In Florence

In Florence July 8, 2024

Along the Via Campo, a young man is walking against the flow shouting to everyone he meets, “You are my sister! You are my brother!” I don’t know if he’s drunk or a prophet. So goes the journey of our lives: Do we seek a life of vengeance or build a better world? Do we build beauty atop the ruins? Do we walk through the days intoxicated with the distractions of the modern world insisting we are strangers? Or do we dare to walk into the endless crowd of souls, exclaiming we are sisters and brothers?


A Question to Walk With: Describe your own struggle between vengeance and building a better world.

This is from my book of poems in progress, This Slow Quick Dance.

Mark will be offering retreats, free events, and a few special journeys in 2024. Here’s the list of what’s coming up! 

July 21, 28, & Aug 4, 2024 | Finding Inner Courage: Our Walk in the World 

A 3-Session Online Webinar with Mark Nepo To register visit

July 31 6pm ET:  FREE EVENT You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: The Net of Friendship, reading and conversation followed by 45 minute river walk at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Free event. Please register in advance here 

Aug 16-18: You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: The Power of Friendship, weekend retreat, at Mercy By the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison, CT.  For more information or to register, click here. ✅

 Sept 8 11am PT/2pm ET – FREE ONLINE EVENT You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: The Power of Friendship, Join Mark Nepo with Joel Fotinos in Conversation, hosted by Banyen Books & Sound. Register for this free event here.  ✅

Sept 16–21: You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: The Power of Friendship, a Mastery Week Retreat at the Modern Elder Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Click here to get information and to register.

 Sept 29 1pm PT/4pm ET: You Don’t Have to Do It Alone with Mark Nepo in Conversation with Brooke Warner, this online ticketed event is hosted by Book Passage. Register here for the zoom link. 

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