• Our retreats are designed for authors - aspiring or otherwise - who seek guidance and inspiration. The guidance comes from the expertise of published authors. The inspiration comes from hand-picked Himalayan locations. To apply, please complete the application form and share a sample of your writing.

    Get your book done.

  • Event Calendar

    Writing Weekend+ : For budding writers, heavy on instruction.

    Writers' Retreat : For evolved writers, heavy on inspiration.

    We host events through the year so please check back for updates.

    The Ashoka Writing Residency 2.0

    January 2018, Sattal

    Ashoka India is organizing this writing residency as the second in a series. The Himalayan Writing Retreat is the chosen partner for the design and execution of the series. This event is exclusively for Ashoka Fellows, and is not open to public.

    Himalayan Writing Weekend +, Kangra

    March 14-18, 2018 (4 nights)

    Andretta village, Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh

    A story-tellers workshop for Novice - intermediate writers, this three-day boot camp will give you all the tools you need to get your writing going. Published authors guide you as you stay at the gorgeous Mirage home stay surrounded by art, nature and inspiration.

    Host: Chetan

    Himalayan Writers Retreat, Spring 2018

    April 1-8, 2018 (7 nights)

    District Nainital, Uttarakhand

    India's highest peaks bless your writing during this inspiring retreat. Seven days of inspiration. Amazing food. Fireside chats. Long walks. Lots of free writing time, published authors and Himalayan peaks for inspiration.

    Hosts: Chetan, Vandita. Co-host: to be announced

    Himalayan Blogging Retreat, April 18 - 22

    Village Satkhol, District Nainital, Uttarakhand

    A workshop for bloggers - novice to intermediate. This four-day boot camp will give you all the tools you need to get your blog started, or move it to the next level. Award winning bloggers guide you as you stay at the small, alternative Frozen Woods resort surrounded by nature and inspiration.

    Hosts: Chetan, Sumit.

    Create your own retreat

    Village Satkhol, District Nainital, Uttarakhand

    Structured retreat not working? Why not create your own? Stay in your own private apartment as a guest in the home of two published authors sensitive to the needs of writers. Days of distraction free writing can be mixed with the opportunity to discuss your writing with the host authors. Wine and cheese evenings, forest walks and fireside chats are on offer - but you control how you want to spend your time.

    Hosts: Chetan, Vandita.

  • Videos

    "The old man and the pen"

    The creativity of Roy Abraham at play. Roy co-hosts at the Himalayan Writing Retreats from time to time.

    The Himalayan Writers' Retreat, Satoli, April 2017.

  • The Himalayan Writing Retreat Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

  • Create your own Retreat

     

    Many writers get in touch with us seeking the inspiration of the Himalayas. But they don't want the structure and constraints of an event.

     

    We lived many years in Chicago. On our return we both published our first books. So when we built our home in the Himalayas, we added two rooms designed with writers in mind. These rooms offer visiting writers the serenity, safety & security of our home. The rooms are in our home, but completely private - they are on a different level with their own independent access. Our home sits on a ridge with magnificent views of snow capped peaks. We witness the most amazing Himalayan dawns and dusks. Our home is nestled in a fruit orchard, with forests all around. We live off the road - away from noise and traffic.

    The Himalayas are the ultimate muse, and this writing haven is a great way to find inspiration. Along with good food & clean facilities, we offer you the freedom on how you choose to spend your time. If an evening with wine and cheese works for you, we can plan that. Maybe a fireside chat discussing your book with us works better? Or a walk in the forest? If you prefer days of distraction-free writing, we'll leave you alone. It's your retreat, and we will help you design it the way you like.

    Cost, Availability & Getting there

    Cost

    For one room : USD 120 / night

    For the apartment (2 bedrooms) : USD 220 / night

     

    This includes full board and stay (single occupancy). All bedrooms have attached bathrooms. The above prices are all inclusive, and there are no hidden charges.

     

    Availability
    For availability, please get in touch with us at chetan@himalayanwritingretreat.com .

     

    Getting There

    Village Satkhol, District Nainital, Uttarakhand, India

    Fly to Delhi. Then take any of the following:

     

    Air : 4 flights every week from Delhi to Pantnagar, and cab it to Satkhol (3.5 hrs drive).

     

    Train : Train to Kathgodam (6 hrs), and cab it from there to Satkhol (2.5 hrs drive).

     

    Road : Our house is approx. 9 hours drive from Delhi. the nearest big town is Mukteshwar (12 km from venue).

     

     

  • The Ashoka Writing Residency, Sattal

    January 2018

    This event is part of a series custom developed by the Himalayan Writing Retreat for the Ashoka foundation. This is a closed event which can be attended only by Ashoka Fellows who have to go through a screening process.

    Time & Cost

    This event is exclusively for Ashoka Fellows, and is not open to public.

  • Himalayan Writing Weekend +, Kangra

    March 14-18, 2018

    Writing is hard work, and learning is fun. At this retreat, expect both. You will get the tools to write better, create a schedule and get your book going.

    The facilitators are both published authors. However, they are a "work-in-progress", just like you. The retreat rests on the premise that excellence is in all of us. We analyze what we think is great writing, discuss it, attempt it.

     

    Daybreak maybe some meditation. By day we learn by doing. Trying. Failing. Trying again. And getting better. We analyze the publishing Industry and understand how to tackle it. We may break off for a forest walk and then regroup by the fire and exchange stories in the Himalayan Magnificence. By night we might work some more and hone our plot or characters.

    Time & Cost

    Reach anytime on Wednesday, March 13th . Relax. Walk. Soak in the fire. The next three days, learn and have fun. Leave on Sunday March 18th.

     

    Cost :

    Participants residing in India : Rs. 25000

    International participants : USD 600

     

    This includes full board and stay (Twin sharing basis) at the amazing www.mirageandretta.com . No alcohol is served but those interested may bring their own. The above prices are all inclusive, and there are no hidden charges.

    Note : Single occupancy can be arranged at an extra charge.

     

    Interested? Click "Apply now" below.

    Venue & How to reach

    You will find detailed directions on how to reach Mirage here . http://www.mirageandretta.com/index.php/directions

     

     

    To attend any of the Himalayan Writing Retreat events, please fill out the application form at http://www.chetanmahajan.com/hwr-registration-page.html

  • Himalayan Writers' Retreat - Spring, Kumaon

    April 1-8, 2018

    All professional writers talk about working hours and the discipline of writing, but there is something to be said for inspiration. It often comes from the right ambience, right company, and nature. Inspiration is what the Himalayan Writing retreat is about.

    This inspiration can come from our award winning visiting facilitators. It could come from Dr. Dubey our resident psychologist helping us focus and getting our creative juices flowing with techniques like mindfulness.

     

    The idea is to have rich, engaging interactions that make your writing better while still leaving you with ample time for your own writing. . We have sessions discussing various aspects of writing. We will seek inspiration from Twain, Martel, Fitzgerald & co. Bonfires and forest walks help. We hope this retreat will help you make good progress with your writing, and get you a breakthrough if that is what you seek.

    Time & Cost

    Reach by 3 PM or earlier on a Sunday, April 1. Relax, walk. Soak in the fire. The next seven days, write, find inspiration and have fun. Leave the following Sunday. If you're getting a lot done, and want to extend the streak, we can always arrange a longer stay.

     

    Cost :

     

    Writers residing in India: Rs. 49,000

    International Participants: USD 1400

     

    This includes full board and stay (single occupancy) for seven days and nights.

    Participation is restricted to 10. No alcohol is served but those interested may bring their own. The above prices are all inclusive, and there are no hidden charges.

     

     

    Interested? Click "Apply now" below.

     

     

    Venue & how to reach

    Village Satkhol, District Nainital, Uttarakhand, India.

     

    Fly to Delhi. Then take any of the following:

    Road : The retreat is approx. 9 hours drive from Delhi. the nearest big town is Mukteshwar (12 km from venue).

    Train : Train to Kathgodam, and cab it from there to Satkhol (about 2.5 hrs / Rs. 1800).

    Air : 4 flights every week from Delhi to Pantnagar, and cab it to Satkhol ( about 3.5 hr / Rs. 3000).

    To attend any of the Himalayan Writing Retreats, please fill out the application form at http://www.chetanmahajan.com/hwr-registration-page.html

     

  • Himalayan Blogging Retreat, Satkhol

    April 18 - 22, 2018

     

    Blogging is part excellent writing, part technical mastery. At this retreat we dig into both. The sessions on writing will be lead by Chetan - an award-winning blogger & writing coach. The technical sessions will be led by Sumit, a full-time blogger and a Microsoft MVP with over 350K page-views per month.

    Between them, they will cover every aspect of blogging - from setting it up the right way, creating sticky content, maximizing views to generating revenue.

    Time & Cost

    Relax. Walk. Soak in the fire. The next three days, learn and have fun. Leave on a Sunday by 10 AM to board the Shatabdi train back to Delhi.

     

    Cost :

    Participants residing in India : Rs. 25,000

    International particiants : USD 600

     

     

     

    Interested? Click "Apply now" below.

    To participate in the Himalayan Blogging Retreat, please fill out the application form at http://www.chetanmahajan.com/hwr-registration-page.html

  • Facilitators

    Writers who help writers

    Mariam Karim Ahlawat

    Playwright, Author, visiting Facilitator

    Novelist, playwright and children’s writer Mariam Karim was educated at JNU, New Delhi, and the Sorbonne in Paris. Some of her works are:

    • My Little Boat (Novel, Penguin India 2003) (Vitasta 2009) (nominated for the IMPAC international Literary Award 2005)
    • The Street of Mists (Novel, Vitasta 2009). (Longlist Man Asian 2009
    • The Betrayal of Selvamary (play, shortlist Hindu Metroplus Playwrights Award 2010)
    • The Undoing (play, longlist Hindu Metroplus Playwrights Award 2011)
    • A Bagful of Dreams (play)

    Mariam's many children's books include Tales Old and New, Putul and the Dolphins, The King and the Kiang, Gulla and the Hangul and the latest children's fable The house of a hundred stories.

    Chetan Mahajan

    Author, Blogger, Resident Facilitator

    Chetan is a full-time author, writing coach and Himalayan resident. Penguin published his first book "The Bad Boys of Bokaro Jail" in 2014. He is working on his next book. His blog https://uncityblog.wordpress.com/ won the IBA 2017 award for humor. (details at www.indiblogger.in/iba/2017/winners/literature-personal )

    Dr. Vandita Dubey

    Author, Resident Psychologist and Facilitator

    Author Vandita Dubey was educated at TISS, Mumbai and also at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. A US-licensed clinical psychologist and author of "Parenting in the age of Sexposure", Dr. Dubey brings a deep understanding of writing and the human mind to our retreats. She also speaks often at various institutions such as the British School. You can learn more about her at http://vanditadubey.com/about-me/

    Sumit Bansal

    Blogger, Trainer, Microsoft MVP

    Sumit Bansal co-hosts the Himalayan Blogging Retreat. While working with IBM, Sumit started a blog to share his expertise in Excel spreadsheets. Now he is a full-time blogger, and his blog gets more than 350K page views a month. He has been featured on many prominent blogs and websites (such as Glassdoor, Problogger, and Indiehacker). He has also been featured as one of the most popular bloggers in India (in 2018). You can check out his blog here - www.trumpexcel.com

    Roy Abraham

    Award-winning copywriter, visiting Facilitator

    An Adman, his 16 years of writing advertisements have won him much recognition including 12 Abbys, 2 Effies and a reputation for ‘longhand’. Chiselling and crafting the language to say something persuasive and engaging – that too with the sword of a deadline hanging on his head -is the fine art he thrives on. Roy lives in Mumbai and on occasion flies in to aid in HWR events.

  • Our Partners

    Writers Melon

    The leading community of book-lovers, authors and bloggers

    Writersmelon is our outreach partner for all our retreats

    IndiBlogger

    Home of the Indian Blogger

    An award winning community of Indian Bloggers

  • Waxing Eloquent

    Nice stuff people say about the Himalayan Writing Retreat. More on our fb page at www.facebook.com/pg/himalayanwritingretreat/reviews/

    Ashoka India

    "Ashoka's first-ever Changemaker Writing Retreat couldn't have been better helmed. Chetan brought all the necessary passion, energy and expertise to convert a bunch of social entrepreneurs into writers. It was a great experience where we learned from each other, and our writing became a means to tell the stories we always wanted to. Social entrepreneurs make the best story-tellers and Chetan's guidance was critical in extracting the best, most personal and most powerful written stories from them. We couldn't have done it without him!"

     

    - Olina Banerji, Change Manager, Ashoka India

     

    Matthew Wheelock

    A Brit in India

    "The course has given me not only the motivation to start my book, but also the structure and process. A very worthwhile 3 days spent in the company of charming fellow budding authors."

    Dipti Ranjan

    (Picture with Jenn)

    "The mountain of finishing my book seems smaller. I am using the tips and practical tools already. Working with fellow writers makes me part of something bigger. The long forest walks and warm fireside chats are etched in me. If writing has a home, this is it.”

    Jennifer Harper

    (Picture with Roy)

    "I've long dreamt of writing a book and the HWR was the catalyst for turning that dream into a reality."

  • Contact Us

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