Get Creative: Artistic Retreats Across India To Stay In

From learning permaculture to pottery, here is a list of some artistic retreats in the country where you can bring out your creativity

Antara Chatterjee
July 4, 2023
Get Creative: Artistic Retreats Across India To Stay In

Going on holiday can be an experience of a lifetime for some. If you are bored of planning your vacation to one particular city for the same old sightseeing routes, a trail of artistic retreats might interest you. These travel experiences cater to the artistic spirit within every traveller, providing opportunities for self-expression, cultural immersion, and personal growth. Embrace the allure of these enchanting retreats and unlock your creative potential in awe-inspiring surroundings. Not only do you learn a new art form, but you can also stay at these retreats and have a fully immersive experience complete with organic food, meditation, and of course, channelling your creativity to make art.


The Norbulingka Institute

Discover the restful world of Tibetan culture at The Norbulingka Institute in Dharamshala. This institute is the perfect way to have a relaxing stay while also learning about heritage art. You can sign up to stay at one of their guesthouses for an even more immersive experience. Named after the Dalai Lama’s summer palace, this haven offers workshops in thangka painting, statue making, thangka applique, woodcarving, weaving, wood painting, tailoring, weaving, and screen printing. Immerse yourself in age-old traditions and bring home unique creations from their store or online.

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Saraya Ecostay

Experience the harmony of earthy cuisine and architecture at Saraya Eco Stay in Goa. Set amidst lush vegetation, this property has a 300-year-old Portuguese mansion featuring an art gallery, an organic vegetarian garden cafe, and enough space to walk in solitude. Join art workshops, yoga retreats, live music events, meditation rooms, and wellness events while savouring the tranquillity of this eco-friendly haven. The retreat is reasonably priced, allowing guests to choose between tree houses and mud houses.

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Smell Of The Earth

If you are looking for the perfect family holiday option or just a relaxing getaway with a companion, then this place is ideal. Smell Of The Earth is a beautiful farmstead in Birbhum that offers workshops on permaculture, growing food, ecological design, and leading an eco-friendly lifestyle. Discover how to create environmental spaces and provide wholesome organic food for your family while immersing yourself in nature’s embrace. You can sign up for one of the several workshops and short courses held throughout the year.

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Dharamkot Retreat

Dharamkot, a small hill station in Kangra district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, is a community workspace and a ceramics studio on an elevation of 2,100 m. With stunning views of the Kangra Valley and the Dhauladhar ranges, this community workspace and ceramics studio is a hub of artistic inspiration. Engage in meditation, yoga, and pottery classes while savouring the bohemian atmosphere and Israeli cuisine. You can book your stays on their website and learn the art of pottery while you relax and indulge in some healthy vegetarian food at the retreat.

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Karma Yatri Travel and Art

With properties in Himachal Pradesh and Leh, KYTA’s unique program brings artists, scientists, and researchers together for a 5-week residency, fostering collaboration and artistic expression. At the end of the residency, your projects are displayed or performed in front of an audience through public showcases. Immerse yourself in a vibrant creative community and make lifelong friends at this quirky retreat.

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