27th Dec to 1st Jan

Artcation

📍Andretta, Himachal Pradesh

A 5-day mindfulness retreat at Andretta, an artist's colony in Himachal

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 and celebrate this New Year by celebrating yourself. 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?

27th Dec 2023 to 1st Jan 2024

Celebrate your new years with us🎊


Where is it happening?

Andretta, often referred to as the "Village of Artists," is a picturesque settlement located in the foothills of the Himalayas, merely 10km from Palampur in Himachal Pradesh. Notably, the village is home to the prestigious Andretta Pottery and Craft Society, this institution has played a pivotal role in promoting pottery and traditional crafts in the region.

Beyond its evident artistic allure, Andretta is embraced by the enchanting beauty of the Himalayan slopes, nestled between the majestic, snow-capped Dhauladhar range and the dense greenery and bamboo groves of the Shivalik hills. The village is further distinguished by its colonial-era architecture and charming cottages, contributing to its undeniable old-world charm.

With its rich cultural heritage, natural splendor, and profound artistic significance, Andretta stands as a well-kept secret in Himachal Pradesh, alluring those in search of a tranquil retreat and an opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of art and craftsmanship.


Where will we stay?

A unique experience of luxury within a time capsule.

The Mirage - a boutique heritage homestay nestled in a lush, quiet setting offering stunning views. Set in the idyllic Andretta artist’s village, it is the perfect space to relax and rejuvenate. The property consists of traditional Himachali mud houses lovingly restored to an inviting retreat. The Main House of The Mirage was built in 1948 by the drama teacher of Prithviraj Kapoor and Jaya Dyal, both of whom arrived in Andretta from Lahore at the time of Partition. Along with other members of Lahore’s cultural scene at that time, they joined Norah Richards, who had established an artist’s colony here in the 1920s. It is set amongst dense foliage, against a backdrop of jungle & bamboo groves.

Source : The Mirage Andretta

Source : The Mirage Andretta

Source : The Mirage Andretta

What are you paying for?

*Single occupancy 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 -

Without travel- INR 37,999/-

With travel- INR 41,999/-


(A portion of this money is used to provide activities for underprivileged children)


Travel (Meeting Point) For those traveling with us

THE MEETING POINT WILL BE CHANDIGARH ON 27th OF DECEMBER 2023 AT 10:30 PM 


For those not traveling with us


How to reach Andretta?

By Air
Flight to Dharamshala (Gaggal Airport). There are direct flights from Delhi, Chandigarh and Jaipur. Distance from the airport to The Mirage is a little over 40km and takes about 1 and a half hours.

By Train

The closest train station is Amb Andaura Station. The new Vande Bharat train runs between Delhi/Chandigarh to Amb Andaura. Onward taxi from Amb to Andretta is 3 hours. Other train options are from Delhi to Chandigarh, Amritsar, or Pathankot stations. Onward travel to The Mirage is usually by taxi.
By Road

By private vehicle or taxi, you will need 11-12 hours from Delhi, 6 hours from Chandigarh, and 5 hours from Amritsar. From Delhi to Palampur, (via Chandigarh), daily overnight Volvo buses (private and government) are available. HRTC has daily buses from Chandigarh to Palampur.


Warning: Don’t program your GPS for the whole trip from start to finish. Google Maps will bring you the shortest but worst way. Program in increments, from Delhi or Chandigarh, via Amb, Pragpur, Tanda hospital, Panchrukhi & Andretta (The Mirage).


What’s the group size?

We keep the group size limited to 18 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 - 28th Dec 2023


DAY 2 - 29th Dec 2023


DAY 3 - 30th Dec 2023


DAY 4 - 31st Dec 2023


DAY 5 - 1st Jan 2024


Why should you join this retreat?

The reasons are simple:


Join us for an extraordinary retreat where rejuvenation, self-discovery, and cherished connections await.


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

Source : The Mirage Andretta

Source : The Mirage Andretta

Source : The Mirage Andretta

Source : The Mirage Andretta

Inclusions:


Exclusions:

DISCLAIMER

* 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.