Writing Ashram for PHDs and Post-Docs

During the Writing Ashram workshop you will practice a monastic lifestyle to write extensively and push forward your textproject. The daily schedule consists of defined writing times, physical exercises out in the
nature, meditation sessions, inspirational breaks and counseling hours. This special work environment will allow you to deepen your concentration. Welcome to the flow.

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

07.00 am Wake Up Gong
07.30 am – 08.00 amPhysical Activity
08.00 am – 09.00 amMorning Meal
09.00 am – 11.00 amWriting
11.00 am – 11.15 amTea Break
11.15 am – 01.00 pmWriting
01.00 pm – 03.00 pmLunchbreak
03.00 pm - 04.30 pmWorkshop
04.30 pm - 05.00 pmAfternoon Break
05.00 pm - 07.00 pmWriting
07.00 pm - 09.30 pm  Evening Meal & Leisure Time
09.30 pm Meditation
11.00 pmLights off!


Arrival and Departure

The Writing Ashram will start on the 10th of September at 03:30 PM and ends on the 16th 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: 420 EUR
  2. Double room with private bathroom incl. board: 450 EUR
  3. Single room with private bathroom incl. board: 552 EUR

Ingrid Scherübl, *1981, science-life-trainer, https://writingashram.wordpress.com/. Ingrid has a background in cultural studies and is a former research associate of the University of the Arts Berlin. She is a licensed facilitator with a specialization in writing training. When travelling 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 done 7 times in different universities. She has been published academically and journalistically and is currently affiliated to the University of Augsburg.

Katja Günther, *1966, gestalt therapist and systemic coach for academics, www.faden-verloren.de. 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.

Run period:
10.09.2018 – 16.09.2018
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 990

Min. number of participants:
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