Writing for self-growth workshop

Self-growth through writing, October 2019

Writing-for-self workshop,  Christmas 2018.

This is the 10th edition of the Writing for Self Growth Workshop. This is an emotional well-being workshop open to non-writers and writers. It has been put together using scientifically validated practices and theories from the field of psychology.

Through a host of different writing 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.

Self-growth through writing workshop, April 2019

Self growth through writing, February 2019

In addition, meditation sessions, mindfulness and visualization exercises all help calm the mind. Anyone capable of independent of travel and stay 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.

​Malick Khan

​HR Professional, Hyderabad

​If you are willing to take the risk to open yourself to the unknown, to pierce through your soul and find who you really were, really are, or really could be; then no better place than the 'Himalayan Writing Retreat".
Vandita and Chetan's passion oozes from every microscopic detail of the carefully and lovingly crafted place.....

​Preeti

​Government service, Dehradun

​I find no word apt and no phrase complete, that would do justice to the experience and take home from this retreat. They helped me to navigate through my turbulent emotions and calm them. I am a much sorted and calmer person after returning, full of gratitude for Chetan Sir & Vandita mam. This has been the best investment I have ever done on myself.

​Abhikaran Deo

​Law student, Sonepat

​Amazing place, superb food, lovely company and soothing breeze. If you’re looking for anything remotely close to this, Himalayan Writing Retreat is the place. Pack your bags, don’t think much and thank them later.
It helped me to find my calm amongst the chaos, I hope it helps everyone too.

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 her blog at http://vanditadubey.com/ .

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

​Are you looking for a writing skills workshop, and not one on emotional well-being? Check out out our novice level Writing Bootcamp (click here) or our more advanced Masterclass (click here).

When: April 29 - May 3, 2020 

​Where: The Himalayan Writing Retreat, Satkhol Village. Uttarakhand - 263138 (India). Details here.

How much: ​INR 28,000 per participant for a twin sharing room. This includes all sessions over 3 days, 4 nights of stay, all food and taxes. It does not include travel. 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, have sleep apnea or talk gibberish in your sleep) then​ please email us at chetan@himalayanwritingretreat.com . 

How to attend : Click on the "Sign up" link below. You can pay 50% of the workshop fee there. ​Pay the balance two weeks before the workshop. Email us your questions at chetan@himalayanwritingretreat.com, or call 97176-15666 . 

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

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. ​

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 0 (Apr 29)  Arrive. Relax. Enjoy the view. Pray for snow.

Day 1 (Apr 30)

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 (May  1)

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 (May 2)

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.

Day 4 (May 3)

Leave after a relaxed breakfast. ​

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