Thank you for the hikes that stretched and captivated me, the talks that fed me, the community structure that challenged me AND brought me jewels in the forms of human beings, and the landscapes that soothed me.
— participant

COMPASS POINTS: Setting Direction For A Future Life
A Week in the English Lake District

July 10 - 17, 2020

Join David Whyte in the mountains and vales of his youth, while taking time to understand the next necessary steps of your own life. Hike with David over the peaks of the English Lake District, where Wordsworth, Coleridge and many others found inspiration among mountains, valleys, spectacular lakes, stone villages and hedgerows. Our accommodations are near Coniston Lake, not too far from the village of Coniston itself - the site, by the way, of David’s very favorite brewery.

The cottages and farmstead themselves are steeped in literary history, having been the setting for Arthur Ransome’s Swallows & Amazons. Our accommodations will provide not only characterful shelter but bicycles for a quick trip into the village and rowing boats for excursions on the lake.

The morning sessions with David will be a time to deepen your commitment to the direction of your professional or artistic life, or loose it toward a new direction. For further inspiration, we will spend every afternoon amid the mountains and lakes that surround us, hiking the hills and arriving at small pubs, hostelries, or our farmstead home for the evening meal.

The Farmhouse and cottages of Bank Ground Farm are set on over 60 acres of breathtaking Lake District countryside with private lake frontage and panoramic views over Coniston Water to Coniston Village. Bank Ground Farm is a working farm in the heart of the Lake District, rearing both cattle and sheep. Its farmhouse dates back to the 15th Century, with exposed oak beams and open log fires.

Each morning will begin with a talk by David, bringing poetry to bear on the insights he has gained through over twenty years of examining the necessities of work, career and relationship, providing food for thought for the day's hiking.

Cost: $4200. Includes 7 nights' accommodation, transportation in-country, drop off and return to Manchester airport within time parameters, all breakfasts and either lunch or dinner each day. Does not include airfare.

To apply, please download and complete the application form and fitness assessment, below, and send them, together with your letter of application, to Julie Quiring.


A wonderful video taken by 2017 participant Stephen Kern, with music from the album Filleadh, by Owen and Micheal O'Suilleabhain.