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Dave Larson: living Wings and bringing it to southern California

Dave Larson

Dave Larson

Editor’s note: David Larson is a physician who also facilitates our introductory seminar, WellBeing (formerly PES). We asked him to share his self-development journey and more about his plans in January to host the first Wings WellBeing seminar in the San Diego area.

Tell us about your self-development journey. My uncle Lee initially introduced my parents and his entire Oregon-based business to Wings about 20 years ago, and within a couple of years, Kris King (Wings owner at the time) was coming to our family reunions to run individualized sessions. I was about 5 years old at the time, and though I didn’t fully understand what was going on, something felt good and right.

I went to my first “official” Wings seminar (True Colors teen seminar) when I was 13, and my experience there redefined my understanding of the world around me. I experienced levels of aliveness, intimacy, and joy beyond what I had conceptualized as possible. Indeed, I felt more connected to and more understood by those other participants than with friends I had for years. I was excited about life and enthusiastic to explore its boundaries, to play with the adventure that is my life!

As I faced the plethora of challenges that the typical teenager confronts, I was so grateful to have had the tools I learned at Wings. I went back for a “refresher” every summer during my high school years. As I went through college, I started to go to the adult seminars and volunteering on the assist teams—finding the experience of being in service even more valuable than being a participant. I’ve continued to come back to Wings several times per year to attend or teach a seminar ever since!

I know that the personal development work I’ve done because of training with Wings is perhaps the most important work that I can do to be of service to the world. Each time I attend a seminar, I am amazed by the magnificence of each and every individual—the beauty, and aliveness, and potential that exists in everyone without exception. Wings provides not only the tools but the lived experience of what it feels like to be truly alive, and it holds open an enticing door for the participants—a door that, if we choose to walk through it, leads to the active manifestation of the world we all dream of.

How did you come to be a Wings facilitator? During college, I was drawn to a career in medicine; however, I always wanted to continue to work with Wings. It’s been a long-term dream of mine to combine the two. I actually moved to Eugene after college to volunteer more regularly on assist teams while working at a local restaurant to support myself.

As I continued my own journey in medicine while staying connected with Wings, I finally felt ready to step up into a facilitator role about eight years ago while I was a physician in my residency training at the University of California-San Diego. I felt that I had integrated enough of what I had learned that I could comfortably teach the material, and I approached Kris King, requesting to train to be a facilitator. She accepted, and I spent several seminars with her gradually teaching more in front of the room until we both thought I was ready to teach on my own. I’ve been teaching the introductory seminar for the past five years on my own and with fantastic co-facilitators, and these seminars continue to be some of the most personally and professionally rewarding and meaningful things I can do with my time.

I feel profoundly grateful for the positive impact Wings has had in my daily life. Having had this experience that so few get to have, I feel a deep sense of responsibility to model what I have learned in my daily life and to support others when they are ready to take the plunge into self-discovery.

Tell us a bit more about yourself. I’ve been married to the love of my life Janna for five years now. Wings has played a role in our relationship development as well. We’ve had the opportunity to attend many seminars together and are planning on taking over teaching Listening Heart, the couple’s seminar, starting in February 2019.

We’ve been blessed with our first child, Elijah, about two years ago, and being his dad continues to be a daily highlight in my life.

Right now, I’m a direct primary care physician working at a fantastic wellness center in San Diego helping people connect the dots between their self-care goals and high-leverage strategies to get them there.

In my free time, I love to run with my dog Makena, surf, garden, play guitar and sing, and rediscover the miracles of the world with my son Eli.

What’s your favorite part of being a Wings facilitator? I just love the opportunity to be with people when they re-connect to their hearts, their purpose, what really matters for them. It’s inspiring to be around people when they “wake up” and start to live life from the inside out.

You’re behind the Wings plan to bring WellBeing, the introductory seminar that has replaced PES, to Carlsbad, near San Diego, in January. What’s the story about that? Who should attend? What help could you use from the Wings grad base? YES! I’ve been wanting to get Wings to San Diego for years. Carlsbad is a small beach town in the north of San Diego that is a very special place. It is home to The Chopra Center, (author) Louise Hay and Hayhouse, and so many others committed to personal growth and development as a path to making the world a better place. The Hilton location is right on a beautiful beach there and is a delightful setting to do this important work.

I think everyone should attend (but of course I’m biased). I think this seminar is the single best value and best use of time for personal growth and health that I’ve been exposed to thus far. It’s a 4-day learning lab to learn about yourself, reconnect to your dreams and vision for yourself, and get practical tools to create it!

Because it’s new, I can really use the help of the Southern California grad base to spread the word to family, friends, and co-workers to sign up. If you’ve had people in your life who you know would benefit but it’s been too far to get to Oregon, now is the perfect time to let them know about this opportunity.

Thank you for your advocacy and support!

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