This transformational workshop introduces students of all levels to writing as a path of transformation and self-discovery. When you learn to tell the whole truth about experience and discern your own soul’s journey, you come to understand the mythic dimension of personal struggles, triumphs, confusions, longings, digressions, and so-called mistakes. As you come to realize that you are the storyteller not the story, you are free to examine beliefs, expectations, and biases that have limited your sense of self and move toward a more liberated, authentic, and awakened life. "When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed," Matousek teaches.
You don't need to be a writer to benefit from Writing to Awaken. In fact, studies have shown that as little as 15 minutes of expressive writing a day can improve physical and emotional health in remarkable ways. Using targeted writing prompts, small-group sharing, and inspirational readings, you'll spend the day exploring the stories of your life for creative and spiritual self-discovery. Matousek's unique, compassionate teaching style creates a welcoming atmosphere for this deeply personal work, which has helped thousands around the world to gain fresh insight, heal from past wounding, and imagine new possibilities.
You will learn to:
- Question old stories that have held you back
- Truthfully express your thoughts and feelings in writing
- Create an ongoing writing practice for self-inquiry and healing
- Explore the stories you conceal in the shadow, in order to free creative power
- Overcome the fear of self-confrontation.
- Use writing as a path of transformation, contemplation, and spiritual awareness
Mark Matousek is the author of two acclaimed memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story (an international bestseller) and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man's Search For His Lost Father; as well as WhenYou're Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living; Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life. 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 U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe, based on his book, Writing To Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery. A founding member of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls, he lives and works in East Hampton, New York.