FALLING DOWN AND GETTING UP – A 3-day retreat with Mark Nepo

Harmony Hill, Weekend Retreat
Oct 13-15, 2023

Life is this repeating journey
from sleep to wakefulness,
from blindness to sight,
from fear to love.

No matter how many times
we fall, we are just beginning.


Mark Nepo is a master teacher who has been convening circles and guiding retreats for fifty years all over the world. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awakening has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His many books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Based on his new book, this workshop draws on his many years of teaching.

About this journey, Mark says, “When asked how they practiced their faith, medieval monks would say, ‘By falling down and getting up.’ And so, drawn from my many years of teaching, this webinar will explore the perennial practices and choice-points we all face in falling down and getting up, such as: surviving and thriving, managing risk and enhancing risk, opening and closing, giving and receiving, living a balance between solitude and community, enlarging our sense of things when pain and fear make us small, and the never-ending practice of course-correcting and tuning as we go. In my teaching, I remain committed to introducing students and readers to their own gifts and wisdom, so we each can wake both close to the bone and close to the light. I hope you can join me as we explore the practice of being human together.”

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

$850 per person (Single-occupancy accommodations and all meals) SOLD OUT
$750 per person (Shared accommodations with another person attending with you and all meals) SOLD OUT
$550 per person for local commuters (No overnight accommodations or breakfast included)


Cancellations 30 days or more prior to the event can receive a 100% refund. Cancellations 14-29 days prior to the event can receive a 50% refund. Cancellations less than two weeks prior to the event can receive a 50% credit towards a future retreat. The program registration can be transferred to another person at any time.

The balance of the tuition will be converted to a program scholarship fund.

October 13 @ 4:00 PM — October 15 @ 1:00 PM
4:00 pm — 1:00 pm (45h)

Harmony Hill Retreat Center

Mark Nepo