Designed for writers of all levels, Mark’s online classes explore themes that awaken creative potential, promote psychological insight, and deepen spiritual awareness. They are intended to help individuals explore their inner world from the privacy of their home, while being part of a like-minded community.
Whether you are writing for publication, personal awakening, or both, these intimate and thought-provoking classes provide a safe environment for growth and exploration. Students are encouraged (but not required) to share their work with the class and join in the rich online dialogue. Participation in group dialogue is optional and anonymity is guaranteed.

“Writing to Awaken is an opportunity to claim the life that you’ve been given, take ownership of your experience, and stop apologizing for having a point of view.  Whenever you sit down to write, you are declaring to yourself and the world, ‘My life matters enough to remember.’ Having lived, you have the right to describe your existence in whatever way you choose.” 

~Mark Matousek

Current Online Class

Life is fragile, unpredictable, and heartbreaking, in addition to being a gift beyond measure. We find ourselves often in darkened corners, unable to locate the best path forward, or the truthful witness that exists within us, ready to light our way. In the confusion of everyday life, we long for pragmatic philosophical principles to guide us, a time-honored toolkit of wisdom lessons to cultivate insight, decrease suffering, and increase our level of happiness.
In this new guided writing series, you’ll explore seven essential aspects of awakened living, as drawn from the ‘perennial philosophy’ at the heart of the world’s great spiritual traditions. These practical, experiential exercises are designed to reveal the guidance within you, the universal Self at your core. When you learn to access witness perspective, you become a light unto yourself, improving your life immeasurably.
Become A Light Unto Yourself:
Writing to Awaken the Truth Within
A Seven-Week Online Guided Writing Series
Mondays at 5:00 p.m. Eastern
November 14 – December 26, 2022

Upcoming Online Class

Writing to Awaken:
Intimacy as a Path of Insight
A Three-Week Guided Writing Series

Wednesdays at 1:00 pm Eastern/18:00 GMT
January 4 – 18, 2023

Presented by Alternatives UK
Intimate relationships are the testing ground for self-awareness and spiritual insight. Yet we commonly struggle against negative patterns and sabotaging behavior in dealing with the people we care about most. In this era of uncertainty, fear, and social unrest, it’s especially important that we cultivate intimacy in our lives. “It is in each other’s shadow that we survive,” Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, said Irish in the aftermath of her country’s Troubles.
In this transformative online writing series, memoirist and teacher Mark Matousek guides you through an exploration of three zones of intimacy that challenge everyone – emotional, physical, and spiritual. Each 90-minute session will begin with a brief introduction to the week’s topic, followed by two 25-minute writing sessions, optional break-out groups, and a question-and-answer period.

“Mark Matousek is a masterful and loving guide: his wisdom teachings
and brilliantly conceived questions will enable you to open to life-changing truth.
You don’t need skill in writing to partake; all that’s required is the longing to awaken your heart.”

~Tara Brach, bestselling author of Radical Acceptance