Meaningful Life Center is a special place in Knoxville, TN that welcomes anyone interested in exploring and discovering a personal and unique path to a fulfilling and meaningful life. The Center’s workshops and activities are designed to support each person’s journey toward that goal. Please come in and explore.

Introducing Meaningful Life Center


“Know Thyself”

For thousands of years, the world’s wisdom traditions have affirmed that there is more to life than the everyday things on which we spend much of our time. In ancient Greece, the quest for wisdom was exemplified by the frequent admonition of Socrates: “Know Thyself.” He went further, saying, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Two thousand years later, this current was still going strong in the Western world, with the great mathematician, physicist, inventor, and philosopher Blaise Pascal saying, “It is an extraordinary blindness to live without investigating what we are.”


Find Your Own Way

Meaningful Life Center participants explore, study, and discuss the components of a meaningful life and consider what is most important for their own lives in light of the guidance of a range of ideas from philosophy, psychology, science, art, music, literature, poetry, and the world’s wisdom traditions and practices.

By providing resources, encouragement, and support, the Center helps participants know themselves well enough to discover what a meaningful life might look like, and it facilitates each person’s ability to find such a life for themselves.



During the past 20 years, several hundred people in East Tennessee, ranging in age from 25 to 80, have participated in workshops given by David White. These workshops, which in the past were known by word of mouth only, are the starting point for the Center.

The goal now is to provide access to these programs (and others being developed by past participants), to anyone who might be interested. By establishing a physical home for the Center, as well as a non-profit organization to manage its activities, it is hoped that a community will grow and develop with the purpose of nourishing the personal growth of all who participate.

Fall 2017 Programs

The Center is pleased to offer the following programs for the Fall of 2017. Programs are open to anyone interested in such explorations. There is no fixed fee for programs, but each participant is asked to make a donation to the Meaningful Life Center. All programs are held at the Knoxville home of the Meaningful Life Center which is located at 116 Carr Street.

For more information or to register, click on the links to the programs listed below:


Finding Your Inner Guide

4 Tuesdays  (This program is now full)
Beginning September 5
6:00pm to 8:00pm

A remarkable thing about being Human is that there are always opportunities for discovering more of who we uniquely are, and finding ways to bring our true selves more fully out into the world.

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Afternoon of Mindfulness

Saturday, September 16
1:00pm to 5:00 pm

Take this opportunity to stop the hectic momentum of your life and refresh yourself.


Passion Purpose Play

4 Wednesdays
Beginning September 20
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Discovering what makes you feel alive, and aligning this with your deepest values. We will lay the groundwork for discovering (or bringing more fully into focus) what makes you feel really alive.


The Quest for Meaning

7 Sundays
Beginning September 24
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Exploring the Hero’s and Heroine’s Journey is for Men and Women in Mid-Life Who Are Asking, “What’s Next for My Life?”

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The Value of Surrender and Forgiveness

5 Thursdays
Beginning September 28
6:30pm to 8:30 pm

Both surrender and forgiveness are powerful tools with which we can change ourselves and change our lives. Their virtues have been recognized through the ages and all the religious traditions of the world have sung their praises


The Third Half of Life

8 Mondays
Beginning October 2
6:00pm to 8:00pm

A Workshop for Men and Women as they Approach and Pass that Amazing Milestone of 60 Years. Join us for an exploration of the questions and possibilities that arise during this important time of life: a time of seeking — and a time of finding.



The Heart’s Intelligence

4 Tuesdays
Beginning October 3
6:30pm to 8:30pm

A Path to Personal, Social and Global Coherence

Become conscious of the power of your heart by taking part in an interactive experience, building techniques that lead to personal, social and global coherence.


The Witness and the Wisdom Journey Within

3 Wednesdays
Beginning October 18
7:00pm to 8:30pm

A three week journey that will explore the movement from focusing on the outer world toward a greater awareness of the deep and wise spaces within.



Sacred Singing

6 Wednesdays  •  Beginning October 11  •  6:30pm to 8:30pm

Everyone can sing, and it is incredibly valuable – whether you think you can sing or not. Come find out why singing will help you experience a much fuller and richer life.

This workshop is for anyone who wishes to explore how singing, and especially how singing and chanting the songs from many traditions – from ancient to modern – can enrich one’s experience of life.


Science and Spirituality: Friends or Foes?

3 Tuesdays
Beginning October 31
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us as we explore how the mysteries and discoveries of Religion and Science can help inform and guide the process of creating your own unique and personal meaningful life.


Using the Myers-Briggs
Personality Types to go deeper
into the Inner Journey 

3 Mondays
December 4, 11, 18
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Although many people are familiar with the Myers-Briggs types, not many are familiar with how useful they can be for the Inner Journey, or what we might call “SoulWork.”



Centering Prayer

8 Tuesdays
Beginning September 12
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Learn about, explore, and practice this ancient method of leaving aside external concerns, discontinuing the incessant internal dialogue, and signaling alert receptivity to the Divine Presence already dwelling within.


On Going Workshops

These workshops are offered weekly, year-round. New comers are welcome to join at anytime.


Meditation for Experienced Practitioners

Friday Mornings
10:00 to 11:30 am
On-going Program

Through meditation we develop our capacity for mindfulness in daily life and experience a greater acceptance of the change and uncertainty that life brings. The group is intended for those who have some experience in meditation, whether they have practiced with other groups or mostly on their own.


Lovingkindness Reflection

Saturday Mornings
10:00 to Noon
On-going Program

The practice of Metta or Lovingkindness Meditation helps us to develop and sustain a felt sense and attitude of lovingkindness toward ourselves, others, and all beings everywhere.


We’re located at 116 Carr Street, Knoxville, Tennessee

For general information about the center we can be contacted by –

Phone: 865-333-5833 or

Lending Library at The Meaningful Life Center

A unique assortment of books has been assembled to enhance the ideas and programs of the Center – to be loaned, free of charge to participants in the Center’s programs.  A list of books in our collection can be viewed here – Lending Library

Reactions to the Workshops

It is common for many religious institutions to take a stance of “We are right and others are wrong.”  I find the workshops offered at The Meaningful Life Center offer the message, “We are all wrong in our assumptions in how the world works, and we need each other to figure it out.”  This humble perspective makes all the difference. The Center helps people join arms in unraveling the mystery of how to live a life full of meaning, love and joy.

Chris – 10 workshops attended

“To say that these workshops will change your life hardly does the experience justice.  They are transformative in a way that is unique.  You find space and perspective in the difficult questions of how to live your life”

Bobby – 4 workshops attended

” It is a place for introspection and reflection.  In the Spring and Fall I feel that I need that and the Center’s Workshops provide a safe place for me to share this experience”

Judith – more than 30 workshops attended

“I like that they cause me to set aside a systematic time and space to reflect rather than prescribe.”

Ronda – 20 workshops attended

“The activities of the Center help me to create an open space.  I feel as if we make connections here  that transcend the way I feel about my social circle.   Its like our life is a box of Legos and we each get to put them together how we want.  The workshops help me discover how I want to assemble the pieces of my life”.

Valerie – 10 workshops attended