Desi were very attentive and well organized persons, always available for the group and each of us. A mix of yoga, art, sun, beach, walking, smiles, excelent meals, calm, freshness and sharing experiences from 4 corners of the world. It is with pleasure that I will make an experience with them again.

    2017-Aug-21 15:28:02

  • S
    Review by Sofransky Anna from France

    A completely transformative life experience

    CONS Cons: the whole impression of the stay was so good that the minor inconveniences which occurred eventually lost the importance

    PROS Pros: Everything! The ways the programme was organised, yoga classes, art therapy, individual discussions, singing mantras under the tree, sea beach therapy, dancing therapy and very important... meeting the sun early in the morning. The community was very friendly and the place is amazing: the pure energy coming from the nature which surrounded the place.

    2017-Aug-20 06:25:15

  • A
    Review by Anna Blon from Switzerland

    Organizer response: Thank you dear Anna! Many hugs and good luck in everything!:)

    2017-Aug-14 04:00:56

  • K
    Review by Kim Kettle from United States

    Perfect in every way.

    CONS Cons: There was nothing to dislike, absolutely perfect.

    PROS Pros: The location was idyllic we were surrounded by beautiful nature. Lidia and her family were amazing, knowledgeable hosts who taught us very much about yoga and Ayurvedic practice. I can't recommend them enough, I cannot wait for our next retreat with them.

    2017-May-30 09:48:52

  • Review by Yvonne

    "One unfortgetful travel to India. Breakfast with view over Ganges and Himalaya. Amazing meetings with people, cows, dogs, monkeys and other animals. Spirituality of a high quality. Visits to temples and other spiritual places with the guidance of Lidia who shared her deep knowledge not only regarding these places but regarding everything we experienced in India. Meeting with a saint who touched me deeply in my heart. In short a travel rich in experience.", edited

  • Review by Inna Vartkesian from Belgium

    "One more time, thank you very much for the warming welcome, tasty food, cooked with love, for the interesting discussions and for this wonderful place! Thank you that you shared all this with us. I will remain with the warmest memories for these four days spent with amazing people in this wonderful place! If you will organize a retreat in Bulgaria inform me, please, and I will be glad to come or if you need a yoga teacher in Vinyasa yoga I can also participate!", edited

  • Review by Julie Royce
    8 out of 10

    "I would rate the yoga as 8 out of 10. If the open fire in the sitting room had been working and if there had been a radiator in my room in the house it would have got a ten because the yoga itself in a large yurt with a woodburning fire, the ayurvedic teaching, the art sessions, the hot tub under the stars, the food, and the woodburning fire in the kitchen were all perfect. The people who run the centre were very helpful and welcoming."


    "The island is remote and beautiful with lots of easy walks everywhere in the its bucolic, monochromatic setting with many routes down to the lovely beaches with a view of the other islands off the gothenberg archipelago. I feel completely rejuvenated and would recommend this retreat to anyone needing a break away from it all.", edited

  • Review by Nadine GB from Switzerland

    "Hello! I would like to review the 4 days Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat in Sweden. It cannot be named yoga retreat because there was no proper yoga session and no certified yoga teacher. It seems that the yoga teacher was off on holidays...I'm happy I have not booked for the 8 days because I would have been very disappointed. It would have been fair to replace yoga by something else instead of pretending practising yoga. For the rest I agree with the other reviews. Fantastic cook who acommodated me according to my intolerances.I would come back if the yoga teacher is also back ;)"

    "Reply from Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat: "Dear Nadine, we are really sorry to hear that you had a negative experience during our retreat. Unfortunately, during this retreat, we decided to collaborate with another team, based on the idea of sharing different knowledge and practice. They are more inclined to art therapy being artists and Vedic sciences, but the yoga practise is not developed enough. As we mentioned before, after seeing the feedback we received lately, we decided to go back to doing all retreats with our original team, as it was from the very beginning and people have always been satisfied. We learn from our mistakes and do hope to see you at our retreats in the future."", edited

  • Review by Peresse Lauriane
    10 out of 10

    "Such an amazing and authentic experience in India with Lidia! She is a wonderful woman, she has a lot to give. She is very smart, soft, and passionate. She made our trip perfect! Very good spots, good timing, good vegetarian food, and of course lot of love and spirituality. We visited secret places, temples... plus yoga in the morning, wonderful ceremony for peace and environment in front of the Ganga, this so special and peaceful place in Vrindavan's ashram, experiences with children in schools... we shared really strong feelings, humanity, and incredible moments that I will always remember. The best trip of my life thanks to Lidia, I could never say enough thank you. It changed my life!", edited

  • Review by Katarzyna

    "I decided that I would like to share with you my experience after the retreat in Sweden."

    "I have to say that I was really looking forward to it as from the description on your websites and information that I received from the organizers it looked exactly like the think that I was looking for (yoga and meditation). During that week, I hoped to improve my yoga practice as the classes should be hold once or twice a day depending on the need. Unfortunately as it turned out it wasn't the case. First during the retreat there was noone qualified to give yoga classes. The classes were offered every morning but the level was hardly satisfactory. the instructor didn't know the basic assanas and for the whole duration repeated the same routine, a mix between warm up exercises and basic sun salutation. he also insisted on sharing the yoga knowledge which was a mixed of very basic concepts without clear connection to any particular yoga schools or movment. let's say it was more "intuitive" understanding of yoga."

    "I have similar filling about propsed meditation. I understand that there are various types and techniques but at least at the basic level some guidance should be given. It's a bit more than sitting in silence and gazing at the candle light flame. As I practice yoga and meditation I have the impression of lack of professionalizm. "

    "What Brahma, who runs the retreat, was more interested in doing was talking to us about philosophy and vedic concepts, which could also be interesting addition to yoga and meditation but should not be a replacement of it. We also performed some vedic chanting which was nice."

    "From the positive aspects of the whole experience was a beautiful place (Greenstones), great walks and wonderful meals prepared by Viktor. The art classes were also interesting, the idea of the purpose OIDA art was a bit lost in translation. However overall I enjoyed this activity."

    "To sum up. We decided to leave a day earlier because there was no point for us starting longer as we didn't benefit from yoga or meditation. Also the atmosphere became a bit "cold" after some disappointments were expressed regarding the retreat by some other participants."

    "I think it would be fair to say that it should not be called yoga retreat if the yoga classes were at the level offered. Otherwise it creates an expectations and then makes the outcome very disappointing therefore influencing the overall experience."

    "As to the points, I would give"

    "10 to the location"

    "10 to the food"

    "7 to art sessions"

    "1 to meditation"

    "1 to yoga"


    "I really think that a lot of the above could be avoided if more accurate description was given to the retreat and activities offered. My understanding is that there's someone qualified to teach yoga but this person wasn't present at this particular retreat."


    "Reply from Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat:"


    "Dear Katarzyna,"

    "This retreat was the only one where we unfortunately made the mistake to invite another team, with the idea to share different retreats together. They are more inclined to art therapy being artists and Vedic sciences, but the yoga practise is not developed enough. "

    "Previously, other people were satisfied with their performance. However, following the last round of feedback, we have just stopped this practise, and went back to doing all retreats with our original team, as it was from the very beginning and people have always been satisfied. Really sorry to hear that you had a negative experience, as we become really close with people who come to our retreats and keep contacts after and develop wonderful friendships. We learn from our mistakes and do hope to see you at our retreats in the future.", edited

  • Review by Mélissa L. from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Authentic, heart-warming and deeply inspiring experience! Brahma, our knowledgeable host, created an convivial, respectful space for everyone. The schedule was flexible: spontaneity and creativity were always welcomed and encouraged, breaking up with everyday life rushing schedule and stresses. Vegan food was fresh and delicious thanks to our dear chef, Gopal. The site (Flatön island, Sweden) was simply gorgeous and the accommodation (Greenstone) was totally charming, cozy and well-maintained. This was a amazing atmosphere to share, learn and grow. I loved it !"

    December 8, 2016., edited

  • Review by Frederique P.
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks to Brahma and Gupalo for this wonderful retreat. The location felt like a cosy cocoon – the perfect place to relax and grow. I am looking forward to visiting you again."

    November 29, 2016., edited

  • Review by Lenka Strakova from Czechia
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoy the time in Sweden. The retreat with Lidia was absolutely excellent, lots of activities, spontaneous things, lovely and amazing cooking, amazing nature, amazing people.It was my first retreat yoga and art therapy and I really enjoyed every single moment. Art was something new for me to discover and found so many little details about it, really interesting thing to do relax and have fun too. Will definitely recommend to my friends." website, edited

  • Review by Deborah from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat was inspiring and life changing. The combination of yoga, being in nature, making artworks, chanting and discussions gave a holistic transformative experience." website, edited

  • Review by Howard S from United Kingdom

    "This was my first experience of yoga and it was successful in that it has awakened my appetite for yoga back in the UK. It was also greatly enjoyable with the most (bizarrely and wonderfully!) disparate group of people: Israeli / Californian aged 79, Bulgarian, Italian and Romanian 30-somethings, Scottish retired barrister. Long walks in the Swedish forests which surround the house were very productive in a relaxed way, and the 'art as therapy' daily sessions were hugely productive and useful in both drawing everyone out and giving our host the opportunity to explore with us the intellectual considerations of Ayurveda, and showed the remarkable extent to which everyone, without exception, can express their own narrative in a creative way. I was relieved to find that this particular branch of Ayurveda is in no way in conflict with Christianity. I was hugely impressed by Alexander (spiritual name, Brahma). The physical yoga sessions twice a day were well conducted and explained and I even felt significantly more flexible by the end of the week! Vegan food, I discovered, is not my 'cup of (Bio) tea', but was well and generously prepared by Lidia (spiritual name Bhakti). I would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether experienced in yoga or not." website, edited

  • Review by Marianne van den Haak from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "This week was a very special experience for me. With both of the dedicated teachers I felt a warm connection right away, both beautiful souls. As well as the art therapy as the yoga were both based on old Vedic science. The yoga brought me closer to myself en I found my passion and inspiration during the art therapy. This really made me happy."

    "The teachers were well matched. Both very passionate and knowledgeable in their field. Besides that, they cooked fantastic. We enjoyed their Ayurvedic meals which were accompanied by their knowledge. Everything was tasteful and it was hard to not eat too much. So delicious!"

    "They followed our wishes and tailored the program. We've been everyday in the nature, which has fantastic forests and mysterious lakes. "

    "During this week there was a small group, we all felt at home right away."

    "The accommodation was small, but we learned to be flexibel. Both of the teachers gave us the example of complete flexibility and dedication for their passions. They live because of what they teach."

    "I would really recommend this retreat!" website, edited


  • Review by Stefanie from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for such an amazing weekend. From picking us up at the bus station, to dropping us off, you and your family were the truly lovely. The yoga, with you, was perfect and I've been using much of what you taught us already. The art and walks were hugely inspiring and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation. I have already recommended your retreats to friends and hope to come to another next year. "

    Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat, edited

  • Review by Birgitte and Jakob
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you all for the authenticity of this retreat, for sharing your faith and and for being you and creating an ambiance for us to just be - us. This retreat, and you guys will be part of yet another beautiful memory and inspiration in our life, and for that we are very grateful."

    Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat website, edited

  • Review by Arci Passanen from Finland
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed in villa Vrindavan for a week and it was amazing to experience the Swedish nature combined with the really experienced yoga instructors and the art therapists. It was like a real therapy going deep inside and discovering yourself. I became so relaxed and at the same time rejuvenated and got a really full yoga education. The rooms are simple but in the beautiful Swedish style. The host was also amazing always with smile and the food was really first class delicious Ayurvedic preparations. The lakes around and the greenery is amazing. Would like to repeat it."

    Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat website, edited

  • Review by Annette Theodoridis from Greece
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first yoga retreat and I did not expect it to be so deep and effective. I was at some crossroad in my life and with all the philosophical insights I got so clear direction in life. The food was amazing and the the art therapy made me see myself in completely new unexpected way. I enjoyed the Ayurvedic food. For me this is like starting my spiritual life. The whole team is very experienced in the practice and knowledge of yoga and at the same time very opened and pleasant, people with who to have a long life friendship. I really would like to go to the next level of this education."

    Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat website, edited

  • Review by Tom Weber from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "The perfect combination of yoga, cooking, and beautiful nature in the Swedish countryside. Great team and Vedic art knowledge. The host is amazing and always smiling. I would like to come again."

    Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat website, edited

  • Review by Maria Micheva from Bulgaria
    10 out of 10

    "The teachers in the Yoga and Art Retreat are extremely knowledgeable and experienced. It is truly a full education in yoga. You get much more then yoga and all the different Vedic sciences included. The nature is amazing and the local reservation and lakes are very beautiful. "

    Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat website, edited

  • Review by Viktor Kohlin from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you very much for this perfect vacation. It was exactly what I needed - to spend relaxing and peaceful time in the nature, to go deep into the philosophy of yoga, and self discovery. The bathing in the lakes was an amazing experience and the nature is like from the Lord of the Rings scenes. The teachers are very experienced and high class therapists leading you on the paths inside."

    Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat website, edited

Gothenburg, Sweden

Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat is part of the international school of Yoga Inbound and OIDA Therapy Institute. They offer tours, yoga retreats, and art therapies.

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