Mystic Art Retreat: Kanakadhara Yantra 

 With Ekabhumi Charles Ellik 


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The Sylvan Retreat

Dehradun, India

 Oct 09 - Oct 15, 2020

Please join me in the foothills of the glorious Himalayan mountains of India this September for a 7-day sacred art retreat. We will make art, practice yoga, and contemplate divine beauty. Our meditative art practice creating a mystic art will not only be relaxing and inspiring, it will invoke abundance, beauty, generosity, and sublime pleasure.

Our retreat center is located on the border of the city of Dehradun and is conveniently placed between the holy cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar each way 90 min. It is a family owned retreat estate with 8 acres of gardens and sits next to a forest with a rivulet running past. The place is dotted with mango trees with the owners personally invested into growing seasonal vegetables. There are also cows on the venue whose milk is used for consumption by the guests. The center is called “The Sylvan Retreat” and the owners follow a spiritual disposition to life.

We will also take a day trip to Rishikesh to watch the beautiful ganges and the mesmerizing Aarti, go shopping, and get inspired. Our meals will be prepared by a team of three chefs; everything is included, we’ll even pick you up at the Dehradun airport, a short thirty minute flight from New Delhi.

Our main focus will creating a yantra (mystic diagram/mandala) in a meditative manner to invoke spiritual and material abundance. Participants will also learn the significance of the colors, shapes, and ornament used in yantras and sacred art. We will contemplate on the lovely goddess Lakshmi, especially her glorious golden form known as Kanakadhara.

Goddess of overflowing abundance, generosity, and compassion, Sri Kanakadhara’s name literally means “stream” (dhārā) of “gold” (kanaka). This unique form of the widely known and beloved Goddess Lakshmi appeared to the great Hindu saint Adi Shankarachara as a waterfall of golden fruit, after he prayed on behalf of an impoverished old woman who showed him kindness. She is the embodiment of overflowing good fortune.

As a result of our time together, you will feel relaxed, nourished, and deeply inspired. Your world-renowned instructor, Ekabhumi, will help you to see the world with fresh eyes, align with divine creativity, and gain a much deeper appreciation of the brilliant icons of the Hindu tantric traditions. You will learn new techniques for focusing attention, expanding awareness, and how to apply them to creative work. And at the end you’ll have a beautiful yantra imbued with devotion to take home.


  • Daily art and creativity classes

  • Daily yoga asana classes

  • Evening talks on sacred geometry, ornament (alankara), and deities

  • You will learn how to decipher and make a mystical diagrams (yantras & mandalas)

  • All art materials and tools included (feel free to bring your own favorites)

  • 3 meals a day featuring a wide variety of gourmet vegetarian food

  • 6 nights at the Sylvan Retreat at Dehradun with Private Rooms

  • Sight-seeing, temple visits, and shopping (and tips on haggling!)

  • Transport from Dehradun airport: get here and we take care of the rest

  • All classes and events are voluntary: choose what you want to do!

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.


My first trip to India with Mystic Art Retreats was the perfect introduction to a country and culture I’d long wanted to experience. One part spiritual, one part artistic, the retreat had a profound impact on my spiritual path as well as the reclamation of myself as a creative person. I look forward to my next travel and retreat experience with Mukul Purohit and Mystic Art Retreats.                                ---S.A.


Early Arrivals and extended stays: accommodations and tours can be arranged by request for additional fees



  • All skill levels welcome!


  • English

  • Hindi

  • Pahari

​SIGHTS (As time allows):

  • Tapkeshwar Shiva Temple (6000 year old shiva linga)

  • Day Trip to the holy city of Rishikesh 

  • Ashrams, Temples and Ganga Aarti Rishikesh


Classes with Ekabhumi:

Yoga Asana
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.

Sacred Geometry
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.


Ekabhumi Charles Ellik

Ekabhumi Charles Ellik is an award-winning poet, author, devotional artist, yoga instructor, emcee, and event producer. His primary spiritual practice is creating sacred art. Through a ritualized and meditative creative method, he makes artworks for ceremonial and educational use that help people recognize the divinity of common experiences and find meaning in daily life. His artworks may be found in yoga studios, private homes, and on altars around the world. A seasoned instructor with a wide-range of skills, he helps students to expand awareness as a service to the Divine Mother.


His name was given by his first guru during a formal initiation ceremony into a yogic lineage in 2005. Since that time, he has studied with many spiritual teachers and traditional artists both in India and the States. Ekabhumi’s writing and artwork has been published widely, appearing in anthologies and journals like The Poetry of Yoga, Berkeley Fiction Review, and Pearl, as well as books like Tantra Illuminated by Christopher Hareesh Wallis and Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton. His instructional Shakti Coloring Book and the uplifting Bhakti Coloring Book are now available world-wide from Sounds True Press.


Though his first love is art, he has a wide range of interests that are reflected in his many past occupations: Yoga instructor, stock options broker, handyman, journalist, ski boot fitter, competitive surfer and champion sailor. He toured internationally as a performance poet, and the poets he coached won numerous regional and national titles. He hosted writer’s groups, produced poetry readings and organized spoken-word festivals for nearly 20 years, culminating in the wildly successful 2009 Individual World Poetry Slam.

For nearly two decades, he variously taught yoga, painting, public speaking, and creative writing to students ranging from kindergarten to post-graduate level. Ekabhumi is an inspiring, playful yet methodical teacher who utilizes the arts to help students cultivate deeper intuitive states. He is currently core faculty of and visiting faculty for The Bridge in Shanghai. On weekends, he can be found in his garden practicing silence and learning directly from Nature.

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  • $1,500.00 USD Solo Suite (huge room, no roommate)

If you are interested, or have questions, feel free to contact Mukul directly by email at: purohit dot mukul at outlook dot com




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, ashrams and the holy city of Rishikesh

  • 3 meals a day featuring a wide variety of gourmet vegetarian food

  • 6 nights at the Sylvan Retreat, Dehradun

  • Airport transfers both ways Ex-Dehradun (Jolly Grant Airport)


  • Air ticket from your country to India

  • Hotel in Delhi (if needed, we can recommend)

  • Visa

  • Travel Insurance

  • Alcoholic Drinks

  • Tips



  • ACCESSIBILITY: Although our accommodations are well appointed, we cannot guarantee ease-of-accessibility to the historic locations we will visit. We recommend all participants be in in good health and fully mobile, as we will visit some remote locations with uneven floors and lots of stairs …and India is full of surprises.

  • LANGUAGE: You will be well taken care of with our group. But if you wish to continue travel alone, it is important to consider communication. English and Hindi are commonly spoken throughout Northern India. Not everyone speaks English fluently, however, so be patient, polite, and smile a lot. It helps to have some Hindi phrases and words memorized. If you speak English, it is unlikely you will have any difficulties at the hotels we have selected. If you are not fluent in English or Hindi, we strongly suggest you bring a phrasebook with common questions.


  • WEATHER IN DEHRADUN …is gorgeous this time of year with the beginning of Autumn. That’s why all the hotels are booked up! No rain, temperatures in the 80’s during the day and clear skies. It can get cool at night (50's) so bring a warm jacket, warm socks, and hat. 


  • CLOTHING: The temperatures can vary from warm during the day to cool at night. When you are painting, you will be sitting for long periods of time and your body may cool off. So plan on wearing layers to allow for adjusting to the situation. What’s more, it is respectful to cover your shoulders and legs when in public or visiting temples, so avoid shorts and tank tops. It is easy and inexpensive to buy clothing and scarves in India.

  • VISA: If you haven’t already, please do secure your airfare and Indian visa as soon as possible. Although it is very easy and quick to secure an e-visa, the lines for e-visa processing at the airport in New Delhi can sometimes be very long. This is because you will be arriving at the height of tourist season. So, if possible, try to secure a normal visa.

  • INSURANCE: We care about students, but cannot be responsible if you become injured, ill, miss a flight, or need emergency transport. We recommend that you buy travel insurance. Policies cover missed flights, lost or stolen luggage, and most importantly, emergency evacuation.

  • IMMUNIZATION: The rules for citizens of different countries varies. We strongly suggest that you make an appointment to a travel medicine clinic as soon as possible. They will confirm if there are any immunizations that are required by India for your entry into their country, and make suggestions based on the season, location, and any recent outbreaks. U.S. Citizens are generally not required to show proof of immunization, but it is wise to visit a travel health clinic if you can afford it.

  • DIGESTION & GUT HEALTH: There are many tips people give for avoiding illness while in India, like taking supplements such as probiotics and grape seed extract. The best advice is usually the simplest: get enough sleep, cultivate strong digestion, use hand sanitizer, and avoid tap water. We have had no illnesses or upset stomachs from the food at the palace, but we cannot control the quality of food you eat elsewhere. Make sure your digestion is strong. Not only does strong digestion and healthy gut flora help avoid food poisoning, it also supports general immunity and improves mood. Our host hotel will filter all water used to make your drinks and meals, so no worries in the dining room. Use bottled water for brushing your teeth (NOT THE TAP WATER) and rinsing your toothbrush. We suggest you bring hand sanitizer or “wet wipe” napkins in a sealed package to clean your hands, especially on field trips. 

  • MONEY: All your basic necessities are covered, but it is still wise to bring some cash, which you can get changed at the airport. We suggest you get some cash for tipping, shopping, and snacks outside of the hotel. ATM machines are common. Credit cards are widely accepted. We recommend you call the contact number on the back of your cards to see if there are any foreign transaction fees for your credit and ATM cards, as well as to notify them of your travel plans so you don’t get cut off by their security.

  • HIDDEN CASH PURSE & PAPERWORK: We will be going to tourist destinations, so we do suggest a hidden cash purse (either a money belt or a pouch hanging from the neck is fine) to protect valuables. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes that allow for long walks, and bring a pair of lightweight sandals for strolling around the palace. We suggest that you bring two copies of paper printouts of your airplane ticket confirmation, your hotel(s) contact information, the contact list of our staff, and a color copy of your passport and visa. Keep them in separate pieces of luggage. It would be wise to also have electronic copies available in a secure location online and available for download. Be sure to check the suggested packing list for more tips.

  • IDENTITY THEFT: Get a special sleeve for your credit cards that prevents mobile scanners from accessing them in airports and public places. You can find them at any travel store. Or just line your wallet with tin foil. 

  • REFUNDS AND CANCELLATION: If requested in writing, full refunds will be given within 7 days of your initial payment minus a 15% service charge. Half of your payment will be refunded within 30 days of payment (or at any time for medical emergency with written proof), but no refunds will be given after 31 August. We reserve the right to cancel at any time for any reason. Full refunds will be given to all paid participants should the retreat be cancelled by the organisers. We cannot be responsible for students arriving late, or modified itineraries due to the typical chaos of travel in India, however. We will do our best to ensure your participation is as easeful as possible, regardless of any surprises. 

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