Mark’s workshops are a great opportunity to use his transformative method of personal investigation, Writing To Awaken, for personal, professional, and spiritual development. Known for his intuitive, compassionate teaching, Mark creates a welcoming atmosphere for writers of all levels to benefit from this powerful work.
“One of the most generous-spirited presenters
I have worked with anywhere.”
~Oriane Lee Johnson
We each have our own story, a personal myth constructed from our life experiences. Unfortunately, a majority of us believe that we are our story rather than being the storyteller. We identify so strongly with these narratives that we cling to them for our very existence – even when they no longer fit. Realizing the a gap between your stories and your authentic self is a doorway to personal freedom and insight.
Writing To Awaken guides you through this portal using powerful questions and self-inquiry. When you write about your deepest desires, secret challenges, unrealized gifts, and so-called mistakes, you liberate your latent wisdom and the power of the internal witness. This releases creativity, innovation, and courage. Scientific studies have shown remarkable improvements in physical, mental, and emotional health through expressive writing. Visit Mark’s Testimonials Page and see what student’s are saying about Mark and his work.


The Call of the Wild:
Awakening Vitality Through Imagination
March 16 – 23, 2024
Blue Spirit Costa Rica

Domesticity can wreak havoc on the human spirit. A fixation on comfort, convenience, and safety can strip you of connection to the natural world and the wildness that fuels your creative potential. Tapping into your undomesticated source increases vitality and imagination and frees your authentic, uncensored voice.
In this transformative workshop, Mark guides you on a step-by-step journey through your interior wilderness using his Writing to Awaken method. Exploring targeted questions designed to prompt insight, you’ll learn to dispel false narratives that keep you trapped and limit your potential. Mark is a master of providing a safe, intimate, and supportive setting for this deep and revelatory work. Daily sessions will also include group sharing, inspirational readings, and one-on-one work with Mark.

The Treasure Within You
A Writing to Awaken Retreat in Italy
June 15 – 22, 2024
Borgo Gallinaio
Monteriggioni, Tuscany

Each of us is a treasury of stories connected by the power of love. Experiences that matter to us are guarded by memory and tenderness in the heart, and the longing to give them form.
During this weeklong workshop in Tuscany, you will discover why writing is an exquisite tool for exploring your interior collection of stories. Guided by memoirist and teacher Mark Matousek, The Treasure Within You is an opportunity to explore the narratives that matter to you in an atmosphere of gentle support and good humor, using Mark’s Writing to Awaken method.