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Upekkhā: Therapeutic Residency for Multi-Disciplinary Artists



Inviting artist applications for our third edition of the unparraled #therapeuticresidencyforartists

The goal of the residency is to support residents explore themselves and their work; with the aim of empowering them to gain insight into their emotions and their views of the world; thereby enabling them to express themselves in their chosen creative genre. The residencies are intimate in nature, with between 1 to 6 people attending for 1 to 4 weeks; we also welcome couples and/or partners. We have a basic weekly programme; which includes three one to one sessions with a psychotherapist, work sharing/co-creation meetings with local artists (we collaborate with local artists and often take our residents to meet them in their homes/studios; or they come to TATVA to speak with our residents), some group work which take the form of discussions and sharing circles in the event that there are other artists staying with us at the same time as you. The retreat has a distinct family atmosphere; which is also a safe space to emote and create. We cook, eat, laugh, discourse and work together; as well as giving each resident the space and privacy they require. We will take you to areas and events in Goa that most visitors don't see or do; which are picturesque and/or interesting - these include season specific activities such as waterfalls, beaches, interesting cultural events, museums, galleries, heritage sites and architectural Portuguese and Goan gems. We help curate every aspect your stay which entails helping organise additional external activities such as yoga sessions, movement/body work workshops, flora and fauna treks, wildlife and bird watching, boat trips etc; plus free time to explore Goa themselves or just simply relax with the opportunity of immersing yourself in the Goan life. 

TATVA is a therapeutic retreat situated in one of the most scenic parts of North Goa. Basically the retreat is a big villa built in the Portuguese/Goan style and situated in a quiet and tranquil rural village, which is a farming and fishing community. We are situated on an island; with lovely walks all around and many rivers, lakes and rice paddy fields. Our nearest town, which is only 5 minutes away, is called Aldona.

You may also want to know about the people behind TATVA: The retreat is the home of the two founders: David Stanton and Kripi Malviya. David is British and has worked in mental health for over thirty five years in Europe, Africa and Asia; plus he's been involved in various art projects internationally. Kripi is Indian and is a clinical psychologist, existential psychotherapist and internationally published poet. You can read more about them on this link - 

All disciplines, artists will be supported in sourcing equipments locally 

There is no requirement on producing any work by the end of your stay; however if artists wish we can also organise local exhibitions, performances for them to showcase their work.

This residency is entirely artist funded. We charge 380-500 USD/week (25000-32000 INR) depending on the choice of a non AC or AC room.

The fee includes all the therapeutic programme input mentioned previously; plus your own double bedded room with balcony, bathroom and use of the kitchen at all times. We also have a drawing room, study, music/reading room, dining room, wifi, large shaded roof terrace and garden - photos of the retreat can bee seen on this link We provide breakfast and either lunch or dinner daily. There is room both inside and out for artists to create.


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