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Writing to Awaken at Hollyhock

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Writing To Awaken, the latest book by bestselling author, Mark Matousek, begins

When you tell the truth, your story changes
When your story changes, your life is transformed.

and that set the stage for the 5-day retreat I attended in mid-August at Hollyhock, Canada’s Lifelong Learning Centre on Cortes Island in beautiful Desolation Sound, British Columbia.

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Awakening Genius (Podcast)

By Mark Matousek, who will be presenting Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Transformation at Hollyhock on August 18-23, 2017.

Each of us is born with a unique gift, an authentic voice waiting to be heard. Regardless of the work you do–artist or housewife, bus driver or entrepreneur–this creative power is your genius. Once you learn to tap into this power, and tell the truth about who you are, your life can be transformed. Find your connection between desire, creativity, and spirituality, and how together they can be forces of productivity, self-awareness, and transformation.

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2015 Program Sneak Preview!

Our Program Director Leslie Hoffman is knitting the final stitches in our  all-star lineup of programs for the 2015 season. Enjoy offerings from luminaries new to Hollyhock such as Ivan E. Coyote, Lynn Twist, Sharon Salzberg, Lauren Walker and Mark Nepo. Some returning favourites include Mark Matousek, Stephen Jenkinson, Anne Randolph, Rupert Sheldrake, Jill Purce, Paul Stamets and Robert Gass.

Last updated on November 12th, 2014.


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The Fiction Of Being

By Mark Matousek

Every life is a work of fiction. That’s what I tell my memoir students. People come to me wanting to tell their life story, the narrative that sums them up, the myth that captures their essence. They expect to find this story hiding inside them like one of Michelangelo’s statues trapped inside the marble, fully formed and waiting to appear.

They’re in for a big surprise, of course. Instead of finding the perfect story, they discover a tower of Babel, a slew of motley characters in search of a coherent author. There is no singular there there, they find, no masterpiece fixed inside of the stone. There are episodes, anecdotes, motifs, impressions, memories, and foregone conclusions melded with imagination. But a fait accompli narrative strong enough to support the sum of their many parts? This is just a fantasy. Continue reading The Fiction Of Being

2014 Program Sneak Preview

Our Program Director is putting the finishing touches on a a remarkable lineup of programs for next season. Enjoy teachings from luminaries new to Hollyhock such as Jan Phillips, Mark Matousek, Mirabai Starr, and Mochita Har-Lev. Returning favourites include Donna Martin, Stephen Jenkinson, Thomas Atum O’Kane, Rupert Sheldrake, Jill Purce, Margie Gillis, Robert Gass, and Michael Stone.

Last updated on November 20, 2013.

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