Writing Ashram for PhD-students, Post-Docs, and other Professional Writers

You are onto a big text project and want to enhance your writing productivity? Then join this Monastery-like Writing Development Residence. In the Writing Ashram you practice a monastic lifestyle to write extensively and push your text project forward.The daily schedule consists of physical exercise out in the nature, meditation, inspirational breaks, defined writing times and counseling. This special work environment allows you to deepen your writing process, improve your self regulation, and enforce your writing competence.

Quite ironically, the time for concentration and intellectual contemplation seems to be eroding at universities. Therefore Ingrid Scheruebl and Katja Guenther developed the project Writing Ashram - a monastery simulation for academics located in the countryside outside Berlin.

The new quality in focus and boost of productivity, that come through living in this monastery-like daily structure, away from all chores, with other writers for a couple of days is quite astonishing.


What is a Writing Ashram?

Aschram (sanskrit) is the hindu version of a monastery and means „place of endeavor“. The Writing ashram is a retreat for academics and professional writers and uses the method of monastery life to push forward text projects. You follow a strict daily routine and experience the best concentration and work devotion you can get: without the distractions of the internet and daily chores, but instead meditation, some physical exercise out in the nature, and inspirational breaks you can go deeply in your writing.

You are supported through optional workshops with the writing trainers Katja and Ingrid - one individual coaching session is included.

Get an inspiration of the working atmosphere at Neu Schönau here.


Daily Schedule

7.00                 Wake Up Gong

7.30 – 8.00      Physical Activity

8.30 – 9.00      Morning Meal

9.00 – 11.00    Writing

11.00 – 11.15  Tea Break

11.15 – 13.00  Writing

13.00 – 15.00  Lunchbreak

15.00 – 16.30  Workshop

16.30 – 17.00  Afternoon Break

17.00 – 19.00  Writing

19.00               Evening Meal

19.00 – 21.30  Leisure Time

21.30               Meditation

23.00               Lights off!


Arrival and Departure

The Writing Ashram will start on the 18th of September at 03:30 PM and ends on the 24th of September at 11:30 am.



"When it comes to writing there are no secrets. The best advice can be found all over the place: You better create a routine of daily writing, nourish the physical and mental balance, you better get rid of the internet. Focus, recreate and stimulate! Fair enough to know what would work - if you actually did it. But how can we actually establish all this? -- Changes in behaviour take usually more strength than we have alone and they need repetition. In the writing ashram you train yourself to be productive though a ritualistic schedule. We do it together and we do it again and again and again and again. This experience will not only allow you to push your writing project forward, but it will also stick with you and help to make effective changes in your everyday life." Ingrid Scherübl

“Finding real concentration is difficult these days.We create a space in which structure, community and personal coaching unfold the maximum of your intellectual potential.” Katja Günther



The Workshops takes place at a special suited residence outside Berlin: Neu Schönau. Which is located in the heart of the Waren-Müritz National Park. The distance to Berlin is 180 km, the next train station is Waren. Please select your accommodation during the registration by entering one of the following options into the comments section:


    1. Triple room with private bathroom incl. board: 408 EUR
    2. Double room with private bathroom incl. board: 438 EUR
    3. Single room with private bathroom incl. board: 540 EUR

Ingrid Scherübl, born in 1981, is a science-life-trainer. Ingrid has a background in Cultural Studies and is a former research associate of the Berlin University of the Arts. She is a licensed facilitator with a specialization in writing training. When traveling in India and staying in an actual ashram, she realized how the practiced serenity of a daily structure in a like-minded community unleashed immense productivity. This experience was the begin of designing this unique writing development program – the monastery simulation for writers. The course has been organized seven times in different universities. Her works were published academically and journalistically and is currently affiliated to the University of Augsburg.


Katja Günther, born in 1966, is a gestalt therapist and systemic coach for academics. Katja holds an M.A. in Romance and English Studies. As a systemic text-coach and gestalt-therapist with a focus on Acceptance-Commitment-Training (ACT), she has been counseling PhDs and Post-Docs on their career paths for over 15 years. The Writing Ashram is a training to practice what she considers "The good life and work" as an academic.


Southwest German Radio 2 Feature: Against Writer's Blocks - Scientists in the Ashram (german language)
Katja Hanke, 12.09.2016 (Source: bit.ly/2cC8m0p)

Run period:
18.09.2017 – 24.09.2017
Course time:
07.00 am – 11.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 930

Min. number of participants:
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