23rd to 28th June

đź“ŤHimachal Pradesh

A 4-day mindfulness retreat in the Himalayas

let's travel outside, to dive within.

What is ARTCATION all about?

At Project Aaina, we believe that self-discovery and healing can come in many forms. That's why we've curated an immersive experience that uses art, music, and movement to help you connect with your inner self and explore new ways of self-expression.

We strive to create a safe space for our participants to engage in activities that enrich their minds, body, and soul. Our retreats offer a unique opportunity to explore different aspects of oneself, connect with diverse groups of people, and experience the wonders of nature, all while having a lively time.

Our Art and Mindfulness retreats are designed to be inclusive and accessible, providing a supportive and welcoming environment where anyone can feel comfortable exploring their creative side. We believe that everyone has the potential to be creative, and we're committed to helping individuals tap into that potential through our carefully curated activities and supportive environment.

Our sessions include art and movement-based activities, musical activities, and interactive activities such as art circles, yoga, meditation, sound healing and music circles, to name a few. We encourage our participants to approach art as a process rather than a product, enabling them to reclaim their relationship with art.

Whether you're an experienced artist or just beginning to explore your creative side, we invite you to join us for an unforgettable experience. Come discover the joy of unlocking your inner artist and embracing the power of self-expression in a safe and nurturing environment.

NOTE: You don’t need to have any kind of background in Art or be an Artist. It’s about flowing from one medium to another.

When is it happening?

23rd to 28th June 2023


Where is it happening?

Just a few kilometres away from the bustling town of Manali, nestled amidst the grandeur of the Himalayan mountain range, lies a hidden gem that has the power to soothe your soul - Sonaugi village. It's hard to describe the magic of this place, where the serene and tranquil air wraps around you, and the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar range tower above you. Located at an altitude of 1920 M / 6300 ft, Sonaugi is a world away from the crowds of Manali.

Legend has it that the land was named Sonaugi, or the "Land of the Golden Crop", after nearby villagers discovered fields of golden wheat growing here. Today, Sonaugi is a picturesque retreat for the senses, with towering Himalayan Cedars (Deodar) embracing the landscape on three sides, and lush apple orchards stretching out as far as the eye can see.

Where will we stay?

Indulge in a luxurious stay at The Sonaugi Homestead by Banjara Experiences, a charming and serene abode that promises to enchant you with its rustic allure. Painstakingly hand-built by Italian architect Eris Binda in the traditional Kath-Kuni construction style, this retreat seamlessly blends with the natural beauty of its surroundings, offering a tranquil haven for you to unwind after a day of exploration.

The Retreat boasts of well-furnished, comfortable rooms, enveloped by the verdant mountains and snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Every room exudes a rustic charm, with its wooden decor and earthy color tones, ensuring a cozy stay. The panoramic views of the mountainside and snow-clad peaks in the distance will take your breath away.

The pristine atmosphere of the retreat is sure to rejuvenate your senses and embalm your soul. The silence, occasionally broken by the soothing sounds of nature, creates the perfect ambiance for meditation or igniting your hidden artistic talents. Get ready to fall in love with the magic of The Sonaugi Homestead, a destination that will stay with you forever.

What are you paying for?

*Single occupancy rooms and double sharing rooms are available at an extra cost*

And the best part? We host our retreats in a location that's far away from the daily noise, so you can truly disconnect and reconnect with yourself. Join us for an unforgettable experience!

What is the price of investing in yourself?

You can experience this entire Retreat for a budget of -

With travel included-INR 31,999/-

Without Travel- INR 28,500/-

(A portion of this money is used to provide activities for underprivileged children)
(A GST of 18% is included)

Travel (Meeting Point)

THE MEETING POINT WILL BE Chandigarh on 23rd of June 2023 AT 10 PM 

How to reach the location on your own?

What’s the group size?

We keep the group size limited to 15 participants, to curate a personalized experience.

What’s the day-wise journey like?

Note - This is just an overview of the itinerary. You are in for a lot of fun surprises. 

DAY 1 - 24th June 2023

DAY 2 - 25th June 2023

DAY 3 - 26th June 2023

DAY 4 - 27th June 2023

Why should you join this retreat?

The reasons are simple:

For those of you who don't understand anything except bullet points, here you go: 

Don't think about it too much, you deserve this break. 

Contact us and book your slot right away.

The Location




* You are requested to respect Nature, the culture of the region, and the sentimental values of the locals. You must refrain from acts of littering, intoxication in public areas, and disrespecting people, animals, or any places of worship at all times.

* We at Project Aaina do not support the use of any kind of Intoxication since we’re here on a spiritual journey. The use of drugs, alcohol consumption and smoking is prohibited during the retreats.

*You have to be 18+ to attend our retreats. If you are below 18, we will require you to submit an NOC signed by your parents or guardian.

*All meals provided during the retreats will be vegetarian. The ingredients will be locally sourced with an aim of keeping meals fresh and nourishing, enhance the authentic cuisine experience.

* You are responsible for yourself and your belongings for the entire duration of the Retreat. The organisers are not responsible for any theft or loss of your personal belongings or for any personal injury caused to you. The organisers are also not responsible for any personal effect during or post the trip due to Covid - 19. We are trying our best to take precautions, and your help and cooperation are appreciated.

*Uninformed movement by participants during the day and night outside the property is strictly prohibited; the host or the organizers will not be responsible for any unforeseen circumstances.

* Payment policy-  You can temporarily book your seat by paying the registration fee online. Interested individuals are requested to pay the full payment inorder to secure their spot for the retreat. Please note that we do not accept payments on-site during the retreat or after its conclusion.

* Refund policy- The registration fee and the advance payment is a non-refundable amount under any circumstances, however, we understand that an unexpected change of plans is always a possibility, so if you are unable to attend your Retreat, you can transfer your slot to someone else, do let us know at least two weeks before the start of the Retreat.

* A Covid - 19 negative test certificate is mandatory if you haven't got both doses of vaccine.

* If you have been previously tested positive, make sure you have completed the general self-quarantine time period of 7 days, and also given your body and mind time to recover. If your symptoms have subsided, you are most welcome. Take a test again, as the negative certificate is mandatory.

* Masks and personal sanitisers are mandatory on the trip. Make sure you carry them. It's for your own safety, and for the safety of your fellow co- travellers. Little precautions can go a long way. You are requested to help us in this, and be aware of taking necessary precautions.

*We don’t support any kind of mistreatment/bullying. Consent is a very important factor in the case of every participant and team member at Project Aaina. Happy hugs are always welcome.

*You will be asked to leave the retreat immediately if you fail to follow the above-mentioned policies.