Seeing Through the Eyes of Love: How the Heart Can Heal

Seeing Through the Eyes of Love: How the Heart Can Heal

Sunday, June 5, 2022 - 10:00 to 16:30
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A One-Day Writing Workshop

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections.” ~John Keats

Love is the prime mover of our existence. In this one-day workshop, Mark guides you through a series of expressive writing exercises designed to bring insight, healing, and imagination to the love relationships in your life, which includes having love of yourself.

Where does your heart get tangled in love? How does self-judgment interfere with connection? Who would you be if you had no fear of intimacy, vulnerability, rejection, dependence? These are some of the questions we’ll explore together during this transformational workshop.

Mark has been helping people voice and investigate their personal stories for 35 years as an author, teacher, and spiritual director. Using his method of self-discovery, Writing To Awaken, we will explore the myths, biases, and expectations that impact our abilities to love and feel loved. No previous writing experience is necessary to benefit from this workshop -- nor are participants expected to share their work. Mark will introduce you to Writing to Awaken, explain the psychological and physical benefits of using expressive writing as a spiritual practice, offer feedback to your personal questions, and provide tools to help you create an ongoing writing practice.


Seeing Through the Eyes of Love will help you:

~Be more honest about your emotional life

~Recognize the links between fear and desire

~Explore the shadows of love, where you conceal your riches

~Debunk myths about intimate connection and expectations

~Confront issues of jealousy, shame, and guilt in love

~Understand love as a spiritual practice leading to wisdom


Mark Matousek, M.A. is an award-winning author, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on transformative writing for personal, professional, and spiritual development. He is the author of eight books including Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life, When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living, Sex Death Enlightenment (an international bestseller), and Writing To Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery. A featured blogger for, he has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications, including the New Yorker, Details, Harper’s Bazaar, The Chicago Tribune, O: The Oprah Magazine, and many others. 

A MacDowell Fellow and graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he is founder of The Seekers Forum, an online community for non-sectarian spiritual dialogue, and a founding member of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls. Mark is on the faculty of The New York Open Center, The Omega Institute, 1440, Esalen, The Rowe Center, Hollyhock, and Omega Blue Spirit, Costa Rica. He offers workshops in self-inquiry and personal development internationally, using his Writing To Awaken method, which has helps thousands of people around the globe world to reach their artistic and personal goals. He lives in Springs, New York.


Making sense of our lives through reflective writing is a research-established way of cultivating well-being in your life. As a scientist and clinician, I find Mark Matousek’s reflections and life-changing insights to be filled with timeless wisdom and practical advice. Let Mark be your guide as you journey to the depths of your mind to nurture a new way of being with yourself and others.”

~Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Clinical Professor and NY TImes bestselling author


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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