About Adrian

My life is focused on spiritual work for the environment, which has led me to believe our relationship to the Sacred is grounded in our bodies. Body work can bring a mystical awareness of the unity of all things, and inspire a deep love for our Earth.

I started my career in environmental campaigning in the early 1980's while I was studying for a Philosophy and Literature degree, and it continues to date.

A fascination with spirituality and ecology led me to Paganism, which I discovered while working for Friends of the Earth. As a result I founded the Dragon Environmental Network (1990) which draws together Paganism and practical environmentalism.

I was initiated in 1991 into Progressive Wicca and practiced Eco-Paganism for over 13 years. I now have an eclectic practice rooted in Earth-based Pagan traditions that remains in creative flux.

During the 1990's I was active in the UK anti-roads movement and interfaith work, working mainly with Christians, notably the Creation Spirituality movement founded by Matthew Fox.

My PhD. thesis on The Wisdom of the Body: Embodied Knowing in Eco-Paganism was completed in July 2008. The Embodiment Resources website has more information on my academic work.

I have trained with several nature connection mentors including Jon Young as part of the Nature Culture Network. I have a private practice as a Counselling Psychotherapist in Exeter and specialize in outdoor therapy.

I have lectured at several colleges including the University of Winchester, Essex University, University of Cardiff and York St. John University.

My workshops draw on all of the above - and a wealth of wisdom from many other sources.

I maintain the eco-philosophy site the green fuse and edit Embodiment Resources.


When I'm not working I like to get away from it all...

Publications:

Article: 'Paganism and Neopaganisms', in the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Vol.1 The Spirit of Sustainability, (2009), Berkshire Publishing Group.

Chapter: 'Sacred Ecology', in Paganism, (ed. Davy, B., 2008), part of the Critical Concepts in Religious Studies Series, Routledge. (Reprint of 1996 article detailed below).

Article: 'Ritual and Neopaganism' (2006), (with Macha M. Nightmare), in Metaphysical, New Age, and Neopagan Movements, volume 3 of the series Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America, Greenwood Press, Westport,CT, USA.

Articles: 'Dragon Environmental Network' and 'Ecomagic', in the Encyclopaedia of Religion and Nature, (Taylor, B., 2005), Continuum.

Article: 'Dragon Environmental Network', in The Encyclopaedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism, (2002), Citadel Press.

Book chapter: 'Sacred Ecology', in Paganism Today (Ed. Harvey and Hardman) (1996) pub. Harper Collins.