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28th August - 1st September '2024 (12 spots only)


5 Days x 12 Storytellers

Srinagar, Kashmir

A first of its kind impact storytelling and creative exchange program

The Impact Society Storytellers Residency is a re-examination of the meaning and value of storytelling. Through workshops, activities, guided sessions and discussions, the residency offers a group of diverse storytellers the opportunity to explore their craft, share perspectives, build narratives and take positive actions.

Dates & location:

28th August - 1st September '2024

Srinagar, Kashmir.



We welcome a diverse cohort of storytellers looking to expand their creative boundaries with an aim to inspire collaborative storytelling that goes beyond traditional boundaries, uniting individuals who are passionate about creating positive change through their writing.

Led by Poet, Novelist, and Culture Journalist Siddharth Dasgupta, you’ll be part of a writing voyage that includes workshops, activities, guided sessions, conversations, and the spirit of collaboration.

To add to the enrichment, Kashmir will be at hand to inspire you, to instigate you. We’ll be taking journeys into the Kashmir's distinctive cuisine, architecture, and culture. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of storytelling, a stronger grasp of narrative, a window into different perspectives, and an urge to simply write.


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Gather, Prosper

Meet your fellow tribe of writers—poets, novelists, essayists, storytellers, cultural changemakers—and revel in the beautiful language of words


Dialogues & Discussions

Engage with Poet, Novelist, and Culture Journalist Siddharth Dasgupta as he steers you through an immersive programme of discussions, readings, workshops, and guided sessions

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The Kashmir Story

Dive into Goa’s wealth of riches—from culinary treasures and architectural marvels to ecological gems and cultural echoes—emerging with a wealth of inspiration for your writing


The Writer’s Desk

Spend some alone time with your writing in a wonderful sanctuary, knowing that your mentor and a fellow tribe of writers are always at hand to help you with ideas and words


The Manuscript

Have a one-on-one with your mentor, discussing the words you’ve written and the projects you’re embarking on, as this rare 5-day experience draws to a close  


Collab Cofab

Enjoy the atmosphere of collaboration in your heritage villa, discovering writing partners, future project cohorts, and fellow travellers for your forthcoming cultural journeys

The Flow

A storytelling experiment that unfolds through nature explorations, field visits, community exchange, creative breakthroughs, photography/film showcases, and discussions with fellow storytellers.

A focus on meaningful engagement through

introductions, icebreakers, story circles, and individual writing/creative practices

Led by

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Siddharth Dasgupta

Poet, Novelist & Explorer

A novelist and poet, Siddharth Dasgupta (@citizen.bliss) writes fiction from lost hometowns. Currently the Editor of Visual Narratives with The Bombay Literary Magazine, Siddharth recently published his fifth book, All These Streets We’ve Known By Heart – which was shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2023.

His art burns brightest when he is experiencing, dissecting, and expressing a city, hidden gem, cultural movement, travel experience, dining adventure, city getaway, or luxury hotel stay. For him, it all boils down to the thrill of storytelling and being able to make a profound human connection with another human being i.e. the reader.

Siddharth has published 5 books so far and his articles have landed on the pages of notable publications such as Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveller, The Buzz, Harper's Bazaar, and other global publications.

Set in a quaint Kashmiri Mansion, overlooking the Zabarwan Hills

At our residency, when the day ends and night falls and it’s quiet and you can see the galaxy with your naked eyes.


On the foothills of Zabarwan hills and few kilometers from the famous Mughal garden, we reside in a contemporary Kashmiri House, inspired by the picturesque alpine landscape and a rich heritage.


This edition draws it's inspiration from the local surroundings  of a charming Harwan Village. With greenery in the backdrop of a snowy environment, it is the gateway to Dachi Gam Wildlife sanctuary and a beginning point of a Mahadev Mountain trek.

The Space

Join a collective of change-makers on this unique journey

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Mohua Chinnapa 



Johann Binny Kuruvilla

Storyteller - Kochi Heritage Project


Amit Srivastava 

Author & Travel Photographer

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Manish Saksena

Lead Advisor Aadyam Handwoven and Retail Consultant (TH/CK/Arrow)

Prasanth M

Filmmaker/Screenplay Writer

Prachi Sachdeva


What happens
at the Residency?

The residency offers a new perspective on the power of storytelling, and the people who tell them. From workshops with visiting artists and experts to outdoor exploration, every day of the retreat presents a new and intense challenge and is a week-long discovery of modes of storytelling, explored through the lens of language, connection, perception, and place.

At this residency, we will examine ideas and expectations through exercises, visits, research, readings, and discussions on the works of several artists, architects, designers, writers, and poets with the help of guest teachers on different days.

Why should
you attend?

Storytellers are a part of continuum. We work as links between generations, sowing seeds of renewal, steering conversation, expanding constructs. Our central hope should always be propagation. 

The program is designed to guide participants toward their goals - from finding fresher perspectives to pivoting or changing direction completely,  participants can hope to renew their practices and create new patterns for growth.

Who is it
curated for?

An introspective journey of examination and growth, the Storytellers Residency is designed to reconnect you with your most powerful tools as a storyteller - Your Environment, Body, and Self.

A multi-disciplinary gathering of creatives and storytellers, the residency hopes to reorient the participants in their practice by exploring the relational aspects of interiority and artistic expression and encourage a shift from fixed perception to fluidity. By studying the sensate and the undulations of land, time and memory, we will engage with our own rhythms that can inform stories. 

How does it
empower me?

With the goal of orienting and reorienting ourselves in our art forms, the residency is geared towards eliminating binaries and fixed notions to piece together new pathways and possibilities of navigation for our lived experience.

We invite you to ponder the dimensions of self, its projections and extensions, and ways we can strive toward rooted practice. 

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Experience Snapshot

Handpicked & Curated Explorations

Discover nomadic folktales, heritage art, environmental co-existence and culture through our thoughtfully picked authentic trails.

Exchange Traditional Knowledge

Immersions designed to help you delve into storytelling in a way that embraces local knowledge systems, and communities.

Travel with a Collective

The Impact Society residencies connects you with a resonating and conscious tribe that yearns to unlearn and explore storytelling with impact.

Learn from
Fellow Storytellers

A carefully built agenda of walks, talks and workshops with inspiring change-makers and local leaders puts you on the path to re-learn the art of storytelling and narrative building.

Immerse in settings connected to local impact

Our residencies are hosted at chosen properties that are shaping social reform, community exchange and positive impact in their regions.

Explore Collaborations

Designed as an explorative journey where you get to exchange thoughts, ideas and collaborate with a like-minded community to co-create Impact.


Over 7 storytelling editions, a travel summit and the wilderness festival, we have hosted some of the finest storytelling mentors, worked on photo projects with local NGO's, documented local issues and have explored some of the most breath-taking & unexplored landscapes, from the vision of discovering life through the lens.

Films and photographs have the ability to engage us both emotionally as well as socially. By incorporating scientific research and relevant themes into films, there is potential for the creation of a new dimension to the spread of scientific ideas by sparkling citizen interest and simultaneously inspiring audiences to further engage in broader discussions on the issue itself.

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hit the button

Send in your profile and details for screening and expect a call within 24hrs.

If you are convinced, reserve your spot with an amount of only INR 25,000/-

If you still need more details + a call from our team let us know and we will get back to you within 24hrs.

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We work at the intersection of creative exploration and impact storytelling. Fostering the use of photography, films and art to fuel environmental, cultural and social change.

A melting pot of inspirational storytellers getting together with keen seekers for the cause of building sustainable futures. A space where each attendee, creator, travel brand, conservationist or adventurer is a key influencer towards achieving a sustainable and collaborative way forward. 

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