Political conservation: Schowcasing practice and lobbying government in Shekhawati, India
Sabine Cotte, professor during workshop #3 in Le Prince Haveli
Lily Bennion, graduated student during the workshop #3
The Shekhawati Project act on two main areas:
Firstly, advocacy for the region’s economic revival through development of sustainable tourism, in close liaison with local entrepreneurs, to preserve traditional skills and promote adapted reuse of the buildings for the local community. The project works with its regional connections to lobby local governments to implement protective measures for the monuments, including town infrastructures and city services such as waste management, which impact directly on the condition of the buildings and their frescoes.
Secondly, international collaboration in interdisciplinary workshops; students and graduates in architecture and conservation from Europe, India and Australia work each year on the frescoes’ conservation. Showing how conserved paintings can have an immediate visual impact in a busy urban environment, this acts as an incentive for Haveli owners to conserve and rehabilitate their properties. The economic and political benefits from rehabilitating this heritage are important for the region, in terms of employment, cultural dynamism and health through well managed urban planning.
Fundraising in Paris
Yoga class at Rasa yoga with Anaïs Joseph
14h - 17h
All benefits from this event will be transferred to the Shekawati Project Association, whose principal activity is the restoration of ancient wall frescoes in Rajasthan, Northern India.
The workshop evolved from a friendship between Anaïs, professor at Rasa for the past 12 years, and her pupil Cécile, paintings restorer impassioned by India. Cécile and Harpreet will present the Association and the work thus accomplished since 2016. Following the introduction, there will be a yoga session with Anaïs demonstrating the opening of the hips to allow for the lotus position (Padmasana).
Price: 35€ pre-sale, and 38€ on the day.
Location: Rasa Yoga Rive Gauche
21 rue Saint Jacques, Paris V
+33 (0)1 43 54 14 59
March 18th - March 28th
Yoga and introduction to Rajasthan's frescoes
Northern India trip
Discover the little known Shekhawati region in the North of Rajasthan and its beautiful fresco paintings. Based in a restored palace, start the day with a yoga practice, then learn fresco technique while creating your own painting, discover traditional cultural life, visit local cities and their fresco-decorated buildings depicting daily life and Hindu mythology.Discover the little known Shekhawati region in the North of Rajasthan and its beautiful fresco paintings. Based in a restored palace, start the day with a yoga practice, then learn fresco technique while creating your own painting, discover traditional cultural life, visit local cities and their fresco-decorated buildings depicting daily life and Hindu mythology.
During your visit: yoga lessons, meditation and cultural activities
You will participate in an international cultural project.
The benefits from these stays will allow the Association « The Shekhawati Project » to carry on its endeavors in the region.
In connection with the fresco restoration activities, the Association offers workshops based on two essential themes:
Sustainable development : demonstrating the close ties between the conservation of historic monuments and harmonious urbanisation by means of preserving the sites and handling waste management.
Women: teaching young Indian women the techniques of conservation/restoration, helping to find a career them in this field.
Supporting an international cultural project: profits will be donated to The Shekhawati Project, an association involved locally in sustainable development and women empowerment through the conservation of the wall paintings
Daily yoga practice at sunrise when the peacocks fly off (all levels /certified yoga teacher)
Meditation on the roof terraces at sunset
Comfortable accommodation in a Haveli with a historic atmosphere: a newly restored ‘Thousand and one Nights’ palace, richly decorated with wall paintings
Full immersion in a culturally rich area, old trading posts on the Silk Road, off the beaten tracks
Introduction to the ancestral fresco technique and possibility to create your own painting to take home at the end of the stay
Visit of traditional villages and cities
Discovery of Rajasthan’s food, music, arts and local customs