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