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Reduced to Joy

The Journey From Our Head to Our Heart

September 05, 2014 – September 07, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Mark Nepo
Member Tuition:
SM14-4502-707Mark Nepo,

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An old Sioux saying affirms that “the longest journey you will make in your life is from your head to your heart.” This workshop, based on Mark Nepo’s new book of poems, Reduced to Joy, guides us on this journey.

All the world’s spiritual traditions encourage us to live with an open heart. It is no easy task, given the suffering and injustice that surrounds us. But this is the journey before us all: to live well and love well, and to find each other. 

Though stories, poems, metaphors, writing invitations, and group conversation, we explore the wisdom of a broken heart, the life of obstacles, and the nature of joy that waits us like a jewel in the folds of all our trouble.

“Like it or not, to live well and love well, we must work with what we’re given till it wears us through to joy,” Nepo says. “Like cliffs worn to their beauty by the pounding of the sea, if we can hold each other up, all that will be left will be wonder and joy. This is both a universal and personal journey.”


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Things to Bring:

A journal.

4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty


Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught poetry and spirituality for more than 30 years. He is author of 15 books, including The Book of Awakening, which appeared on Oprah’s list of favorite things, The Exquisite Risk, which was cited by Spirituality & Health as “one of the best books on what it takes to live an authentic life,” and most recently, The Endless