2017 Online Classes

Unburden Your Heart: Letting Go of the Painful Past
Six-Week Online Class
March 6 – April 16, 2017

In times of social change and confusion, it’s important to be able to travel light. With every abysmal headline and news byte, our burden of painful old stories grows more unwieldy.  Histories of shame, regret, loss, disappointment, anger, grief, revenge, and fear, sap our precious energy, leaving us less resilient and courageous than we actually are.

In this new six-week online class, we’ll focus on letting go of the pointless baggage that weighs us down and dampens our spirit. Exploring destructive myths in writing frees us of negative beliefs and self-doubt as we learn to let the past be the past. But how do we practice the art of surrender? How to live without the secret rewards that come with playing the victim? In the absence of obsolete stories and grudges, tired old arguments, blocks, and resentments, who might you be? And what could you do with this newfound freedom?

Many of us are asking these days: How is a person supposed to live in such disturbing times? What kind of people do we want to be? The answer begins with self-liberation, lightening our emotional loads, and focusing on self-care. By unburdening our hearts, we free up our energy to enact positive change in the world, and embody the solution instead of the problem. What could be more hopeful than that?

Unburden Your Heart will help you to:
  • Explore and release painful stories from the past
  • Surrender patterns of blame and regret
  • Reveal secret payoffs of playing the victim
  • Confront the fear of freedom from suffering
  • Lighten the load of destructive emotions
  • Cultivate present moment awareness through self-inquiry

Online Class Fee: $365
(Early registration fee: $325 – Register on or before February 20)

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Online Classes

Designed for writers of all levels, Mark’s Online Classes explore themes that awaken creative potential, promote psychological insight, and deepen spiritual awareness. They are intended to help individuals explore their inner world from the privacy of their home, while being a part of by a like-minded community.

Through Mark’s guided lessons and weekly responses, students are guided on an in-depth journey of transformational writing and self-discovery.

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

Whether you are writing for publication, personal awakening, or both, these intimate and thought-provoking classes provide a safe environment for growth and exploration. Students are encouraged to share their work with the class and join in the rich online dialogue. Participation in group dialogue is optional and anonymity is guaranteed.

Mark hosts one group teleconference during each six-week class (two for nine-week classes) that provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and discuss their work.  These are scheduled once the class begins.

How the online classes work | Testimonials


How the online classes work

In the week prior to the start of the class, you will receive an invitation to join the Google Group for the class where all assignments, individual work and Mark’s weekly comments will be posted. Using Google Groups allows the class to read, comment and support each other’s work in a positive and nurturing environment.

Each Monday, for the duration of the class, a new lesson will be posted to the Google Group. Students post their work to the Group by the following Saturday evening. Assignments should be no more than 1,000 words.

On Sunday, Mark responds to each student, commenting and giving notes on their writing and progress. Students are invited to correspond with Mark privately about their writing process or work they prefer to not to share with the Group.

Group teleconferences (one for six-week classes/ two for nine-week) are held during the session to provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and talk together about their work. These will be scheduled once the class begins.

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Testimonials

“I just completed Mark’s online writing class and I’m feeling a deep sense of gratitude for being able to participate in such an incredible, enlightening, and healing experience. The meaningful assignments led to a wealth of self-discovery! With Mark’s in-depth, heartfelt, and insightful analysis of each student’s writing each week he pointed out exactly what we needed to focus on within ourselves to move forward on our path to awareness and achieving our highest potential. I’ve taken several of a Mark’s online classes and I can’t wait for the next class that I signed up for to start. My life has changed for the better due to the work I’ve done with Mark and his knowledge, integrity, and commitment to his students is beyond compare!”

~Stacey Cohen

“I recently finished an online writing course with Mark Matousek. After 30 years of seeking I found Mark to be someone who gently and consciously offers feedback, teaching, and healing that gave me permission to safely peer into my inner world. The way in which Mark responds to each piece of writing is powerful and served as an opportunity for me to awaken to all my stories and conditioning. In 6 weeks the insights and doors to deeper creative potential were wide open. I highly recommend working with Mark!”

~Lisa Marie, Entrepreneur, ERYT

“Mark Matousek is an insightful, compelling and incisive teacher…truthful, direct, compelling, open, and compassionate. He takes students on a provocative journey to places we need to go if we are to live and create from our deepest selves. His deeply spiritual center and his generosity of spirit combine to make his being, his writings and his teaching magical transformative experiences.”

~Marcia Lippman, p

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