The Panchgani Writers' Retreat

The Panchgani Writers’ Retreat is an annual event that 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,  literary and publishing company.

This year we are heading to Puri on the east coast of India to relax, create and write for six days in a cozy homestay close to the Bay of Bengal.  Six days of yoga, meditation, nature trails, beach walks and home cooked vegetarian food.  In addition to optional poetry, creative writing and memoir workshops you will find the temples and the legends of the past inspiring you with tales of love, war and intrigue, to write and keep on writing.

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Panchgani Writers’ Retreat

Puri | 20-25 Oct 2019


The Person behind the Retreat

SHABNAM SAMUEL, Founder & Organizer

SHABNAM SAMUEL is a writer, business 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. Shabnam’s first book, a Memoir, called A Fractured Life, was published in the US on September 19th, 2018. She is now working on her second book, which is a historical fiction.

Shabnam also hosts a local TV show called Dew Drops and Words that broadcasts to 6.1 million viewers on the ABC News –WJLA /LA TV networks in the Washington DC area. You can find her on YouTube under Dew Drops and Words.

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, as a business coach.

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