Love and Happiness: Getting Back to Basics

Love and Happiness: Getting Back to Basics

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 19:00 to Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 21:00
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A Three-Part Writing Journey

3 x 2 hour sessions - Tuesdays 6 / 13 / 20 July 

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In this complex time of uncertainty and loss, it's easy to forget about the basics of life that sustain us regardless of changing circumstances. Love, happiness, trust, and meaning are your greatest allies in this world; what's more, they already exist in abundance when you clear away the stories that bind you.

In this three-part writing workshop, you will be guided in the unburdening process, using Mark's Writing To Awaken method. By learning to be honest about your own experience without fear,  you set a process of insight in motion that has remarkable benefits.


"When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed," Mark teaches. When you examine the narratives that run your life, and cut through to what is authentic, you liberate life-giving energies by removing the shackles of bad information, and reorient yourself toward happiness and insight. 

During each two-hour session, there will be an introductory talk, four guided writing exercises, small break out groups, and plenty of time for questions and sharing.  Mark is known for his intuitive, gentle style, and creates an atmosphere of support and wisdom in which to do this meaningful work. Scientific studies have shown that as little as 15 minutes of expressive writing a day has remarkable benefits for the mind and body, including reduced stress, improved immune function, accelerated healing, and increased levels of well-being. 


Here are a few of the topics we'll explore together: 

Inherited narratives that hold you back

Stories underlying false expectations and beliefs

Patterns of connection to and disconnection from others

Experiences that make you feel happy and why

Meaning and purpose as essential life ingredients

Changes that might happen if you listened to your wisdom 

Destructive emotions, self-pity, and -doubt as potential allies

The sources of love already around you


Please join us for this transformational series and give yourself the gift of insight.  Love and Happiness will help you get back to basics, clear your mind and heart, and empower yourself for what comes next. 



Mark unveils the path of writing as revelation.

He helps you take your pen in hand to look

deeply into the human heart."


~Roshi Joan Halifax


About the speaker, Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek is an award-winning author of two memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story (an international bestseller) and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man's Search For His Lost Father, as well as When You're Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living, Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life, and Mother of the Unseen World. 

A MacDowell Fellow and former editor at Interview Magazine, he has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications, including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine (contributing editor), Harper’s Bazaar, Yoga Journal, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and The Saturday Evening Post, and is a columnist for Psychology Today. A popular speaker and teacher, he offers courses in creativity and spiritual growth in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe, based on his book, Writing To Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery. 

Matousek is a founding member of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls, and lives in East Hampton, New York.  


"Mark Matousek is one of the most generous-spirited presenters I have worked with anywhere. I did his memoir-writing program Hollyhock in 2014 and it was a major confidence-building experience, both for my writing and for myself as a person. I found that Mark's Buddhist-inspired loving presence creates a safe space for people to delve into the most meaningful, often surprising, stories of our lives and bring them onto the written page. He is deeply attentive to each person, unconditionally accepting, and reflects back the value in your personal story."
Oriane Lee Johnston
Ex-Director of Programming, Hollyhock, Canada

"My time with Mark Matousek was adventurous, joyful, regenerative, and truly life altering. Though he claims to be a mere writing coach, I found that his gift for offering invaluable insight, targeted writing prompts, bold and blunt life strategy, as well as time for personal reflection to be more on par with a wise sage or awakened life coach. Anyone can easily feel how deeply honored he is to help people from all walks of life catalyze their own creative process. he's a total treasure and a master storyteller in his own right... Travel with him to the absolute edge of your best self and I promise that your creative life will never be the same!"
Mickaela Grace

"I never thought I was a writer nor did I even attempt writing until a friend kept at me to take Mark’s workshops. Being a stubborn person who resists before plunging into anything challenging that ends up being just what I needed, I resisted for some time. Thank goodness I finally took the plunge. The workshops have been transformative for me. I found myself delving deeply into aspects of my life and digging up memories I thought were long gone. As a result, I believe that I have become a more open person and a better friend, not to mention a good writer. I am forever grateful to Mark for his time, his insights, 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. He is truly a remarkable man and a great teacher."
Philippa Wehle

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