Dr. David G. Benner is an internationally known depth psychologist, author, and lecturer whose life’s work has been directed toward the promotion of the well-being of the inner life of persons, focusing in particular on the interaction of psychological and spiritual dynamics. The underlying passion of his life has been the understanding and pursuit of transformation – not merely healing or even growth, but the unfolding of the self associated with a journey of awakening. This has been the focus of his more than three decades of work in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and his more recent work as a spiritual guide to those who seek awakening and transformation through spiritual openness and contemplative stillness in action.
David has authored or edited more than 30 books which have been translated into 18 foreign languages with worldwide sales of over 400,000 copies. In recent years he has lectured and led workshops or retreats throughout North America as well as in South Africa, England, Wales, Denmark, Norway, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and Indonesia. His books and teaching reflect both his Christian faith and the fact that he holds his beliefs with humility as they continue to evolve within a context of ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue and journey with those of any faith or none.
David is a faculty member of The Rohr Institute’s Living School for Action and Contemplation where he serves as a Master Teacher. He currently makes this the exclusive venue for his teaching because of the deep congruence between the Rohr Institute’s core principles and his own – specifically, his conviction that the understanding and facilitation of transformation cannot be restricted to the best contemporary psychological and spiritual insights but must be grounded in the perennial wisdom tradition. This is the reason he has long understood his calling to be that of a physician and servant of the soul, not merely a depth psychologist.