Vacation Hues: A Himalayan Art Retreat for Kids

Art Retreat

Discover the hidden artist within your kid, at Vacation Hues – A Himalayan Art Retreat for Kids.

Does your child enjoy playing with colours? Do you think they are a Van Gogh in making? Bring out their creativity, and help them shape their thoughts on paper with colours, with the Himalayas as an inspiration.

Himalayan Writing Retreat is hosting Vacation Hues – An Art Retreat for Kids at our five-star rated venue in the Himalayas. Our retreat is set amongst oak and fruit trees. June is a great time to be in the mountains. The weather is nice. The air is clean and the views are lovely.

Art Retreat
Actual Image from a session in progress at the retreat

Apart from painting, the Himalayan Art Retreat will focus on having fun with the kids and guiding them on how to express their joy through art. The Art Retreat will include sessions on painting and techniques of using colours and light. The three days will also have walks in nature where participants will be encouraged to collect leaves, twigs, pine cones, tree barks, beetles, etc.

Evenings will be spent playing indoor games, watching kid-friendly movies like Canvas and other non-commercial art-related movies for children, sitting under a brilliantly starlit sky, or watching an exhibit of the kids’ work.

When: June 11th- 15th, 2022

Who: Kids aged 8-13 years.

To participate, your kid(s) must be accompanied by an adult. We only accept five family units on a first come first serve basis.

Where: The Himalayan Writing Retreat, Satkhol Village. Uttarakhand – 263138. Venue Details & how to reach here. (This venue and its programs are 5-star rated on both Google and Facebook.)

How much: INR 28000 for each participating child and INR 14000 for each accompanying adult. (Includes art material, 4 nights stay, food, taxes, and all sessions).  Click here for our Cancellation Policy.

The parents on all three days can have 2 hours of Mindful Strokes sessions (one hour in the morning and one in the afternoon). Mindful Strokes are meditative art sessions to help de-stress, have fun, be in the here and now and discover the creative zing. This is optional and will be charged separately at INR 4000 per person.

Note: An RTPCR Covid test/Double Vaccination proof is required of all people choosing to travel for the Himalayan Art Retreat.

How to attend: Pay 50% of the total fee now, and pay the balance two weeks before the workshop. Email any questions to namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com

Only five family units are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Click the “Book Now” button and pay 50% to secure your spot.

Have questions? Check out the FAQs shared below to know the accommodation facilities available at the retreat.

About Shubhra Chaturvedi

Shubhra Chaturvedi leads this Himalayan Art Retreat.

Shubhra is a full-time painter, an installation artist, a sculptor, a photographer, and an experimenter,

She has several shows (group and solo) and commissions in public and private spaces to her credit. From public art installation at five Delhi Metro stations to murals, from mixed media canvas to photo art, Shubhra’s recent works have been full of experiment and are therefore full of motion and constantly changing. With a view to help others view the world through the prism of art, Shubhra has been conducting workshops and art retreats with groups of people. She also conducts sessions on using art as a tool to meditate, de-stress, heal and discover yourself.

Art Retreat
Actual image of the Himalayan Writing Retreat clicked neighbour from his house. (Photo Credit: Rajeev Butalia)

Program Structure and Details of the Himalayan Art Retreat

Day 0 (11th June)

  • Arrive any time, settle in, enjoy the views, clean air, and good weather.
  • Introduction and a fun exercise with colours.

Day 1 (12th June) 

  • 9 am – Breakfast
  • 10 am to 12 pm – Understanding colours, mixing, and light through nature.
  • 1 -2 pm – Lunch
  • 2 – 4 pm: Understanding colours, mixing, and light through nature. (Contd)
  • 4 pm: Walk to collect pine cones, pebbles, leaves, and twigs
  • 5 pm – Tea/Juice & Snacks
  • 7 pm – Kid friendly movie session
  • 7. 45 pm – Soup
  • 8 – 9 pm – Dinner

Day 2 (13th June)

  • 9 – 10 am – Breakfast 
  • 10 am to 12 pm – Understanding perspective through nature study, drawing and painting from nature.
  • 1- 2 pm – Lunch
  • 2 – 4 pm- Understanding perspective through nature study, drawing and painting fromnature.(Contd)
  • 4 pm – Walk to take pictures on their parent’s cell phone and understand the composition. Also pluck fruits and climb trees.
  • 5 pm – Tea & Snacks
  • 7 pm – Indoor games
  • 7. 45 pm – Soup
  • 8 – 9 pm – Dinner

Day 3  (14th June)

  • 9 am – Breakfast
  • 10- 12 pm- Focus on details, close-ups, drawing and painting from close-ups, leaves, twigs, fruits, tree barks, beetles, etc.
  • 1-2 pm – Lunch
  • 2 pm – 4 pm Focus on details, close-ups, drawing and painting from close-ups, leaves, twigs, fruits, tree barks, beetles, etc. (Contd)
  • 4 pm – Walk to take pictures on their parent’s cell phone and understand the composition. Also, pluck fruits and climb trees.
  • 5 pm – Tea & Snacks
  • 7. 45 pm – Soup
  • 8 – 9 pm – Dinner

Day 4  (15th June)

  • 8 30 am – Breakfast
  • 9 30 am – Feedback forms
  • 10 am onwards – Departures

Note: We have planned walks every day which will be for the whole family. However, if you have difficulty walking you can opt-out of the walks. Weather permitting we will be able to pluck fruits that are in season. We may organize bonfires on the last evening.

No alcohol is served at the retreat. However, you are free to bring your own.

P.S: We also have a workshop for kids on writing. Check out the details HERE.

FAQs about Vacation Hues – A Himalayan Art Retreat for Kids

Each family unit will share a room. Each room has an attached bath. We are a full-service boutique hotel and are highly rated on google. The below pictures are of our rooms and our lounge where we eat and hold sessions.  

  • While my child is in the art retreat, what are the options available for the accompanying adults to utilize our time?

You can explore the local area, go for walks, read and chat with other parents. If you would like to explore, you can rent a car for 1-2 days and visit the attractions in the area like Mukteshwar (45 mins drive) to the Jageshwar temple complex (2.5 hours), etc.

The parents on all three days can have 2 hours of Mindful Strokes sessions (one hour in the morning and one in the afternoon). Mindful Strokes are meditative art sessions to help de-stress, have fun, be in the here and now and discover the creative zing. This is optional and will be charged separately at INR 4000 per person.

  • While your website provides information on the travel and logistics to reach you, will you be able to help with some specifics of travel and logistics? We are not at all familiar with this part of India and have never visited not have any contacts and any help will be appreciated. For e.g. we may need help in arranging a trusted pickup from either Bareilly/Pantnagar airport or Kathgodam railway station.

Yes, Namrata from the Himalayan Writing Retreat will help and guide you with all travel-related information. We will also help you coordinate with other people traveling for the same event.

  • What the expected weather conditions there during the art retreat time?

Lows are around mid-teens and highs are in the mid-20s. we are at an altitude so the sun can be hot, but a shower can bring temperatures down. At that time there will be fruits on the trees that the kids (and you) can pluck and eat. This chart in the link below for Mukteshwar is the nearest published proxy (it is close by but 1000 feet higher) for our village, Satkhol. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mukteshwar#Climate

  • I have noticed the cancellation policies on your website. Due to the unpredictability and uncertainty of the pandemic situation, anything can happen and there can travel restrictions in either origin, destination, or transit during this time. So will you be considerate of that and flexible with the cancellation policies?

The Cancellation policy applies in ordinary circumstances. However, if the government bans travel/do a lockdown / prevents interstate travel etc., then we will hold your full credit and you can apply it for any future event or even a vacation.

If travel is permitted but you cancel, then the policy will apply. All participants & parents are required to bring a negative RTPCR report, or proof they have had both shots. If the RTPCR test result is positive for anyone in your party, again, we will hold your credit for a future event.

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