Writing to Awaken in Italy 2019

Writing To Awaken: Bringing Your Creative Work To Life
A Week of Exploration and Discovery in the Heart of Medieval Italy
Villa Il Poderino, Lucca, Italy
Saturday, June 22 – Friday, June 28, 2019

Fees & Registration Information

About the Workshop

Creativity is the life-blood of human experience. Each of us is born with unique gifts and the power to bring forth what is original inside us. Before this can happen, however, we must first learn how to harness this power and sharpen our creative intelligence. Not until we envision the work, imagine a structure, and confront our internal adversaries — fear, resistance, want of discipline – can we fully engage our muse and breathe life into our singular vision.

This vision can be brought to all walks of life, and nearly all kinds of work. Writers, artists, and entrepreneurs, educators, activists, and healthcare professionals in private practice, all rely on the creative process in delivering their best work to the world. Though the challenges of different projects may be unique, the principles of problem solving, structuring time, and maintaining creative flexibility, are universal.

This retreat, for writers of all levels, will help you focus your creative intelligence to bring your work-in-progress to fruition. Whether this work is a book, a business, an organization, or even a new chapter in your life, Writing To Awaken can help to accelerate your progress and move you toward completion.

Mark’s unique, compassionate teaching style creates a welcoming atmosphere for this deeply transformative work. Using targeted writing exercises, personalized prompts, group dialogue, and one-on-one sessions with Mark, you will have the opportunity to take a deep dive into your creative potential and explore what emerges.

Writing To Awaken will teach you to:

  • Focus your creative intelligence, using your unique voice and gifts
  • Envision the work you want to complete
  • Create a structure for the work, and your working life
  • Overcome the resistance to discipline and risk-taking
  • Confront the internal adversaries that block your path, such as fear, self-judgment, and perfectionism
  • Learn tools and practices for avoiding procrastination and staying on track
  • Explore alternatives to your current approach, and ways of authenticating your vision

Reconnect with your muse in the gorgeous Italian countryside and leave this retreat feeling refreshed, with new inspiration and a plan of action.

“My heart is full. How can I express what this wonderful retreat meant to me in just a few words? lt was fabulous, soul stirring work rest and play, intense but gentle, supportive, funny, sad, thought provoking, eye opening heart-warming. This retreat has changed my focus – and therefore my life – and I am deeply grateful.”

Gill, United Kingdom

Retreat Fees and Registration

Full Retreat Fee: $2,975

~A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration.
~Airfare not included. Meals, ground transportation, and excursions are included.

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or for more information.

Cancellation/refund schedule.

“My time with Mark Matousek was adventurous, joyful, regenerative, and truly life altering. I found that his gift for offering invaluable insight, targeted writing prompts, bold and blunt life strategy, as well as time for personal reflection to be on par with a wise sage or awakened life coach. Travel with him to the absolute edge of your best self and I promise that your creative life will never be the same!”

Mickaela, USA


Arrival Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Arrival Airport: Milan Malpensa (MXP)
Arrival Time: Before 12 pm

Group Meeting Point: Crowne Plaza Hotel Malpensa Airport

You will be met at the airport and directed to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. 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 train station in Lucca. Please arrange a late 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.

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. We will visit and tour a private castle in the town of Bagnone filled with medieval art and artifcacts. Castiglione del Terziere,Here’s a short video peek. Excursions are optional and will be planned taking weather, attendance, and availability into account.

Departure: The retreat ends after lunch on Friday, June 28. We will return to the
Crowne Plaza Hotel in Milan where rooms will be reserved for attendees who have flights the
following day. For those not needing a room, $75 will be deducted from your retreat fee.

We will also provide drop off at the Lucca 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 villa 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 Italy look forward to sharing this unique and beautiful place with you.

“Mark’s insight is remarkable, his capacity to listen deeply with understanding, is the quality I most valued. This course certainly awakened in me the vision to write my story, the encouragement and belief in my writing to instill the discipline to take this journey to completion of a book. Any of Mark’s courses would be of great value and I certainly plan to attend many more.”

Deidre, Australia