When I was just seventeen and still very much a boy, I was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of Acute Leukaemia and given two weeks to live. After months of treatment and being taken to the brink of death, I was eventually cured via a bone marrow transplant – the perfectly matched marrow was donated by my sister, Jessie, then aged eleven. The experience fundamentally changed my life and took me the best part of ten years to even begin to understand.
After my recovery, I found myself engaged on the archetypal inner journey. I had many questions about what it meant to be alive and kicking in this human body. Along the way I explored and experimented. I studied meditation and yoga, embraced dance and free movement, began to craft my own herbal tinctures and took an interest in nutrition and fermented foods.
Ten years post-transplant I re-initiated myself through the ceremonial use of plant medicines in the jungles and cloud forests of Eduador. Later, I made two trips to work with shamanic dreaming teacher Daniel Stone in Mexico’s Sonora Desert. Two years of contemporary shamanic healing training with Andy Wood in the UK followed, alongside my own work incorporating energetic healing, seasonal rituals and nature connection, all while developing my skills as a writer, musician, designer and podcaster.
I recently completed work on my first book, Chimera, a memoir about that crazy whirlwind that was my teenage cancer experience. It’s a time I have come to view as a mythic initiation of sorts – an alchemical journey that helped shape me into the man I am today.
The book will be launched via a Crowdfunder campaign in late July, however if you would like a tasty preview of the first three chapters, please head over and sign up to my mailing list.
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