I currently teach on the MA Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred, and supervise three PhD/MPhil researchers. I have a wide range of academic interests, including sacred art and literature, wisdom traditions, the Grail, Eastern Orthodox mystical theology, the writings of Charles Fort, Earth Mysteries, Sky Mysteries and mythopoetic representations of the East Kent landscape.
In 1994 I was awarded a PhD on the life and writings of Thomas De Quincey. Subsequently I moved to Munich, where I taught Business English at the BMW Academy, coaching BMW executives up a level directly below the Board of Directors. I also founded a language-solutions agency which acquired clients at major international companies in and around Munich.
From 2005 onwards I began publishing and lecturing on the subjects which later formed the basis of my academic interests, such as the Grail, Charles Fort, John Michell and stone circles.
On returning to Britain in 2012 I began teaching on the Community Arts and Education programme of Canterbury Christ Church University. Since 2016 I have been a Senior Lecturer at the University.
Research and knowledge exchange
I am currently working on the theology of Eastern Orthodox icons, the possibilities and limits of Transformative Learning, and the re-imagining of the East Kent landscape in literature.
I am acting as First Supervisor for two researchers: one is working on the Seven Liberal Arts in Masonic education; and the other has just begun work on the Sacred Marriage and education. I am Second Supervisor for a research project on esoteric approaches to conflict resolution and 'space'.
I am also co-developer and deliverer of the well-received Walk Ways project, a series of on-campus walks which aim to stimulate the imagination and creativity as well as exercise the body.
Teaching and subject expertise
I teach primarily on Module 4 of the MA Myth Cosmology and the Sacred, which explores the encounter of the individual psyche with larger conceptions of psyche or spirit, and looks at ways in which this encounter has been understood.
I have given regular talks to the Temenos Academy in London, and have presented and chaired panels at conferences at the University of Kent (2011) and Canterbury Christ Church University (2015). In 2015 I appeared in a television documentary on the Grail broadcast in Britain and Germany.
I am a member of the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge.
Publications and research outputs
- "'Clutching the Wheel of St Catherine,' or, A Visit to a Re-Enchanted College," Temenos Academy Review (forthcoming)
- "Walking into the Heart of the Landscape," in Joan Armon, Stephen Scoffham, Chara Armon (eds.) Prioritizing Sustainability Education (Routledge: forthcoming)
- "Earth Light, Earth Angel," in Jack Hunter (ed.) Greening the Paranormal:Exploring the Ecology of Extraordinary Experience (USA: August Night Press, 2019)
- Editor, with Angela Voss, of Re-Enchanting the Academy (Rubedo Press, 2017)
- "'Clutching the Wheel of St Catherine,' or, A Visit to a Re-enchanted College," in Angela Voss and Simon Wilson (eds.), Re-Enchanting the Academy (Rubedo Press, 2017)
- "René Guénon and the Heart of the Grail," Temenos Academy Review 18 (2015)
- "Charles Fort" and "Fortean Phenomena" in Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies, ed. Matt Cardin (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2015)
- "Burke's Aesthetics of the Spirit," in Angela Voss and William Rowlandson (eds.), Daimonic Imagination: Uncanny Intelligence (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013)
- "The Wholly Other: The Essence of the Sacred," Esoterica 4.1 (2013)
- "A Religion of Black and White," Temenos Academy Review 15 (2012)
- "The Grail Utopia in Southern Germany," Temenos Academy Review 14 (2011)
- "Learning by Heart: Die Fraimaurerei und die Gedächtniskunst," Eleusis 3/08 (2008)