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Dr Sophia Wellbeloved is director of a small independent publishing company publishing books related to G. I. Gurdjieff. see and htpp://

is the author of:
Gurdjieff, Astrology and Beelzebub’s Tales, Solar Bound, 2002,
Gurdjieff: The Key Concepts, Routledge, 2003, See links.
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is the minister of the Memorial Church (Unitarian), Cambridge and is one of the chaplains to the University, Anglia Ruskin University and Cambridge Regional College. His research interests centre on liberal Christianity, its self identity and relationships with other faith traditions. He is also a musician and has recently contributed entries on Unitarian hymnody to The New Julian Dictionary of Hymnody (ed. J. R.Watson, Canterbury Press/Eerdmans, forthcoming 2007), SEE LINKS.



is Professor of Philosophy at College of the Siskiyous, in Northern California, USA. As an active scholar with the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, she has authored numerous papers and journal articles. Her interest in Western Esotericism began as an undergraduate philosophy student and has continued to be a foundational element throughout her professional writing and teaching. She is fervent about philosophical relevancy and, in her teaching, guides students away from the twin dangers of abstract reason and uncontrolled irrationality. In following Nietzsche, she participates in phenomenological psychology and actively experiments with her life. In 2008, she published:
· Behind the Looking Glass.(Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008) which is a definitive study of the Alice and Sylvie and Bruno books, via a philosophical examination of Lewis Carroll’s literary position in relationship to the British nineteenth century Neoplatonic/Occult Revival.
· Dressage in the Fourth Dimension, Second Edition, (Novato, California: New World Library, 2008) which draws on such diverse sources as sacred geometry, ancient Western and Eastern philosophies, and esoteric spirituality in an attempt to suggest methods for healing humanity’s alienation from nature.



is Professor of Western Esotericism and Director of the Centre for the Study of Esotericism, University of Exeter. Current areas of supervision include Hermeticism; Rosicrucianism; Swedenborg; Theosophy and Modern Art; Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy; contemporary Gnostic movements. Publications include: Helena Blavatsky (2004); Emanuel Swedenborg: Visionary Savant in the Age of Reason (2002). As General Editor of Western Esoteric Masters (North Atlantic: Berkeley) he has edited Rudolf Steiner (2004), John Dee (2003), Emanuel Swedenborg (2003), Jacob Boehme (2001 ), Robert Fludd (2001), SEE LINKS.



Dr. Lee Irwin is Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the College of Charleston. He has studied world religions intensively, with an emphasis on Native American religions, Western Esotericism, Hermeticism, Contemporary Spirituality, and Transpersonal Theory — particularly around themes connected to dreams and visions. He is also the Vice President of the Association for the Study of Esotericism (, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Sophia Institute ( where he gives frequent presentations and for the Institute for Dreams Studies ( where he also present regularly. He is also an Associate Editor and a contributor to Elixir: The Journal of Consciousness, Conscience, and Culture ( and a member of the Editorial Board of Esoterica: The Journal of Western Esotericism ( His books include: The Dream Seekers, Visionary Worlds, Awakening to Spirit, The Gnostic Tarot, and The Alchemy of Soul (forthcoming, spring 2007), SEE LINKS.




Daren Kemp is editor of the Journal of Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies ( with Marion Bowman (Open University). He is the editor of Handbook of New Age with James R Lewis, and author of New Age: A Guide and The Christaquarians. Dr Kemp lectures widely, including recently at the London School of Economics and Edinburgh University, and by invitation in Tokyo and Hungary. His academic interests focus on alternative spiritual movements, anomalous experiences, and their interaction with mainstream society, especially law and business. Daren is also qualified as a solicitor and chartered company secretary.



is a Lecturer in History and Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. He is the author of ‘Social Classes and Social Relations in Britain 1850-1914’ and ‘United We Stand. A History of Britain’s Trade Unions’.

He edits the History and Policy website developing a network of historians interested in interacting with public life. His main research interests are in the history of trade unionism, popular radicalism and counterculture; and he has recently started a new project on the history of British counterculture since 1945. This will require a transdisciplinary approach, taking in literature and psychiatry/psychotherapy for a start, beginning as it does with the early careers of Alexander Trocchi and R. D. Laing.

He is currently in the final stages of a book on shipyard workers and social relations in Britain, 1870-1950. This aims to reconnect economic, social and political history by dealing with the organisation of work, the relations between leaders and members within a major craft union, and the role of that union in Labour Party politics.


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is lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury and co-convenor of its M.A. programme in the study of mysticism and religious experience. He is the author of articles on Jung (most recently in Harvest, 1998, 2000, and Jung and the Monotheisms, ed. J. Ryce-Menuhin) as well as on Rudolf Otto (Religious Studies) and the transpersonal psychologist, Ken Wilber (Religion, 2001). He is presently working on a book on ‘C. G. Jung, Numinous Experience and the Study of Mysticism’. He teaches courses on Analytical Psychology and Eastern Mysticism, Phenomenological and Psychological Approaches to the Study of Mysticism, Gurus and Disciples, Psychology and Religion, and Hinduism: Paths to Salvation


The CAMBRIDGE CENTRE for the study of WESTERN ESOTERICISM is independent of any academic or esoteric communities, the directors share an interest in the need for a wider dialogue between scholars and practitioners in the field of Western Esotericism and in the establishment of a secular space in which an interdisciplinary network can thrive. From 2009 CCWE has operated within Lighthouse editions Limited, a small publishing company Directors: Dr Sophia Wellbeloved, Jeremy Cranswick – see

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