Book now and get 10% off campus rates! Offer valid until May 12, 2023.
  • Private Cabin Oceanfront – CAD $3,615.00
  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $2,875.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $2,705.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,330.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $4,520.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $4,175.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $3,830.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,265.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $2,090.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,915.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,740.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,510.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,510.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,510.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,435.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,695.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,365.00

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on August 11
Ends with lunch on August 16

Sample program schedule

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $750 CAD

Campus Rates: Campus rates include accommodations, meals, Hollyhock activities, use of hot tubs and campus facilities (does not include tuition). Click here for details.

Scholarships: Program experiences are enriched by having a multitude of voices and experiences that reflect global plurality. Our scholarship program is one of our key strategies to expand program access to underrepresented and marginalized communities.

A limited number of scholarships are available per program with awards ranging from partial to full tuition. We encourage applicants from those whose identities intersect with, but are not limited to: Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, newcomers, youth, and elders.

Please apply for a scholarship within your program registration form. We ask for a 5% refundable deposit to apply. Contact us directly if you are unable to pay this deposit.

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Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Healing

With Mark Matousek

August 11 - 16, 2023

This transformational five-day program uses personal writing as a path of self-discovery, authenticity, and spiritual growth. When you learn to express the whole truth about your life experiences – for personal use or publication – you come to understand the mythic dimension of your personal struggles, triumphs, confusions, longings, digressions, and so-called mistakes. You realize that you are the storyteller not the story, and this insight frees you to examine the beliefs, expectations, and biases that have shaped and limited your sense of self. As Mark teaches,

“When you tell the truth, your story changes.
When your story changes, your life is transformed.”

Scientific studies have shown that a consistent writing practice has the ability to improve physical, mental, and emotional health. Using targeted writing prompts, small-group sharing, and inspirational lessons and readings, Mark guides you through a process of self-inquiry designed to deepen insight, heal obsolete narratives, and hone your writer’s craft. Writing to Awaken has helped thousands of people around the world to achieve their creative and spiritual goals. Known for his intuitive work with students, Mark creates an atmosphere of warmth, wisdom, and safety in which to do this powerful practice.

In Writing to Awaken, you will learn to:

  • Use writing as a path of healing and insight
  • Cultivate witness consciousness in personal storytelling
  • What it means to tell your “untold story”
  • Recognize the importance of exploring the psychological shadow as a part of spiritual awakening
  • Enrich personal narrative with spiritual wisdom
  • Practice the five essential elements of effective storytelling
  • Develop an ongoing, transformative writing practice

“I cannot say enough about this profound writing practice to heal, and awaken. I went away feeling weightier, more embodied, with a deep sense of having recovered more of my authentic voice, and depth of presence.” – Krystal Dyan, 2019

Schedule

A detailed schedule will be available 1-2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule here.

Terms & Conditions

You may find our terms & conditions here.


Presenter

Mark Matousek
Mark Matousek is an award-winning author, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on transformative writing for personal, professional, and spiritual development. He is the Founder of The Seekers Forum, an online community for self-inquiry, and the author of seven books, including the international bestseller Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story, Writing to…
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