The wellness retreat that stood out to Kama Ayurveda CEO Vivek Sahni Advertisement

The wellness retreat that stood out to Kama Ayurveda CEO Vivek Sahni

He describes his stay as truly extraordinary

By Neville Bhandara  April 26th, 2019

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VIVEK SAHNI: CEO- Kama Ayurveda

I’ve been to many places that have resonated with me, but the most recent has been Vana in Dehradun. I’m not really a spa junkie, but I had heard great things about this wellness retreat.

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In need of a few days of quiet before getting back to work after New Year’s celebrations, I decided to visit alone (a first for me). I arrived in time for dinner and ate by myself in the dining hall.


The dining area at Vana

The next day, my wellness programme began. After a Buddhist meditation session, a lady came and sat next to me at morning tea and introduced herself. She was a gastroenterologist from the US, who was working on natural ways to heal the gut. Soon, another lady joined us. I learnt that she and her husband had been in skincare for 30 years. One evening, out of the blue, a friend of mine told me that the head of the Chinmaya Mission was at Vana, and I was lucky enough to meet him. We discussed Vedanta, and it was illuminating: I discovered a whole new way of meditating. We had conversations about beauty, skincare, and natural healing techniques for the stomach.

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By the end of my stay, I had had so many wonderful experiences— both physical and mental, and mostly unexpected. Vana is beautiful; it is a healing space, not just a spa. Its treatments (I tried a Tibetan one for the first time) are fantastic and the food, delicious. I realised that it is possible to sit for dinner at 7pm and not get up until 10pm, and talk without the need for a drink or anything else. It was truly an extraordinary time.