Born in London, his original career was as a novelist and publisher. He had eight books published, and had been a senior commissioning editor at Macmillans by the time he was 25.
He then took two years spiritual retreat living off-grid in the High Atlas Mountains of southern Morocco. As a mature student he studied and then taught at the London School of Economics where he gained his doctorate in political psychology. His Personal Identity, National Identity, International Politics was published by the Cambridge University Press. He then moved to work with special needs adults and teenagers in Southwark College and gained a Cert.Ed. specialising in that field.
He co-founded the Alternatives Programme of St. James’s Church, London; is a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation, Europe’s leading eco-spirituality centre.