To have any chance of knowing joy,

we must love everything in the way.

As a poet, philosopher and beloved teacher, Mark Nepo has been breaking a path of spiritual inquiry for more than forty years. Based on his new book, this workshop affirms how precious this one life is and opens the chance we have to be fully alive and to be of use to each other and the world. Drawn from his years of teaching, Nepo explores how our hard work and authenticity ready us for meaning and grace. He unfolds how our sincerity and labor help us to survive and thrive. The One Life We’re Given offers a path of soul work that can help us find our way, as Nepo puts it, “to discover the story behind the story, and to find what can last.”

By fully living the one life we’re given, we’re led to the wisdom that waits in our heart. There is no other way. To make the most of being here, we’re required to learn when to try and when to let go. This is our initiation into grace. The gift and practice of being human centers on the effort to restore what matters and, when in trouble, to make good use of our heart. No one quite knows how to do this, but learn it we must. Our path to love and truth depend on this journey.

This workshop will explore how we might truly inhabit the one life we’re given: by getting closer to life, loving what you do, finding what can last, and by being kind and useful. Using ancient and contemporary stories, poetry, journaling and dialogue, Mark will delve into what it means to make our way through pain and sorrow, keeping our eyes open as we work our way into grace. Through conflict and joy, and love and loss, we’re asked to craft and weave our soul and our journey into the one life we’re given. This is how we become instruments of love.

“Working with you as readers and students is a path I am devoted to. This path is a continuous inquiry into what it means to be human, to be here, and to care for each other. My hope is that through this workshop you will deepen your conversation with life. That through your own path of obstacle and surprise, you will be opened to your gifts and become somewhat freed of all you carry. My hope is that this time together will support you in becoming skilled at living with both effort and grace.”

—Mark Nepo

Bring a journal.

FEE:  $650  Early Bird Fee by March 15th… after that date: $695

              This includes full price of retreat and meals.

              Shared rooms, first come…first served.

To Register:  Please contact or call 949 552 1633.

You can pay by paypal or credit card by clicking on one of the buttons below.    (Slightly higher fee if paid by paypal or credit card)

Deposit $258

Early Bird $665

You can also pay by check made out to:   Gail Warner Workshops

                                                                          32840 Ortega Hwy

                                                                           Lake Elsinore, Ca 92530

Check for deposit is $250 and check for total amount is $650.  


Pine ManoMark_Nepo_author_photor is grateful to have Mark return each year .  Mark Nepo is teacher and fellow traveler who brings us inspiration through poetry and storytelling.  Pine Manor is grateful to have Mark return each year for an amazing opportunity to be with him in a small group setting.

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

Nepo is a consummate storyteller with a rare gift for making the invisible visible.

—Publishers Weekly