Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until May 5, 2024.
  • Private Cabin Oceanfront – CAD $4,205.00
  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $3,205.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $3,005.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,580.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $4,995.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $4,600.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $4,205.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,500.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $2,300.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,100.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,895.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,650.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,650.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,650.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,625.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $3,000.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,450.00
  • All Packages Include CAD $1,325.00 Tuition

Date & Time Details:
Program begins: August 4
Program ends: August 9
Click here to view a sample program schedule.

Tuition: $750 CAD (5 Nights)

Rooms & Meals: Rates listed below include room, 3 meals per day, use of hot tubs, and campus facilities. Tuition not included.

Room Type Nightly Rate 4 Nights / 5 Days 5 Nights / 6 Days
Private ensuite $451 $1,806 $2,257.15
Private shared bathroom $366 $1,462 $1,828
Twin shared bathroom $270 $1,081 $1,351.63
Dorm $180 $720 $900

All bookings are subject to a 10% campus fee and applicable taxes. Click here for more room types and rates.

Scholarships : Hollyhock recognizes that economic opportunity is not currently equal for all; we encourage and welcome anyone registering for a program to apply for a scholarship. Scholarship applications are open. Click here to learn more and apply.

Terms & Conditions: You may find terms & conditions here.

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Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Healing

With Mark Matousek

August 4 - 9, 2024

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. The realization that you are the storyteller – not the story – frees you to examine beliefs, expectations, and biases that have 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 series of writing exercises designed to help free your authentic writing voice — including its shadow parts. By integrating what lies in the dark, memoir becomes a wisdom path, a rite of passage into deeper self-knowledge that leads to insight.

Writing to Awaken has helped thousands of people around the world to achieve their creative and spiritual goals. Known for asking insightful questions, Mark creates an atmosphere of safety, support and good humour to his transformative work with students.

“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, Past participant

Program Objectives

  • Identify the mythic dimension of your personal stories
  • Relax the inner censor that wants to keep you quiet (and stuck)
  • Transform challenging material through storytelling
  • Derive insight from lived experience viewed from the eye of the witness
  • Recognize the importance of exploring the psychological shadow as a part of spiritual awakening
  • Experience writing as a spiritual practice that can change your life and use writing as a path of healing and insight

Daily Schedule

A detailed schedule will be available at least 2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule 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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