The very first Writing for self Workshop

Writing for self Workshop # 4, April 2019

  Participants with Dr Dubey at the Writing-for-self workshop, 22-26 December, 2018.

Workshop #3, Feb 2019

This is the 7th edition of the Writing for Self Growth Workshop. On the request from many people, we are offering it in Gurgaon in a non-residential format for the first time. 

This is an emotional well-being workshop that has been put together using scientifically validated practices and theories from the field of psychology.

Through a host of different exercises participants at this workshop reflect on their lives and process difficult emotions. They gain insights into their thoughts and feelings and find a new perspective - a better way to deal with life’s challenges. While various exercises are done as a group, each participant's personal journey is private. Sharing is optional.

In addition, meditation sessions, mindfulness and visualization exercises all help calm the mind. Anyone over 18 years of age of can participate. Writing experience or expertise is not required. A public sharing or publishing goal is also not required.

To keep the experience personal, we accept only the first 10 applicants.

Participants love this workshop. They say nice things. To watch videos of participants, click here or scroll down. To read participant reviews of the Himalayan Writing Retreat, click here.   

Facilitator : Dr Vandita Dubey.  Dr Dubey is a US licensed Psychologist and a published author. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional  Psychology. Her book "Parenting in the age of Sexposure" was published by Rupa in 2016. She is the expert psychologist featured on the popular  you-tube channel Zen-brain​.

You can learn more about her and read blog at .

For a detailed, day-wise program, scroll down or click here.

When: Sep 13-15, 2019 


Kunzum Travel Cafe,

​A40 Kibithu Villas Complex,  Sector 47 Opposite Good Earth City Centre / Hilton Garden Inn Baani Square, Gurgaon .

Google Map co-ordinates here.

Not from the NCR? Participate in the same workshop in the Himalayas. Details here.

How much : INR 18,000 Inaugural price covers 3 full days of sessions including lunch, tea and taxes. No hidden costs. Click here for our Cancellation Policy.

How to attend : Click on the "Sign up" link below. You can pay 50% of the workshop fee and book your spot. You can pay the balance up to two weeks before the workshop. Email us your questions at . 

Only ten participants accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.

Day-wise Program

This workshop is an opportunity to self reflect and express one’s inner most thoughts and feelings. Sometimes we will do this directly, sometimes indirectly through the process of creative writing. Writing is a safe process of self exploration and expression. The exercises have been carefully chosen to provide participants an opportunity to explore different kinds of issues. As the objective of this workshop is self growth, we will not be focusing on editing, reviewing or publishing. the sessions will be from 10 AM to 6 PM. 

Pre-work : You will be writing for yourself. Hence, you do not have to share any writing samples. However, do share your personal objectives or goals for attending this workshop. Also, please plan to bring a small object or talisman with you - anything that you can carry and which holds some importance for you. It can be any object that is dear to you. It could be a piece of clothing, jewellery, stone, photograph - anything.

Day 1 (Sep 13)

The past and its influence

Forming connections as a group. Forming connections with the self. Working with the past.

We begin with a relaxation exercise. Learning to relax our mind by relaxing our body.

We will then do an interactive writing exercise that helps us come together as a group. We will also do some exercises to help us focus on why we are here, what we want to achieve. 

Through different exercises we will explore different aspects of our past. Trace where who we are today came from. What shaped us?

In the second half of the day we will do two exercises where we will work with some memories/experiences related to our childhood.

Day 2 (Sep 14)

Working with the present

Meditation. Exploring our present: Uncovering issues. Finding their sources. Increasing acceptance. Discovering strengths.

We begin the day with a guided meditation session. Calming the mind has many benefits - psychological and physical.

With a calm mind we begin to address what troubles us the most in the present. We will complete an exercise designed to deepen one’s understanding of the issue we pick. Most often our awareness of what upsets us is at a superficial level. Therefore, we address things only at a superficial level. This does not help as the underlying issues are not addressed and various incidents keep upsetting us.

We will then do some exercises that help us explore the different facets of our personality. Accept them as part of us. And, most importantly, uncover our strengths. We need to be aware of our strengths as we need to rely on them, especially during difficult times.

Day 3 (Sep 15)

Preparing for the future

Working with the internal critic. Letting go of unhelpful emotions.

The internal critic often gets in our way. This is not only applicable to creative artistes but people involved in different kinds of activities. It sometimes prevents us from ever starting activities that we may find fulfilling. We will be brave and use all our 5 senses to uncover our internal critic. We will then do an exercise aimed at uncovering it’s origins. Through another exercise we learn to moderate its negative impact on us.

We do an exercise aimed at helping us cross the bridges that we need to cross. We do another exercise aimed at putting words to unexpressed emotions. The unexpressed emotions often affect us in negative ways and it is important to express them so that we can let them go.

We will end the day with working on our personal mission statement. We will plan for our journey towards continued emotional wellbeing and growth.

​Not from the NCR? Participate in the same workshop in the Himalayas. Details here.

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