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Art Therapy and Meditation Retreat India

Art therapy is the application of artistic methods to enhance mental and emotional well-being. It provides a space for self-expression, exploration, connection, and stress reduction in a serene environment near the Ganges. Techniques involved are drawing, painting, and coloring with Meditation sessions in between. Anybody can participate in this retreat and require no artistic ability or special talent in art.

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  • Daily meditation and art therapy sessions
  • Becoming creative and seeing yourself in a new light
  • Art therapy with daily silent meditation, philosophy class, and Satsang
  • Expression and releasing of suppressed emotions and feelings through art
  • 6 nights stay in nature surrounded by mountains and close to River Ganges
  • Meeting the local people and experiencing their lives and way of living
  • Local village visits for cultural immersion
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer available:
Jolly Grant Airport (US$27 per person)
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

River view cottage

Choose to stay at River View Cottage, a private luxury cottage next to the river with a beautiful view of the mountains and River Heul and enjoy bird watching from your balcony and the sound of the river. The cottage has a king-size bed and a private bathroom.

Garden view twin mud cottage

Experience staying in the traditional village-style mud cottage with comfortable twin beds and a private bathroom. It comes with a private balcony to enjoy the view of the mountains.


What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that offers a liberal space to express yourself as you are with the active art-making and counseling process. It helps you develop an understanding of your true self so that you can meet life with Intelligence.

​It is conducted under the guidance of a professional art therapist who is disciplined in Psychology, Philosophy, and Art. The creative art process & tools utilized are a medium of communication between you and the Art therapist, which helps the latter to access your psyche and provide guidance accordingly. Art therapy is focused on the process and not on the result.

Understanding the Psyche

Before we proceed with how Art therapy works, it's quite essential first to understand the play of the human psyche or mind. 

As we progress from the stages of the human life cycle, we face many challenges on the way. To some of them, we respond spontaneously and efficiently but to some overwhelming challenges, we fail to respond accordingly. The meeting of the challenge with an inapt response forms an incomplete experience that leaves its traces in the psyche with all its potential energy. All our suppressed emotions, feelings, and thoughts comprise of this incomplete experience and get stored up in the deeper levels of the psyche or the unconscious mind. 

These suppressed emotions, feelings, and thoughts have their potential energy which looks for expression. As we go through life we tend to accumulate more and more of this suppressed potential energy due to our inability to respond to many challenges of life. When not given a way of expression these suppressed potential energies start leaking from the unconscious mind into the conscious mind and interferes with our daily life. This interference makes it difficult for us to see things clearly and affects our personal and social life. 

Unless and until these trapped potential energies are released and given a way of self-expression, it's not possible to have clarity. Without clarity, there won't be an understanding of ourselves and life. Only with the understanding, we can be a light unto ourselves.

How Art Therapy works

Art therapy is a technique to release those trapped potential energies in a safe and healthy way with the help of artistic methods like drawing, painting, and coloring. The process of Art making sets the perfect rhythm between the mind, body, and spirit to allow channelizing these energies. 

Once the rhythm is attuned, you become a medium for the inexpressible and the unknown. Through you, the inexpressible finds its expression and the unknown comes into the known. It's a purging of all the conditioning that's been accumulated by you consciously and unconsciously throughout the years. 

Only after this purge, communication is possible through the right words. Therefore, Art therapy makes you die to the psychological past and you're born again with increased self-awareness and personal insights which promotes greater quality of life.  

Benefits of Art Therapy

  • Mental clarity
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Builds psychological resilience
  • Improvement in personal and social life
  • Develops understanding, self-awareness, and creativity
  • Helps in giving expression to emotions, feelings, and thoughts

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 Silent walking meditation
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Art therapy
  • 11:30 Philosophy
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Silent meditation
  • 16:00 High tea
  • 16:30 Local village visits or sight-seeing
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Satsang
  • 21:00 Lights out


  • All activities are included in the price
  • Silence will be held only during silent meditation sessions

Included excursions

Excursion to nearby villages and sightseeing.


Shubham Rawat


Him River Resort is situated at the confluence of the river Ganges and Heul. Surrounded by beautiful mountains all around and River Heul flowing next to it, the resort is quite enchanting for the soul. The resort is situated amidst the village and gives the perfect opportunity to experience the traditional Indian lifestyle. The surrounding is also rich with different varieties of bird species.



  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio


  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet


You will be served healthy organic meals. The meals can be prepared as per the requirements of the guests also.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Reading books
  • Nature walks
  • Waterfall visit
  • Learn cooking
  • River swimming
  • River rafting

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals and high tea
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily art therapy sessions
  • Activities mentioned under the itinerary
  • Excursion to nearby villages and sightseeing

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Donations

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Transfer from the airport is available for an additional cost of 2000 INR.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer available: Jolly Grant Airport (US$27 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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