Mark S. Burrows

Workshop Leader

Mark S. Burrows

A longtime resident of New England, Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D. has spent the last decade teaching religion and literature at a university in Bochum, Germany, and was part of the “Bonn Rilke Project” that offered programs across the country blending original jazz compositions with meditations on Rilke’s poems and photographic images. He is the translator of what would become 'Part I” of Rilke’s "Book of Hours", published as "Prayers of a Young Poet" (2012/2016), as well as "99 Psalms" by the contemporary Iranian-German poet SAID. Other recent publications include a collection of his recent poems, "The Chance of Home: Poems" (2018) and two volumes of meditative poems inspired by Meister Eckhart, written with Jon M. Sweeney: "Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart" (2017) and "Meister Eckhart’s Book of Secrets" (2019). The recipient of the Witter Bynner Prize in Poetry, he remains an active member of the Bochumer Literaten, a circle of professional writers living and working in the Ruhr Region of Germany.

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Jun 01 - 22 2021


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm



Mark S. Burrows: Cultivating Awe in Your Life: A Four Part Online Course

Check out Mark Burrows’ article, Seeing the World As If For the First Time.

Awe is easy for children, they experience it naturally. Unless cultivated through conscious action, it gets much harder the longer you live.

This four part online retreat will lead you to reconnect to what T.S. Elliot called a “grace of sense”, a dimension of experience that opens you to beauty even in the empty spaces of your life.

Supported by the voices of poets, ancient and modern, Mark will lead you through a series of exercises and reflections to engage the resilience you carry within yourself to glimpse the truth that mystery lies within  what we think of as “ordinary.” Among your guides will be Rumi and Rilke, Meister Eckhart, Hafiz, Kei Miller, Mary Oliver, and Lao Tzu, who insisted that both the surfaces and depths of our lives beckon us to a sense of awe, and “if name be needed, wonder names them both:/ From wonder into wonder existence opens.”