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Compass Points Setting Direction for a Future Life

“The sound of a bell
still reverberating,
or a blackbird calling
from a corner of the field,
asking you to wake
into this life,
or inviting you deeper
into the one that waits.

Either way takes courage.”

—from The Bell and the Black Bird
• Poetry and reflection
• Looking toward your next horizon
• Life as a pilgrimage

For everyone.

David Whyte asks the great questions of human life through the eyes of the pilgrim. A pilgrim is someone up for adventure and good company; someone looking for the biggest context they can find or imagine; someone dependent on friendship, hospitality, and help from friends and strangers alike; someone who has to ask for visible and invisible help; someone for whom the nature of the destination changes, step by step, as the end of the path approaches; and someone subject to the vagaries of wind and weather along the way.

In this program, David invites you to consider internal resilience and the necessity for following a certain star not seen or perceived by anyone else, an internal migration or path running parallel to the outer road keeping your journey in the world relevant and true. Together, you explore the necessity for hardiness, for shelter and risk, for companionship and vulnerability, and discuss the absolute need to ask for help at transition points, as well as how to recognize help when it is being offered, and the humor, humility, and open hands necessary to receive it.

Recommended reading David Whyte, The Bell and the Blackbird.

Evening Event
Concert with Owen and Mícheál Moley Ó Súilleabháin
Saturday, October 6, 7:30–9:00 pm
For program participants only; no general public tickets available.

Short of a Biblical miracle, I cannot imagine one human being having a deeper impact on an audience of 3,000 ... than you had at this year’s event. —Rich Simon, Psychotherapy Networker Symposium


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All Self-Discovery


David Whyte, author of nine books of poetry and four books of prose, is a speaker who. brings his poetry to large audiences throughout the world.

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Owen and Mícheál “Moley” Ó Súilleabháin have recorded ancient sacred chant and performed internationally with their mother, Nóirín Ní Riain, in a trio called Amen.

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