Making Sense of Our Experience:
The Heartwork of Resilience with Mark Nepo
For any spirit
to how deep its life
and how short its stay.
The point of experience is not to escape life, but to live it. Each of us carries some wisdom waiting to be
discovered at the center of our experience, and everything we meet, if faced and held, reveals a part of
that wisdom. Still, time exposes the story of our lives with its friction, wearing away the film that covers
our eyes and the calluses that guard our heart, till we can apprehend the wonder waiting under the skin
of everything. How can we meet this process? How can we ready ourselves? Who and what do we
listen to along the way? How do we listen to life and not to what life does to us when suffering and loss
meet us at every turn? How do we make sense of our experience?
This workshop will be an invitation to be in relationship with deep and life-giving material. In this
hands-on, hearts-on session, Mark will explore the passages that open us and the tools that help us meet
the difficulties that life brings us. He will discuss topics such as the sanctity of experience, things that
hearten and dishearten, our call to endure and endear, and the arts of reverence.
Using ancient and contemporary stories, poetry, journaling, and dialogue, Mark will delve into what it
means to be touched by a life-threatening situation and what it asks of us. He will explore the nature of
fear, pain, vulnerability, and resilience. He will unfold what it means to be transformed by what we go
through, and how to access our inner resources for learning, growing, and healing.
“One of the great transforming passages in my life was having cancer in my mid-thirties. This
experience unraveled the way I see the world and made me a student of all spiritual paths. But what I've
learned speaks to the heartwork of resilience that is relevant to all of us as we work with and through
pain and fear, and begin to practice living with an open heart. It's my hope that our time together will
open you to the fullness of your own humanity. With a steadfast belief in our aliveness, I hope what we
explore together will help you meet the transformation that waits in however you're being forged.”
Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark Nepo is a New York Times bestselling author whose 18
books have been translated in over 20 languages. This two-day workshop celebrates Mark's latest books.
In November 2015, Sounds True published Inside the Miracle, a seminal work by Mark who, as a long-term
cancer survivor, gathered 28 years of his writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness. The
book was selected by Spirituality & Health Magazine as one of the Best Ten Books of 2015. And in July
2016, Atria is publishing Mark's latest spiritual inquiry, The One Life We're Given: Finding the Wisdom that
Waits in Your Heart. Drawn from his years of teaching, this new book explores how our hard work and
authenticity ready us for meaning and grace.