NY Times Best-selling Author, Poet & PhilosopherBook This Speaker
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Mark Nepo moved and inspired millions of people with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening, a spiritual daybook that draws on his awakening through cancer to offer life lessons from all the spiritual traditions. Beloved as a… Read more
- Finding Inner Courage
How to find our way to our core, to stand by our core, and to then sustain the practice of living from our core.
- Reduced to Joy
The art of acceptance and working with what we’re given, and the gift of vulnerability.
- Seven Thousand Ways to Listen
Uncovering the work of being and the wisdom of care, awakening the conscious heart.
- The Endless Practice
How the soul works in the world.
- The Healer's Call
The call, art, dangers, and rewards of integrating the medicine of what we know with the medicine of who we are.
- The Practice of Being Human
How to discover our gifts and make good use of them in the world.
Mark Nepo moved and inspired millions of people with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening, a spiritual daybook that draws on his awakening through cancer to offer life lessons from all the spiritual traditions. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” 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 eighteen books and recorded thirteen audio projects. In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation. And in 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, and was also chosen as one of OWN’s SuperSoul 100, a group of inspired leaders using their gifts and voices to elevate humanity.
Having taught in the fields of poetry, health, and spirituality for forty years, Mark keynotes regularly for conferences and corporations, works with healing and medical communities, including chaplains and therapists, speaks and offers workshops for colleges and universities, and leads spiritual retreats. Like his books, his presentations are filled with helpful instructions on how to return to what matters in life and how to stay in relationship. Ultimately, he teaches us how to act wholeheartedly, so we can inhabit the gifts we are born with and find the language of our own wisdom.
In 1987, Mark was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. The heart of that journey and its aftermath has greatly informed his work. Ever since, he has been a student of all paths and his work has explored the common center and unity of all spiritual traditions, focusing on how we can experience that unity when we can lean into life and hold nothing back.
Recent work includes The One Life We’re Given (Atria 2016), Inside the Miracle (Sounds True), selected bySpirituality & Health Magazine as one of the top ten best books of 2015, The Endless Practice (Atria), cited bySpirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2014, his book of poems, Reduced to Joy (Viva Editions), cited bySpirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2013, a 6CD box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in Reduced to Joy (Sounds True, 2014), and Seven Thousand Ways to Listen (Atria), which won the 2012 Books for a Better Life Award.
Inside The Miracle
What Cancer Taught Poet Mark Nepo
Mark Nepo, Author/Spiritual Guide
OMTimes welcomes Mark Nepo back for conversation about his 16th book Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness.… Read more
Mark Nepo: As important as this question is, it’s impossible to answer—as it’s impossible to see your hands while digging or to see your eyes while looking. Instead, let me share a story about meaning.… Read more
If you are a fan of OWN and Oprah’s Super Soul Sundays, then Mark Nepo should be an household name for you, if not, then this is your chance to get to know a little bit more about the beloved poet, teacher… Read more
Mark Nepo is a rare being, a poet who does not over use language, a wise man without arrogance, a teacher who always speaks with compassion, and an easygoing love-to-listen-to-him storyteller.James Fadiman, Ph. D., Co-founder, Institute for Transpersonal Psychology
Mark Nepo is one of the finest spiritual guides of our time.Parker J. Palmer, author of A Hidden Wholeness
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
Mark Nepo is an eloquent spiritual teacher.Herbert Mason, professor of History and Religious Thought, Boston University
Mark Nepo is an exceptional poet and inspiring speaker. My fingers were literally sore from writing down “nuggets!" What struck me was the framework in which we generated ideas. It worked for me and the other participants and I am looking forward to sharing it with my students.Michele Lilyanna, Wake Up Festival