14th January – 28th February, 2019

Janet Thomas was born in Wales and lived in Canada for many years before moving to the United States where she lives on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. Her 40-year writing and teaching life encompasses poetry, playwriting and non-fiction. Her memoir, “Day Breaks Over Dharamsala—A Memoir of Life Lost and Found,” is based on her first visit to India in 2004. Since then she has conducted writing workshops regularly at Deer Park Institute in Bir, Himachal Pradesh.

Writing and Reflection – Giving Voice to the Silent Self

Our lives are complex with thought, feeling and experience. Sharing this complexity in writing is a way to link to our deeper selves as well as to one another. It is a way to celebrate sacred synchronicity – the places where our shared humanity holds us together no matter who we are or where we come from. These writing sessions explore the power of silence to illuminate the written word and the power of the written word to illuminate the ways in which we are each unique, yet all connected.

Our stories are rooted in both the spiritual and the material worlds. How we navigate these worlds, day-to-day and minute-to minute, is the lesson of our lives. In these sound-byte disposable times, writing into the depths of daily life, as well as into the heights of our spiritual experience is an inspiration to both self and others. We need each other’s stories more than ever.

Emphasis is on using our first language as a tool for both remembering and writing. Our words can always be translated into English; but the content of our lives is most resonant when first written in the language that is oldest and deepest in our bodies. Translating it all into English is the easy part. Getting to it all to begin with is the most important part.

The writing sessions are structured to encompass silence, writing, connecting to the natural world – inside and out, and sharing–inside and out. When we reclaim our lives in writing, we make clear who we are, what we mean, where we come from, how we got here, and why. We get to live our lives twice; complete with the grace of hindsight as well as with the honesty that makes each life compelling and true.

During Janet’s Retreat Residency, she will take 4 workshops of 90-120 minutes each week. These sessions will be part of a series and would require Vanavasis to sign-up. A Vanavasi can get an exclusive session with Janet on request. Treatments can be scheduled around Janet’s sessions.

This will be a very unique Residency. Those who enjoy writing can book their retreat by emailing Retreat Reservations retreat@vana.co.in or call us at +91 135 3911114. You may also decide to attend after your arrival at the Retreat.