Writing Ashram - a monastic Writing Development Residence

In a Writing Ashram we use the method of a monastic lifestyle to enhance writing productivity. This special work environment allows you to deepen your writing process, improve your self regulation, enforce your writing
competence, write extensively and push your text project forward. Nothing but Writing.

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 monastary simulation for academics located in the countryside outside Berlin.

The new quality in focus and boost of productivity, that come through living in this monastary-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 endeavour“. 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 athmosphere 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  Teabreak

11.15 – 13.00  Writing

13.00 – 15.00  Lunchbreak

15.00 – 16.30  Workshop

16.30 – 17.00  Coffeebreak

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

Please note that the start and ending time of the course deviates from the daily schedule. The Writing Ashram will start on 5th September at 03:30 PM and ends on 11th 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, *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 with different universities.S he has published academicly and journalistically and is currently affiliated to the University 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.

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:
05.09.2016 – 11.09.2016
Course time:
07.00 am – 11.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 890

Min. number of participants:
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