Mystic Art Retreat: Geometry of Bliss
With Ekabhumi Charles Ellik, Mavis Gewant and Krupa Jhaveri
Q4 2020 TBA
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.
• Daily art and yoga asana classes
• Homa (Fire Ritual)
• 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 and vegan food
• 10 nights in the beautiful Ram Bihari Palace
• Airport transfers
TESTIMONIALS from past Mystic Art Retreats
Thank you so much … It was an amazing experience and I will cherish our adventure into this mystical & magical country. One of the highlight was the opportunity to be in such amazing company with beautiful like-minded ladies from around the globe. I personally would love to see everyone in another future retreat. --A.F.
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.
Basic Overall Schedule:
DAY 1 - Travel to Alwar, Orientation Meeting, Opening Ceremony
DAY 2 - Art Classes at the Palace
DAY 3 - Art Classes at the Palace
DAY 4 - Half-Day Field Trip to Architectural Wonders & Classes
DAY 5 - Art Classes at the Palace
DAY 6 - Art Classes at the Palace
DAY 7 - Half-Day Field Trip to Sacred Waterfall & Classes
DAY 8 - Art Classes at the Palace
DAY 9 - Art Classes at the Palace & Live Folk Entertainment
DAY 10 - Closing Ceremony
DAY 11 - Return to Delhi & airport or hotel drop off
Early Arrivals and extended stays: accommodations and tours can be arranged by request for additional fees
Instructors & Staff:
Mavis Gewant http://www.sacredmotherarts.com
Ekabhumi Ellik https://oneearthsacredarts.com/ekabhumi
Krupa Devi http://www.sankalpajourneys.com/about.html
All skill levels welcome!
$3,500.00 USD Solo Suite (huge room, no roommate)
$2,800.00 USD Shared Room (one roommate)
If you are interested, or have questions, feel free to respond here on Facebook or contact Mukul directly by email at: purohit dot mukul at outlook dot com
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
Classes with Mavis:
In this class we will learn one of the most powerful and esoteric of the sacred arts: how to make a deity yantra. Yantras often resemble Mandalas. They are spiritual devices that utilize lines, sacred geometry, symbolic color, and written mantras to focus, hold, and direct divine power. A deity yantra is a self-realization device that leads us from outer to inner, from diversity to unity, from gross to subtle. We will learn to make this beautiful icon in the traditional ritual manner. If this is your first time making a yantra, you will start with Śrī Gaṇeśa, the lord of beginnings and guardian of thresholds. If you have already completed this yantra, you may select an appropriate deity, such as Śrī Sarasvatī. This is a detailed multi-day course that forms the heart of this retreat. Mavis will be assisted in class by Ekabhumi so that every student gets personal guidance at every step.
Classes with Ekabhumi:
Traditionally, every day begins with an invocation of the illuminating power of the Sun. In this series of gentle asana classes, we will bring this light and warmth into our body, helping us to open, to stretch, and transform. Yoga asana helps with digestion; not just food, but also experiences and information. This class will help with all the learning and exploring we will do.
What Is A Deity?
We’ll cover different historic, lineage, and cultural interpretations of what it is that we are invoking when we do ceremony for a deity. Are we calling on a self-aware non-physical person, a psychological archetype, or an inspirational cultural myth? These and several other valid interpretations will be addressed.
What Is A Yantra?
Learn about the basic types of yantras and mandalas and how they are used in ritual and meditation. We’ll go over the elemental symbolism of basic features that appear commonly in ritual diagrams, the importance of ornamentation, as well as the meaning of colors.
In this focused class we’ll learn the esoteric symbolism of geometric shapes actually work and why yantras are more powerful than the figurative icons of deities. Geometric shapes are understood and utilized differently in Tantric ritual diagrams (yantras and mandalas) than in European sacred geometry. Most yantras are used as ritual vessels to contain the power of deities. Their design helps move the awareness of the practitioner from material, to subtle, to sublime cosmic consciousness.
Classes with Krupa:
Kolam (morning series)
Experience the sacred art ritual of kolam from south India, while guided through a progression to understand the symbolic layers encoded in the patterns. Sessions will include introduction, context and drawing on paper, followed by guided instruction to lay the designs outside with rice powder as an impermanent offering to the earth.
In this fun and informal workshop, we’ll use the gentle natural color of henna to create elaborate traditional temporary tattoos. More than just decoration, this is a celebration of life, our bodies, and of sacred adornment as personal empowerment.
Just down the street from our hotel is a tiny village school. As a group we will go on a visit to meet the children and play a few simple games to become familiar. Then, together we will jointly create playful artworks together. Last year, we created murals out of natural indigo blue pigment. This was by far the most popular and meaningful class in our last retreat at the palace.
US$3,300.00 USD Solo Suite (big room, no roommate)
US$2,700.00 USD Shared Room (one roommate)
Info and Registration with Mukul Purohit: purohit dot mukul at outlook dot com
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 (8 at the Ram Bihari Palace and 2 in Delhi)
Sight-seeing and shopping in New Delhi (and tips on haggling)
Air ticket from your country to India
Hotel in Delhi (if needed, we can recommend)
Planning your trip and retreat
REGISTER: If you hear the call to participate in this retreat, first thing get in contact with us, so you can guarantee your place at the retreat thru a sign payment to Mr. Purohit,
PLANE TICKET and arrival: at least 2 month before, buy your ticket to New Delhi, arriving on Jan.14, 2019 or before. If you are already in India before this date, provide for yourself accommodation in Delhi. We can suggest hotels at the Aerocity area (from where we are going to pick you up with our vehicle to Alwar on Jan.14). Your return should be from Jan.24 night on (you leave Alwar on that day and can be taken straight to Delhi Airport or Aerocity Area (available express metro to Delhi center).
HOTEL: If you are in Delhi before Jan.14 we recommend you to book your hotel from booking.com at the Aerocity (next to the airport and also where we are going to pick you up on Jan.14 to drive to Alwar). Book your hotel in Delhi also if you stay in India after Jan.24.
VISA: check for the Indian Embassy from your country and follow what is needed to receive the tourist indian visa. We recommend to do it at least 40 days in advance.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: recommended.
FOOD: Indian food can be quite spicy and intense. The meals served during the retreat are an experience by itself, they are traditional from Rajasthan and are made with no additional chilly, thought to adapt the foreign taste preserving its authenticity. If you are alergic to something else, please inform as soon as possible for us to be able to make special arrangements.
WATER: Is not recommended to drink water from the tap. Peel the fruits you eat.
WEATHER: January days are warm, dry and sunny but gets cooler quite quick in the afternoons and in the shade. Nights are cold, you might use a good jumper and jacket, shawl and nice pair of socks. Bring comfortable clothes, avoid clivages, shorts and short sleeves as for cultural respect. Bring sun cream and lips balm. Indoor shoes and tennis or hiking shoes.