“You can think about gratefulness …as a state of being, a kind of frontier, a measure of the intensity of your presence and the ability to occupy this edge between what you think is you and what you think is not you, and to BE that conversation.”

  • What does it mean to live our lives on the edge of what hasn’t yet happened – the vivid space where everything is happening NOW?
  • What is possible when we fully occupy this moment, rather than being lost in thinking about what could have been, should have been, or might be?
  • How can the practice of grateful living help us to be more present, see our opportunities and gifts, and “fill our well” as an antidote to stress and exhaustion?

We invite you to join us in exploring these questions, and many more in our six-session eCourse now available on-demand!

The eCourse is based on reflections, poems, and stories shared by poet, David Whyte, at a gathering in 2012 for Br. David Steindl-Rast’s 86th birthday in San Francisco. After his talk, David Whyte sat down to have a conversation with Br. David, who joins him in the last video segment.   

In this program, we will traverse the subtle terrain of “wholeheartedness” as both “antidote to exhaustion” and as what becomes available when we live with immediacy. We will explore what it means to move through life as a “pilgrim” — letting go of what no longer serves us, taking nothing for granted, and being willing to show our gratefulness for our particular gifts by allowing them full expression in the world.

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Please join us on this journey of discovery…

David Whyte - photo by Scott Garen

Photo: Scott Garen

Once you register, you will receive access to the entire six-session eCourse to complete at your own pace and convenience.

Sessions will include:

  • A 3 – 5-minute video clip from a talk given by David Whyte at the Pathways to Gratefulness summit
  • Full transcript of the video clip
  • Featured poem
  • Questions for reflection and discussion
  • Suggested practices

Session Themes:

leaf, heart, sun, silhouette

Week One:  Wholeheartedness

Week Two: Pilgrimage

Week Three: The Glimpse

Week Four: Frontier

Week Five: Holy Ground

Week Six: As Kingfisher Catches Fire

This Program is Designed to:


  • help you connect with what makes you feel alive and wholehearted
  • help you discover what might be holding you back from living more wholeheartedly
  • offer Grateful Living practices to “fill your well,” as an antidote to stress and exhaustion
  • offer ways to reframe life’s transitions and to see the opportunities within them
  • invite you to recognize your unique gifts, and allow them full expression in the world.

eCourse Cost/Donation

This eCourse is offered on a sliding scale, starting at $20.

All donations over $20 will enable us to make this eCourse, and other eCourses in the future, available at no/reduced cost for people for whom the suggested amount is prohibitive. Thank you.

We are wholeheartedly committed to making our educational offerings, and all of our work, accessible to all. If $20 is a hardship, please contact us at contact@gratefulness.org.

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This course is offered in partnership and with the permission of Many Rivers Company.