TC 301- The Transformational Journey: Interview with Mark Nepo
Welcome to a very special edition of the Transformation Cafe podcast. We are pleased to present Robin’s interview with Mark Nepo – best-selling author, poet, teacher, and philosopher. This episode was recorded at a special retreat that Mark held at Pine Manor Resort in Lake Elsinore, California.
In this interview Mark talks about his transformational journey, how being a cancer survivor has influenced his writing and his life, and shares stories from his most recently published book called Inside the Miracle. He very graciously tells some of the stories he shared with the group at the retreat.
About Mark Nepo:
Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 35 years. A New York Times #1 bestselling author, he has published 13 books and recorded eight audio projects. Mark has been interviewed twice by Oprah Winfrey as part of her Soul Series radio show, and was interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. As a cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. Mark’s work is widely accessible and used in spiritual retreats, healing and medical communities, and more. His work has been translated into 20 languages, and he continues to offer readings, lectures, and retreats. We recommend that you check out Mark’s audio books so you’ll not only experience his wisdom, but you’ll get to hear his lovely baritone voice.
Think of questions as a door you would open that you want to walk through with someone. Questions are thresholds to journeys, not where we get answers.
Mark talks about his latest book, Inside the Miracle, which collects 30 years of his inquiry into suffering and healing, and two new books that will be coming out later this year : The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart and a collection of over 200 of his poems called The Way Under the Way: The Place of True Meeting published by Sounds True. Both books are available for pre-order through Amazon.
Mark will be appearing at an event in Seattle July 16 – 17 sponsored by Sounds True called Making Sense of Our Experience:The Heartwork of Resilience . Click the link for more information or to register for this great event (save $50 and register before June 1).
You can view Mark’s speaking schedule through 2017 at his website.
If you’re in the Southern California area, we encourage you to register for next year’s retreat at Pine Manor, a unique facility nestled in the Cleveland National Forest near Lake Elsinore. The owner, Gail Warner, has integrated Mark’s poetry into the facility, so it’s a great place to spend time with him.
- APRIL 7-9, 2017: Pine Manor Retreat Center, Inside the Miracle, Weekend Retreat 1, register at Pine Manor, (web link), or contact Gail Warner at
- NOV 3-5: Pine Manor Retreat Center, Inside the Miracle, Weekend Retreat 2, register at Pine Manor, (web link), or contact Gail Warner at
During the conversation Mark references Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living by Allan Lokos. You can click the image below to purchase your own copy.
“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 of 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