This is an Art Hostel that was set up by a family of artists. We spent 3 years building our own house out of the studio that we had built on the same property. After living there for 5 years we revisited our studio as artists who were ready to start a new project. We decided to open our gates to travelers and artists in search of a creative experience and turned the small annex villa into a hostel.
We are a tight family that loves to meet new people and share our thoughts and ideas, but with our hectic lifestyle its not always easy! The studio is an amazing space that we would love to see people take advantage of, both workawayers and guests alike!
Located near Chandigarh and the village of Manakpur Sharif in Punjab, the art stay is a 30-minute drive away from the city, it is set up within a 3 acre farmhouse, located in a quiet strip away from the road and noise. The property is half plantation and half garden; there is greenery everywhere, and you can watch tropical birds, parrots and even peacocks flit around the trees. The property is very close to the rural village of Manakpur Sharif if you’d like to visit the locals, and there are convenient shops just down the road for whatever craving you need to quash. There is a beautiful pool to enjoy and three amazing dogs as well! We like to get to know our workawayers so be prepared to hang out with the family as well ;)
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
We need someone who can help run the stay, overseeing the daily maintenance and improvements. Someone who can come up with ideas to decorate the place without spending any money. We believe "why buy when you can make" so we need someone who is hands-on and creative.
We would require someone to help guests check in, check out, introduce them to the area, and help them with organizing their days depending on what they would like to do! This could be anything from organizing shuttles to town, cabs to Kasauli or just hanging out and painting with them! There is also a little help needed keeping the cleaning staff on track, a little hands-on maintenance, but for the most part, our workawayers have been pretty happy with our relaxed pace.
We also have a pottery studio and our guests love trying pottery, but our potter is available only on weekends, so if you are a potter, then that's a plus point!
For the duration that you stay with us, we expect you to manage our Instagram account and put up posts which depict our place from your viewpoint. The Instagram account will be handed over to you, and you would be required to upload your preliminary intro post with a selfie and then follow it up with 3-5 posts daily about your experience here.
Please share your Instagram handle with us when you get in touch :)
You'll be staying at the hostel itself, in a single bedroom which is air conditioned and has shelves for storage. Vegetarian meals are part of the agreement, shared in the common kitchen with the guests.
Our home is on the same property as the stay but we all have full-time jobs. Most of the staff works from 8 AM to 5 PM so you can spend 4-5 hours working to help improve and maintain the stay. The rest of the day you are free to use the studio to work on your own art/projects. You can also visit the city as and when you like. We spend the weekends in the studio as well where we do pottery, painting and DIY projects.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Learn and gain experience in hostel management, our guests come from all over, both India and abroad, and there is always someone to chat with and learn from. As well as spend as much time in the studio as you want! Get creative, make art! Or if that's not your thing, how about relax by the beautiful pool, do some yoga and enjoy the garden with our two golden labs before or after your trekking through the mountains? We are at a perfect location to both move into the mountains and come back from them so if you are planning on doing some exploring please consider us!
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week