David Whyte

David Whyte is an internationally renowned poet and author, and a scintillating and moving speaker. Behind these talents lies a very physical attempt to give voice to the wellsprings of human identity, human striving and, most difficult of all, the possibilities for human happiness.

Intensive Retreat

David Whyte will be teaching an Intensive Retreat, January 13 – 20, 2024, during the Wisdom and Wellbeing Weeks 2024 about the following topic:

Rest, Renewal & Re-Imagination

David will speak daily, offering poetry and thoughtful commentary as a foundation for the day’s conversation. As the focus of the week is rest and rejuvenation, there will be plenty of time for you to choose from a variety of activities: yoga, swimming, longevity teachings, walks, and most importantly, time for contemplation. This year, David will be joined by Henry Shukman, as well as Leslie Salmon Jones and Jeff W. Jones.

Multi Faculty Workshop

David Whyte will be teaching during the Wisdom and Wellbeing Multi-Faculty Week 5, February 10 – 17, 2024 about the following topic:

Clear Mind Wild Heart- Finding Courage and Clarity Through Poetry

At the core of poetry is the act of catching up with our selves. Speaking out, we make conscious what until now has been hidden inside us and so join the world in conversation again. Courageous speech enables us to unfreeze our lives, to move on emboldened for the next step, to be a part of flowing forces that a moment before seemed frightening to our formerly static sense of self. Through the robust vulnerabilities of poetry, we become a self more equal to the world – more present, ready for right action and with an edge of generous wildness that our social world finds hard to entrap.