The Great Adventure:
Exploring the Path of Insight and Freedom
A Seven-Week Online Writing Class
April 1 – May 20, 2024

“Our great human adventure is the evolution of consciousness.
We are in this life to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit,
and light up the brain.”

~ Tom Robbins
Coming to know our true nature is the greatest adventure of a human lifetime. We are here to encounter the part of ourselves that is already free and bring this true self to the foreground. Philosophers and sages for millennia have championed the need to know ourselves. Only by connecting to your true nature can you fulfill your deepest calling.
In this new online writing course, we’ll explore seven key stages on the journey to self-knowledge and their impacts on your daily life. You’ll explore the enigma of personal identity, as well as the importance of knowing your own temperament on the path of insight. You’ll examine the wisdom of the shadow, your connection to tribe, and why it’s necessary to question spiritual authority. Finally, you investigate what faith means to you and what an enlightened life looks like in these troubling times.
In a culture dominated by technology and external focus, we spend too little time attending to our inner lives. Instead, we should strive to be conscious, daring travelers on this great adventure. This oversight often results in depression, loneliness, loss of soul, and what the ancients called acedia, meaning spiritual disconnection. This course will help you strengthen insight and spirit, sharpen discernment, and engage more passionately with your own awakening.

“An incredibly positive, transformative program.
I feel lighter and brighter about myself and life which has translated into
a wonderful new sense of freedom, acceptance and creativity.”
~ Anne, USA


Week One: The Journey Begins
In this first lesson, you’ll examine the catalysts to awakening in your life, the original wounds, confusions, and losses, that motivated you to know yourself.
Week Two: Temperament
In coming to know herself, everyone must confront her own temperament. In this week’s lesson, we’ll explore the contours of the self, – your unique, indelible qualities – and how they affect your daily experience.
Week Three: Wheat From Chaff
Discernment is the focus of our third week: the crucial ability to separate the true from the false, and the authentic from the bogus, within ourselves and others.
Week Four: Dancing with the Shadow
Authenticity depends on integrating the psychological shadow (including the Golden Shadow) as this week’s lesson will demonstrate. Tolerating your own checkered character is a prerequisite to wisdom.
Week Five: Dissolving Shame
Shame decreases as self-knowledge increases. In this week’s lesson, you’ll learn to dissolve shame through inquiry. Until you separate from the ‘pain story’, shame is likely to block your path of self-discovery.
Week Six: Landscape of Desire
Desire fuels the adventure of self-realization. In this penultimate lesson, you’ll focus on how to optimize the power of eros, the creative, animating power that motivates your journey to freedom, and keeps you hungry for growth.
Week Seven: Liberation
In this final week, you’ll look at the prospect of freedom in daily life, and what it would take for you to feel free. You’ll explore how regret, rumination, and retrospection interfere with presence and well-being.

“Mark Matousek invites you to dive into the depths of your life experience to explore the fundamental question: Who am I? He offers a solid road map for the soul, and it puts you squarely in the driver’s seat.”

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

These lessons will help you:

~ Increase your discernment in spiritual matters
~ Achieve a reachable vision of self-liberation
~ Appreciate your shadow, integrate contradictions
~ Know your spiritual temperament, the nature of your longing
~ Explore the connection between desire and awakening
~ Decrease shame, avoidance, and trauma

Who this course is designed for:

~ Seekers on the path of self-knowledge, exploration, and healing
~ Journalers who wish to deepen their self-inquiry practice
~ Writers who are interested in spiritual memoir
~ Therapists who use self-inquiry in their practice


In the week prior to the start of the class, you will receive an invitation to join the Google Group for the class where all assignments, individual work and Mark’s weekly comments will be posted. Using Google Groups allows the class to read, comment and support each other’s work in a positive and nurturing environment.
Each Monday, for the duration of the class, a new lesson will be posted to the Google Group. Students post their work to the Group by the following Saturday evening. Assignments should be no more than 1,000 words.
On Sunday and Monday, Mark responds to your submission in writing. His comments are focused on insight, authenticity of voice, and emotional honesty not writing technique, prose style, or grammar. His responses offer additional prompts for deeper exploration of the subject. Students who wish not to share with the group can send their work privately to Mark.
Two group Zoom sessions will be held to provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and talk together about their work. These are the only two live sessions throughout the seven weeks.
Zoom Session 1: Monday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Zoom Session 2: Monday, May 6 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern

Join us for this seven-week adventure into your rich inner landscape. The penetrating questions in this course will open your mind and heart, leaving you with greater insight into how to live a wise and happy life.

Online Class Tuition: $467 USD


“Mark, thank you for the immense gift of your online course!The safe and inspired place you fostered for me (and our group) enabled me to delve into the deepest corners of my personal story and emerge with something new to share with the world.”
~ Judy, USA
“Mark dared me to look into my own heart of darkness and to find hidden treasures. His techniques, lessons, and tactics gave me powerful weapons and precious jewels to have the courage to see the beauty in all the fragments of life and across dimensions of time. He equipped us with excellence.”
~ Amanda, USA
“These workshops have been transformative for me. I am forever grateful to Mark for his time, his insights, and 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. A remarkable man and a great teacher.”
~ Philippa, USA