As a total newbie to writing, Lavinia's workshop class helped build my skills and confidence. Each week she taught and led us through great writing tips and techniques. Her workshopping process created a safe and supportive space for me to explore and expose my writing style and the story I wanted to share. I highly recommend this class for newbies and experienced students alike! "

Paige Mantel, former student (Writing & Publishing the Travel Essay)


October 12 to 22, 2019

I'm thrilled and honored to be returning to magical, mystical Nepal for ten days—from October 12-22, 2019–to teach again for Himalayan Writers Workshop. This time I’ll be collaborating with photographer Ted Seymour, as well as HMM director James Hopkins, who will teach the meditation portion of this three-part workshop. Join us...

When we dare to adventure into an unfamiliar world, we can’t help but be affected in ways both profound and personal. Our senses are stirred, our minds awakened, our creativity fueled. Travel always invites inspiration. But travel to Nepal invites something deeper: transformation.

This October, join author/editor Lavinia Spalding and photographer Ted Seymour on an extraordinary journey through the ancient kingdom of the Kathmandu Valley. During this supportive and generative ten-day workshop, we’ll gather stories and images as we explore chaotic bazaars, mysterious alleyways, and serene temples. We’ll meet with local artisans and spiritual leaders, and witness sacred Buddhist and Hindu rituals. Along the way, we’ll immerse ourselves in a fascinating culture that has captivated the hearts of mystics and artists for millennia.

This workshop combines three practices: writing, photography, and meditation. With wide-eyed wonder and a heightened sense of attention, we’ll learn to articulate our impressions and experiences while cultivating stillness and awareness. In the end, we’ll emerge not only with powerful stories told through written word and images, but also with more clarity, presence, and a newfound capacity for creative expression.

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Writing has been a way of explaining to myself the things I do not understand.” –Rosario Castellanos