• 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.

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  • Event Calendar - 2017

    Writing Retreats : For budding writers, heavy on instruction.

    Writing Weeks : For more evolved writers, heavy on inspiration.

    Himalayan Writing Retreat, Kumaon

    March 30- April 2, 2017 (3 nights)

    Village Satoli, District Nainital, Uttarakhand

    Writing Bootcamp. Lots of instruction and exercises. Leave with your personal book completion plan.

    Hosts : Chetan, Vandita.

    Himalayan Writing Week, Kumaon

    Apr 9-16, 2017 (7 nights)

    Village Satoli, District Nainital, Uttarakhand

    A great location to work on your book. Deep insights from fellow writers and spare time for your own writing. The lush environment of an organic farm surrounded by forests. Fireside chats. Long walks. And Himalayan peaks for inspiration.

    Hosts : Chetan, Vandita. Co-host : Mariam Karim Ahlawat. (profile below)

    Himalayan Blogging & Podcasting Retreat

    Apr 27-30, 2017 (3 nights)

    Village Satoli, District Nainital, Uttarakhand

    Blogging is cool, and podcasting even cooler. Getting either one going is both science and art. Master it this spring.

    Hosts : Chetan & Kiruba (profiles below).

    Himalayan Youth Writing Retreat

    June 15-18, 2017 (3 nights)

    Monks retreat, Hartola Village, Uttaranchal

    Youth Writing Bootcamp. Lots of instruction and exercises. Leave with your personal book completion plan.

    Hosts : Chetan, Vandita.

    Himalayan Writing Retreat, Sojha

    Aug 31-sep 3, 2017 (3 nights)

    Banjara Camps, Sojha, Himachal Pradesh

    Writing Bootcamp. Lots of instruction and exercises. Leave with your personal book completion plan.

    Hosts : Chetan, Vandita.

    Himalayan Writing Week, Fall, Kumaon

    October 1-8, 2017 (7 nights)

    Village Satoli, District Nainital, Utttarakhand

    India's highest Himalayan Peaks might just offer you a view during this writing week. Amazing food. Fireside chats. Long walks. And Himalayan peaks for inspiration.

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

  • Photos & Videos

    Take a look and enjoy!

    "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.

    "How does one make money by Podcasting?"

    Kiruba - the co-host of the Himalayan Blogging and Podcasting Retreat - tells us how.

  • The Himalayan Writing Retreat Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

  • Himalayan Writing Retreat-Kumaon

    March 30- April 2, 2017

    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 analyse what we think is great writing, discuss it, attempt it.

     

    Daybreak maybe some yoga or meditation. By day we learn by doing. Trying. Failing. Trying again. And getting better. We analyse 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 or writing.

    Time & Cost

    Reach anytime on March 30th (or 31st Morning if you must). Relax. Walk. Soak in the fire. The next three days, learn and have fun. Leave on Sunday, April 2nd by noon to board the Shatabdi train back to Delhi.

     

    Cost :

    Indian Attendees : Rs. 19,500 + 15% tax

    International Attendees : USD 450 + 15% tax

     

    This includes full board and stay (Twin sharing basis) at the lovely and highly rated Himalayan Village, Sonapani ( http://himalayanvillage.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

    Village Satoli, 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 Satoli (about 2.5 hrs / Rs. 1500).

    Air : 4 flights every week from Delhi to Pantnagar, and cab it to Satoli ( about 3.5 hr / Rs. 2500).

     

     

    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 Writing Week - Kumaon

    April 9-16, 2017

    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 week is about.

    This inspiration can come from Mariam Karim Ahlawat. her works have been nominated for the IMPAC International Award 2005, longlisted for the Man Asian Prize 2010 and shortlisted for the Hindu Metro Plus Playwright Award 2010. Alternatively it could come from Dr. Dubey our resident psychologist helping us focus and getting our creative juices flowing with techniques like mindfulness. Or from Pottery and Yoga sessions.

    The idea is to have rich, engaging interactions that make your writing better, stronger. We will also have daily sessions discussing various aspects of writing. We will seek inspiration from Twain, Martel, Fitzgerald & co. Bonfires and forest walks will help. We hope this week 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 April 9th. Relax, walk. Soak in the fire. The next seven days, write, find inspiration and have fun. Leave Sunday April 16th by noon to board the Shatabdi / drive back in time.

     

    Cost :

     

    Indian Attendees : Rs. 39,000 + 15% tax

    International Attendees : USD 1000 + 15% tax

    This includes full board and stay (Twin sharing basis) at

    an exclusive, private organic farm. The picture-book private residence in the Himalayas will be your home. The picture here as well as in the "Waxing Eloquent" section are of this venue.

    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.

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

     

    Interested? Click "Apply now" below.

     

     

    Venue & how to reach

    Village Satoli, 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 Satoli (about 2.5 hrs / Rs. 1500).

    Air : 4 flights every week from Delhi to Pantnagar, and cab it to Satoli ( about 3.5 hr / Rs. 2500).

    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 Blogging & Podcasting Retreat

    April 27-30, 2017

    Blogging and Podcasting pose many questions. How does blogging/podcasting benefit you? Can they help further your career? Earn you money? How? How should you develop creative content for these? What are the best tools and technologies to set up your blog/ podcasts? Or how should you increase the reach and community of your existing blog / podcast? How should you market them and build a following? How do you monetize?

     

    Led by Kiruba , a digital guru and Chetan, an avid blogger (see facilitator profiles) - this IAMAI approved retreat will dig deep into the art and science of blogging and podcasting. By day, we seek knowledge and answers. In the evenings, we sit by the fire and exchange stories in the Himalayan Magnificence.

     

    At the end of the three days, newbies will be ready-to-go with their blog/podcast fully set up, and those already blogging will be on the growth path. If interested, click "Apply now" below.

    Time & Cost

    Reach anytime on April 27th (or 28th Morning if you must). Relax. walk. Soak in the fire. The next three days, learn, work on your blog or podcast and have fun. Leave on Sunday, April 30th by noon to board the Shatabdi / drive back in time.

     

    Cost :

     

    Indian Attendees : Rs. 19,500 + 15% tax

    International Attendees : USD 450 + 15% tax

     

    This includes full board and stay (Twin sharing basis) at the lovely and highly rated Frozen Woods Resort, (http://www.frozenwoods.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

    Frozen Woods, Village Satkhol, 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 Satoli (about 2.5 hrs / Rs. 1500).

    Air : 4 flights every week from Delhi to Pantnagar, and cab it to Satoli ( about 3.5 hr / Rs. 2500).

    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 Youth Writing Retreat

    June 15-18, 2017

     

    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 analyse what we think is great writing, discuss it, attempt it.

     

    By day we learn by doing. Trying. Failing. Trying again. And getting better. We analyse 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 or writing.

    Time & Cost

    Reach anytime on June 15th (or 16th Morning if you must). Relax. Walk. Soak in the fire. The next three days, learn and have fun. Leave on Sunday, June 18th by noon to board the Shatabdi train back to Delhi.

     

    Cost :

    Till April 20, 2017: Rs. 13,000 inclusive of all taxes

    After April 21, 2017 : Rs. 14,000 inclusive of all taxes

     

    This includes stay in dorms separated by Gender, and vegetarian food. No alcohol, tobacco or intoxicants of any kind are allowed. The above price is all inclusive, and there are no hidden charges. Applicants below 18 need written permission from their parent / guardian.

     

    Interested? Click "Apply now" below.

    Venue

    Monks retreat, Village Hartola, District Nainital, Uttarakhand (actual photo in background).

     

    Take any of the following ex-Delhi:

    Road : The retreat is approx. 9 hours drive from Delhi. You can also take a Volvo till Haldwani and local bus from there.

    Train : Train to Kathgodam, and bus / cab it from there to Hartola.

     

    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 Writing Retreat - Sojha

    August 31- September 3, 2017

    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 analyse what we think is great writing, discuss it, attempt it.

     

    Daybreak maybe some yoga or meditation. By day we learn by doing. Trying. Failing. Trying again. And getting better. We analyse 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 or writing.

    Time & Cost

    Reach anytime on August 31st. Relax. Walk. Soak in the view. The next three days, learn and have fun. Leave on Sunday, September 3rd by lunchtime.

     

     

    Cost :

     

    Indian Attendees : Rs. 19500 + 15% tax

    International Attendees : USD 450 + 15% tax

    This includes stay (Twin sharing basis) and food. No alcohol is served but those interested can bring their own. The above prices are all inclusive, and there are no hidden charges.

    To confirm your participation, please call +91-9717615666 or email chetanyum@hotmail.com. (Note : Single occupancy rooms can be arranged at a higher charge)

    Venue

    This Himalayan Writing Retreat is hosted at the Banjara Camps retreat, Sojha. You can learn more about the venue here .

     

    Getting Here

    You can fly to Kulu or reach it by the overnight Volvo bus from delhi. If you self-drive you could come via both Shimla or Aut (near Kulu).

    From Shimla, Shoja is a 5 hour drive and from Aut (29 Km short of Kulu) it is under 2 hours drive.

    More detailed instructions are available here or call 97176-15666.

  • Himalayan Writing Week - Fall, Kumaon

    October 1-8, 2017

    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 week is about.

    This inspiration can come from our award winning visiting facilitators. Alternatively it could come from Dr. Dubey our resident psychologist helping us focus and getting our creative juices flowing with techniques like mindfulness. Or from Pottery or Yoga sessions.

    The idea is to have rich, engaging interactions that make your writing better, stronger. We will also have daily sessions discussing various aspects of writing. We will seek inspiration from Twain, Martel, Fitzgerald & co. Bonfires and forest walks will help. We hope this week 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 September 30. Relax, walk. Soak in the fire. The next seven days, write, find inspiration and have fun. Leave Sunday October 8th by noon to board the Shatabdi / drive back in time.

     

    Cost :

     

    Indian Attendees : Rs. 39,000 + 15% tax

    International Attendees : USD 1000 + 15% tax

    This includes full board and stay (Twin sharing basis).

    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.

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

     

    Interested? Click "Apply now" below.

     

     

    Venue & how to reach

    Village Satoli, 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 Satoli (about 2.5 hrs / Rs. 1500).

    Air : 4 flights every week from Delhi to Pantnagar, and cab it to Satoli ( about 3.5 hr / Rs. 2500).

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

     

  • Our Partners

    IAMAI

    Internet and Mobile Association of India

    IAMAI certifies the Himalayan Blogging and Podcasting Retreat

    Writers Melon

    The leading community of book-lovers, authors and bloggers

    Writersmelon is our outreach partner for all our retreats

  • Waxing Eloquent

    Nice stuff people say about the Himalayan Writing retreat.

    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."

    Anuj Arora

    Aspiring political satirist

    "Informed and informative instructors, inspirational participants, jungle walks, evenings by bonfire. What more can you ask for?"

  • Contact Us

    email

    chetanyum@hotmail.com

    Call

    +91-9717615666

  • Facilitators

    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 recent works are listed below.

    Novels

    • My Little Boat (Penguin India 2003) (Vitasta 2009) (nominated for the IMPAC international Literary Award 2005)
    • The Street of Mists (Vitasta 2009). (Longlist Man Asian 2009)

    Plays

    • The Betrayal of Selvamary (shortlist Hindu Metroplus Playwrights Award 2010)
    • The Undoing ( longlist Hindu Metroplus Playwrights Award 2011) (performances by Pierrot’s Troupe)
    • A Bagful of Dreams   Musical about street children performed at IHC 2012

    Children's books

    Mariam's 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.

    Kiruba Shankar

    Author, Blogger, Podcaster, Digital guru

    The Himalayan Blogging and Podcasting Retreat is co-hosted by Kiruba Shankar. Kiruba is a Social Media entrepreneur, Professor of Digital Marketing, author of 5 books, Podcaster and an organic farmer. You can learn more about him at http://www.kiruba.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.

    Chetan Mahajan

    Author, Blogger, Resident Facilitator

    Chetan is a full-time author and Himalayan resident. Penguin published his first book "The Bad Boys of Bokaro Jail" in 2014. He was educated at Panjab University, India and at Northwestern University, USA. He is working on his next book and also blogs at https://uncityblog.wordpress.com/. You can learn more about him at http://www.chetanmahajan.com/

    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 sexpusure", Dr. Dubey brings a deep understanding of writing and the human mind to our retreats. You can learn more about her at http://vanditadubey.com/about-me/

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