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Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00am to 4:00pm

Canadian Memorial United Church, West 16th & Burrard


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This will be an intimate day spent with David Whyte through poetry and the insights of poetry. The theme/title of the Day is Half A Shade Braver:

Courage is a word that tempts us to think outwardly, to run bravely against opposing fire, to do something under besieging circumstance, and perhaps, above all, to be seen to do it in public, to show courage; to be celebrated in story, rewarded with medals, given the accolade, but a look at its linguistic origins is to look in a more interior direction and toward its original template, the old Norman French, Coeur, or heart.

Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work; a future. To be courageous is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences. To be courageous is to seat our feelings deeply in the body and in the world: to live up to and into the necessities of relationships that often already exist, with things we find we already care deeply about: with a person, a professional future, a possibility in society, or with an unknown that begs us on and always has begged us on. To be courageous is to stay close to the way we are made.


Through the revelations of poetry and the poetic tradition David will guide us to look into some of the bold, sometimes courageous, always robustly vulnerable and sometimes painful steps in bringing our seemingly interior states out into the world, to be and to do, to achieve and above all to give.

David Whyte's life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership. He holds a degree in marine zoology, an honorary doctorate from Newmann College, Pennsylvania, and is an Associate Fellow at Said Business School at the University of Oxford. The author of seven books of poetry and three books of prose, David has worked as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands, and led anthropological and natural-history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon, and Himalayas. He brings this wealth of experience to his lectures and workshops.