An Afternoon with David Whyte: The Courage in Poetry


Understanding the Relationship between Vitality and Vulnerability

We would like to invite and welcome you to the next session in David Whyte’s Oxford Series, a cumulative exploration into our human condition and responsibilities.

Much is said in today’s world about just being. But human beings have never had the luxury of choosing between an untouched and interior foundational self and the necessities and often overwhelming revelations of the outer world, where we have to work, pay bills and look after others, often before ourselves.

We are conversational creatures who shape a real identity only at the edge between our exhaustion and our vitality, between the self and the world, between the here and the there, between leading others and then following them, between how we need to be and what we need to be, and especially between the ground beneath our feet and the far horizon to which we go.

Join David Whyte, through the revelations of poetry and the poetic tradition, in the beautiful and ancient environs of St Aldates church, Oxford, looking into and experiencing some of the bold, courageous, robustly vulnerable and sometimes painful steps in bringing our seemingly interior states out into the world, to do, to achieve and above all to give.

For those of you who came to David’s afternoon at St Aldates in February, this will be a continuation and extension of the conversation we had then.

Date: Saturday 1st June 2019, (2.00 – 5.00 p.m.)

Venue: St Aldates Church, St Aldates (A420), Oxford OX1 1BT (Opposite Christ Church)
The St Aldates is a short walk from Oxford’s railway station and close to several car parks.

Early Bird Fees: Paid by 18th May 2019
Self Sponsored & Charities  – £100+VAT
(Self sponsored includes limited businesses with a total of three or less employees)
Corporate Sponsored – £125+VAT

Standard Fees: Paid after 18th May 2019
Self Sponsored & Charities  – £125+VAT
Corporate Sponsored – £150+VAT

Booking: To book please email with your name and invoicing address indicating whether you are self-sponsored or corporate sponsored.

About David Whyte

We have been partnering with David since 2005, bringing workshops and the unique salon series format to many people in that time.

David is first and foremost a poet. His work has struck a resonant chord within organisations and the personal and professional development arenas around the world. He is an inspiring speaker who, with a poet’s insight, speaks to our human condition, and to the core of the challenges individuals and organisations face today and offers a vision for the way ahead.

David’s client list includes: Astra Zenica, The Boeing Company, Deloitte & Touche, Innogy, The Industrial Society, Lucent Technology, Mattel, McKinsey, Microsoft, Nasa, Novartis, The Royal Air Force, Standard Chartered Bank, Stanford University, State of the World Forum, Said Business School, University of Oxford, Toyota, Unilever & Visa International.

He has published eight books of poetry including River Flow New & Selected Poems and his latest collection The Bell and The Blackbird  published in 2018. David is also the author of the best selling prose books, The Heart Aroused, Crossing the Unknown Sea, The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationships and Consolations.

“Everyone I met was raving about him. The delegates were like a ‘who’s who’ of British Industry and Whyte stole the show.”
The Times

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