Journey To the Sacred
A Six-Week Online Class
February 22 – April 4, 2016
Class fee: $360
What do you hold sacred? In an era focused on surface over depth, success over wisdom, and material goods over inner treasure, many of us lose track of the power of sacredness in our lives – and how we suffer in its absence. But what do we mean by sacredness? Do we need faith in order to know what’s sacred? Is sacredness personal or religious (or both)? Is the Sacred esoteric, rare, and confined to particular spaces and things? Or is the Sacred ubiquitous and everyday, defining the very substance of what makes us human, and infusing the world with brightness and care?
In this popular six-week online class, Mark reveals the necessity for sacredness in everyday life, and how the discovery of what we hold sacred opens the door to deep happiness.
Your responses to the lessons in Journey to the Sacred will reveal more than you may realize about how you experience life, what you expect from yourself and others, where you are wounded and in need of healing, and how deeply – or haltingly – you are able to love. This eye-opening class will inspire you spiritually, broaden you psychologically, and empower you emotionally. It will sharpen your awareness of all that is mysterious, marvelous, and transformational in the sacred dimension of your life.
What you will learn in Journey To the Sacred:
- Lesson One: What is Sacred? – Mark invites you to explore the question of where you currently find sacredness in your life
- Lesson Two: The Role of Disgust – You are introduced to the link between the moral emotion of disgust and the need for sacredness in human evolution
- Lesson Three: Soul and Spirit – The contrast between Soul and Spirit as spiritual orientations is illuminated
- Lesson Four: Beginners Mind – A practice for seeing each moment of life through sacramental eyes
- Lesson Five: The Language of Emotions – Discover how language is linked to sacredness and story is linked to personal meaning
- Lesson Six: The Purpose of Wonder – The role of awe and elevation in the process of human enlightenment
Journey To the Sacred will initiate you into a new understanding of what enlightenment means and how to bring sacred awareness into your life. I hope you will join us.
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.
A group teleconference will be held during the session to provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and talk together about their work. This will be scheduled once the class begins.
“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!”
“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, photographer