This is the 6th edition of the Writing for Self Growth Workshop. On the request from many people, we are offering it in Bangalore in a non-residential format for the first time.
"This is an emotional wellbeing workshop that has been put together using scientifically validated practices and theories from the field of psychology. This workshop has been created by Dr Vandita Dubey, a US licensed and trained clinical psychologist
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 participants' 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 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.
When: July 25 - 27, 2019 9.30 am - 6 pm
Day 1 (July 25)
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.
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 (July 27)
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 its 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 by working on our personal mission statement. We will plan for our journey towards continued emotional wellbeing and growth.
When: July 25 - 27, 2019
Where: Lahe Lahe, No. 2906/2907, HAL 2nd Stage, 80 feet road, Indiranagar, Kodihalli layout, Bangalore- 560008. Google Map coordinates here.
How much: INR 12000 (early bird rate till June 30th). INR 15,000 on and after July 1. The price covers 3 full days of sessions including lunch, tea, and taxes. No hidden costs.
You can pay 50% of the workshop fee there 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. You can check out the reviews of the previous participants here:
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, jewelry, stone, photograph - anything.
About the facilitator:
Vandita Dubey, Co-founder, Himalayan Writing Retreat, Author of "Parenting in the age of Sexposure: Raising the precocious generation", published by Rupa in 2016. Dr. Dubey is a U.S. Licensed clinical psychologist and she conducts various sessions at the events hosted at the Himalayan Writing Retreat. You can check out her. She is the expert psychologist featured on the you-tube channel Zen-brain