Celebrating Our 14th Year in Hawai`i ... 

Mark W. Travis's

Write Your Life: 

Autobiographical Storytelling Weekend Retreat

Granddaughter of the  Bodhi tree under which Buddha was enlightened

Granddaughter of the Bodhi tree under which Buddha was enlightened

Whether you're a writer, actor, solo performer, inspirational speaker, memoirist or just someone with an itch to get your life story on paper, we invite you to join us for a spectacular 3-day weekend of developing and shaping the stories that live within you.


Imagine it ... white sands, cool ocean breezes, fragrant tropical flowers ... and you ... typing away on your laptop on the North Shore of O`ahu, finally realizing your dream of penning your bestselling memoir or designing your award-winning solo show.


The Write Your Life: Autobiographical Storytelling Weekend Retreat is so much more than a writing workshop - it is a storytelling journey. You will learn a variety of skills that will enhance, clarify and shape your autobiographical writing.

Ultimately, and most importantly, you will learn to take the audience on a very personal journey, allowing them to share your life experience in a profound and meaningful manner.

This Autobiographical Storytelling Workshop will give you all the tools and insights necessary to continue developing your stories on your own.




"Wow! What a fantastic experience. I'm still reeling from it. The Write Your Life Workshop

with Mark Travis changed my life.  If you want your writing to SOAR, you MUST take this workshop!"


                                                                     ~ Rachel Funk Heller, Independent TV Producer


Lotus Pond at Buddha-Buddha


Dates:     Due to the increasing demand for Mark's workshop, we are 

               offering two back-to-back 3-day WYL workshops:


               Friday, January 17, 2014 through Sunday, January 19, 2014

               Friday, January 24, 2014 through Sunday, January 26, 2014


  Time:      10 am on Friday until around 5 pm on Sunday


  Place:     Buddha-Buddha, a former Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center on the 

                Windward side of O`ahu


Cost:       $699 includes three day workshop fee, healthy snacks and meals. 


  *There are a limited number of residential spaces available to off-island 

                 participants. A few residential spaces may also be available to O`ahu

                 residents in the dormitory-style Pond House, space permitting. The 

                 residential fee for two nights and breakfast is $100.*


                 There is a reduced fee of $1298 for those who wish to register for both

                 3-day weekends. (Please note there is no increase in these fees from the

          previous year).


  There is a further discounted fee of $1248 (saving of $150) for two who

  come together for both workshops - great for couples and friends!


  Coming from Europe or Asia? Pay only $549 for one weekend or $1098

  for both.


WYL participants in the Pond House at Buddha-Buddha


"Are you kidding? Mark is the very best. I have been with Masters much of my life and

 I know one when I see one."

~ Shayla Spencer, Writer



First we work ...                                  ... then we play



"This experience went well beyond my expectations (and prior resistance). I'm still holding all in my heart - so full ... so thank you beyond these puny words for your unending emotional generosity, insights, perceptiveness, expertise, and experience with this kind of exploration. I can't think of a single soul who could have led us as artfully and safely - with such humanity - through our (pardon the cliche) mine fields."


~ Carol Cantanzanti, Workshop Participant



A non-refundable deposit of $150 is required to reserve your place with the balance due November 15th, 2013.

Please note: attendance and space at this workshop are strictly limited. Reserve your place now!

For more information or to reserve your space now, please phone Alice Anne Parker at 808.293.5833 or email her at   aliceanne@aliceanneparker.com 


Download Registration Form Here

For more information on Buddha-Buddha, please go to aliceanneparker.com,

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Whether you want to perform your life story, write your life story,

 or just find out what your life story is all about - the residential 

Write Your Life: Autobiographical Storytelling Weekend 

is for you!


Looking forward to seeing you in Hau`ula in January!

With love and aloha,

Alice Anne Parker

Jeannette Paulson Hereniko



Write Your Life Participants, January 2013



 "Mark W. Travis is an amazing teacher - with a finely attuned ear for good prose.

He can coach a great story out of the most reluctant writer, and he can coach

an accomplished writer to the next level. Mark is every storyteller's best listener."

~ Pat Gozemba, Writer, Comedienne, Political Activist



 The Fine Print


Cancellation terms: deposit is non-refundable, 80% of balance of payment is refundable until December 15th, 2013. Entire balance can be transferred to another person up to date of workshop.


Visa and Mastercard are accepted. There is a 3% fee on all credit card charges.


Accommodation at Buddha-Buddha is dormitory style. There may also be a few spaces available at a luxurious beach house in Laie, a five minute drive. Gourmet meals include lunch and dinner Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday, prepared by Chef Henry Holthaus. (Saturday night group dinner at LeiLei's at Turtle Bay is not included in fee)




" The journey within is the most important one we'll ever make.

Mark W. Travis helps facilitate that journey with profound insight."


~ Daniel Peralta, Author



About Mark W. Travis


Mark W. Travis is known internationally for the Solo shows he has developed and directed over the past 23 years, most notably: A Bronx Tale, Time Flies When You're Alive, Insomnia, The Dangerous Lure of High Heels, Hip Bones and Cool Whip, Almost Made and Fornicationally Challenged. Mark has been credited in the LA Times with having created a 'new theatre genre'.


www.markwtravis.com   |   markwtravis@gmail.com



Mark Travis created THE TRAVIS GROUP in 1992 as a training and consulting company for directors, actors and writers. In 1999 he joined forces with director/writer Frederick Johntz and they formed TRAVIS-JOHNTZ PRODUCTIONS (www.travis-johntz.com) which has become a prestigious development and consulting company for both studio and independent feature films and television.

Mark Travis has been represented as a director for many years on the Los Angeles and off-Broadway stages by such critically acclaimed productions as A Bronx Tale, Undressing New Jersey, Faithful, Once A Man Twice A Boy, Time Flies When You’re Alive, Cafe 50’s, No Place Like Home, Equus, Wings, TheComing of Stork, Linke vs. Redfield, Verdigris and The Lion In Winter. His producions have garnered a total of thirty Drama-Logue, L.A. Weekly, Drama Critics’ Circle, A.D.A and Ovation awards.

"My mission is to assist artists in effectively expressing themselves by helping them to discover their personal connection to their work, and to give them the tools necessary to bring that personal expression to life." ~Mark W. Travis

What participants have to say...

"Mark Travis is an amazing teacher - with a finely attuned ear for good prose. He can coach a great story out of the most reluctant writer, and he can coach an accomplished writer to the next level. Mark is every storyteller's best listener."  ~ Pat Gozemba, writer, comedienne, political activist

"Mark is a genius at helping people uncover the core truth of their stories." ~ Karen Rudolph, contractor

"Are you kidding! This Mark is the very best. I have been with Masters much of my life and I know one when I see one." ~ Shayla Spencer, explorer

"Mark Travis is a phenomenal teacher. . . he finds your hidden talents and exposes them in a beautiful, tranquil and supportive environment."  ~ Elizabeth Berman, songstress

"Wow, what a fantastic experience, I'm still reeling from it. . . . The Solo Retreat changed my life. . . it helped me get in touch with the deeper story I have to tell, not just the surface elements. . . Each time I've participated in this workshop, it's led to major turning points in my writing career. If you really want your writing to soar, you MUST take this workshop."  ~ Rachel Funk Heller, independent television producer

"Thank you, I found my 'voice' to write the story I have been wanting to write for decades. A life changing experience." ~ Sharon Hicks, consultant

"I am still STUNNED by what we did and where we went together. It was one of the most incredible weekends of my life. Really." ~ Jeanette Paulson Hereniko, film producer, consultant