The Seekers Forum is an online sanctuary for spiritual growth
and personal development using the practice of self-inquiry.

Welcome to The Seekers Forum. I began this learning platform in 2013 out of a desire to connect with other seekers interested in philosophy, psychology, and spiritual exploration, and awakening to the truth of their lives. I modeled it after the Sufi tradition of sohbet - the spiritual talk of friends. We explore what it means to be human through monthly programs designed to spur insight, deepen self-knowledge, and promote enlightening conversation.

I was raised in a home marked by suffering, loss, and turmoil. Like many seekers, I turned inward as a child for comfort and sanctuary. I discovered that when I explored deep questions, writing my thoughts and feelings on paper, I always felt better. This was my first experience of how self-inquiry transforms our experience, and this led to my studying with some of the greatest wisdom teachers of our time. As a spiritual friend, I bring 35 years of experience as a memoir writer, teacher, interviewer, and mindfulness student to my guidance of The Seekers Forum.

Socrates said, “Know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves.” That is what we’re doing in this diverse international community of people interested in exploring the truth. I hope you will share your journey with us.

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power…”

~THE TAO TE CHING

“No one saves us but ourselves.
No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path.”

~The Buddha

"Your heart is the size of the ocean.
Go find yourself in its hidden depths."

~Rumi

"Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes."

~Carl Jung

“Know thyself, for once we know ourselves,
we may learn to how to care for ourselves.”

~Socrates

"I have always been a seeker and still am,
but I stopped asking the books and the stars.
I started listening to the teaching of my soul.'

~Rumi

"If you would be a real seeker after truth,
it is necessary that at least once in your life
you doubt, as far as possible, all things."

~Rene Descartes

"Every journey has a secret destination
of which the traveler is unaware."

~Martin Buber

“Ask, and it will be given to you;
seek, and you will find; knock,
and it will be opened to you."

~Matthew 7:7

Learning Opportunities

Each monthly program offers a deep dive into topics related to self-care, spirituality, and personal awakening. Through live monthly presentations, weekly Guided Writing Sessions, inspiring guest interviews, and pre-recorded and recommended content, you get an opportunity to explore these life themes in depth, gaining valuable insight that spurs spiritual and personal growth. All program content is posted to the web site and always accessible to members.

LIVE GUIDED WRITING SESSIONS

In these live weekly Zoom sessions with Mark, members gather as a group in practice of self-inquiry. Using his Writing to Awaken method, these hour-long sessions provide a space to explore the program theme in writing, with time to share insights, ask questions, and engage in dialogue. They are intended to help you develop an ongoing writing practice and offer an opportunity to interact with other members.

Each session is recorded and links to the video and audio playback are posted to the website. Members can also share any work or thoughts in the easy to use forum. More info.

Monthly Program Elements

Monthly Seekers Session

Live video conference on the first Monday of each month. These hour-long sessions include a prepared talk, followed by a self-inquiry exercise, and a Q & A. Sessions are recorded and posted to the website. A transcript of the talk is also included.

Guest Interview

Posted on the 2nd Sunday of each month, Mark’s conversations with well-known spiritual teachers, scientists, artists, authors, and wellness professionals, provide expert perspective on the month’s theme. A transcript of the interview is also included.

Recommended Resource

Mark’s recommendation of a video, podcast, article, book, or teaching, that offers further insight into the program theme. The Recommended Resource is posted on the third Sunday of each month.

Video Reflection

Mark offers final thoughts and takeaways from the monthly program. The Video Reflection closes each program and is posted on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Ken-Wilber
CURRENT PROGRAM

FOOLS FOR GOD: EXPLORING
THE PATH OF CRAZY WISDOM

Guest Interview: Ken Wilber

TSF Square for Circle
NEXT MONTH'S PROGRAM

THE MARRIAGE OF SENSE AND SOUL:
INTEGRATING SPIRITUAL LIFE AND SCIENCE

Guest Interview: TBA

Our Guest Interviews

Enjoy a Sample Program

AMIR LEVINE

RIGHT RELATIONSHIP:
HOW THE HEART CAN ALSO BE WISE

Guest Interview with Dr. Amir Levine

TSFInquireWithinSquare

Become a member!

Your Exclusive Membership Includes:

Live Weekly Guided Writing Sessions:
These live Zoom sessions are intended to help you develop an ongoing writing practice and offer a weekly self-inquiry practice to do as a group. More Info

Curated Monthly Programs:
Each month, a topic of interest to seekers is explored through live events and other inspirational content delivered weekly. See 2022 Programs

  • Seekers Session LIVE Video Conference with Q&A
  • Guest Interview with an inspirational luminary
  • Recommended Resources
  • Video Reflection

The Seekers Forum Archives: Multimedia programs since 2013 rich with inspirational content.

Resource Library: A robust listing of podcasts, books, articles, and videos of interest to seekers.

Testimonials

“The material presented each month in The Seekers Forum is rich, vibrant, and often hits a nerve ending that pushes one to further exploration. What Mark presents isn’t tidily packaged with a bright bow – rather, his words are upfront, raw, and vital to the current evolutionary expansion. In the Q&A periods, Mark asks questions with both precision, gentleness and, at times, bluntness, allowing the participant to look at the reality of the situation they’re describing and broaden their understanding.”

— JEANETTE MEYER

“Mark has created a wonderful, warm, and inviting “space” to investigate what really does matter and how each of us can weave those revelations into meaningful and fulfilling work in our lives. I came across Mark’s work two years ago while I was writing my way through healing from breast cancer. I had listened in on a webinar and felt as though Mark was speaking directly to me. By the end of each talk, I feel I’ve been lifted gracefully and gently to a place of deeper understanding. Not only is Mark a gifted speaker, he addresses the complexities of human emotion beautifully and with such compassion.”

— ALICIA GAREY

“I will be forever grateful to Mark for creating The Seekers Forum!
Each talk I’ve listened to gives me a new perspective, something to ponder, a treasure that propels me forward on my own path. In my darkest times, the Forum has been a source of light and hope where I can share my deepest thoughts and questions and not be judged. Thank you!”

— STACEY COHEN

“I am so grateful to have met you, Mark, and the other members of the Seeker’s Forum. The Forum has helped catapult me into writing as a way to better understand my emotions and thought processes, and to explore past traumas as well as current difficulties. I look forward to it every month.”

— CESAR BAYONA