The Himalayan Kids Writing Workshop

The Himalayan Kids Writing Workshop

Kids writing workshop # 1 in 2017

**Registrations are now open for May 29-June 2, 2022 **

So you think your child has a gift for writing? For stories? You think she hides an Agatha Christie or a Hemingway deep inside? Help her explore the writer within, and have a fun family vacation while you’re at it.

The Himalayan Writing Retreat is hosting the Kids Writing Workshop #7 from May 29th-June 2nd, 2022. The earlier ones were sold out and much enjoyed by the parents and kids. 

To participate, your kid(s) must be between 9 and 12 years of age, and accompanied by an adult. We only accept six family units on a first come first serve basis.

The Himalayan Writing Retreat is set amongst oak and fruit trees. May is when most fruits begin to ripen. The weather is nice (no fans are needed). The air is always clean. And the views are lovely.

The workshop is fun for kids and adults, alike. As the grown ups relax, the kids express their creativity. They learn the framework for writing a good story or even a book. Writing sessions are mostly held in the mornings. The entire family then goes for fun forest hikes and walks, they pluck and eat organic fruit off the trees and enjoy picnics and bonfires. 

Arrive any time on May 29th, 2022. You can take the train up here or drive. Please be aware that cars cannot come up to the property and parking is a short walk from the retreat.

You can check out on June 2nd, 2022 after a sumptuous breakfast (If you are not staying after).

When: May 29th- June 2nd, 2022

Where: The Himalayan Writing Retreat, Satkhol Village. Uttarakhand - 263138. Venue Details & how to reach here. (This venue and its programs are 5-star rated on both Google and Facebook.)

How much : INR 26,000 for each participant, and INR 16,000 for each non-participating accompanying person. (Includes 4 nights stay, food, taxes, all sessions + certificate).  Click here for our Cancellation Policy.

Note: An RTPCR Covid test/Double Vaccination proof is required of all people choosing to travel for the workshop. 

How to attend : Click on the blue button below to make payment and book your seat. Email any questions to namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com

Only six family units accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. Click the "Book Now" button and pay now to secure your spot.

Do check out the FAQs to know more about the facilities and accommodation at the retreat.

About Chetan Mahajan

Chetan Mahajan leads this workshop. He is the co-founder of the Himalayan Writing Retreat. A Penguin-published author, Chetan created the Himalayan Writing Retreat to be a source of inspiration and learning for writers. He is also a writing coach with the London based the writing coach.

Chetan blogs about life in a Himalayan village at www.uncity.blog. This blog won the Indiblogger award for Humour in 2017.

He is currently working on his first novel "Tara and Vishnu" and also on a memoir "The rat who wouldn't race".  

Program Structure and details

Day 0 (29th May)

Arrive any time, settle in, enjoy the views, clean air and good weather

5 pm - Tea & snacks

6 pm - Walk to a natural fresh water spring 

7 pm - Bonfire and creative activity for kids and family  

8 30 pm - Dinner


Day 1 (30th May) 

  • 8 30 am - Breakfast
  • 9 30 am - Guided Relaxation Session for adults and kids (attendance is optional)
  • 10 am - 1 pm : Writing session for kids - Plot, Description & Setting. Adults can choose to relax or visit Mukteshwar/nearby areas during the first half
  • 1 pm - Lunch
  • 2 - 3 pm : Kids finish home-work from morning session
  • 4 pm : Walk down to the stream for adults and kids 
  • 5 pm - Tea/Juice & Snack by the stream
  • 7 pm - Share your talent/Open mike (adults and kids)
  • 8 30 pm - Dinner

Day 2 (31st May)

  • 9 - 10 am - Picnic Breakfast on the Ridge.  We walk up to a nearby ridge and have a picnic breakfast under pine trees (weather permitting). Parents can continue their walk on the ridge and visit the village temple. They can then head back to the retreat.
  • 10 am - 1 pm : Writing session for kids - Character & Dialogue
  • 1 pm - Lunch
  • You will be free after lunch in case you want to plan any local visits or sightseeing as a family.
  • 5 pm - Tea & Snacks
  • 6 pm - Alpha Poem challenge for all (adults & kids) 
  • 7 pm - Chat and relax
  • 8 30 pm - Dinner

Day 3  (1st June)

  • 8 30 am - Breakfast
  • 9 30 am - 10 am - Visualization exercise for kids (parents can also attend)
  • 10 am - 1 pm - Writing session for kids - Beginnings & Endings. Putting it all together by writing a story
  • 1 pm - Lunch
  • 2 pm - 4 pm - Editing - One-on-one sessions of about 30 minutes each with the kids
  • 4 30 pm - Walk up to Navin’s chai shop for Tea, Samosas & optional shopping for hand made/locally made products at Kilmora (local NGO store).
  • 7 pm - Sharing stories by the bonfire - all kids and adults have to be present. The kids will be reading aloud the stories that they have written. Certificates will be handed out.
  • 8 30 pm - Dinner

Day 4  (2nd June)

  • 8 30 am - Breakfast
  • 9 30 am - Feedback forms
  • 10 am onwards - Departures

Note: We have planned walks every day which will be for the whole family. However, if you have difficulty walking you can opt out of the walks. Weather permitting we will be able to pluck fruits that are in season. We may organize bonfires on the first and last evening.

No alcohol is served during the retreat. However, you are free to bring your own.

P.S: We also have a workshop for adults to learn how to write for kids. Check out the details HERE.

FAQs

  • What kind of facilities and amenities can I expect at the Himalayan Writing Retreat?
You will all share a room as a unit with an attached bath. We are a full-service boutique hotel and are highly rated on Google. Pictures of rooms and our lounge where we eat and hold sessions are shared below:  
Book Lounge

Book Lounge - Himalayan Writing Retreat

  • While my child is in the workshop, what are the options available for the accompanying adults to utilize our time?
You can explore the local area, go for walks, read and chat with other parents. If you would like to explore, you can rent a car for 1-2 days and visit the attractions in the area like Mukteshwar (45 mins drive) to the Jageshwar temple complex (2.5 hours), etc.
  • While your website provides information on the travel and logistics to reach you, will you be able to help with some specifics of travel and logistics? We are not at all familiar with this part of India and have never visited not have any contacts and any help will be appreciated. For e.g. we may need help in arranging a trusted pickup from either Pantnagar airport or Kathgodam railway station.
Yes, we will help and guide you with all travel-related information. We will also help you coordinate with other people traveling for the same event.
  • What the expected weather conditions there during the workshop time?
Lows are around mid-teens and highs are in the mid-20s. we are at an altitude so the sun can be hot, but a shower can bring temperatures down. At that time there will be fruits on the trees that the kids (and you) can pluck and eat. This chart in the link below for Mukteshwar is the nearest published proxy (it is close by but 1000 feet higher) for our village, Satkhol. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mukteshwar#Climate
  • I have noticed the cancellation policies on your website. Due to the unpredictability and uncertainty of the pandemic situation, anything can happen and there can travel restrictions in either origin, destination, or transit during this time. So will you be considerate of that and flexible with the cancellation policies?
The Cancellation policy applies in ordinary circumstances. However, if the government bans travel/ does a lockdown / prevents interstate travel etc., then we will hold your full credit and you can apply it for any future event or even a vacation. Furthermore, if travel is permitted but you decide not to travel, then the policy will apply. All participants & parents are required to bring a negative RTPCR report, or proof they have had both shots. If the RTPCR test result is positive for anyone in your party, again, we will hold your credit for a future event.
  • Will there be an online offering of the same workshop in the coming months?
It is possible, but not a certainty. Most kids are sick of online. We find that engaging young minds are better done in a beautiful natural place. If we do an online course, it will only be if there is another travel ban.


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