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Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, weekend retreat at The Sophia Institute

May 17, 2013 - May 19, 2013

This workshop is based on Mark’s new book, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen. About Mark and the book, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of Spirituality & Practice said,“A consummate master of telling stories and parables about people’s hopes, dreams, yearnings, fears, sorrows and triumphs… Nepo has written a masterwork on the spiritual practice of listening which plays such a predominant role in our private and public lives.”

Beloved as a teacher, poet, and storyteller, Mark, the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awakening, is a gentle guide on our journey to discover our personal truths. 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 experiential gathering.

We spend much of our time on earth listening and waking. When awake, we come upon the risk to be authentic. And taking that risk, we are faced with the need to stand by our core in order to live life fully. If we get this far, we are returned, quite humbly, to the simple fate of being here. And after all this way, it appears that a devotion to deep listening remains the simple and sacred work of being here.

Yet how do we inhabit these connections and find our way in the world? By listening our way into lifelong friendships with everything larger than us, with our life of experience, and with each other.

In this journey, Mark will open the work of listening on these levels. Our friendship with everything larger than us opens us to the wisdom of Source. This is the work of being. Our friendship with experience opens us to the wisdom of life on earth. This is the work of being human. And our friendship with each other opens us to the wisdom of care. This is the work of love. These eternal friendships are intertwined and inseparable. We need to listen for their wisdom if we have any hope of living an awakened life. These three friendships—the work of being, the work of being human, and the work of love—frame the journey of this workshop.

Bring a journal

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 is . . . an insightful religious thinker and a decidedly credible voice of contemporary spirituality… an eloquent spiritual teacher.
—Herbert Mason, Professor of History and Religious Thought, Boston University, translator of Gilgamesh, A Verse Narrative

Details

Start:
May 17, 2013
End:
May 19, 2013

Venue

The Sophia Institute
Charleston, SC United States + Google Map
Phone:
843-720-8528