Brian Bates is former Chairman of Psychology at the University of Sussex. He is currently a Senior Visiting Research Fellow there in the Sussex Institute and a Visiting Professor at the University of Brighton. He is best known as the author of best-selling books on the shamanic wisdom of Anglo-Saxon England, and for his award-winning course at Sussex.
Currently he is Research Director of the Christensen Foundation (Palo Alto) project on recovering the nature-based knowledge of ancient England. He is also Senior Adviser to the Ford Foundation funded project on worldwide indigenous wisdom – “The Council of Elders” – working closely with tribal elders and medicine people to protect and document their knowledge. Brian was recently honoured by these elders, who designated him a “wizard” in recognition of his work in reconstructing the shamanic traditions of the Anglo-Saxons.
His work on imagination includes his directing at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. There he trained future Academy Award winners and stars including Kenneth Branagh, Ralph Fiennes, Jane Horrocks, Sean Bean and Timothy Spall.
Bates is the author of six international best-selling books, includingThe Real Middle-earth, The Way of Wyrd, The Human Face, and The Way of the Actor. He is leading the movement to recover imagination as a powerful tool in our personal and working life, and to bring it to the forefront of 21st century inspiration. His books and seminars bring together the insights of ancient European wisdom traditions with leading edge research in the mind sciences, to deal with issues facing people in the modern world.
Credits: The Way of Wyrd
Published: 13 August 2015
Last updated: 29 September 2016
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