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Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa

Village Shilimb, Pawana Nagar, Taluka Maval, Pune, 410406, India TEL: +91-2114-712468 FAX: +91-2114-712448


Unwind and reconnect with nature at the Shillim Institute at Hilton Shillim Estate. Discover workshops, courses and discussions designed to provide understanding and insight into indigenous art, music, dance, poetry and more.

The primary focus of the Shillim Institute is eco-tourism, working together to conserve the natural environment and improve the well-being of local inhabitants. The institute moves beyond the traditional view of sustainability as a sole commitment to the environment, and understands the role of art, economics, culture and faith in successfully sustaining communities.

Enjoy the opportunity to integrate with the lives and culture of local residents at this Indian retreat, through mutually beneficial initiatives. Take part in workshops focused around Global Issues, Local Practices and Cultural Exchange, in order to gain greater understanding and appreciation for nature, local society, and culture.

The sessions include but are not limited to global issues, local practices and cultural exchange.


The Institute hosts workshops for up to 35 participants on global issues including Water Energy and Waste, Green Infrastructure, Literacy, Public Health and Global Warming. Each group is tasked with identifying at least three activities, which will be undertaken based on the outcome of the session.

These sessions are conducted by Institute Facilitators and culminate in a presentation of the session’s findings on a Thursday evening. This presentation is open for all guests to enjoy.


The Shillim Institute offers week-long sessions exploring the arts, religion, traditional healing and natural sciences. These fascinating sessions are conducted by Masters with extensive knowledge and expertise in the local application of these practices.

Sessions include:

  • Instruction in Marathi and Hindi
  • Local farming practices 
  • Local beliefs, traditions and rituals
  • Wildlife management/conservation
  • Local social networks and economies
  • Alternative, sustainable and eco-friendly energy sources
  • Medicinal use of local plants
  • Landscape restoration/erosion control
  • Edible plants
  • Sustainable water management
  • Conservation of local geology



Take part in week-long exchange programs at Shillim Institute, conducted by visiting Masters or Institute Facilitators, in an effort to bring together the arts, culture, policy and practices from around the world.

Exchange ideas include:

  • Music: Classical Indian, Asian and Western music, Contemporary Indian and Worldwide music, Eastern and Western devotional music

  • Art: Classical Indian and Western paintings, Hand and Wheel pottery from different cultures, Contemporary Indian Ceramic Sculptures, Photography and Printmaking

  • Comparative Literature: Poetry, Narrative, Journalism, Diary/Memoir and Nature writing

  • Beliefs/Faiths/Practices: Hindu scriptures and scriptures from other religions, Meditation practices, Prayer, Discernment, Chanting and Devotional dance

  • Healing: Western medicine and alternative healing, Health policy and culture