The One Life We’re Given with Mark Nepo

The One Life We’re Given with Mark Nepo

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Shallowford Presbyterian Church

2375 Shallowford Road

Atlanta, GA 30345

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The Shallowford Family Counseling Center welcomes best-selling author and poet, Mark Nepo, for a special two-day retreat and more!

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The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart

The Shallowford Family Counseling Center and friends of our local community welcomes one of Oprah’s favorites… bestselling author, poet, and philosopher, Mark Nepo, in person for a weekend-long retreat and more!

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(Event #1) - Two-Day Retreat: Inspired by Mark Nepo's books, this retreat will explore how we might truly inhabit the one life we’re given: by getting closer to life, loving what you do, finding what can last, and by being kind and useful. Drawn from his years of teaching, Nepo explores how our hard work and authenticity ready us for meaning and grace. Using ancient and contemporary stories, poetry, journaling, and dialogue, he unfolds how our sincerity and labor help us to survive and thrive.

  • DATE: Friday, November 18 & Saturday, November 19, 2022
  • TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • COST: $100 for Early Registration (ends September 30th); $150 after October 1st.

(Event #2) - Mark Nepo LIVE : We hope you’ll join us as Mark Nepo, bestselling author and poet, gives voice to poetry as a way to enliven what’s true, beautiful and good in us. During this event, Mark will share stories, answer any of your questions, and read poetry. A book signing immediately following the event.

  • DATE: Saturday, November 19, 2022
  • TIME: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • COST: FREE and open to the public (you may choose to purchase one of Mark's books)

(Event #3) - Mark Nepo LIVE & Worship Service: We will start the morning with time of “poetic inquiry” enlivened by one of the finest spiritual teachers of our times. Through poetry and story, Mark Nepo will inspire us as we wonder together how genuine care erases the walls we keep building between us…how a life of meaning and love unfolds through adversity. 

Following the Q&A, you're invited to attend Shallowford Presbyterian Church's worship service where Mark offer a meditation entitled, "Heart Work: Being a Spirit in the World." In this talk, Mark will explore how a life of meaning and love unfolds through adversity, how love awakens everything, and how care erases the walls we keep building between us.

  • DATE: Sunday, November 20, 2022
  • TIME: 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
  • COST: Free and open to the public


These events and experiences are offered to you by The Shallowford Family Counseling Center. DONATE NOW in support of future events and our ongoing work in mental and spiritual health for individuals and the community. Through the connection with Shallowford Presbyterian Church, we welcome all people, regardless of faith tradition, to grow and learn through practice and experience, moving slowly, with gentleness, to a place of courageous curiosity, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace.

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