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Writing to Awaken

Memoir as a Path of Transformation

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

When you tell the truth, your personal story expands and your life is transformed. Join best-selling author Mark Matousek for an intimate exploration of personal identity through expressive writing and self-inquiry. Learn to tell your whole truth and come to understand the mythic dimension of your personal struggles, triumphs, confusions, longings, digressions, and so-called mistakes.

Using targeted questions, radical truth-telling, and self-inquiry, you will delve into the narrative of your life and write honestly about your greatest challenges, deepest yearnings, secret wounds, and hidden gifts.

Learn how to:

  • Liberate yourself from the myth that you are your stories—every life is a work of fiction
  • Discern the difference between situation and story, and cultivate witness consciousness to reimagine your personal story
  • Explore positive and negative parts of the shadow and recognize the link between fear and desire
  • Overcome shame through self-inquiry, and change trauma narratives by separating storyteller from story.

No writing experience is necessary. This is a course in self-discovery—the only prerequisites are curiosity, intention, and a willingness to write the truth.

Mark Matousek

February 9 - 11, 2018
Friday-Sunday , 2 nights

$310 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Registration Closed

Program Description

When you tell the truth, your personal story expands and your life is transformed. Join best-selling author Mark Matousek for an intimate exploration of personal identity through expressive writing and self-inquiry. Learn to tell your whole truth and come to understand the mythic dimension of your personal struggles, triumphs, confusions, longings, digressions, and so-called mistakes.

Using targeted questions, radical truth-telling, and self-inquiry, you will delve into the narrative of your life and write honestly about your greatest challenges, deepest yearnings, secret wounds, and hidden gifts.

Learn how to:

  • Liberate yourself from the myth that you are your stories—every life is a work of fiction
  • Discern the difference between situation and story, and cultivate witness consciousness to reimagine your personal story
  • Explore positive and negative parts of the shadow and recognize the link between fear and desire
  • Overcome shame through self-inquiry, and change trauma narratives by separating storyteller from story.

No writing experience is necessary. This is a course in self-discovery—the only prerequisites are curiosity, intention, and a willingness to write the truth.

Faculty Bio

Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek is the author of two acclaimed memoirs, international bestseller Sex, Death, Enlightenment: A True Story and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man’s Search for His Lost Father, as well as When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living; Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life; and Mother of the Unseen World. He worked with Sogyal Rinpoche on The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, and with Ram Dass on 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: The Buddhist Review, and the Saturday Evening Post. 

A popular speaker and teacher, he offers courses in creativity and spiritual growth in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Europe, based on Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery. He is a founding member of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls, and lives in East Hampton, New York.

 

Why Attend

  • Deepen your self-awareness and comfort with your full truth, and expand your courage to free yourself from obsolete stories and definitions of self.

  • Experience the power of expressive writing to heal and liberate by entering into your deepest truth through penetrating questions and insight from storytelling.

  • Explore your creative and spiritual potential and decrease attachments to the past to access a more liberated, authentic, and awakened life.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Recommended Reading

    Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery by Mark Matousek

  • Special Interest to

    Anyone interested in psychology and spirituality. Seekers, writers, survivors of life trauma and/or life-threatening illness. Individuals in life transition.

Accommodations

Standard Rooms
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.

Deluxe
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available from mid-February 2018.

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

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