The Obstacle Becomes the Way

The Obstacle Becomes the Way

Saturday, June 3, 2023 - 10:00 to 16:00
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A One-Day Writing to Awaken Workshop

“The impediment to action advances action. The obstacle becomes the way.”

                           ~ Marcus Aurelius

Life often feels like an obstacle course, an ongoing test of uncertainty, challenge, and change. The stress of living with internal conflict can leave a person confused and discouraged, cut off from others and their spiritual source. When we come to see that the solutions to our problems are contained within the challenges themselves, however, we gain essential insight into resilience, and the power of turning our obstacles upside down.

In this transformational, one-day workshop, Mark will guide you through a series of writing explorations intended to prompt insight, self-awareness, and positive change. In an atmosphere of mutual support, encouragement, inspiration, and fun, he helps you to examine deep, provocative questions about the stories you live by, and limited beliefs that are holding you back. As Writing to Awaken will show you, “When you tell the truth, your story changes.                                                                                        When your story changes, your life is transformed.”


You do not need previous writing experience to benefit from this workshop. Our focus is on self-discovery, curiosity, candor, and the desire to free ourselves of obsolete narratives. During your time together, Mark will offer incisive one-on-one feedback, as well as giving you personalized prompts to deepen your writing practice.  

During this workshop, you will examine:

  • How fear limits wise choice making 
  • How negative predictions block creativity
  • Where fresh opportunities are hidden in your blind spots
  • Why trust is necessary for wise action                                             
  • How imagination liberates you from false beliefs 
  • How writing can be used to a problem-solving tool

When you learn to approach life challenges with courage, flexibility, and imagination, you empower yourself enormously. Writing to Awaken has helped thousands of people around the world to reach their creative and spiritual goals, and it would be great to have you with us.

About the speaker, Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek, M.A., 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, an online community for writing and self-inquiry, as well as the author of eight books including How Emerson Can Change Your Life: Lessons From an American Stoic, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story,  When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living, Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life, , and Writing To Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery. 

A featured blogger for, he has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications, including the New Yorker, Details, Harper’s Bazaar, The Chicago Tribune, O: The Oprah Magazine, and many others.  A MacDowell Fellow and graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he offers workshops in self-inquiry and personal development internationally, using his Writing To Awaken method. Mark lives in Springs, New York. 


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