Steve is the co-founder of 3rd Space and Executive Director of Emergence Foundation, a London-based charity supporting diverse, creatively emergent projects in the UK and Europe. Travelling through Asia and later living and working in India for seven years shaped lifelong values, and a passion for human and cultural transformation. A social worker, counsellor and psychotherapist by training, he has lived in and been part of the creation and evolution of several intentional communities over the last forty years, focussed on the evolution of consciousness and culture, and spiritual practice.
He has an MA in South Asian Area Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and has taught eastern philosophy and history, and human and cultural development in the US, UK, Europe and India. He sees himself as part of the movement to transform global culture at this time of climate, ecological and existential crisis, through writing, understanding the impact of colonialism in the global north and south, intercultural dialogue, and participating in civil disobedience movements.
photo © Sophie Lindsay for Realisation Festival
Mary is co-founder of 3rd- Space, Executive Director & Trustee of Emergence Foundation supporting innovative social and environmental projects across the UK and Europe.
Pursuing deeper answers to the contradictions and existential challenges of modernity, Mary has spent decades exploring consciousness and the core drivers of culture. Graduating in South Asian Philosophy and Language from the Australian National University, she engaged in both eastern and western, academic and non-academic settings. This included years in India where, under various spiritual teachers ie Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, J. Krishnamurti, & Vimala Tharkar, she explored the foundations of human consciousness through intensive training, dialogue, and solitary retreats,
Trained in psychotherapy, a founding member of Gaia House International Meditation Centre, Mary has co-founded and taught in centres for human development in the UK, Europe, & USA. Working in the field of collective intelligence, she lived in an intentional community co-pioneering and facilitating inter-subjective dialogue practices, meditation retreats, & educational programs, including women’s development & leadership. The dramatic demise of this organisation proved a profound learning experience.
Currently based in London, through writing, intercultural dialogue, and non-violent civil disobedience, she works within a global network to transform the paradigm underpinning the metacrisis we face today.