Human beings are very good at working hard, preparing, planning, sowing and tending, not so good at bringing in the harvest of all their labors; often refusing to have the patience that a true ripening calls for, or moving onto new initiatives before the one they have worked so hard for has had time to flower. There is also the difficulty that lies in the hidden, unspoken, almost invisible harvests connected with our shadows and our difficulties. Many of us have elements inside us that did not set right in our growing, were confined or nipped in the bud when they should have been coming into full blossom. Whether the harvest is easy to see but requires patience, attention or waiting to bring in, or whether it is hidden and difficult and requires a combination of courage and vulnerability to bring to fruition, bringing in the harvest is one of the great accomplishments of a human life. Lastly, harvest is the time celebration, to live in the bounty, to share with others, to mark the where we have come, what we have achieved and the vista which lies before us from the achievement. 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 inquiry 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.
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