“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back.
You are inflamed with a special longing.”

~Alan Watts

Being alive is the great adventure. The passage from ignorance to self-knowledge is the very reason you are alive. When you answer the invitation to know yourself, life becomes an evolving journey, a path to kindling the wisdom already inside you.
In this eight-week guided writing series, you will explore eight essential steps in this archetypal passage from illusion to insight, and meeting the authentic self. Using writing as a practice of self-inquiry, you’ll investigate the rewards, risks, opportunities and surprises on the road to awakening.
Since the dawn of time, our forebears have puzzled over the mysteries of human existence. They’ve invented pathways and practices to uncover our true identity, transcend the limits of the ego-mind, and tap into the larger self that awaits us beyond our stories.
Using Mark’s Writing To Awaken method, you will question the narratives that hold you back, the confusions that block your vital awareness, and the possibilities available to you when you wake up to what you truly are.

“Mark Matousek invites you to dive into the depths of your life experience to explore the fundamental question: Who am I? With profound psychological and spiritual wisdom, he helps you step-by-step along the way.”

~Roger Housden, author of Ten Poems To Change Your Life

Among the questions we will explore together:
~Where do you find yourself today on the path of awakening?
~What do you need in order to feel whole?
~Who would you be if you were free?
~What do you see when you look in the mirror?
~Do you refuse growth for fear of losing control?
~Are you open to astonishment, wonder, and awe?
~Do you pay attention to your intuition?
~How does impermanence lead to freedom?
~How can you live with impermanence?
~What is the source of your deepest wisdom?
Known for his intuitive, compassionate teaching, Mark creates a welcoming atmosphere for writers of all levels to benefit from this powerful work. You are not required to share you writing in this class. For those interested in interacting with their classmates, participants are invited to choose a writing buddy, post their writing and respond to others on the group page.
Scientific studies have shown that a regular writing practice has the ability to improve physical, mental, and emotional health in dramatic ways. Writing to Awaken has helped thousands of people around the world to reach their creative and spiritual goals. No writing experience is necessary. Curiosity, courage, and the willingness to question your personal narratives are all you need to benefit from these inspiring, supportive class.
Mark describes the power of writing to heal in this essay from The Saturday Evening Post.

Session Overview

Each session explores a different theme and can be taken individually.
Choose the themes that interest you and fit into your schedule.

Session One: Who is the Traveler?
This first week, we explore how the “I” is formed, its stories become real, you lose yourself and become a character in an ongoing, self-made fiction.
Session Two: Losing Your Innocence
In our second session, you will isolate the loss of innocence that caused you to question who you are; the experience or period of life that ended your emotional and spiritual childhood.
Session Three: Questions For the Road
Intrigued and confused by this upheaval, we naturally begin to ask questions that upset the apple carts of our lives, while also helping us reach the fruit, as this third lesson reveals.
Session Four: Why Saying No Matters
Every question we ask requires a choice. To learn or not to learn? To repeat or not to repeat? In lesson four, we explore the power of no, indispensable to authenticity.
Session Five: Moving Through the Unknown
Courage is necessary for personal growth. In this session, we look at stamina, focus, and discipline as our greatest allies in spiritual life.
Session Six: The Unity of Opposites
This session focuses on the integration of the shadow on the path to awakening, and how to navigate apparent conflicts from a position of unity.
Session Seven: Saved By Wonder
In this lesson, we look at the value of wonder and awe as sources of illumination, and how beauty elevates the mind and spirit as you move toward self-knowledge.
Session Eight: The Light Within
In our final session, you clarify how your perspective has changed, what you now understand about who you are, and your intentions for moving forward on the wisdom journey.

How the Guided Writing Series Works

Each live session meets on Saturday at at 12 pm EDT/ 9 am PDT/ 5 pm BST on the Zoom platform which is accessible from your computer, smart phone or tablet. Dial-in options are also available for those who don’t want to use video.
Each session is 90 minutes and consists of Mark’s lesson, two writing prompts with sharing, discussion, breakout groups, and Q&A after each exercise. You are not required to participate in the group dialog. Anonymity is respected. The session playback links are emailed to all registrants the following day. The Zoom Meeting access details are emailed the day prior to and one hour before the start of each session.
For those who register for the complete series, there will be a Google Group for posting any writing you want to share with the class. Using Google Groups allows the class to read, comment and support each other’s work in a positive and nurturing environment. We will contact you a few days before the first class for setup in the Group. Participation in the Google Group is not mandatory.

“The online class I took with Mark is one of the most profound experiences I’ve ever had. His strong leadership and sensitivity provide a safe environment in which to write. These exercises along with Mark’s intuitive questions and personal feedback, have revealed my inner sense of wholeness.
I am deeply grateful for this gift.”

~Kate, USA

With every step toward self-knowledge, the trappings of the ego are dissolved and your true self shines through more clearly. Each small progress you make on the seekers path provides valuable dividends that inspire you to keep moving forward. Clarity, humor, healing, and ease become the traveler’s tools leading you to your true self.
I hope you can join us.


Individual Sessions: $27

Each session explores a different theme and can be taken individually.
Choose the themes that interest you and fit into your schedule.
Individual sessions can be purchased up to 30 minutes before the start time.
All Classes Begin at 12:00 PM Eastern/ 9:00 AM Pacific/ 5:00 PM British Summer Time
Sessions are recorded and the playback links are emailed to participants the following day.
Complete Eight-Week Series
July 10 – August 28, 2021
Session One: Who is the Traveler?
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Session Two: Losing Your Innocence
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Session Three: Questions For the Road
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Session Four: Why Saying No Matters
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Session Five: Moving Through the Unknown
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Session Six: The Unity of Opposites
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Session Seven: Saved By Wonder
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Session Eight: The Light Within
Saturday, August 28, 2021

“Self-inquiry is the most powerful antidote that I know of for ending
self-delusion and dropping the mask to reveal our true face —
not only to the world, but most importantly, to ourselves.”

~Mark Matousek