David Whyte 2018 Tour

Sydney | Melbourne | Byron Bay

Friday 9 November 2018 - Friday 16 November 2018

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Half a Shade Braver: Leadership in a time of magnified uncertainty with David Whyte and Gayle Karen Young

Friday 9 November 2018, 9.30am - 12.30pm. Venue TBA in Sydney CBD

Setting a Direction for a Future Life: Sydney A morning with David Whyte

Saturday 10 November 2018, 9.30am - 1.30pm. Venue TBA in Sydney CBD 

Setting a Direction for a Future Life Melbourne: A morning with David Whyte

Sunday 11 November 2018, 9.30am - 1.30pm. Venue TBA in Melbourne CBD

Half a Shade Braver: Leadership in a time of magnified uncertainty with David Whyte and Gayle Karen Young

Monday 12 November 2018, 9.30am - 12.30pm. Venue TBA in Melbourne CBD

Setting a Direction for a Future Life: A Byron Bay Retreat with David Whyte

Friday 16 November 2018, 10am - 4pm. Byron Bay Community Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481

David Whyte is a an internationally acclaimed poet, author and pioneer of conversational leadership. Talking Sticks is delighted to present his work for the third time in Australia, to poetry and literature lovers, coaches, life coaches, personal development enthusiasts, nature lovers, mindfulness appreciators, change-makers, human resources and people managers, culture directors and CEOs. 

Through our ticketing platform, Humanitix, we are proud to support global charity Room to Read, working towards world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities and the world.

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Setting direction for a future life: a morning with david whyte

Saturday 10 November SYDNEY

Sunday 11 November MELBOURNE

9.30am - 1.30pm

David Whyte asks the great questions of human life through the eyes of the pilgrim:  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 recognise help when it is being offered, and the humor, humility, and open hands necessary to receive it.

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Half a Shade Braver: Leadership in a time of magnified uncertainty with David Whyte and Gayle Karen Young

Friday 9 November SYDNEY

Monday 12 November MELBOURNE

9.30am - 12.30pm

We always work with uncertainty no matter the times in which we live, but in these days, we are living through a time of super-uncertainty, magnified by the feverish political climate and the rise of extreme stances and views taken by colleagues, customers and governments alike.

This will be a brief but intensive morning looking at foundational ways of shaping a deeper, more imaginative and more conversational leadership identity, able to live and hold a leadership conversation at the calm center of even the most difficult patterns, rather than being subject to their stormy and often distracting peripheries.

A centred, foundational, imaginative identity does not take sides, it is always creating products, services and forward-looking conversations that neither side is offering. Join Poet and Philosopher David Whyte and leadership and organisational development consultant and former Chief Talent and Culture Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, Gayle Karen Young for a few hours of intensive immersion in this timeless identity, both to face the challenges that confront us in this time and more importantly, to shape an identity that can find a way through them.

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Setting Direction for a future life: a retreat with david whyte

Friday 16 November BYRON BAY

10am - 4pm

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 recognise help when it is being offered, and the humor, humility, and open hands necessary to receive it.

This day long retreat allows you to explore the themes of human self-discovery, what it means to be on a path, as we are all pilgrims. If you find yourself at a cross-roads, and a critical juncture of your life, if you find yourself lost or directionless, lacking in meaning or purpose, this retreat is for you. You will find yourself, through David's poetry and storytelling, immersed in the world of pilgrimage, and will become aware of the first steps you need take to journey on, to a full and purposeful future. 

It seems Whyte has already bowled over British captains of industry. Tony Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of the Industrial Society, met Whyte earlier this year. “I turned up on the second day of a conference of complexity and strategy to find that he had spoken the previous day, and everyone I met was raving about him. The delegates were like a who’s who of British industry and Whyte stole the show.
— The Times, London