Join me begining Sunday, January 2nd for my Three Sundays online series
START CLOSE IN
Simplicity as the Sane and Sure Foundation for Every New Beginning
JANUARY 2nd, 16th and 30th (every other week)
10:00am Pacific Time • Check your local time
Invitation to START CLOSE IN
Join David Whyte for what is becoming an annual ‘START CLOSE IN’ Three Sundays in January, a thoughtful and arresting entrance into the new year, with a foundational emphasis on the act of simplifying.
Starting close in means shaping a life where we can experience freedom, happiness and even joy in the midst of the difficulties that have accompanied human life in every epoch of human history.
Simplicity does not mean we refuse to engage in complex endeavours, nor turn away from the overwhelming nature of our present challenges. It does not mean naivety, or putting our heads in the sand. But there is a necessity for powerful, simple disciplines of the everyday, disciplines that begin with our breathing and our bodies, moving out through simple movements - our speech, our homes and all the varied forms of our work that can help us meet the world on better terms than responses that spring from anxiety.
All of us can feel the tide beginning to turn and the road beginning to open again, however slowly, regarding our possible release from the confinements of the last two years. And we find ourselves still in the midst of the deep difficulties these trying two years have brought.
Each time, I have been very moved by what you say and how you've said it. Thank you for being a voice of inspiration, kindness, acceptance, and honesty through this strangely beautiful and transformative time.
In the midst of overwhelming circumstances, no different from our own tumultuous times, human beings have always been called to a form of radical simplification, to returning to a true foundation from which they can step into a new life: to the making of new promises and the letting go of old ones.
Our New Year’s resolutions are but magnified versions of this ancient taking on and giving up. The understanding has always been that we have to give away something precious; something we previously thought was fundamental.
There is a reason Marie Kondo is so popular in almost every prosperous corner of the world right now; we need to sweep and clear every corner of our minds as much as our overburdened homes and then we need to clean our wider world in the same way, all the while living in a time when we are constantly besieged by personal and planetary anxieties and difficulties.
In this giving away we come to ground in our possibilities again, possibilities that were previously hidden by our too complicated view of what needed to be done, and who we needed to be in order to do it. We have a sense that we need to be preparing to get out on the road again, though we know that road must be taken in ways we never understood before. These three sessions are a way of simplifying and then repacking and preparing for that journey from the inside out, ready for the perils and possibilities this new year might bring.
Join David Whyte for Three Sundays in January to look at the phenomenon of giving up and giving in, in order to go on; of finding new promises by letting go of old ones, and remembering those vows that seemed to have been made on our behalf at our birth.
If you cannot afford the registration price due to present hardship, please contact [email protected] with a line of explanation for our heavily discounted rate.Registration Open - Recording of January 2nd & 16th Sessions Available - $60
These beautiful sessions have buoyed me so through the months - now nearly years - of this pandemic. Your words have spoken to me for many years (The House of Belonging is still my favorite, all the pages well worn and the binding frayed). Your choices of theme and poems always seemed divinely timed to what I needed to hear, or to ponder. My creativity has soared, and I have been inspired to let go of old wants and dreams that no longer fit, to be less "hard on myself for wanting what I want," and to really accept that I deserve to have the life I want. Each time, I have been very moved by what you say and how you've said it. Thank you for being a voice of inspiration, kindness, acceptance, and honesty through this strangely beautiful and transformative time.
Tremendous possibilities now in focus, realizing the wisdom behind thinking and living with the theme that no matter what, “ everything is still possible.” Can’t thank you enough. Every session gets better and better.
Since I’ve followed your Sundays series beginning in January this year, I’ve gained perspective I why I’m still here (on the planet.) Because of illness and separation from family, I could not see beyond my own misery. Writing didn’t come easily UNTIL I stopped. Thank you for taking us deep into the inner journey. A new door has opened, actually it’s an old, old garden gate and my job was to untangle the overgrowth that was hiding it. Blessings!
START CLOSE IN begins Sunday, January 2nd at 10:00am Pacific Time
How the Seminar Works
START CLOSE IN is centered around three 75-minute livestream sessions delivered via Zoom webconferencing software.
In addition, David will present you with Tiny Disciplines in and after each session, to help bring the poetry and themes into your daily life, and also to hold the thread between the three Sundays.
3 Livestream Sessions with Q+A
Each session will include an hour long talk followed by a 15-minute Q+A.
You will receive preparatory materials offering suggestions for creating an environment to engage with the seminar, as well as a detailed resource document for each session.
In each session David will offer one or more Tiny Daily Disciplines, to help bring the poetry and themes into your daily life, and also to hold the thread between sessions.