David Templer

I grew up with a rather idealised sense of community based on the one my refugee parents had been born into in Vienna, by then almost obliterated, but still alive in their minds. They were refugees as children, then as adults before the war, and in them was a deep mistrust of the world, combined with a longing for something more.

A gifted English teacher right out of Dead Poets’ Society touched this vision for me in the way he brought his class together over a shared experience of writing. And in the More To Life Programme I found it again: a way of being together that deeply respects individual differences, yet evokes and celebrates the spirit we share when we are in touch with our own humanity.

I see the programme as a form of accelerated learning, one I needed for myself as a person, and wanted for the world around me. I still can think of few places outside a theatre or a place of transcendent natural beauty, where a more intense encounter with this spirit can be found.

Over the years this work continues to connect me with the everyday heroism that exists in each of our lives. I see it as part of an evolving wave of creative energy in the world. It is one that helps us reclaim our true nature and grasp the possibilities of change in a way that challenges the ways of the world, without adding to its suffering.


David Templer has been working with More To Life since 1984. He helped establish the London Centre, became the programme’s first UK Trainer, served on its first Executive Team, and on its International Board.

David has a background in communications and has read widely in philosophy and psychology. He gained an MA in English Literature at Cambridge University, and has worked as a writer and as an independent film-maker.

David worked closely with co-founder Brad Brown on course development and with his own writing, and is one of a few people accredited to create new material for the programme.

He has also been an editor in the publishing industry and currently runs Lifetimes Press, which publishes books and other material presenting More To Life principles.

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