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Mark Nepo - Making Sense of Our Experience

The Heartwork of Resilience

January 23–24 | Boulder, CO

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January 23–24
9:30 AM–4:30 PM

Doors open at 9 AM

Naropa Nalanda Campus–Nalanda Event Center
6287 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO 80303

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The Experience

Making Sense of Our Experience with Mark Nepo
The Heartwork of Resilience

For any spirit
suddenly awakened
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?

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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.

Sounds True is publishing Inside the Miracle, a new book by Mark Nepo that gathers 28 years of his writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, the New York Times bestselling author is a long-term cancer survivor. In 1987, Mark was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. The heart of that journey and its aftermath has greatly informed his life’s work.

“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.” —Mark Nepo

Bring a journal.

The Details

Register online or at the door—space at the venue is limited, so we encourage you to reserve early. This event is ticketless, and you will need only to check in at the door with your name or the name of the person who purchased your admission. Doors open each day at 9 AM. Please arrive early to reserve your seat.

There will be at least two 20-minute breaks during the event and a 1.5-hour lunch break each day. You may bring a notebook, journal, or small cushion for your comfort during the event.

Naropa Nalanda Campus–Nalanda Hall
6287 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO 80303
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Please note that this event may be recorded in both audio and video formats. The recordings may be used by Sounds True for the creation of future products. By purchasing, attending, and participating in this event, you acknowledge that Sounds True is permitted to broadcast, record, and publish your name, likeness, voice, and statement(s). These recordings are owned solely by Sounds True.

The Buzz

“Mark Nepo is a Great Soul. His resonant heart—his frank and astonishing voice—befriend us mightily on this mysterious trail.” —Naomi Shihab Nye, author of You and Yours; 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East; and Red Suitcase

“Mark Nepo is one of the finest spiritual guides of our time.” —Parker J. Palmer, author of A Hidden Wholeness and The Courage to Teach

“Mark Nepo joins a long tradition of truth-seeking, wild-hearted poets—Rumi, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Mary Oliver—and deserves a place in the center of the circle with them.” —Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute, author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

“Nepo is a consummate storyteller with a rare gift for making the invisible visible.” —Publishers Weekly

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9 CE Credits

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