I believe in you. I believe that your words can change your entire life. I believe that the stories you tell yourself (and others) are the reality that your life becomes. I believe that you are divine, and perfect — in spite of all your imperfections.
Your journey in this lifetime is meant to be fully experienced as a work of art: passionately, deeply, beautifully.
You are all that you need to become fulfilled, whole and joyful.
By nurturing your truth, desire, and self-knowledge, you become a force for leadership and love. Your words, your story, and your everyday life are the force by which we build loving connections to other souls.
My name is Dave Ursillo, and I’m honored that you’re here.
My life and my work revolve around writing, self-expression and cultivating wholeness of body, mind and spirit.
As a writer, author, yogi and world-traveling teacher, my passion is helping people discover artful, authentic expressions of their inner truth.
This journey began when I was 15 years old and watched September 11, 2001 unfold from my high school library’s fuzzy television. 9/11 inspired me to become a leader in my life.
After years of pursuing a career in politics in public service, in 2009 I quit my job working for a state gubernatorial candidate to dedicate my life to my writing. I believed that I could use my writing and creative self-expression to inspire others to live their best lives.
I wanted to lead by example — with, or without followers.
From 2009 to 2012, I sought a professional writing career. I self-published 5 books and was published in 6 more.
But the solo journey of a writer left me wanting for more.
Yearning for deeper experiences, connection with others and to truly help people flourish in their lives, path evolved into teaching.
Today, I teach what I love: writing, creativity, yoga, artistry, personal development and all things self-expression.
I intertwine these powerful art-forms in workshops, stories and experiences to help the likes of self-starters, conscientious creatives, budding artists, aspiring authors, young entrepreneurs and “everyday yogis” to alchemize their gifts and passions into serviceable action.
Through breath-work, body movement, creative self-expression, storytelling and self-belief, I help change-makers create the new realities they desire.
My work takes many forms, including:
- Teaching weekly yoga classes in my home state of Rhode Island at Laughing Elephant Yoga
- Traveling to conferences and retreats to lead writing, creativity, storytelling and yoga workshops
- Hosting destination retreat experiences for creatives and yogis at locations like India, Costa Rica and Iceland
Sometimes I teach high-schoolers how to tell their stories or senior citizens how to write poetry like Mary Oliver.
Meanwhile, I run an online writers’ group called The Literati Writers to help writers of all levels together fall in love with their writing journeys without unwarranted judgment, competition or criticism.
I also work one-on-one with select clients in my Story Shine Sessions. This business copywriting offering turns your story into your business platform, personal brand or holistic marketing offering.
No matter what I do or where the journey leads next, I constantly seek to inspire others to stand firmly in their power by using their words well, and embodying creativity throughout their lives.
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When I watched two towers crumble one September morning, I felt the calling of a leader within.
I was only 15 years old, but watching the images of September 11, 2001 unfold really changed me.
I felt a call within my heart that had been quietly brewing since I was child:
To lead someone. To help, somehow.
I wanted to dedicate my life to loving kindness and service in a world that appeared to so desperately need it.
I began to explore my career path in the world of politics and public service from 2003 to 2009, working in five state and federal offices and eventually finding my way to Washington D.C. and The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) as a policy intern. I even interviewed for a job in the West Wing of the White House.
Months later — in the throes of a promising young career — I suddenly felt like I was crumbling on the inside.
My heart was empty. My passion was extinguished. Everyday life felt completely meaningless. No one could help me. I shut out family and friend. My health suffered. Just one year out of the gates of college, I was depressed and suffering from a deep crisis of identity.
I knew in my heart that I wasn’t living my purpose.
Worse, I felt like a pawn in someone else’s game: the game of politics, the game of “earning your place,” the game of “you’re not enough to be able to help people.”
I knew deep down that I was capable of more. I felt like I wasn’t doing my part to help our world.
I resented that I wasn’t contributing to others’ lives.
I resented myself. I looked around the political world and saw a graveyard of good men and women who once wished like I did: to do good, to lead by example, to serve the world.
Somewhere along the line, it seemed as if many made a choice. To compromise on what they believed, or to play the game of politics instead. To slowly “earn permission” to help people. So they waited for a job title, a salary, some amount of expertise, or power, or followers, to tell them they were ready to lead.
I believed that I could do my part and be a leader without them.
Today, I’m still striving to lead by example by teaching people how to communicate well, be more creative, express themselves and serve the world in their own ways.
I believe that we are all creative. It is our nature.
There is no end of how creative we can be.
Creativity is energy, moved with intention and awareness.
It’s through the many forms of creative self-expression that we become leaders in our own lives: living well, fulfilling our limitless potential and ushering as much love and light into the world as we possibly can, while we’re here.
My life has become a living example.
And I want to share what I’ve learned, and help others self-actualize into forces of quiet leadership, every day.
This is why I teach all my students, from everyday yogis to budding artists and aspiring entrepreneurs, to become their most creative in all facets of their lives.
We are creative in our breath and in our body movement — from written word to spoken word, to creating meaningful work in the world and sharing loving expressions in everyday life.
It’s all creative. It’s all energy.
And I’m here to help you be your best with both.
Here are some of the ways you can get on board with my teachings.
- The Literati Writers is an online writers’ group and year-round service that provides to support, empowerment and writing exercises to creatives of all levels, from emerging writers and part-time poets to personal journalers, freelancers and aspiring authors. Learn to love your writing journey »
- I turn stories into a business offerings with heart. My 1-on-1 Story Shine Sessions are business copywriting experiences that help self-employed coaches, professionals, entrepreneurs, artists and authors excavate the gold of their stories and communicate them in their About Me pages with heart, soul and purpose. Do more of the work you love with more of the right people »
- I travel the U.S. and Europe to lead writing, creativity and yoga workshops that are soulful, intimate and experiential. I help students tell their stories, write their bios, experience chakra-guided meditations, and infuse yoga sessions with journaling to help students get self-aware. I love to create powerful, interactive experiences that transform thought and feeling into action. See where I’m teaching next or invite me to an event »
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Until next time, be unapologetically you and shine on,