Writing Ashram for PHDs and Post-Docs

The Writing Ashram is a training course for concentrated writing. Academics of all levels retreat from daily routines and responsibilities to the countryside and work on their own writing project. The unique blend of writing, movement, meditation, workshops and coaching will guide you day after day towards a state of flow. This will allow you to not only get a huge amount of writing done but also to establish healthy work
routines and thus increase your productivity in the long term.

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

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

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


Ashram (Sanskrit) is a spiritual hermitage or a monastery in Indian religions and means "place of endeavor". The Writing Ashram is a retreat for academics and professional writers which uses the method of monastery life to push forward text projects. Through following a strict daily routine, you will experience the best concentration and devoted work you can get.

The special work routine allows you to deepen your writing process, improve your self-regulation, and enforce your writing competence.

The Writing Residence will take place in the countryside outside of Berlin. It is designed for PhD-students, Post-Docs, senior scholars, researchers and other professional writers, who are onto a big text project and want to push it forward.

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


7:00                   Wake Up Gong
07:30 – 08:00    Morning Walk
08:00 – 09:00    Morning Meal
09:00 – 11:00    Writing
11:00 – 11:15    Tea Break
11:15 – 13:00    Writing
13:00 – 15:00    Lunch Break
15:00 – 16:30    Workshop
16:30 – 17:00    Afternoon Break
17:00 – 19:00    Writing
19:00 – 21:30    Evening Meal & Leisure Time
21:30 – 22:00    Meditation
23:00                 Lights off!

The Writing Ashram starts on September 7th at 15:30 and ends on September 13th at 11:00.



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 closest train station is Waren. Please select your accommodation during the registration by typing one of the following options into the comments section:

  • Triple room with private bathroom: 420 EUR
  • Double room with private bathroom: 450 EUR
  • Single room with private bathroom: 552 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.


Run period:
07.09.2019 – 13.09.2019
(start: Sa at 3:30 pm
end: Fr. at 11 am )
Course time:
07.00 am – 10.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 980

Min. number of participants:
Max. number of participants:

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