The Panchgani Writers' Retreat

The Panchgani Writers’ Retreat has become an annual event that the writers look forward to. This is hosted in the natural scenic splendor of Panchgani, and is brought to you every year by Social Lite House, LLC, a Frederick, Maryland social media and literary company.

You will enjoy a week of wholesome and healthy living in an olde world rustic setting, including yoga, meditation, nature trails and vegetarian home cooked meals. In addition to optional poetry workshops and memoir writing workshops you will find plenty of time to relax and enjoy the misty, ephemeral hills to get you inspired to write, write and keep on writing. Creativity and wellness is what we do.

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Panchgani Writers’ Retreat

October 2018


The organizers

SHABNAM SAMUEL THAKAR is a writer, coach, social media trainer and the founder of the Panchgani Writers’ Retreat, an international writing retreat based out of Panchgani, India. The retreat incorporates mindful living along with creativity and wellness following Ayurveda principles, with yoga, meditation and writing workshops.

As a writer, Shabnam has been writing ever since she can remember. Her essays have been published online in Brain, Child Magazine and Your Tango. She is working on her soon to be published Memoir.

Shabnam also hosts a local TV show called Dew Drops and Words that broadcasts to 2.4 million viewers on the MHz network in the Washington DC area. You can find her on YouTube under the name Dew Drops and Words.

Shabnam is a business coach and social media trainer. She mentors with the Empowered Women International, in Alexandria, VA, that helps train low-income, immigrant and refugee women on how to be successful entrepreneurs.

Shabnam has called the suburbs of Washington DC her home for the last 30 years.

SWETA SRIVASTAVA VIKRAM is a bestselling author of 11 books of prose and poetry, columnist, and a mindfulness writing coach. Featured by Asian Fusion as “one of the most influential Asians of our time,” Sweta is also a certified yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Holistic Health Counselor. She uses her training to combine creative writing strategies with Ayurveda and yoga to help people better their writing.

Born in India, Sweta spent her formative years between India, North Africa, and the United States collecting and sharing stories. Her work has appeared in The New York Times amongst other publications across nine countries on three continents.

A graduate of Columbia University, Sweta teaches the power of yoga, Ayurveda, & mindful living to female trauma survivors, creative types, entrepreneurs, and business professionals in her avatar as the CEO-Founder of NimmiLife. NimmiLife helps YOU reduce your stress & elevate your productivity using yoga, Ayurveda (nutrition and skincare), and lifestyle counseling.

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