December 1, 2017—December 3, 2017
Mark Nepo: The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart
Mark Nepo will lead an evening reading and conversation exploring The Way Under the Way on Friday, followed by a weekend workshop to explore The One Life We’re Given. Please bring a journal to both the reading and retreat.
The Way Under The Way: The Place of True Meeting
Friday, Dec 1, 2017, 7-9:30PM
Let no one keep you from your journey.
You are the only explorer.
Your heart, the unreadable compass.
Your soul, the shore of a promise
too great to be ignored.
This gathering celebrates the publication of Mark Nepo’s new book of poetry The Way Under the Way, which gathers 217 poems retrieved and shaped over the past twenty years. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, the New York Times bestselling author is committed to poetry as a way being and caring more than the manipulation of language. The central theme of Mark’s work is an ongoing inquiry into the inner space of the soul and the journey of being human.
This reading and conversation will center on our connection to the depth of life, that place of true meeting that is always near, where we chance to discover our shared humanity and common thread of spirit. Through poetry, story, journaling, and dialogue, Mark will guide participants into conversation with their own journey.
About poetry and the life of expression, Mark says, “The poems are the teachers. They arrive with their wisdom and become my guides. What they surface becomes my inner curriculum and by staying in conversation with them, I grow. We’re all drawn to what we need to learn, which if engaged with honesty reveals insights common to us all. My hope is that these poems will be aids in living, listening, and beholding each other. I offer them as small wonders found and cared for through the years. Whether you write or not, I offer that the medicine of poetry and expression is that through raw and honest reflection, we deepen our conversation with life. And so, the purpose of poetry and expression is to make life real, to remove everything that gets in the way, and to help us live.”
The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart
As a poet, philosopher and beloved teacher, Mark Nepo has been breaking a path of spiritual inquiry for more than forty years. Based on his new book, this workshop affirms how precious this one life is and opens the chance we have to be fully alive and to be of use to each other and the world. Drawn from his years of teaching, Nepo explores how our hard work and authenticity ready us for meaning and grace. He unfolds how our sincerity and labor help us to survive and thrive. The One Life We’re Given offers a path of soul work that can help us find our way, as Nepo puts it, “to discover the story behind the story, and to find what can last.”
By fully living the one life we’re given, we’re led to the wisdom that waits in our heart. There is no other way. To make the most of being here, we’re required to learn when to try and when to let go. This is our initiation into grace. The gift and practice of being human centers on the effort to restore what matters and, when in trouble, to make good use of our heart. No one quite knows how to do this, but learn it we must. Our path to love and truth depend on this journey.
This workshop will explore how we might truly inhabit the one life we’re given: by getting closer to life, loving what you do, finding what can last, and by being kind and useful. Using ancient and contemporary stories, poetry, journaling, and dialogue, Mark will delve into what it means to make our way through pain and sorrow, keeping our eyes open as we work our way into grace. Through conflict and joy, and love and loss, we’re asked to craft and weave our soul and our journey into the one life we’re given. This is how we become instruments of love.
Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. A bestselling author, he has published eighteen books and recorded thirteen audio projects. In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation. And in 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, and was also chosen as one of OWN’s SuperSoul 100, a group of inspired leaders using their gifts and voices to elevate humanity. Recent work includes a new book of poetry, The Way Under the Way: The Place of True Meeting (Sounds True, 2016) The One Life We’re Given (Atria, 2016), Inside the Miracle (Sounds True), selected by Spirituality & Health as one of the top ten best books of 2015, The Endless Practice (Atria), cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2014, his book of poems, Reduced to Joy (Viva Editions), cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2013, a 6CD box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in Reduced to Joy (Sounds True, 2014), and Seven Thousand Ways to Listen (Atria), which won the 2012 Books for a Better Life Award. Please visit Mark at MarkNepo.com and ThreeIntentions.com.
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