David Wilcox

Singer/songwriter and storyteller David Wilcox has released seventeen albums of metaphor-laden music aimed at awakening the listeners’ sense of aliveness and connection. Unabashedly honest and insightful, Wilcox’s self-revelatory lyrics illuminate the path of personal and spiritual growth, as well as the wisdom to be found by following one’s own inner voice.

More than a mere musician, Wilcox is a modern-day minstrel or troubadour in the tradition of the ancient mystical poets. In fact, in 2005 Wilcox and his wife, Nance Pettit, released a CD entitled Out Beyond Ideas, benefiting the Songs for Peace Project, featuring musical renderings of sacred poetry by Rumi, Hafiz and others.

Wilcox’s latest endeavor is what he calls “musical medicine.” Following a series of gently probing questions aimed at tuning in to a participant’s energy and divining their emotional truths, Wilcox proceeds to perform a personalized, poetically therapeutic song that speaks to the person’s psyche in a powerful and profound way. His prescription poetry usually provokes smiles of recognition, if not flowing tears, that indicate the harmonic remedy has resonated with the recipient on a deep level. Omega Institute co-founder, Elizabeth Lesser, who co-facilitates workshops with Wilcox and Pettit annually, simply calls Wilcox a shaman.

Whether speaking or playing, what becomes evident after listening to Wilcox is that he doesn’t just believe in the healing power of music, he lives it.

“David occupies that sweet spot where music and poetry and spirituality all overlap, and where there are layers upon layers of meaning and hope, so that what’s broken inside us gets healed a little bit.”

– Brian McLaren


Title of UFCSH talk: “Healing Words and Music: An Evening with David Wilcox”
Thursday, Oct. 4th, 2012

Title of UFCSH talk: “Musical Medicine: An Experiential Workshop”
Thursday, Oct. 4th, 2012

Throughout human history, music has been used to communicate, to celebrate, to evoke feelings, and to promote healing. Modern medical research is showing how connected our brains and our bodies are to music, and is confirming its curative qualities.

The nationally recognized Arts in Medicine program at UF&Shands, one of the first of its kind in the country, remains a leader in the use of expressive arts in healthcare. In this comprehensive three-hour workshop, you will hear about the latest research involving music and medicine, learn techniques for the therapeutic use of music and poetry, and experience firsthand the power of prescriptive music.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Indicate the origins and history of the use of arts in medicine.
  • Recognize the medicinal qualities of expressive arts therapy.
  • Identify the physiological and psychological benefits of music and poetry therapy.
  • Appreciate the healing power of therapeutic music and poetry.

Workshop facilitators:

Mary Rockwood Lane, PhD, RN, FAAN is co-founder and director emeritus of the UF&Shands Arts in Medicine program and an associate professor in the UF College of Nursing. She is an artist and the co-author of numerous books on creativity and spirituality in healthcare, including Creative Healing, Spirit-Body Healing, and Shaman Wisdom. Shaman Healing.

Cathy DeWitt is the music coordinator and musician-in-residence for the UF&Shands Arts in Medicine program. She is a national consultant for the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, and a performing multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Her latest CD is called The Traveler: New Music to the Words of James Dillet Freeman.

David Forest, MSW, MLA is a substance abuse therapist at UF&Shands Florida Recovery Center. He incorporates therapeutic music and poetry into his work with patients and is currently writing a book on the use of popular music in personal growth work, featuring the music of David Wilcox.

David Wilcox is a gifted guitar player, singer/songwriter and recording artist. While he has sold more than 750,000 albums, music is more than a living for him, it’s a way of life and a path to healing. Dispensing personalized musical medicine is a natural outgrowth of his own spiritual journey.

This program has been approved for 3.0 clinical hours of continuing education for psychologists, nurses, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists by the University of Florida and the UF Counseling & Wellness Center.