Mark Matousek will be teaching an Intensive Workshop again during the Wisdom and Wellbeing Weeks 2023 from February 18 -25, 2023 at Blue Spirit about the following topic:
Your Untold Story: Writing as a Path of Awakening
Each of us has an untold story. Underneath the persona you show the world lies a hidden narrative you may not be aware of, or one that you deny altogether. When you explore this unrevealed story, and reveal the whole truth about your experience, you come to see the mythic dimension of your personal struggles and discover answers to questions that have eluded you. You begin to hear and access the powerful, authentic voice that has always been inside you.
In this transformative workshop, Mark will guide you on a step-by-step journey into your own interior, using his Writing To Awaken method. You will explore profound, targeted questions designed to reveal, engage, and challenge your untold story in a safe, intimate, and supportive setting. Our time together will also include group sharing, inspirational readings, and one-on-one work with me.
Through this process, you’ll discover the transformative power of telling the truth, and the power of writing as path of self-discovery. A wealth of scientific research shows that a regular writing practice improves physical, mental, and emotional health in dramatic ways. Writing to Awaken has helped countless people around the world reach their creative and spiritual goals.
What You Will Gain:
• Increased insight, mindfulness, and capacity for truth-telling
• Understanding of the role and purpose of memoir and spiritual autobiography
• Clarity of purpose and personal meaning
• Deepened connection with your wisdom voice and the internal witness
• Identification of personal artistic and personal strengths and areas for improvement
• Improved writing technique, narrative skill, language use, and descriptive ability
• Understanding of the writer’s path as it feeds, and is fed by, spiritual seeking
• Comfort with your personal shadow and the gifts it contains
Who Should Take This Workshop:
1. Memoir Writers.
This workshop provides memoir writers with rich new material to deepen their work, increase the truthfulness of their writing, and reveal the hidden story driving their personal narrative.
2. Writing Enthusiasts and Journal Keepers.
Use writing in a whole new way. This method of expressive writing is proven to bring clarity and understanding to your practice.
Although we use writing for self-discovery, you do not have to be a writer to reap the benefits of Writing to Awaken. All that you need is curiosity, candor, and a desire for authenticity
Challenging the story you tell yourself – about who you are, who you’re not, what you want, and what really matters – has the power to radically improve your life. As Mark teaches, “When you tell the truth, your story changes. And when your story changes, your life is transformed.” Exploring your untold story leads to a happier, richer life, and shows that your most profound challenges are also your greatest sources of wisdom. Please join me for this illuminating week of deep writing and personal insight.
About Mark Matousek
Mark Matousek, MA, a writer, teacher, and Buddhist practitioner, is the author of two acclaimed memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment and The Boy He Left Behind, as well as When You’re Falling, Dive and Ethical Wisdom. His book, When You’re Falling, Dive, is a 20-year study of transformation through crisis.
Matousek has worked with Sogyal Rimpoche on The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, and with Ram Dass on his book, Still Here. A former editor at Interview magazine, he is a featured blogger for PsychologyToday.com and the Huffington Post, and has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications, including the New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine (contributing editor), Harper’s Bazaar, Yoga Journal, Tricycle, and the Saturday Evening Post.
A popular speaker and teacher, Mark Matousek offers courses in creativity and spiritual growth in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe, based on his book, Writing To Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery. He is a founding member (with Eve Ensler) of V-Men, an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls.