Haiku Masterclass with Kala Ramesh


Discover “The Long and Short of Haiku” in our Haiku Masterclass with award-winning poet, Kala Ramesh

Haiku, Japanese short-form poetry, is a brief verse that epitomizes a single moment. Called the wordless poem, haiku has caught the imagination of the world and India in a big way!

Come, discover it for yourself in this Haiku Masterclass.

Enter the stream …



Haikai is therapeutic and excellent for well-being. ( Read Kala Ramesh‘s write-up on repairing and Healing HERE). This Masterclass offers you an intensive and in-depth three-day course on haiku, briefly touching upon the allied forms like haibun, tanka, and haiga. 

  • Level: Aspiring wordsmiths who want to learn the art of writing haiku.
  • Who: Kala Ramesh – A Harper Collins published author and the Founder and Director of TRIVENI Haikai India, and the Managing Editor of haikuKATHA Journal. (For full instructor profile, scroll down.)

Haiku Masterclass

How the Haiku Masterclass works

  • Participant limit: 10 
  • Pre-work: All participants are assigned some pre-work.

This Haiku Masterclass is spread over three days. We will work every day 9 AM-5 PM IST. We write, share our writing, and get feedback from the group.  

A detailed, day-wise break-up of the Haiku Masterclass is shared below.

  • When:  September 26th- 30th, 2022.

Arrive anytime on September 26th, 2022. Attend the Haiku Masterclass with other participants on September 27-28-29 from 9 AM – 5 PM (IST) on each of the three days. Leave on September 30th. (If you are not staying after) 

While you’re here, walk in the wilderness, bask in the warmth of a fireplace, and gaze at the stars. Let your eyes feast on the magnificent Himalayan dusks and dawns, your ears on the live birdsong concert, your lungs on clean crisp mountain air, and your taste buds on the delectable, homely fare.

The Himalayan Workshop sessions are held in the open or in the book lounge (Pic below). Most meals are served here too, and the wood-burning Bukhari keeps you warm in the winter.

Haiku Masterclass
Book Lounge – Himalayan Writing Retreat

Our workshops are rated  5/5 on Google, and our venue, ‘The Quiet Place’ is rated 5/5 on TripAdvisor.

(Please note: RTPCR tests / COVID vaccination is mandatory for all participants opting for the physical workshop held at the retreat.)

Where: The Himalayan Writing Retreat, Satkhol Village. Uttarakhand – 263138 (India). Details here. We are a Covid safe facility.

How much: INR 32,000. This includes 3 days, 4 nights of learning, twin-sharing stay, food, and taxes. Early bird discounts are available on all registrations till September 10th, 2022. The discounted price will be INR 29,000.

Single occupancy rooms are charged INR 12000 extra and are provided only on availability. Please mention it in the form if you are requesting one due to any reasons.

A non-participant can stay for an extra charge of INR 16k which includes food, stay, and taxes.

Click here for our Cancellation Policy.


We only accept a total of ten applicants for Haiku Masterclass on a first-come-first-served basis. To apply, please click the blue button below and pay the fees to secure your spot. 

About the Instructor


Kala Ramesh, the Founder and Director of Triveni Haikai India, https://www.trivenihaikai.in/ Founder and Managing Editor of haikuKATHA Journal, https://www.trivenihaikai.in/haikukatha; is an anthologist, and an external faculty member of Symbiosis International University Pune, where she has been teaching a 60-hour haikai course since 2012 — a first in India.

HarperCollins published her book of tanka and tanka prose The Forest I Know in July 2021; her book of haiku and haibun was shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize (2019); her book for children Haiku and Activity Book won Honourable Mention for Best Book for Children, Haiku Society of America Book Award (2011.)

Kala has organized eight haikai conferences in India since 2006. To bring haiku into everyday spaces, she has initiated several projects, notably haikuWALL and haikuDHYANA. She created the ‘Rasika’ form, an eight-verse renku (collaborative linked verses) fashioned after Matsuo Basho’s shofu-style of renku.

Kala is also co-editor of Wishbone Moon: An Anthology of Haiku by Women – Jacar Press, USA (2018), and she judged Haiku Poets of Northern California Haibun Contest, USA (2021) and was the final judge of the Sable Books International Haiku Contest for Women Book Award, USA (2021). 

Kala Ramesh’s awards include:

  • WE Trailblazer Poet Teacher Award, from Women Empowered India (2020)
  • Second Place: Porad Haiku Award (2020)
  • Winner: Akita International Haiku Contest (2020, 2013.)
  • Pushcart Prize nomination from Modern Haiku (51.3) for haibun (2020)
  • Shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize for Beyond the Horizon Beyond (2019)
  • Winner: Snapshot Press Tanka eBook Award: an unseen arc (2017)
  • Winner: Best Anthology, Haiku Society of America Book Award: Naad Anunaad: an anthology of contemporary world haiku (2017)
  • Winner: Golden Triangle Haiku Contest: 2016
  • Honourable Mention: Akita International Haiku Contest (2015, 2014.)
  • Winner An (Cottage) Prize for the haibun: The Blue Jacaranda. Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2012, Japan. Honourable Mention for Best Book for Children, Haiku Society of America Book Award (2011)
  • Winner: Heron’s Nest Award (2006)

Detailed Break up of the Haiku Masterclass

Day 0

On the day of arrival – 7 pm to 7.45 pm – Introduction and getting to know each other.                                                                        

Day 1

9.30 am to 12.30 noon – “What is Haiku”  – reading and understanding of the masters through a PPT presentation.

                                                                Lunch: 1 to 2 PM

2 to 4 pm – continuation of “What is Haiku”  – reading and understanding of the masters through a PPT presentation.
4 pm to 5 pm – Interactive – reflections on what we’ve understood from the above session.

HOMEWORK –  some haiku to be written – based on the discussions.
(Haiku is both singular and plural – there is nothing as haikus!!)                                                                           

Day 2

7.30 am to 9 amGinko Walk – a walk with nature in complete silence, understanding how we perceive the world through the Panchabhootas – akash, vayu, agni, jalam and prithvi. In the end, participants will write their haiku (based on the walk) and read them out before everyone.

10 am to 12 noon: A quick workshopping of the participants’ haiku.

                                                                  Lunch: 1 to 2 pm

2 to 4 pmhaikuDHYANA

Silence is the perennial flow of language interrupted only by speech.

Ramana Maharshi

Meditation is the art of emptying the mind of itself.
What is silence and how it can help us to unfold the deeper secrets about oneness – the non-dualistic way of understanding what Master Basho said ‘When you write about the bamboo, become the bamboo.’

How to be alone – without comps or cellphones.
Just a pen and paper, if they want to note down something.
HOMEWORK – Write some haiku based on seasonal references (kigo) and the ‘cut’ (kire)

                                                                          Day 3

7.30 to 9 am – Shinrin-yoku – Forest Bathing & Earth Grounding.
Participants will try to experience both in their walk. In the end, participants write haiku (based on the walk) and read them.


10 am to 12 noon:
Discussion of the poems written.

  • What is working?
  • What is not working?
  • How to improve?


3 pm to 5 pm – a short introduction to other allied Japanese short-form poetry with examples.
Tanka – a five-line lyrical form of poetry, 1300-yr old.
Haibun – haikai prose embedded with haiku.
Haiga – artwork with haiku.
Renku – Collaborative linked verses.

5.00 pm to 6.00 pm – Performing Haiku
In her 17 years of teaching experience, Kala Ramesh has observed reciting/performing haiku is equally important since it is such a brief and concise poem that we need to know how to recite it. Techniques will be taught.
                                                                     Farewell Dinner

Each participant will recite a couple of haiku they’ve written. Talk about these workshop experiences and what they will be taking home.


About HWR

  1. Why should I choose HWR Workshops?   
  • Personal Attention: We don’t take more than 10 students in a class. You get a lot of personal attention and feedback. No classrooms of 20-30 people or one-way pre-recorded videos here.
  • Class Quality: For most courses, we filter our participants. You can’t just pay and sign up. We need to see a writing sample (in our application form) to ensure the class is of a uniform standard.
  • Cost per hour: Our courses are long and intense. As an example, the Creative Writing course is 18000 for 24 contact hours (3 days, 8 hours each day). The cost per hour = 750 / hour. That is comparable to many of the “cheaper” courses.
  • Quality of faculty: No lightweights here. Many of our faculty are award-winners. All are experts and great teachers. We don’t settle for average.
  • Feedback scores: Across courses, we are rated 4.5/5, or higher. You can read our reviews HERE.
  1. Do I get a certificate of participation?

Yes, certificates are available on request.

  1. Any discounts for students / other categories?

At the Himalayan Writing Retreat, we follow a strict No-Discount policy.

  1. Is the workshop fee refundable?

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • Online Writing Workshop: 100% refund if cancellation 2 weeks before the event start date, 50% if cancellation one week before the start date, 0% if less than one week before the start date.
  • Creative Writing Workshop at the Himalayas: 100% refund if cancellation 4 weeks before the event start date, 50% if cancellation two weeks before the start date, 0% if less than two weeks before the start date.
  1. Is the Himalayan Writing Retreat a business or an NGO?

The Himalayan Writing Retreat is a social enterprise. It works closely and actively with two local NGOs in its community work initiatives: Chirag and Alaap. In 2020, HWR raised INR 6.1 Lakhs to support the Chirag School.

Have questions?

Feel free to write to us at namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com or connect with us at +91 73035- 16665 (Call/ WA/Signal).

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