“Traveller or pilgrim of the inner world,
Fortunate art thou to reach our brilliant air
Flaming with thought’s supreme finality.
O aspirant to the perfect way of life,
Here find it; rest from search and live at peace.”
E-retreat: The programme “Travellers of The Inner Worlds” is a virtual residency or e-retreat programme for professional / amateur, published / unpublished writers as well for anyone who is not a ‘writer’ but is interested in writing his / her own memoirs. Participants don’t need to necessarily travel to Haridwar.
Duration: The duration of the programme is 14 days. There is no start or end date; participants can join for any continuous 14 days.
Methodology: A variety of methods are used. Following are examples of some of the aids to learn and train during this artist e-residency programme. The approach depends upon the planned projects chosen by the participants.
- Regression to a a participant’s past experiences to identify a ‘Spiritual Experience’
- Synthesising the ‘Happy Memory’
- Learning & practising ancient sacred mantras and chants on flora
- Sacred Sanskrit Syllables writing
- Writing a ‘Spiritual resume’ as opposed to a ‘Job resume’
- Curate / collage and build an inventory of ideas for each individual participant
- Plan an art-work for each participant, based on fusion of ancient and modern, east and west, art and spirituality
- Photographs, letters, documents – assembling of participant memory
- Similar materials of family
- Any 3 autobiographies suggested by each
Schedule. The duration of the programme is 14 continuous days.
Day 01: Onboarding and introduction
Day 02: Plan of specific writing project
10 days: Day 3 – 12
Actual writing starts the 3rd day. A participant writes about 500 words everyday for 10 continuous days. Feedback on each day’s writing is given by AZIMVTH each day. In 10 days, a rough body of five thousand words is created.
Day 13: Compilation and editing.
Day 14: Dikshant. Planning the next steps, if any.
Options of subjects A participant has the following optional subjects from which one could be chosen
- Joining PIW (Pilgrims of the Inner Worlds) an ongoing book project at AZIMVTH Ashram
- Any other individualised memoir
- A tribute to a person, plant, animal, idea etc
- Travelogue or any other writing
Participants become more self-aware. This fortnight becomes an occasion to pause, look back, reflect and finally, anticipate future. As a result, the spirit is re-kindled.
- Tangible progress
This e-retreat becomes an opportunity for those who have been toying with the idea of writing, to make actual progress.
If a participant joins in an ongoing project at AZIMVTH Ashram, then she / he may get her work published as part of the larger work.
More on Creative Writing
AZIMVTH are involved with a variety of projects based on creative-writing. Following weblinks contain more information.
- Pilgrims of the Inner Worlds – click here
- Let’s Write a Love-letter. To a Stranger! – click here
- AZIMVTH World-Book-Day 2019 Puzzle – click here
The next programme is from 1st March 2020 to 14th March 2020. More information is available here.