Artistic Yoga = Yogic Arts: Esoteric Explorations by Yoginis & Yogis

01 – 28 June 2021

“As when the mantra sinks in Yoga’s ear,
Its message enters stirring the blind brain
And keeps in the dim ignorant cells its sound;
The hearer understands a form of words
And, musing on the index thought it holds,
He strives to read it with the labouring mind,
But finds bright hints, not the embodied truth:
Then, falling silent in himself to know
He meets the deeper listening of his soul:
The Word repeats itself in rhythmic strains:
Thought, vision, feeling, sense, the body’s self
Are seized unutterably and he endures
An ecstasy and an immortal change;
He feels a Wideness and becomes a Power,
All knowledge rushes on him like a sea:
Transmuted by the white spiritual ray
He walks in naked heavens of joy and calm,
Sees the God-face and hears transcendent speech:
An equal greatness in her life was sown.”

Banks of Ganges, Foothills of Himalayas, Haridwar, India

8 51F7tEaRJnL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Tropic of Cancer passes through the middle of India. 21 June is the Summer Solstice, the longest day (almost 14 hours) in India and the rest of the northern hemisphere. And the shortest day in Australia, New Zealand, and rest of the southern hemisphere.

Brahma Bindu (Creator Point), opposite the memorial where the last remains of Lahiri Mahashay are placed, in Haridwar, offers a breath-taking view of Sun rise. All of the persons who participated in the memorial service of Steve Jobs, were given a parting present by him, arranged well in advance. It was a copy of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ by Paramhansa Yogananda, the first Indian Guru to live in the US for decades. Jobs came to Haridwar and during the travels in the region read this1 Pilgrimage-1_1 book several times. He prescribed it to all his senior executives and this was the only book he ever downloaded on his personal iPad. The author mentions, on several places in the book, Lahiri Mahashaya as the Guru of his Guru and also of his parents.

The day is also widely celebrated as International Yoga Day, since the United Nations declared Yoga as an intangible cultural heritage of the world and designated 21 June for this.

Haridwar, together its twin town Rishikesh, is considered the Yoga capital of the world. These offer special opportunities in June to visual and performing artists.

Goddess Dhumavati, the 7th of the 10 Mahavidya goddesses has her anniversary in the period.


  • Sanskrit / Hindi            June General
  • Calligraphy
  • Photography
  • Visual art
  • Documentary
  • Spirituality
  • Performance art
  • New media
  • Linguistics
  • Painting
  • Music
  • Writing
  • Education
  • Yoga
  • Everybody
  • Art of Life


  • Visiting Ganges ghats,temples, ashrams
  • Pilgrim interactions
  • Local collaborations
  • Exhibit
  • Print media coverage
  • Local music instruments
  • Conditional access to a Braille printing press
  • Arts mentoring
  • Life coaching
  • Drawing / writing / performing projects


  • En-suite room
  • Shared studio
  • Twice daily Yoga teaching
  • Om & mantra chanting initiation
  • Daily lecture & discussion
  • Options at other cluster-locations
  • 3 meals, 2 herbal tea + snacks
  • Sachet tea/ 24hrs
  • Daily small basket of fresh flowers
  • Towels, bedding
  • Laundry
  • Ayurveda doctor visit after every 3rd day


02 Italy Day
05 (UN) World Environment Day
Denmark Day
06 (Sweden) National Day
09 (UK) Queen’s Birthday
10 World Art Nouveau Day
12 Russia Day
17 (UN) World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
(Iceland) National Day
18 (UN) Sustainable Gastronomy Day
20 Dhumavati Anniversary
21 (UN) International Day of Yoga
June Solstice
(Greenland) National Day
World Music Day
World Humanist Day
World Hydrography Day
28 Tau Day
29 (UN) International Day of the Tropics
Statistics Day

365 Arya Nagar Jwalapur
Haridwar 249407
Uttarakhand India

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