Heartwork- Being A Spirit in the World

Presenting Faculty

Friday Night Lecture- 6:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday program- 9:30am-5:00pm
Sunday program- 9:30am-12:00pm

Tuition Cost

Friday Night Lecture- $25.00 in advance / $35.00 day of the event
Full Retreat (including Friday)- $250 before July 21st  EARLY BIRD! 
                                                  $295 after July 21st

Non-refundable 3% fee on all credit card registrations


CEU certificates available upon request


Friday and Saturday programs
Lance Hall  |  150 Meeting St.  |  Charleston, SC

Sunday program

This weekend retreat is based on the upcoming publication of Mark’s new book, Things That Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes on Living (Nov 2017). In this book, the acclaimed poet-teacher shares bare and honest reflections drawn from his lifelong journals. This thematic non-fiction reader is comprised of 160 entries gathered over the last fifteen years. At the end of the book, Mark shares an essay about the nature and gift of journaling, followed by journaling guidelines, and 100 journal questions to work with.All to encourage the reader to engage in their own conversation with the Universe through the art of journaling.

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

In this retreat, Mark will explore the heartwork required to inhabit our lives by engaging our ongoing relationships to self, other, work, community and Source. The integrity of our heartwork depends on integrating who we are with what we do. Regardless of the service we’re called to, the central questions have always been: How will we inhabit our time on Earth? How can we live fully in the face of death? And how can we love fully in the face of life? This of course leads to other questions: How will we know and be known? How do we hold each other as we tumble along in the story of our lives? How will we care for each other in the face of crisis?

“I have come to believe that we can only discover the capacity and meaning of our time on Earth in the context of our struggles, in how we face and inhabit the challenges life presents to us. In this, living together is an applied art of Spirit, one that we can enliven together. For only when we hold each other’s pain, can we knit together into a net that catches truth.  Only when we dare to let life move through us, though we don’t know what it means, can we enter the temple that is the world.”  —MN

Please 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 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.   —Publishers Weekly