Memoirs: Virtual Retreat for Spiritual Writing

“A shapeless memory lingers in us still
And sometimes, when our sight is turned within,
Earth’s ignorant veil is lifted from our eyes;
There is a short miraculous escape.”

General information on e-retreats for spiritual writing is available here. Specific information on this particular programme is given below.

Spiritual: The primary focus is on providing spiritual heft to writing. A secondary focus is on writing creatively. Emphasis is not placed on grammar, spellings, and such efforts which can be easily handled after the retreat is over.

Dates: The programme is conducted on a rolling basis. One can apply to join for any continuous block of 14 days. Preferred days to start are 1st, 8th, 15th, and 29th of each month.

500 words/day for 10 days: The programme creates a focus for each participant to write 500 words every day for 10 continuous days. By the end of the programme, each participant completes writing of 5000 words.

9 participants only: There are no more than nine primary participants at any given point in time who are supported every day. Each participant receives individual attention and care.

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(Image above: Ganesha writing Mahabharata (containing Bhagvat-Gita) narrated by Ved Vyasa. Credits – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA. Banner image credits – Gita Press, Gorakhpur)

Spiritual name: A participant is provided a set of spiritual (pen) names based upon Indian astrology system of Jyotish. And she may choose her own from the set. Astrology services are provided with a contribution of USD 100 but a participant of this retreat doesn’t have to pay anything for receiving a selection of astrology based names.

Encouragement & Support: A plan is made in advance and cues provided. Writing work of each participant is reviewed each day and encouragement and support provided regularly on a pro-active basis for 14 days.

Post retreat support: A participant can seek feedback and one-off support on this body of writing even after the retreat ends — till 15th September 2020, irrespective of the date of joining.

Privacy / copyright: A unique area on AZIMVTH website is specially created for each participant access to which is granted only to 2 persons – the participant and AZIMVTH coach. Edited versions are shareable with other participants. The copyright of the writing work vests solely with the participant.

Path to a book: Each of these 12 pages of 500 words each can be cues or seeds for 12 chapters with each chapter of 5000 words each. A participant may write these chapters on her own after the retreat or participate with other writing programmes for this. The writings of these 12 chapter accumulate to sixty thousand words — good enough to make a book/novel. Or, shorter version could lead to a novella or novelette.

Publishing: Each participant has opportunity to get this writing published at AZIMVTH website.

Spiritual print publishing: AZIMVTH may print the collected works on hand-made paper, made in Haridwar using Ganga water. This printing may be manual-screen printing which is quite laborious. A participant will have opportunity to join that project with additional fee. This will be a limited edition print for private circulation.

Contribution: USD 502 per participant. (This includes spiritual names, cues and coaching, and daily pro-active support & feedback for 14 days. Passive support is available afterwards also.)

FORM TO EXPRESS INTEREST

After submitting the form, please send by email (azimvth at gmail dot com) an example of your writing not exceeding 500 words.