12th Annual McPhee Lecture & Workshop featuring Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo is an acclaimed and beloved poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over thirty-five years. The New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awakening, he has been called "one of the finest spiritual guides of our time," "a consummate storyteller," and "an eloquent spiritual teacher." As a cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. In leading spiritual retreats, in working with healing and medical communities, and in his teaching as a poet, Mark’s work is widely accessible and deeply inspiring. His many books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

"Mark Nepo is a Great Soul. His resonant heart—his frank and astonishing voice—befriend us mightily on this mysterious trail." ~Naomi Shihab Nye

Thursday Lecture "Heartwork: Being a Spirit in the World" SOLD OUT

Those who wake are the students.  Those who stay awake are the teachers.

Since wakefulness is not a destination but a song the human heart keeps singing, 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?
This authentic unfolding is the way under the way, the journey of transformation, the very work of being a spirit in the world, which involves the endless practice of staying close to what is sacred. In this keynote lecture, Mark will explore the dynamic paradox of being a spirit in the world and the heartwork required to inhabit our lives fully and to lead by example in our ongoing relationships to self, other, work, community and Source.
living together and leading together is an applied art of Spirit. It is not something we can manipulate, but only live into. One that we must, ultimately, inhabit alone, but one which we can enliven together.
~ Mark Nepo

Date: Thursday, October 24
Time: 7 - 8:30pm
Location: St. Edward’s University, Jones Auditorium
Cost: $50/$35 student and senior

Friday Workshop: "Finding Inner Courage"

The original notion of the word courage means to stand by one’s core. This workshop is an exploration into how to find our way to our core, to stand by our core, and to then sustain the practice of living from our core—to live out of our courage. To encourage means to impart strength and confidence, to inspire and hearten. So, the question unfolds: How do we encourage ourselves, each other, and the world? And just what does it mean to live a life of encouragement?

This workshop will be an invitation to be in relationship with deep and life-giving material that will introduce us to our own courage. Themes will include:

~ the wisdom of a broken heart
~ the call to endure and endear.
~ the courage to listen to your own life
~ the gift of vulnerability
~ the abiding commitment to respect your own and others’ journeys, and
~ the life skill of working with what we’re given.
No experience is required, just a Beginner’s Mind and Heart.  Bring a Journal

Date: Friday, October 25
Time: 8:30am - 3pm
Location: St. Edward’s University, Mabee Ballroom
Cost: $275/$240 non-profits (includes breakfast and lunch)


$50.00Thursday Lecture Only
$240.00Friday Workshop Only (non-profits)
$275.00Friday Workshop Only


No sessions open at this time.