Writing for Resilience: Insight and Self-Recovery in Times of Change

Writing for Resilience: Insight and Self-Recovery in Times of Change

Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 14:00 to 17:00
Personal Growth
Alternatives says: 
“When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed.”



Writing is an unparalleled tool for building resilience and deepening insight in times of momentous change. Scientific studies prove that the simple act of expressing thoughts and feelings on paper strengthens your immunity, lowers stress levels, and accelerates psychological and physical healing.

In this workshop for writers of all levels, bestselling author and teacher Mark Matousek guides you through a series of powerful practices that reveal limiting, destructive stories, increase self-understanding, and strengthen awareness of your intuitive wisdom. Using Mark’s signature Writing to Awaken method, you’ll also explore challenges, questions, and fears that have emerged due to this pandemic and other distressing world events.

Known for his compassionate and provocative style, Mark creates an atmosphere of support and encouragement that allows you to dive deeply into your stories, revealing  opportunities for personal transformation and growth. You do not need to be a writer to take part in this workshop. All you need is an open mind and heart and the willingness to put your truth on the page.


Writing for Resilience will teach you to:

  • Identify outdated and limiting life narratives
  • Bring witness awareness to beliefs and stories
  • Uncover the roots of creativity and desire
  • Examine beliefs about fear, loss, and danger
  • Locate and strengthen personal resilience
  • Cultivate an ongoing Writing To Awaken practice


Over the past 30 years, Mark has helped countless people around the world reach their creative and spiritual potential. Take advantage of this end-of-the-year opportunity to do an emotional and spiritual check-in in order to greet the New Year with increased resilience, vision, and hope. You’ll uncover new possibilities for how to live mindfully and happily in the midst of life’s perpetual changes. We need this today more than ever.



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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