Wise at Heart: Writing as a Path to Insight

Wise at Heart: Writing as a Path to Insight

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 14:00 to 19:00
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Mark Matousek is an award-winning author of five books, including When You’re Falling, Dive and Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life.

Writing is an unparalleled tool for cultivating wisdom through self-inquiry. In this transformational workshop, you will learn to use writing as a path to insight, creative growth, and spiritual freedom. When you turn your attention inward, you discover the wisdom that is already inside you. Exploring core narratives, wounds, and beliefs, you learn to separate the false from the real and become your own guide on the path of awakening.  Mark Matousek teaches that, “When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed.” 

Through expressive writing, dyadic work, one-on-one coaching, and group discussion, you come to discover that “you are the storyteller, not the story”, and that the power to awaken is already within you. Known for his inspiring work with students, Mark Matousek creates a warm, supportive atmosphere in which to do this life-changing work. His unique method, (Writing To Awaken,) has helped countless people around the world to reach their creative and spiritual goals. This workshop is open to writers of all levels.

Recommended Reading: Matousek, Writing To Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery


About the speaker, Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek is an award-winning author of five books, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True StoryThe Boy He Left Behind, When You’re Falling, Dive, Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life, and Ethical Wisdom for Friends. He writes regularly for Psychology TodayPurple CloverThe Huffington Post, and Contemplative Journal, and has contributed to numerous national magazines and literary anthologies.


"Mark Matousek is one of the most generous-spirited presenters I have worked with anywhere. I did his memoir-writing program Hollyhock in 2014 and it was a major confidence-building experience, both for my writing and for myself as a person. I found that Mark's Buddhist-inspired loving presence creates a safe space for people to delve into the most meaningful, often surprising, stories of our lives and bring them onto the written page. He is deeply attentive to each person, unconditionally accepting, and reflects back the value in your personal story."
Oriane Lee Johnston
Ex-Director of Programming, Hollyhock, Canada

"My time with Mark Matousek was adventurous, joyful, regenerative, and truly life altering. Though he claims to be a mere writing coach, I found that his gift for offering invaluable insight, targeted writing prompts, bold and blunt life strategy, as well as time for personal reflection to be more on par with a wise sage or awakened life coach. Anyone can easily feel how deeply honored he is to help people from all walks of life catalyze their own creative process. he's a total treasure and a master storyteller in his own right... Travel with him to the absolute edge of your best self and I promise that your creative life will never be the same!"
Mickaela Grace

"I never thought I was a writer nor did I even attempt writing until a friend kept at me to take Mark’s workshops. Being a stubborn person who resists before plunging into anything challenging that ends up being just what I needed, I resisted for some time. Thank goodness I finally took the plunge. The workshops have been transformative for me. I found myself delving deeply into aspects of my life and digging up memories I thought were long gone. As a result, I believe that I have become a more open person and a better friend, not to mention a good writer. I am forever grateful to Mark for his time, his insights, his ability to put his finger on each person’s pulse in such a way that we all learn not only from him but from each other. He is truly a remarkable man and a great teacher."
Philippa Wehle

Session 1 - 2 hour session
One hour break
Session 2 - 2 hours