THREE SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS REGISTRATION

 

These journeys offer three different ways to work with Mark in a smaller group setting, each intended to help clear your path and deepen your heart. Each of these circles will explore the practice of being human as an applied art of spirit while unfolding the dynamics we all encounter in our struggles to enliven and inhabit a full life.


2020 CLASSES

The Gift of Deepening & the Radiance in All Things

A Weekend Retreat: Aug 7-9, 2020

The Temple Is the World: Clearing a Path to What Matters

A Six-Day Deep Dive: July 17-22, 2020

Drinking from the River of Light: The Life of Expression

A Yearlong Journey over Four Weekends

(March 6-8, 2020, June 12-14, 2020, Oct 9-11, 2020, March 12-14, 2021)

Each group will be limited to thirty participants.

If the class is full, please add your name to the wait list by
 emailing Brooke Warner

Each group will meet at Peoples Church, 1758 10th St N, Kalamazoo, MI, 49009.

Please make your reservations early as space is limited.

 


The Gift of Deepening and The Radiance in All Things: A Weekend Retreat

Cost: $425

AUGUST 7-9, 2020
FRI. 6:00-9:00 P.M.
SAT. 9:30-5:30 P.M.
SUN. 1:00-4:00 P.M.

 

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Perhaps we migrate between love and suffering.
Oh praise the soul’s migration.
I fall. I get up. I run from you. I look for you.
I am again in love with the world.

This weekend retreat is based on favorite teaching sessions drawn from Mark’s twenty-one books, intended to explore how deepening is the soul’s way of coming alive in the world. Just as all healthy plants and trees root and shoot into full growth and blossom, so too the human soul in the life that carries it on Earth.

Under all the veils of circumstance, there is a radiance that informs all life. The gift of deepening is how we meet and drink from that radiance. In this retreat, Mark will open a heart space through which participants can better understand their own relationship to the gift of deepening and the radiance in all things. Through poetry, stories, and metaphors, Mark will unfold the archetypal thresholds that lead us to deepening and radiance. Through reflection, journaling, and dialogue, each participant will have the chance to personalize their own path to being a spirit in the world. All to encourage each other to engage in our own conversation with the Universe. All to uncover our own direct experience of the radiance that informs all life.

When we can open our hearts and work with what we’re given, loving what’s before us, life stays possible. Then, through effort and grace, we do what we can with what we have. And when exhausted by all that’s in the way, we’re faced with the chance to accept and love what’s left, which is everything. This is how we discover that Heaven is on Earth. —MN

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The Temple Is the World: Clearing a Path to What Matters: A Six-Day Deep Dive

Cost: $2250

JULY 17-22, 2020

FRI. 6:00-9:00 P.M.
SAT. 9:30-5:30 P.M.
SUN. 1:00-4:00 P.M.
MON. 9:30-5:30 P.M.
TUES. 9:30-5:30 P.M.
WED. 9:30-12:30 P.M.

 

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The mystery is that
whoever shows up
when we dare to give
has exactly what we need
hidden in their trouble.

Through our messy human struggle, we learn, over time, to inhabit our kinships on Earth. Once under our differences, we can be who we are everywhere and clear a path to what matters. Through each trial and blessing we unfold within a second womb, meant to incubate our better angel. This second womb is an experiential one that, through the labor of a lifetime, births the soul on Earth. This six-day retreat delves into that process of unfolding in its mystery, difficulty, and inevitability.

During our time together, we will explore the archetypal passages we all face such as: enduring our walk in the world, discovering our true inheritance, widening our circle, living in the open, and helping each other stay awake.

By gathering for six days, there is time to go below the noise of the world and the noise of our minds, time to let what lives within out, and to let our connections with each other and the world deepen. Through meditation, journaling, deep listening, storytelling, poetry, metaphor, and dialogue, we will try to surface the threads of resilience that keep us tender and strong.

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

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Drinking from the River of Light: The Life of Expression: A Year-long Journey

Cost: $1850

FOUR WEEKENDS:
MARCH 6-8, 2020
JUNE 12-14, 2020
OCT 9-11, 2020
MARCH 12-14, 2021

FRI. 6:00-9:00 P.M., SAT. 9:30-5:30 P.M., SUN. 1:00-4:00 P.M.

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Those who wake are the students.
Those who stay awake are the teachers.
How we take turns.

Mark will offer a yearlong journey over four weekends, weaving themes from several of his books including, Drinking from the River of Light, More Together Than Alone, Things That Join the Sea and the Sky, The One Life We’re Given, and The Book of Awakening.

This journey offers a chance to work with Mark in a smaller group setting as a way to deepen your own path over a year of your life. The aim will be to engender a live and safe space in which we can compare notes on what it means to be alive. The group will explore the lifelong process of listening, reflecting, and expressing, and on how bearing witness to the truth of living reveals the mysteries of life.

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.

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. Along the way, we are constantly being shaped by life into finer instruments of care and expression. The deeper we go, the more attuned we become, and the more we join with everything around us. This workshop will help you to inhabit a personal form of expression, by which you can strengthen your connections and find your way.

From inside our 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.

I’m excited to be offering another yearlong journey. 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. My goal is that you will leave more whole, with a more enlivened sense of what it means to be a spirit in the world.  —MN

 Bring a Journal

 


CANCELLATION POLICY: NO REFUND WITHIN 90 DAYS OF WHEN THE COURSE BEGINS, AND HALF REFUND IF FOUR MONTHS BEFORE THE COURSE BEGINS.

 

 

 

DETAILS FOR YOUR STAY IN KALAMAZOO

CLOSEST AIRPORTS: KALAMAZOO (15 minutes away) and GRAND RAPIDS (45 minutes away).

The course does not include lodging or food. Here’s some information about local places to stay and eat.

Places to Stay in Kalamazoo

https://www.tripadvisor.com/SmartDeals-g42354-Kalamazoo_Kalamazoo_County_Michigan-Hotel-Deals.html

http://www.transformationscenter.org

Local AirBnB offered by Gay Walker. Find listing details HERE.
gay.walker@wmich.edu
269-720-2144

Food Places

We will break for 90 minutes Saturday for lunch. Here are some nearby places for breakfast, lunch, coffee and dinner:

Locally owned, near our meeting place:

Locally owned, downtown or near downtown:

Chains Nearby:

  • Starbucks, 5370 W Main St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, (269) 276-9819,starbucks.com
  • Biggby, 4560 West Main.
  • Panera 5119 W Main St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, (269) 342-1222,panerabread.com
  • Applebees, 5330 W Main St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, (269) 382-4448,applebees.com
  • Hardings Supermarket, 5161 West Main, Kalamazoo, MI, (269) 381-0244.  Good for organic veges and other grocery needs.
  • Meijer’s Supermarket.  This is on the corner of West Main (which is M43) and 9thGrocery store, produce, pharmacy, and like Walmart, but more upscale ( a little) and was born in west Michigan. You know, aspirin, tires, clothes, pots and pans; that sort of thing.

Also see:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g42354-Kalamazoo_Kalamazoo_County_Michigan.html

We like Food Dance, Cosmo’s, Oakwood Bistro, Epic Bistro, Tap House, Martell’s (nice view of a small pond), Latitude 42 to name a few.

 

Beer and Wine

Kalamazoo is a big craft, micro-brew, etc. beer town.  So many we can’t keep up anymore, but the most famous and oldest is Bell’s Beer. See this website, and pay attention to the Kalamazoo sites. http://www.beeradvocate.com/place/city/43/.

Tiffany’s is also a good place for wine, cheese, etc.  http://www.aatiffany.com/