Creative Writing with Meditation

You can write shallow, scratching the surface. Or you can write deep. In this workshop, we examine the relationship between meditation and creative writing and how meditation can help the process of creativity. We believe writing is a form of meditation. Writing our thoughts essentially means paying attention and being aware of them - precisely what the mindfulness meditation aims to achieve. We can even claim that creative writing is a method of self-discovery just as the Buddhist meditation is a journey to discover one’s own innate Buddha-nature, or potential.

In this three-day seminar, we will use a series of meditation and writing exercises to help students prepare for ways of realizing their creative potential. Through writing exercises and meditation sessions, we will explore ways of reconnecting with our genuine selves and owning up to our stories. For inspiration, we will read from the works of the masters of contemplative writing. We will discuss creative writing as a form of self-discovery, a way of our unearthing our memories, and of healing ourselves from our hidden mental traumas. As our mind gets unclogged and become more focused, we will discover how the process of spontaneous creativity can be full of fun and surprise, joy and wonderment. The seminar is open to both professional and amateur writers. We also welcome students from all genres: from fiction to non-fiction to memoir to journalism.

While the sessions are deep and introspective, we balance the day with fun evenings which include forest walks, visits to local enterprises, stargazing and more. A guitar is always at hand. And the dawn is incredible. (The picture above was taken from the retreat).

The workshop is led by Tsering Namgyal Khortsa. He is assisted by Dr. Vandita Dubey. Their profiles and an outline of the three days is given further down on this page.

When: 20-24 Nov, 2019

Where: The Himalayan Writing Retreat, Satkhol Village, Distt. Nainital,  Uttarakhand - 263138. Details hereThe retreat is rated 5 star on Google and Facebook.

How much : INR 28,000 per participant covers all sessions, 4 nights stay (twin-shared) food & taxes. It does not cover your travel cost. Click here for our Cancellation Policy.

Note: Single occupancy is subject to availability at an additional cost of 8k. If this is a prerequisite (e.g. if you snore loudly or talk in your sleep) then​ please inform us at the time of booking. 

How to attend : Click the button below & pay a 50% advance. Pay the balance two weeks before the retreat. Email us your questions at chetan@himalayanwritingretreat.com, or call 97176-15666 . 

Only first ten paid registrations are accepted. Click this button to sign up. 

Tsering Namgyal Khortsa is the author of two previous books, Little Lhasa: Reflections on Exiled Tibet (Indus Source 2006), His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee: A Biography (Hay House, 2013), and forthcoming, The Tibetan Suitcase: A Novel (Blackneck Books, 2019). His short stories and essays have been included in many anthologies. ​ He has studied meditation and Buddhism at Tarab Institute and journalism at the University of Iowa, where he also studied fiction and literary non-fiction. ​A paper he wrote on the University’s International Writing Program (IWP) has been featured as part of the program’s 50th anniversary memorial projects. He currently writes a monthly column for BuddhistDoorGlobal, a leading Asia-based English language website on all things Buddhism. Previously a business and technology journalist based in Hong Kong, he now lives mostly near Dehra Dun, India.

Dr. Vandita Dubey is the author of "Parenting in the age of sexposure: Raising the precocious generation"(Rupa, 2016).  Dr. Dubey earned her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2006. She trained and worked in private practice, community mental heath centers, and schools in the US. She has practiced in India  for over ten years. ​Dr. Dubey also holds a degree in Medical & Psychiatric Social Work from TISS, Mumbai. Dr Dubey co-founded the Himalayan Writing Retreat in 2016, where she leads the Self-Growth through Writing workshop. She is deeply interested in meditation, and has also attended the ten day Vipassna program. She is the psychology expert featured on the popular you-tube channel Zen-brain

Day 1

Grounding Ourselves

A Talk and Discussion on Writing as Meditation

Meditating on Compassion

Writing Down a Prayer*

Write Down Your Experience of Meditating on Compassion

Spontaneous Creativity Meditation Exercise Followed by Writing Exercise **

Letting Go of Control:

Meditation Exercise Followed by Writing

Video Screening on Meditation by Chogyam Trungpa

​The day ends with reading assignments

Day 2

Meditation Session

Followed by Writing Down

the Prayer

Discussion on Assigned Readings

Why You Want to Write:

Finding Your Potential Story Ideas

Meditation Followed by Writing Exercises

Writing as Therapy

Meditation Followed by Writing Exercises

Writing as Fun: Method in Madness

Meditation Followed by Writing Exercises

Writing about Spirituality

Meditation Followed by Writing Exercises

​The day ends with reading assignments

Day 3

Meditation Session

Followed by Writing Down the Prayer

Writing About Love

(The Tibetan Suitcase: A Novel)

Imagination Versus Reality

Guided Meditation Followed by Writing Exercise

Group Workshop***

Group Workshop

The Discussion on Writing Life

​The day ends with reading assignments