Mark Matousek: Writing to Awaken at 1440 Multiversity

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Writing to Awaken

Memoir as a Path of Transformation

February 14 - 16, 2020

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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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.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Mark Matousek

    Teacher, speaker, and best-selling author

    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 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.

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  • 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.<br />

    • 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/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    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.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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