We’re an earth built center,
celebrating all forms of art!
Come over for a day visit, an earth stay or to attend our enriching workshops
At the Art Village, you can engage in creative activities like the art of pottery making, paper making, yoga, nature-documentaries, campfires, cycling, star-gazing, farming. If you’re interested in spending focused time on one art, you can attend our weekend gurukul, that are scheduled once every two months, conducted by pioneers in their field. The subjects are truly insightful and uplifting as they connect with one and all - these include yantra mandala painting, raku ware pottery, terracotta pottery, earth building, papermaking, droning, functional art, and farming. The artists come from across the country, and even the world. We at the Art Village invite you - to live a power-packed, full, exciting and creatively satisfying experience and or give into the beauty of nature and relax by exploring what the Italians famously call 'dolce far niente' or the sweetness of doing nothing.
A Perfect Weekend Getaway - Earth Stay at the Village
On Saturday, once you arrive at 11 am, the day begins with a session with a local potter who will explore the basics of pottery - hand building techniques and will work on the wheel with you! For lunch, our Earth Cafe offers freshly cooked Satvik meals.
One can hang out with a book in the recreation centre or go cycling post lunch. Many of us choose to take a nap after the sumptuous meal! Tea in the nursery around 4 is followed by educative session by a wildlife enthusiast. He introduces you to nature at the village and will take you go on a wondrous butterfly trail. As the sun sets, on winter evenings we prepare a campfire around which we all jam and tell stories! The day ends with dinner followed by the screening of a nature documentary. You’re sure to have a good night’s sleep in the arms of nature, in the breathing walls of our Earth rooms.
Plan to drop in - A Day Visit at the Village
As you come to the village post breakfast, you are greeted with a cool drink on a hot day or a lovely cup of chai on a rainy day! Explore the space as you like, and if you inform us in advance and we have vacancy, you may drop your bags in one of the rooms. The day kickstarts with the first part of the art session - pottery or painting or sculpture, depending on the day you chose to come! Fresh homecooked lunch from the Earth Cafe energizes you to the second half of your art session, all afternoon. The day closes with an evening of tea and classical music in the open amphitheatre!
Enrich yourself with an art - Weekend Gurukul at the Village
The master class workshop is conducted on weekends. The Saturday starts with a power breakfast, as all participants start pouring in and interacting with each other. The workshop begins with introducing one and all to the Art Village Karjat’s story, to the art being conducted for the workshop and to the pioneer who is our Guru for this art! The Guru will take on the workshop from there in their own style.. Lunch, tea and snacks, dinner will keep your going through the day, as you explore new ideas, techniques and the world of art! What enriches you further is your seamless interaction with your Guru at the village - you hear their stories and insights, their experiences with the art! This is truly priceless! In between the art sessions, we love our participants to have a musical night around the campfire, or we screen a movie and watch it under the stars!
The weekend gurukul fills your will learning, and yearning to learn more.
*These are schedules for typical days planned by us. We’re subject to customizing the schedule as per age group types and artist availability.
Help yourself around and feel free to explore the space as you like!
True to its name and intent, the Art Village architecture is a result of artists and architects working together to create a one-of-its-kind campus in the country. Spearheaded by renowned Ar. Kiran Vaghela, along with a team of artists and architects, the project explores earth, wood, stone, mosaic and several sustainable materials and building techniques.
The recreation centre has been built using rammed earth technique, while the living quarters are built using cob construction – both of which are not just sustainable construction techniques but also provide the most natural living experience. Our objective was to create a campus that broke away from the stereotype of city life. The atmosphere encourages you to experience nature in its rawest form and inspires you to bring out your creative best. Read More
A lover of art and an artist myself, I have been no stranger to the Art Village. However, I never got a chance to check it out myself until recently. I was completely and utterly blown away by the village. Every nook, every corner, everything in that area is a piece of art in itself. Right from the architecture of the village to the workshops, it’s all a different experience. It was like heaven on earth for me. I loved everything about the place, the freedom, the serenity, the opportunities and the list is endless. One must experience it themselves to understand better. I can see Art Village becoming a second home to me in future.
Being a family of just 3, we often try to discover new places to explore, places different from the usual holiday destinations. When I first heard of Art Village, I thought of it to be a place for artists but after visiting the website and enquiring more, I learnt that it was a place for all, artists and non-artists alike. My wife and I headed out for the weekend with our child and experienced a holiday of absolute relaxation and calmness. Being a kid friendly place, our son enjoyed himself too. It was a much-needed break away from the noisy city life.
Being a student of art and currently studying architecture, I have often admired the works of various famous architects around the world. When a fellow classmate of mine mentioned about Art Village which was designed by the renowned Ar. Kiran Vaghela, I was intrigued. It was my sheer luck that there was a workshop by Ar. Vaghela coming up and I couldn’t resist. I signed up immediately and don’t regret a single moment of it. The workshop was based on sustainable architecture where I learnt various methods of earth building and witnessed a live example of the same in the form of the village. Looking forward to more of such workshops in the future.