Writing to Awaken – Italy 2018

Writing To Awaken: Story as a Path of Transformation
Bagnone, Italy
Saturday, June 9 – Friday, June 15, 2018

Fees & Registration Information

About the Workshop

During this creative week in the heart of medieval Italy, we will be exploring personal story as a path of insight and liberation. Writers of all levels are welcome, from would-be memoirists to those drawn to writing as a tool for self-inquiry. Using targeted questions, radical truth-telling, and self-inquiry, you will explore the narratives of your life, writing honestly about your greatest challenges, deepest yearnings, secret wounds, hidden gifts, and roads less traveled. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of your storytelling self and move toward a more liberated, authentic, and awakened life. Mark’s unique, compassionate teaching style creates a welcoming atmosphere for this deeply transformative work. Designed for writers of all levels, Writing To Awaken will prompt insight, spiritual wisdom, and fresh possibilities.

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

About Il Giardino della Luna

“The Garden of the Moon” is the renowned former Convent of SS. Annunziata situated in the beautiful green hills of the Lunigiana region, a few kilometers from the sea. This land, between Liguria, Tuscany, and Emilia, is full of lush green vegetation with olive groves, vineyards and chestnut trees and has been an important region of historical and artistic heritage for centuries. Continue reading

Retreat Fees and Registration

Early Registration Retreat Fee: $2695

  • Register and pay in full by February 15, 2018.

  • Airfare not included. Meals, ground transportation, and excursions are included.

Full Retreat Fee: $2995

  • Register at any time and pay in full by April 30, 2018.

  • Airfare not included. Meals, ground transportation, and excursions are included.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration.

Cancellation/refund schedule.


Arrival Date: Saturday, June 9
Arrival Airport: Milan Malpensa (MXP)
Arrival Time: Before 12 pm

Group Meeting Point: Holiday Inn Express Malpensa Airport

You will be met at the airport and directed to the Holiday Inn Express. There, we will have space for attendees to gather, relax, eat, wash up, etc. Once all attendees have arrived, we will make the
three-hour drive to the retreat site together.

For anyone arriving by train, we will provide pick up the Villafranca-Bagnone Train Station. Please arrange an afternoon arrival for pickup.

After settling in on Saturday, we’ll have a welcome reception and dinner. The retreat officially kicks off on Sunday afternoon with an opening session with Mark followed by a tour of Castiglione del Terziere, a privately owned castle filled with medieval books, art, relics, and other treasures. Here’s a short video peek from last year.

During the week, workshop sessions take place in the mornings and early afternoon. Late afternoons and evenings are reserved for local excursions, free time, and one-on-one meetings with Mark. Excursions are optional and will be planned taking weather, attendance, and availability into account.

Departure: The retreat ends after lunch on Friday, June 15. We will return to the Holiday Inn Express in Milan where rooms are reserved for attendees who have flights on Saturday, June 16. For those not needing a room, $75 will be deducted from your retreat fee. We will also provide drop off at the Villafranca-Bagnone train station for anyone continuing their stay in Italy or Europe. All attendees must either return to Milan with the group or plan to leave by train on Friday. Additional nights at the retreat site are not possible.

For those wishing to remain in Italy after the retreat, the beauty of Florence, Parma, Pisa, Genoa and the Cinque Terre are easy to get to as are Southern France and Monaco. Please contact us with any questions about the retreat.

We are very excited about our return to Il Giardino della Luna and look forward to sharing this unique and beautiful place with you.