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The Essence of Our Nature: Finding Strength in Vulnerability

For everyone.

Being vulnerable is not a choice; it is the abiding undercurrent of our natural state. Human beings have never had the luxury of choosing between an untouched interior self and the necessary vulnerabilities of achievement in the outer world. To run from vulnerability is to immobilize the very foundation of our identities. In turning away from vulnerability, we refuse the help we need at every turn of our existence, and close off our understanding of the grief of others.

Through the revelations of poetry and the poetic tradition, David Whyte explores the bold, courageous, sometimes painful steps we can take to bring our vulnerable selves into the world—in order to do, achieve, and, above all, give.

Celebrate the Season
Weather permitting, Saturday afternoon includes an outdoor celebration of the harvest season with world-renowned Irish singer Nóirín ní Riain. A walk to the lake with David and Nóirín provides an opportunity for communion with our deepest imagination and an invitation to be fully present in the natural world. Together with David’s poetry, Nóirín’s songs and stories are sure to whet our appetites for her concert on Saturday evening with her sons, Owen and Moley O Súilleabháin and Andrea O Súilleabháin.

Note Please bring appropriate attire for the outdoor walk.

Special Evening Event Ancient and Sacred Song with Nóirín ní Riain and special guests.

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