David Whyte


David Whyte, poet, author, and speaker, grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. The author of nine books of poetry and four books of prose, David holds a degree in marine zoology and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon, and Himalayas. His life as a poet has created an audience in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literary world of readings that most poets inhabit; the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical inquiry; and the world of vocation, work, and organizational leadership. David holds honorary doctorates from Neumann College in Pennsylvania and Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia.

Learn more about this presenter’s work:

David Whyte—Courageous Conversation


  • Gratitude

    Gratitude is not a passive response to something we have been given, gratitude arises from paying attention, from being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us.

  • Opening to the Horizon’s View

    There are times when my world contracts to only a few square feet—the distance to my computer screen, the car in front of me, the bills on my desk, the cereal boxes in the grocery aisle. As my view shrinks, I feel pinched and puckered, a too-big Alice stuffed in a very small Wonderland. With creativity squeezed out, minutiae and minor indignities loom large.

  • Four Ways of Looking at “Wild Geese”

    Writer and Kripalu presenter Lara Tupper reflects on the resonant words of Mary Oliver and David Whyte.

  • The Lessons of Poetry

    Lately, I’ve found a remarkable key in that journey to be poetry, specifically that of poets like John O’Donohue, Mary Oliver and David Whyte.

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