Slam India Retreat 2023

Learn the powerful art of slam poetry. Don't miss the chance to be a part of Slam India Retreat 2023. Travel to Jaipur for a three day residential course.

We support individuals in transforming into slam poets, enabling them to gain recognition and success. Several poets endorsed by our organization have attained exposure through prominent news channels such as BBC and Times of India, securing opportunities for public speaking engagements and receiving awards for their exceptional writing skills. 

Slam India Retreat 2023 is a culmination of workshops by famous international poets, group feedback sessions and stage exercises to develop your confidence and an opportunity to make long-lasting friendships with like-minded people from all over India. 

We welcome all genders, ages and ethnicities. Delhi Poetry Slam strives to be a safe space for all.

Beginners are encouraged to apply. Experience in writing or performing poetry is not required. 

When and Where

Dates: 21st July 2023, Friday to 23rd July, Sunday 

Location: Jaipur

Course Fee: Rs 30,500 plus 18% taxes

Inclusions: Workshops, accommodation for three nights on twin-sharing basis, meals, anthology publication, performance and certificate of merit.

Transportation to and from Jaipur needs to be organized by the participant. We're happy to help making your travel plans.  

Escape. Learn. Explore. Create. Apply Now by filling the form below. 

Success Stories

Shivani Gupta was a participant of Slam India Retreat. Her poem 'All Men Are Not Monsters' went viral on our YouTube channel. Subsequently, she was featured on NDTV, India Today, Forbes and The Telegraph. As part of Delhi Poetry Slam's mascots, she visited IIM Ahmedabad to teach slam poetry at their annual festival. 


Ridhima Manocha was a participant of Slam India Retreat. Her poem was featured on Delhi Poetry Slam YouTube channel, garnering thousands of views on the subject of discrimination on the basis of skin color. She became the youngest speaker at Jaipur Lit Fest and has authored a book of poetry. 

Our Mentors

JustJamaal ThePoet is an award winning poet, arts educator and creative entrepreneur based in Canada. As a poet, he was selected to be Ottawa’s first English Poet Laureate after 27 years in which the position had gone unfilled, while his career in arts education has earned him 2016’s Ontario Arts Educator Award. He has brought his practice to audiences locally and internationally and his defining moments are when he makes intimate connections with his participants during workshop exchanges and performance sets. His topics range from emotional maturity to social justice, from parenting to the human condition, and has been highlighted in festivals, documentaries and educational institutions across the world. He resides in Ottawa, Canada, with his wife and six children, using the national capital region and his performance studio, The Origin Arts & Community Centre, as his launch pad to teach, mentor and advocate for the arts.

Lawrence Fray is a much-travelled teacher, musician, writer and education consultant. Born in England and raised in Ireland, he has worked in both countries as well as in Zimbabwe and been Principal in schools in the UAE and, of course, in India. Now in semi-retirement, Lawrence divides his time between the pollution and potholes of Gurugram and the cool, clear air of Ranikhet, where he can look at the high Himalayan peaks of Trishul and Nanda Devi from his balcony. He hopes the wonderful view will inspire him to write  poetry and short stories of a reasonable standard. His poems have been praised by the Society of Classical Poets (USA) and by Wingword. He contributes to the magazine Education World (India) and a regional newspaper in Ireland. His mantra for poetry is:  ‘Find your voice and write honestly from the heart, because poetry is more about the journey than the destination’.

Publication in Anthology

The best works of each participant will be compiled in “Writing in Circles” anthology to be published by Delhi Poetry Slam in August 2023. The participants will receive one free copy of the anthology on publication and a book launch will be held in Delhi. 


Participants will be given the opportunity to perform their poems in front of a diverse audience on the last day of the retreat. This experience will help them get an understanding of valuable techniques used for a live performance and eradicating stage fears. Jamaal will train each participant individually and bring out their best skills for the show.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Who is eligible to participate in the course?

    We welcome everyone with a passion for poetry. Beginners are encouraged to apply.

    2. What is slam poetry? 

    Slam poetry, a form of performance poetry that combines the elements of performance, writing, competition and audience participation. The concept of slam poetry originated in the 1980s in Chicago, Illinois, when a local poet and construction worker, Marc Kelly Smith, feeling that poetry readings and poetry in general had lost their true passion, had an idea to bring poetry back to the people. 

    3. It's my first time travelling. Can I receive help from your team in sorting out my travel plans for the retreat? 

    Yes, we're glad to help you out with all information and connect you with other participants from your city prior to the retreat. 

    4. Can I bring a parent, guardian or travel partner along with me? 

    If the parent wants to accompany the participant, arrangements can be made for a private room for the participant and his/ her guardian at a small additional cost. 

    For queries, please get in touch with Ms Freddie on WhatsApp: 8431701103