Thanks for your kind notes and interest in my yearlong courses. I enjoy them very much, and will continue them. But I'm not able to offer a course in 2016 due to my writing and other teaching commitments. Please check back in early december 2016. By then, I'll know if I can resume these courses in 2017.
Please follow the links below to register for any of these yearlong courses. Make your reservations early as space is limited.
MARK NEPO OFFERS YEARLONG JOURNEY IN 2014
ENROLLMENT IS CLOSED FOR 2014
Mark will offer this yearlong journey weaving themes from his Sounds True Box Set, Staying Awake: The Ordinary Art, with his #1 New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening. See the registration pages below.
"It is my hope that through our time together, you will personalize the practice of being human, so you can live closer to your core. It is my aim, through our company, that you will discover the inner resources and outer skills to stand more deeply in your life and better know your heart. It is my commitment that this journey into authenticity and listening will enhance your ability to integrate who you are with what you do in the world. You will leave more whole, with a more enlivened sense of what it means to be a spirit in the world."
START: SPRING 2014, END: SPRING 2015
Those who wake are the students.
Those who stay awake are the teachers.
This journey offers a chance to work with Mark in a small group setting as a way to deepen your own path in the company of a small circle over a year of your life. The group will meet for four weekend retreats in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The course experience will explore staying awake as an applied art of spirit while unfolding the archetypal dynamics we all encounter in our struggles to engage our full humanity. The journey weaves themes from the 8CD box set of teaching conversations that Mark has recorded for Sounds True with his #1 New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening. Mark has been exploring these themes for over forty years.
On a personal level, staying awake is not something we can manipulate, but only live into. Each of us is born instinctively awake and yet it takes courage to stay awake, to remember that all we encounter is real. As such, staying awake is a timeless practice we must ultimately enter alone, but one we can enliven together. The journey back to wakefulness is an invitation each day to delve into what it means to be alive.
From inside this aliveness, it seems the point of experience is not to escape life but to live it. Mysteriously, truth is a secret hidden in the days until opened by our experience. For at the center of our experience, each of us holds an aspect of wisdom waiting to be discovered, and everything we meet, if faced and held, reveals a part of that wisdom to us. Each of us has a language of truth in our heart that only living our life can give voice to. And being a spirit in the world centers on how we meet the life of experience that no one can escape. In this, life is the master and we remain the student.
Using ancient and contemporary stories, poetry, journaling, and dialogue, Mark invites participants to befriend their own stories and listen for their own wisdom in this reflective and transformational journey. This course is an invitation to engage with profound and life-giving material that will deepen the way you perceive and relate to the world.
I bear witness to a mysterious truth that life has given me: that we are stronger, gentler, more resilient, and more beautiful than we imagine, and that the resource we call life is never far away. I know this because every time my heart has been broken or shattered, I have felt certain that it could never be put back together. And every time, without exception, not only has my heart mended but it has become larger, stronger, and more loving for the breaking. The mysterious and unfailing journey of how this happens is the ordinary art of staying awake and it involves the deep and continuous act of being present in all ways in all directions, which is the practice of holding nothing back.
CLASSCLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 30 STUDENTS.
IF THE COURSE IS FULL, PLEASE ADD YOURSELF TO THE WAIT LIST AND YOU WILL BE CONTACTED IF SPACE OPENS UP.
CANCELLATION POLICY: FULL REFUND UP TILL 90 DAYS BEFORE THE COURSE BEGINS, HALF-REFUND UP TILL 60 DAYS BEFORE THE COURSE BEGINS, A THIRD-REFUND UP TILL 30 DAYS BEFORE THE COURSE BEGINS, NO REFUND WITHIN 30 DAYS OF WHEN THE COURSE BEGINS.
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