Mukul Purohit - Co-founder

Mukul is the Co-Founder and Producer of Mystic Art Retreats with a role to facilitate the growth of the franchise globally. He has over a decade plus multi-regional experience within corporate finance, corporate development, global business development and licensing across the Technology, Media, Telecom, Healthcare, Lifescience, Creative Industries and Hospitality sectors. 

Mukul is also an art collector and promotes the works of emerging artists through his art marketing company Shanayya Arts. He is a partner at UnityART Germany - a photography medium led art studio. He keeps himself busy during any free time to study Vedic Astrology, Ayurveda, and Quantum Physics. 

 

Mukul holds a business degree from Queensland University of Technology, Australia; an arts degree from the University of Greenwich in London, the UK along with professional courses in Corporate Finance and Strategic Management. 

Ekabhumi Charles Ellik - Co-founder

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. 

 

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 livingsanskrit.com and visiting faculty for The Bridge in Shanghai. On weekends, he can be found in his garden practicing silence and learning directly from Nature.      

Tiffani Gyatso - Co-Founder

Tiffani Gyatso is a Brazilian artist, specialized in Thangka Painting (Tibetan Buddhist Art) at the Norbulingka Institute, India and studied the art form of Islamic Geometry at the Prince School in London. Beside the traditional arts, she develops her own contemporary painting based on the intuitive and contemplative process which also explores the expression in dance and performance. She offers workshops, talks and art retreats in Peru, USA, India and at her own space, the Atelier YabYum in Brazil. Annually she guides Art Tours to India and Nepal. 

Melanie Rhodes - Ambassador

Melanie is a dedicated practitioner of various holistic arts and her desire to further ancient knowledge in contemporary contexts led her to patronising the mystic art retreats. A deep appreciation for the arts in so many of its facets, she is a qualified Architect with a degree in Building & Architecture from the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Melanie has been practicing different styles of yoga such as Iyengar, Bikram, Vinyasa and Kundalini over eighteen years and is also a qualified Asthanga yoga teacher. Her immersion in Ayurveda is reflected in her adopting the medicinal science into her daily lifestyle, attending panchkarma programmes and even taking post-partum care following water-births of her two children – Nathan and India. Melanie is also a student of the Non-Dual Advaita philosophy of classical Hindu thought with her teacher belonging to the the school of Ramanah Maharshi. With four children she still manages to meditate daily whilst embracing a very busy life with her famous coach-cricketer husband Jonty Rhodes. Their commitment and love for India as a philosophy is not just reflected in them naming their daughter “India” but also their immersive practice in Indian holistic arts and traditions.

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