Mark Nepo Takes a Deep Dive into Community at the Garrison Institute 12/7-12/9

  |  November 15, 2018

All things are connected. The art of community is discovering how. Join Mark Nepo at the Garrison Institute for a weekend retreat exploring the concept of togetherness…

In an increasingly digital world, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed with feelings of isolation. New York Times bestselling author Mark Nepo aims to prove that, despite the hardships always present, we are more together than alone. Nepo invites you to delve into the idea of community December 7 – 9, 2018 during an immersive retreat at the Garrison Institute in Philipstown, NY.

A Journey Inward for Outward Connection

Over the past twelve years, Nepo has gathered stories and lessons of community from across cultures and history for his most recent book More Together Than Alone. In this retreat based on the book, the author will help participants find connection with community by posing probing questions: How will we inhabit our time on Earth? How can we live fully alone and together? How will we know and be known? How do we hold each other as we tumble along in the story of our lives? How will we care for each other in the face of crisis?

The retreat kicks off on Friday, December 7 at 3pm and continues through Sunday, December 9, wrapping up at 2pm. Attendees should bring a journal and can choose to attend as a commuter with no overnight accommodations needed ($455), or as an overnight attendee in a dorm room ($515), double room ($555), or a single room ($595). As part of the retreat fee, all attendees can enjoy meals prepared at Garrison Institute’s renowned kitchen. Executive Chef Shelley Boris and caterers Fresh Company offer meals that are nourishing, usually vegetarian, and prepared with care using mostly locally-sourced ingredients.

Online registration closes on December 6, after which attendees will pay a $50 late registration fee. Click here to register online.

About the Author

Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. 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.”


About the Garrison Institute

Situated in Putnam County, NY, the Garrison Institute was established in 2003 as “a monastery for the 21st century,” but accessible to everyone, not just those looking to be cloistered. In fact, the Institute is housed inside a decommissioned c.1923 Capuchin monastery called Glenclyffe, surrounded by 93-acres of Hudson Valley beauty. Over 60,000 people have participated in retreats and programs over the past 15 years, coming together to engage in deep reflection, cultivate wisdom and compassion, connect more deeply with others, and seek answers for today’s most pressing questions.

For more information on the Garrison Institute’s events and retreats, visit, message, or call 845-424-4800. The campus is located off Route 9D on the shores of the Hudson, approximately one hour from NYC. 

About Garrison Institute

The Garrison Institute was founded on the belief that action in the world is more compassionate and more effective when infused with the wisdom and skill cultivated in contemplative practices. Overlooking the Hudson River in a beautifully renovated former Capuchin monastery, the Institute convenes and supports those who are exploring the wisdom, values and insight gained through contemplative practices to catalyze personal and social transformation.

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