Date: May 18 – 24, 2024
Location: FRANCE, Burgandy Canals
Presenter: Mark Nepo
Investment: USD $4,795 dbl. occupancy
Participants: Maximum Number, 18
Being authentic and giving make life bearable. Like breathing, these qualities of heart draw who we are more fully into the world.
Join me on this magnificent cruise on the French canals,
Mark Nepo’s Invitation
The Gift of Deepening and The Radiance in All Things
With over a million copies sold, Mark Nepo has moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “an impassioned seeker” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. A bestselling author, he has published twenty-five books and recorded sixteen audio projects. Mark was part of Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Tour in 2014 and has appeared several times with Oprah on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV.
He has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America and has been given Life-Achievement Awards by AgeNation (2015) and OMTimes (2023). In 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. And from 2017 – 2023 Mark was a regular columnist for Spirituality & Health Magazine.
The charm of being on a barge in France through its canals allows you to enjoy idyllic landscapes all along your trip. We invite you to discover the typical towns and villages that this cruise visits such as…places full of history, such as the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, which make up the richness of our cultural heritage, or local culinary specialties that will amaze your taste buds.
From Besançon to Dijon let yourself be carried away by this majestic cruise on the Rhone-Rhine canal through authentic and traditional cities that will tell you their history and reveal their hidden treasures while absorbing the wisdom and life philosophy that Mark will share with you.
The Gift of Deepening and The Radiance in All Things
What is the structure of this retreat?
- Interactive presentations
- Several fascinting excursions
- Exercises to uncover some of the deeper truths we’ve been looking for
- Interactive discussions
- Breakout groups
- Opportunities to walk and bike along the canals
- Experiencing delectable French cuisine and wines
- And many wonderful surprises
In addition to Mark’s presentations, his guidance on listening, reflecting and expressing will be encouraged as you explore this tropical paradise.
We are creating a very intimate opportunity for a maximum of 18 participants. If you are interested in joining us, we recommend you register as soon as possible. Click here to REGISTER.
Mark’s Personal Invitation
I am excited to be offering a very special weeklong journey on a Canal Cruise in France in May of 2024. Our small group will embark from Besancon and meander down the Doubs River to our final stop at Dijon. Being on journeys like this with you is the blessing of my life as a teacher. Nothing is quite like the space of tenderness and truth that arises when we are comparing notes on being alive.
During this week, we will explore the gift of deepening, which 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 does 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, I will open a heart space through which we can better understand our own relationship to these life-giving qualities. 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.
The truth is that the deepest place on Earth is not a physical place, but the stillness we enter at the bottom of our pain, at the bottom of our fear and worry. The stillness we enter there opens us to a spacious state of being that some call joy. 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.
As an invitation, let me share these two poems of mine…
If you are moved, I hope you will join us.
Bring a Journal
Below Our Strangeness
My soul tells me, we were
all broken from the same name-
less heart, and everything wakes
with a piece of that original heart
aching its way into blossom. This
is why we know each other below
our strangeness, why when we fall,
we lift each other, or when in pain,
we hold each other, why sudden
with joy, we dance together. Life
is the many pieces of that great
heart loving itself back together.
If You Want a True Friend
Just open your hands and say, “I don’t know.”
Say it softly and wait, so your other can see
that you mean it. Give them a chance to
drop what they think is secret. Let them
come up with a cup of what matters from
the spring they show no one. Let them sigh
and admit that they don’t know either. Then
you can begin with nothing in the way. Go on.
Admit to the throb you carry in your
heart. And let the journey begin.