The Book of Awakening: having the life you want by being present to the life you have
At Sophia Institute we are pivoting because of the pandemic and learning to bring you programs that you know and love virtually in the comfort of your home. We are pleased to announce that this program will be a VIRTUAL RETREAT.
Have you ever taken a personal retreat at home? If not, then doing so will be something worthwhile for you and a new, potentially lifelong, practice that will be beneficial ongoing.
With more than a million copies sold, The Book of Awakening, a New York Times #1 bestseller, has been the go-to guide for navigating the path to joy and freedom in the face of illness and hardship. Chosen by Oprah Winfrey as one of her Ultimate Favorite Things, this classic spiritual daybook is a summons to reclaim aliveness, liberate the self, take each day one at a time, and savor the beauty offered by life’s unfolding. The book has been translated into more than twenty languages. And Mark and the book were featured with Oprah on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWNTV.
This weekend workshop is based on the 20th Anniversary Edition (Red Wheel, January 2020) which includes a new foreword by Nepo-fan, actress, author, and activist Jamie Lee Curtis.
Beloved as a teacher, poet, and storyteller, Mark is a gentle guide on our journey to discover our personal truths. The workshop will explore our ongoing need to stay vital and in love with this life, no matter the hardships we encounter. It is an invitation to personalize the common and unrepeatable journey we all encounter in being human.
Using ancient and contemporary stories, poetry, journaling and dialogue, Mark will invite participants to befriend their own stories and listen for their own wisdom in this reflective and transformational gathering. This workshop is an invitation to engage with profound and life-giving material that will deepen the way you perceive and relate to the world.
“We travel so far only to land where we are. We imagine other lives, only to meet who we are. We seek out love in special ways, only to find everyone is special. Humbly, we can’t avoid this journey. It is precisely through it that, if blessed, we wake to the life we want by being present to the life we have. In this timeless, common way, we venture out into the life of experience, only to rediscover more deeply what lives at the center. In this way, as our soul meets the days, we are always beginning. In this way, our very lives are a book of awakening, just waiting to be read by our heart and lived on our path.”
We suggest bringing a journal for note taking, if you wish to.
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, 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.
Watch Oprah share from Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening
The Book of Awakening: Schedule
Fri, Sept 18 6:30 – 8:30PM
Sat, Sept 19 10:00 – 4:00PM, lunch—reflective time 12-12:45PM
6:30 – 7:15 Welcome—Carolyn Rivers
Session 1: Heart and Path
7:15 – 7:30 Journal Question
7:30 – 7:45 Breakout Rooms (Dyads)
7:45 – 8:15 Open Question & Answer
8:15 – 8:30 Closing Thoughts, Story, Poem
10:00 – 10:50 Welcome—Carolyn Rivers
Session 2: Ten Thousand Hands
10:50 – 11:05 Journal Question
11:05 – 11:20 Breakout Rooms (Dyads)
11:20 – 11:50 Open Question & Answer
11:50 – 12:00 Closing Thoughts, Story, Poem
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch—Reflective Time
12:45 – 12:55 Welcome—Carolyn Rivers
12:55 – 1:15 Open Question & Answer
1:15 – 2:05 Session 3: On the Precipice of Growth
2:05 – 2:20 Journal Question
2:20 – 2:35 Breakout Rooms (Dyads)
2:35 – 2:50 Break
2:50 – 3:20 Open Question & Answer
3:20 – 3:50 Session 4: Try, Accept, Begin Again
3:50 – 4:00 Closing Thoughts, Story, Poem
Have a Journal with You
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