When You’re Falling, Dive: Thriving In Adversity

Why do some people blossom through adversity while others fall apart? What mysterious power gets us back on our feet after we’ve been knocked down? How can we draw wisdom, passion, and strength, from times of crisis?

In this class, Mark draws on decades of life experience as a near-death survivor, as well as meetings with remarkable survivors (collected in the book, When You’re Falling, Dive) to present a series of lessons for mastering the tools of post-traumatic growth. The penetrating exercises in this class are intended to help “post-catastrophe” people re-imagine their lives moving forward.

Intimate, supportive, and transformational, this class provides students with a map to personal healing, as well as tools, tricks, and teaching stories to help them through their dark night of the soul. Inspirational and life-affirming, the lessons in “When You’re Falling, Dive” have helped thousands of students to find their way back to solid ground after great loss.

Students Will Learn:
1. How to re-imagine their personal story
2. How to become comfortable with discomfort
3. How to use loss as a form of liberation
4. How to understand that no matter what is happening, something else is also true
5. How to start anew using beginner’s mind
6. How to use writing as a tool for self-transformation

Go to the Booking page to contact Mark about teaching this class.


“Mark Matousek teaches with a sensitivity that eases you, even in your most
vulnerable states. He digs at the core of your writing, uncovering meanings and feelings
you hadn’t thought of … and then offers advice like a spiritual advisor. It’s about writing
but it’s also about healing. I recommend his classes to anyone who wants their writing
to evolve or who wants to tell the story of their lives but is stuck in the muck of their
past. This class has influenced me to keep on this journey of healing myself through
writing. That’s more than I can say for any other writing class I have taken.”
-Melanie Allingham, media technician/aspiring writer

“Instead of thinking about writing I actually wrote, and am continuing to write with
openness to the truth and freedom from the self-censorship and judgment that
previously limited my writing. It has opened me creatively, inspired confidence in my
ability, and increased my self-awareness as I explore the world through what I write.”
-Carol Teitelbaum, poet