April 12, 2019—April 14, 2019
Mark Matousek and Maria Sirois: Writing For Resilience: The Life Saving Power of Changing Your Story
Why do some people blossom through adversity while others fall apart? What mysterious power helps us to thrive with more creativity, wisdom, and ease? The answer is: resilience.
In this workshop for writers of all levels, we’ll explore the connection between resilience and storytelling, and how shifting perspective and reframing our stories more truthfully can free us from limiting narratives and help us create a happier future.
Using writing as a path of insight, you’ll learn to see past experience with new eyes, and build personal strength through the willingness to change your stories.
Mark Matousek is a bestselling author, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on personal awakening and creative excellence through transformational writing and self-inquiry. He is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story 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, and Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life. A popular lecturer and writing teacher, Mark is on the faculty of the New York Open Center, The Omega Institute, Esalen, and Hollyhock, and is the Creative Director of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls. He brings over three decades of experience as a memoirist, editor, interviewer, survivor, activist, and spiritual seeker to his penetrating and thought provoking work with students, and has inspired thousands of people around the world to reach their artistic and personal goals. The essence of Mark’s philosophy is that “When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed.” Only by dispelling life myths and revealing your authentic truth can transformation begin. www.markmatousek.com
Dr. Maria Sirois is a psychologist, author, and seminar leader who teaches internationally in the intersection of resilience and flourishing. Known for her wisdom, authenticity, and rampant humor, she brings invigorating practices and perspectives from the studies of positive psychology and mind/body medicine. Sirois is the author of two books: A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith and Resilience from Children Facing Illness, both of which have become teaching resources at hospitals, hospices, and wellness centers across the country. A master teacher, Sirois has been called an orator of great power and beauty. With world thought leader Tal Ben-Shahar, she co-leads a year-long certificate program in positive psychology for executives, educators, entrepreneurs, counselors, and the general public. www.mariasirois.com