Those who wake are the students.
Those who stay awake are the teachers.
How we take turns.
Based on Mark Nepo’s recent book, The Book of Soul, this retreat will explore our struggle to inhabit the soul on Earth through a messy human life, and how underneath our differences, we can be who we are everywhere and create a path to what matters.
After being born physically, we unfold within a second womb, meant to incubate our better angel. The second womb is an experiential one that, through the labor of a lifetime, births the soul on Earth. Through our journey from innocence to experience, we emerge from the second womb.
This retreat delves into that process of transformation in its mystery, difficulty, and inevitability. Mark will open topics such as “The Underlying Reality,” “The Fire of Aliveness,” “Lessening Fear,” “Meeting Our Teachers,” and “The Paradox of Limitation,“ inviting participants to discover their own gifts and wisdom. Through poetry, stories, and metaphors, as well as reflection, journaling, and dialogue, each participant will have the chance to discover the reliable truths we can return to, truths that help us widen our circle in the world.
If you join us, please bring a journal.
“It seems the purpose of suffering is to exhaust us of our differences, and the purpose of love is to awaken us to how we’re at heart the same. Then, we discover that the temple is the world. Still, every life, every generation, every age takes its turn at pushing each other away, only to be loved and worn back to the one tribe we belong to. This seems even more relevant in our tense, modern world. For there is no they. We are they. We are each other. And there’s a Unity that always waits below our righteousness and insistence that we know the way.”—MN
Mark Nepo, an observant and fully present human being inspires through his poetry and storytelling; he moves his audiences to open to the presence of the Spirit within. And, while he has moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening, we feel privileged that he fell in love with Santa Sabina and is returning virtually to share his exploration of the soul. Mark’s work is widely accessible and used by many, and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. With twenty-two books and recorded fifteen audio projects to his credit, he has received wide recognition and many awards, including being chosen as one of OWN’s Super Soul 100, a group of inspired leaders using their gifts and voices to elevate humanity. River of Light debuted at Santa Sabina in 2019. His most recent book, The Book of Soul was named as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2020.