Hi, I’m Dave Ursillo. I’m a writer, 11-time author, yoga teacher, and workshop and retreat leader who shares tools and practices of self-knowledge as gateways of service and personal leadership in today’s world.
My world, my work and my everyday life revolve around creating containers for healing and transformation through self-knowledge.
I create writing, books, workshops, e-courses, and occasional retreats that are personal and experiential and invite you into communion with your voice, your desire, and your power.
- I believe that we can each become a leader without followers based upon how we embody our innermost values and innate goodness.
- I believe that unearthing and expressing your unique soul-code is the pathway to self-realization.
- I believe in light, joy, laughter all along the way.
I’m here to offer you the teachings that have worked best for me and for my students — folks who believe in good in the world, and want to leave a legacy of love in their wake, and suspect that becoming their whole and best versions of themselves is the best way to begin.
If this is you, I’m glad we’ve found each other.
How have our paths crossed?
Once upon a time, I was a political insider on a fast-tracked career path in the world of public service.
My young career peaked with writing environmental policy reports at the White House Council on Environmental Quality in 2008, and hustling as a right-hand-man to a rising politician in 2009.
I dreamed of becoming a presidential speechwriter someday.
All the while, I was falling completely disillusioned to the world of politics.
Since September 11, 2001 when I was 15 years old, all I wanted to do was help a world that appeared to desperately need it. I sought a career path in public service because I thought that’s how I’d best be able to impact peoples’ lives for the better.
But, in politics? I was told to play the game.
I was made to wait my turn.
I knew I could simply do more right here and right now than what I was already giving.
I felt in my heart that what I was able to share, even a few words of encouragement or kindness to a stranger, would be doing more for the world than waiting for permission to stand up, act, lead.
So I left that world and decided to live my leadership, instead.
Using writing as my vessel of change, in 2009 I started this blog with a dream of becoming a best-selling author someday.
I began to share personal stories, philosophical ideas for living a happier and healthier life, and exploring what it means to lead without followers in one’s everyday life.
Nearly a decade later, I’m so glad that our paths are finally crossing.
Because I’ve been looking for you.
(Not to be creepy or anything.)
If you’re here, we have something to learn from one another.
Even if it’s just a passing moment to share together.
To be in kindness.
To reflect our truth to one another.
If you’re feeling (justifiably) tired or wary of people online who seem to project that they’ve got “everything in life figured out,” or as if they’re simply baiting you into buying a course in which they promise to help you make money when you sleep, please know: this is not who I am or what I do.
My journey began with saving myself from depression and a crisis of identity, and all the rest was born in a desire to make the world a better place. I figured the best place to start was with how I lived my everyday life.
Since then, I’ve self-published 6 books, have led yoga retreats and writing workshops on 4 continents, and spend my days meticulously unpacking the questions, ideas and dilemmas that I believe every human being finds vital to understand in pursuit of living a healthy, happy and meaningful existence.
In the day-to-day, I’m constantly writing and creating new programs and courses to help people access their voices, self-knowledge and inner leadership.
I also teach yoga weekly at my home studio of Laughing Elephant Yoga in Rhode Island; donate time to give yoga to low-income healthcare providers and recent-arrival refugees in the area; and fundraise annually for causes like putting girls in school in West Africa.
Outside of my work, I’m a blue-eyed Renaissance Man who keeps a garden on his apartment balcony, has traveled to 23 countries (even though he was born and raised in the smallest state in America), adores graffiti murals and street art, and holds a strangely obsessive love for English Premier League soccer.
Take the journey of self-knowledge with me.
Making the world a better place starts within.
If we want to change the world, we have to start with ourselves, first.
We’re in this game called life together, and we’re meant to do more than survive. We’re meant to thrive. But not in spite of anyone else. There’s enough to go around for all of us.
I believe that leading in love is the noblest journey of all. But your journey of leadership must begin within — with, or without followers — and with how you embody what you believe in the very most, everyday.
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Come along with me in daily wonderings, international adventures and unconventional concepts that upturn well-meaning but overdone advice on “living well” that is more likely to make you feel neurotic or overwhelmed than centered in yourself.
I know what you may be thinking: “Dave, I already get too many newsletters!” Believe me, I know that your attention is already spread thin and that the world today is constantly hounding your for your attention. I promise to be an exception. If you disagree, you can unsubscribe at any time in a single click.
Until then, I’ll send you my favorite teachings, readers’ favorite stories, and personal lessons on how to embody and express your truth throughout your self-knowledge journey.
Most of all, thank you for showing up as you do in the world.
Until next time, stay unapologetically you.
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“Dave brings deep experience and devotion to his teachings. He cares that you learn, that you grow, and that you get all that you came for.”Jen Louden, Best-Selling Author & Teacher
“Dave is a compassionate and genuine leader–his message of leadership is woven throughout his work. I urge you to read his words.”Caroline Rubenstein, Writer for Psychology Today & Author