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In today’s fast-paced digital world, where we are constantly connected and bombarded with information, the need for a digital detox has become more crucial than ever. The rise of wellness retreats in serene locations like Dharamshala offers a perfect opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with oneself and nature. These retreats provide a space for individuals seeking solace, mindfulness, and a chance to restore balance in their lives. 

The Need for Digital Detox:

In the digital age, we have become increasingly dependent on technology, making it difficult to find moments of respite and genuine connection. Continuous exposure to screens, notifications, and virtual interactions can lead to stress, anxiety, and a sense of disconnection from ourselves and the world around us. A digital detox allows us to break free from these chains, cultivate mindfulness, and embark on a journey of self-discovery. 

Dharamshala: A Haven for Wellness Retreats:

Nestled amidst the picturesque Himalayan foothills, Dharamshala is a captivating destination known for its breathtaking landscapes, spiritual heritage, and tranquil atmosphere. This serene location serves as an ideal backdrop for wellness retreats, offering participants an opportunity to immerse themselves in nature’s beauty and find inner peace. The pristine surroundings, fresh mountain air, and spiritual energy of Dharamshala create an environment conducive to self-reflection and self-care. 

Activities and Practices for Mindfulness and Self-Reflection:

Wellness retreats in Dharamshala provide a diverse range of activities and practices designed to foster mindfulness, self-reflection, and digital balance. Here are a few examples: 

  1. Meditation and Yoga: Retreats often include guided meditation and yoga sessions led by experienced instructors. These practices help calm the mind, enhance self-awareness, and promote physical and mental well-being.
  2. Nature Immersion: Dharamshala’s natural beauty offers ample opportunities for participants to engage in activities like hiking, nature walks, and forest bathing. Spending time in nature helps reduce stress, boost creativity, and reconnect with the earth.
  3. Digital Detox Strategies: Retreats encourage participants to disconnect from their devices by implementing “device-free zones” or “digital detox days.” This allows individuals to break free from the constant digital stimulation and develop healthier relationships with technology.
  4. Mindful Eating: Retreats often emphasize mindful eating practices, where participants savour their meals mindfully, paying attention to the flavours, textures, and nourishment they provide. This practice cultivates gratitude and a deeper connection with the food we consume.
  5. Creative Expression: Retreats may offer workshops on artistic expression, such as pottery, painting, writing, and photography. Engaging in creative pursuits fosters self-expression, enhances mindfulness, and stimulates personal growth.

Digital Balance in Daily Life:

The ultimate goal of wellness retreats is to equip participants with the tools and mindset to maintain digital balance in their daily lives. Retreats often provide guidance on setting boundaries with technology, establishing regular digital detox routines, and finding a healthy balance between the virtual and physical worlds. By implementing these practices, individuals can experience increased focus and improved well-being.

Conclusion:

Overall, in today’s fast-paced digital world, where constant connectivity has become the norm, the need for a digital detox and a chance to reconnect with oneself and nature has never been more crucial. By disconnecting from technology and embracing the tranquillity of Dharamshala, participants can cultivate a deeper connection with themselves and the world, leading to increased well-being and a renewed sense of purpose in the digital age.

ACTIVITY
Day 1 (Friday) - Today, you will arrive in the serene village of Dharamkot. We recommend you check-in to our Studio latest by 12PM, though checkin time is till 2PM.
After settling-in to your rooms, you will be served lunch at the cafeteria.
At 4 PM, you will start with your first workshop “An Introduction to Pottery”. This workshop will take about 2.5 to 3 hrs.
At night, you will indulge in dinner (possibly around a bonfire depending on weather) and then relax.
Day 2 (Saturday) - Today, you will start your day with a warm cup of tea & Nature Walk to Naddi. The trail meanders through the forests, offering stunning views of the valley below and the distant mountain ranges.
On returning, you will be served a sumptuous breakfast in our cafe.
At around 11 AM, you will head to the Studio for your second workshop. Today we will split the group in two batches for personalised attention to all participants. One group will attend the “Hand-building- pinching” workshop and the other will learn the “Intro to Pottery Wheel” workshop. Each workshop will take about 2.5 hrs.
Then you will break for lunch.
Post-lunch, you will take the second workshop from the above two, depending on what you did in the morning.
Wrap up your dinner at our cafe.
Day 3 (Sunday) - Today is a mix of learning and exploration!

After breakfast, you will attend the fourth workshop on “Texturing/Surface Decoration”.
Then after lunch, you will start your local sightseeing tour. Our expert local guides will take you to the Dalai Lama Temple, St. John’s in the Wilderness Church and the Mcleodganj Market. Take time to experience the spiritual energy of Dharamshala.
You can either return to the Studio with our guide in a cab which departs by 6 PM or stay longer and take a taxi back.
Dinner will be served in the evening but you can also explore one of the many restaurants/ bars in Mcleodganj.
Day 4 (Monday) - You will begin the day with yoga/meditation at one of the many renowned yoga studios in Dharamkot.

Then, head back to the Studio for breakfast and another day of pottery learning. You will now learn the advanced techniques in pottery making in your fifth and sixth art sessions.
We will again split the group in two batches for personalised attention to all participants. One group will attend the “Advanced Hand-building- Slab/coiling method” workshop and the other will learn the “Wheel Throwing/ Shaping Technique” workshop. Each workshop will take about 2.5 hrs.
Then you will break for lunch.
Post-lunch, you will take the second workshop from the above two, depending on what you did in the morning.
Wrap up your dinner at our cafe. By now you must have made friends with instructors and other participants, so we are sure you have some amazing conversations.
Day 5 (Tuesday) - You will begin the day with another session of yoga/meditation.
Then, head back to the Studio for breakfast. You will now attend the last and seventh art session on “ surface decoration with Coloured Under-Glazes”. The session will be of 2.5 hrs.
After lunch, you can spend the rest of the day at leisure. You can pick your favourite thing to do today…finish off your artwork with some guidance from our instructors, head out and take a hike, go shopping, spend a lazy day in a cafe, walk around the flag point for sunset…the choices are endless. We will see you back at the Studio at 7 PM for our farewell dinner.
Day 6 (Wednesday) - Today is the day we bid adieu! After breakfast, it’s time to pack up and gaze at the Dhauladhar range for one last time till we see you again. The check-out is at 11 AM.

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INCLUDEDNOT INCLUDED
5 nights accommodationAirfare
All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)Alcohol
Pottery Sessions Courier charges for shipping Art pieces you create
Half- Day tour to McleodgunjBank fee/ Money exchange fee/ Other payment charges
Nature walk, Yoga/Meditation SessionsLaundry
Art Supplies

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ACTIVITY
Day 1:
Arrive for check-in before 2 pm, allowing yourself to acclimate to the retreat atmosphere.
Explore your surroundings, connect with fellow participants, and commence your artistic journey with the first session from 4 pm to 6:30 pm(Charcoal).
Evening relaxation and dinner.
Day 2:

(8:30 am) After morning tea/coffee, board your vehicle and start your drive towards Himalayan Art Museum.
Breakfast, Museum Tour, Meditation and Thangka Drawing Workshop.

1:00 PM: Drive to Norbulingka.

Norbulingka is a self-sustaining community, where all members contribute to the larger vision of preserving Tibetan culture through the arts. It is a delight for travelers to see various Tibetan art forms such as paintings and woodwork.

Have lunch at one of the few restaurants at Norbulingka and explore the premises.
4:30 pm drive back to your hotel.
Evening relaxation and dinner.
Day 3:
(8:00 to 9:00 am) Start your day with yoga/meditation (8:00 to 9:00 am)
(11:00 am-1:30 pm) After breakfast, Acrylic pouring workshop at Dharamkot Studio- 2 (7 minutes walk from the hotel).
After lunch at the studio, you’ll meet your guide who’ll take you for a walk and exploration of Mcleodganj.
Take a beautiful walk around Dalai Lama Temple, explore cafes and shop if you wish.
Our guide will be with you till 6 pm.
After that, you can return to stay or get cozy in one of the many cafes of Mcleodganj.
The distance between Mcleodganj and your stay is just 2-3 km from the hotel.
Day 4:

(8:00 to 9:00 am) Start your day with yoga/meditation.
(11:00 am to 1:30 pm) Kangra Painting workshop at Dharamkot Studio-1 (5 minutes walk from the hotel).
After the session, walk back to your stay, have lunch, and relax for a while.
(4:00- 6:00 pm) Nature hike to the sunset viewpoint with the guide.
Return to the comfort of your stay in the evening and then enjoy the night as you wish.
Day 5:
(8:00 to 9:00 am) Start your day with sound healing.
(11:00 am-1:30 pm) After breakfast, Paint on Pottery workshop at Dharamkot Studio- 1 (7 minutes walk from the hotel).
After the session, you’re free to explore and spend your day as you desire.
Indulge in walks, cafe hopping, or shopping.
Day 6:

As the retreat concludes, savor a moment to absorb the scenic beauty of the Dhauladhar ranges. Check-out is at 11 am after a satisfying breakfast.

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InclusionsExclusions
Accommodation all daysPick-up & drop from the airport/bus stand
Breakfast on Day 2
Lunch on Day 3
Meals
All workshops with materials Nothing not mentioned in the inclusions
Art pieces made during the workshops. Bank fee/ Money exchange fee/ Other payment charges
Activities such as Yoga, Meditation & Sound Healing
Laundry
Norbulingka Institute Visit and Mcleodganj Walk
Nature hike
Internal transfers
Guide where required.

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