What I Do
I work with individuals and groups to explore spiritual and organisational topics in experiential and creative ways, bringing about deeper insights and transformation. I work with both spiritual and secular groups, believing that the deepest truths are universal – and that everyone has a spiritual core. I seek to avoid the use of obscure religious language.
In addition to the topics given here, I develop courses on other topics as requested. Current examples include Diversity and Unity, a Peace Pilgrimage and a Freedom walk. I also regularly run Street Wisdom walks and Death Cafes.
I have an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts (specifically Social Sculpture) from Oxford Brookes University. Social Sculpture is concerned with using the arts – broadly defined – to bring about a more humane and sustainable society. I use this to design and lead many of the retreats and workshops I organise.
I have over 20 years experience of community life with L’Arche, an international federation of 140 faith communities in 40 countries concerned to make known the gifts of people with learning disabilities and to bring about a more humane society. I was General Secretary of L’Arche International and leader of the L’Arche Bognor Regis Community; I also supported the L’Arche Community in Uganda for several years. I now exercise heart, soul and body working part time as a gardener in L’Arche.
I worked for seven years as a management consultant with a wide range of not for profit organisations as a Partner in Compass Partnership. Clients included Oxfam, Relate, VSO, BiPolar UK (Then MDF) and the Methodist Church.
I am secretary of Churches Together in Bognor Regis and District, coordinate Christian Aid week in Bognor and help run a ‘Spiritual Exercises’ and ‘English Mystics’ Group in Bognor Regis. I have also helped establish Philoxenia (Greek for ‘love of strangers’) to help build connections between people of different nationalities in and around Bognor Regis.
I meditate regularly and am a Quaker, though find much to appreciate in all denominations. I am the funeral coordinator for my local Quaker meeting and was one of two representatives from West Sussex to the Quaker Meeting for Sufferings, the representative body for Quakers across the country.
A friend of mine, Lloyd Wigglesworth, recently invited me to appear in one of his ‘Paradox’ videos. In this one, I talk about the last breaths of Madelaine.