In a fit of optimism, I have decided to act as if it might be possible to roam out into the world again in the later half of next year. It is hard to contemplate another year without the fresh Atlantic breeze in my hair, or hear the pipes wending their unstoppable way through the sea air of County Clare; I thirst most thirstily for a pint of Guinness in Margaret's Bar in Ballyvaughan, I long to return to forest temples of Japan, and I pine for the back roads of Tuscany calling me to their pilgrim ways.
But most of all, I am interested to see what this person, who has enjoyed staying at home so much, makes of the wide world once he is let loose again! And I look forward most heartily to whoever joins me. All the refund policies are very generous, taking into account the possibilities for an extended bout of Covid.
The road in the end
taking the path the sun had taken,
into the western sea,
and the moon rising behind you
as you stood where ground turned to ocean:
no way to your future now
but the way your shadow could take,
walking before you across water, going where shadows go, no way to make sense of a world
that wouldn't let you pass
except to call an end to the way you had come
David Whyte’s walking tours combine his poetry and philosophy with breathtaking walks, superb meals and an opportunity to meet extraordinary people deeply committed to their place in the world - on any given day, you may be introduced to a poet, a farmer, a group of world-class musicians, a passionate scholar or a larger-than-life, Dante-reciting chef. No matter the location, you are invited into a circle of friendship that takes you deep into the local culture.
Each morning, after breakfast, David sets the tone for the day with a talk and poetry. This gathering is followed by the day’s activities, including a few beautiful walks or hikes, and delicious, local food.
We don’t provide an itinerary, preferring to give participants an experience of awakening into each new day with openness to what may unfold. (That said, we let you know when you might need a rain jacket or sturdy shoes.)
Although the landscape and culture are unique to each location, all walking tours are extraordinary, moveable feasts for mind, body and spirit.
This trip has been rescheduled for April 30th - May 7th, 2022
Join David and 35 eclectic travelers for a celebration of Ireland's celtic culture, both traditional and emerging, set on Galway Bay in County Clare. The trip is an unforgettable pilgrimage over ancient limestone and windblown shores, gathering at places of special inherited significance in both Irish history and the Irish religious imagination.
David introduces you not only to the place and culture, but also to some of his closest friends - people deeply connected to the landscape, and firmly occupying their unique place in the world. You will have the opportunity to hear world-class musicians and experience why County Clare is renowned for carrying the soul of traditional Irish music.
We will open this trip to applications in Autumn 2021. To be notified when applications become available, please sign up for our email list at the bottom of this page.
SEPTEMBER 7th - 14th, 2021
From the first evening standing on the threshold of an ancient Etruscan tomb with the light slanting across the stone, imagining centuries of mothers, fathers and children making their lives amongst the olive groves, to the closing night’s celebration under the stars, the week in Italy is a moveable feast both literally and imaginatively; a true celebration of the senses; a shaping of the mind and the body through walking, seeing, listening and tasting.
Whether being introduced by Lori De Mori to the almost reverential relationship to food that runs throughout the Tuscan hills, listening to Dante in the original by an original as dusk settles on the rooftops of Panzano, or partaking of a moonlit meal prepared with loving care, you will be invited deep into the local culture, setting one foot after another through the countryside accompanied by David’s poetry and thought, and by food, wine and good company.
NOVEMBER 4th - 11th, 2021
Join David Whyte and Gayle Karen Whyte on this mountain and forest trail through the ancient landscapes and villages of central Japan, walking in the footsteps of Japan's most famous poet: Basho. Our tour begins in Kyoto, we will then travel by train into the mountains. Once on the trail we will stay at traditional Ryokan Inns, many times bathing in their hot-springs by night and during the days, walking through the central Japanese countryside, past temples and shrines, remote forest paths and tiny hamlets.
David and Gayle walked this trail three years ago and found it an absolute delight, witnessing the daily life of rural Japan, fascinated by the history and not a little overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscapes. The Ryokan all provide a very traditional experience, with really marvelous food, from simple to luxurious depending on the inn.
Due to this tour being full and postponed in 2020, we are currently accepting applications for a waiting list only.