Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Transformation

Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Transformation

Workshop
Sunday, July 9, 2017 -
10:30 to 17:00
Personal Growth
Spiritual
Wellbeing
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An intimate exploration of personal identity through expressive writing
Description: 

“When you tell the truth, your story changes.
When your story changes, your life is transformed.”

This transformational workshop introduces students of all levels to spiritual memoir and writing as a path of transformation and self-discovery. When you learn to tell the whole truth about experience and to discern your own soul’s journey, you come to understand the mythic dimension of personal struggles, triumphs, confusions, longings, digressions, and so-called mistakes. Liberated from the myth that your story is you, and aware that every life narrative is a work of fiction, you are freed of the unnecessary limits these fictions impose

Through writing exercises and group dialogue, you will examine your inner life as a doorway to transpersonal wisdom, beginning with early biography, through emotional maturity, adult and family life, rites of passage, loss and growth, as well as treasure troves of must-tell stories. The objectives of this workshop are radical truth telling, increased mindfulness, and increased skill in writing.

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.

Testimonials

"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
USA

"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
USA

Timetable: 
10.30am
Workshop starts
5pm
Workshop ends
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