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.


Return to the Source
Writing to Awaken in Italy
June 18 – 25, 2022

During our week together, we will use writing as path of self-exploration and spiritual renewal, as well as creative discovery. The retreat location, Il Fattoria di Vibio, is a gorgeous property situated in the heart of the Umbrian countryside. A recognized UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, this region is among Italy’s most pristine and historic and is easily accessible from Rome and Florence.
We’ll divide our time between daily lessons, writing sessions, cultural excursions around the region, and one-on-one meetings with Mark to deepen your personal work. The venue offers world-class amenities, including indoor and outdoor pools, renovated private baths, and locally-sourced food and wine. Both private and shared rooms are available.
After this time of upheaval and stress, many of us are longing to restore ourselves with beauty, simplicity, and celebration. I’m thrilled that we are able to offer this retreat in Umbria after a two-year delay, and trust the experience will be wonderful.


Writing as a Spiritual Practice: The
Healing Power of Telling Your Story
August 19 – 24, 2022

This transformational five-day program uses personal writing as a path of self-discovery, authenticity, and spiritual growth. When you learn to express the whole truth about experience and to discern your own soul’s journey, you come to understand the mythic dimension of personal struggles, triumphs, confusions, longings, digressions, and so-called mistakes. The realization that you are the storyteller – not the story – frees you to examine beliefs, expectations, and biases that have limited your sense of self.