William Bloom Ph.D. is one of Britain’s leading authors and educators in modern spirituality and a holistic approach to individual and community wellbeing.
His bestselling books include The Endorphin Effect, Feeling Safe and The Power of Modern Spirituality.
He is also founder of the Spiritual Companions Trust, an educational charity pioneering a holistic approach to spirituality, integrating with education, healthcare and community development.
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 Macmillan’s by the time he was 25. He also co-founded Advise, the first 24-hour immigrant advisory service in London.
His life and career however felt hollow to him and he then took two years spiritual retreat living in the High Atlas Mountains of souther Morrocco before returning to the UK and education. As a mature student he studied and then taught at the LSE where he also gained his doctorate in political psychology. Simultaneously he worked with special needs adults and teenagers 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, and of the College of Teachers.
As a researcher and enthusiast in the field he has experienced over 500 different approaches to spiritual and personal development. He therefore brings to his teaching and presentations inclusive and wide terms of reference, yet tempered by a good-humoured sense of discrimination. His books are translated into sixteen languages.
SPEAKER AND WORKSHOP PROFILE
William has been leading workshops and giving presentations for over thirty years. He is accustomed to small and very large groups. His current programme consists of workshops and courses under the umbrella of the Spiritual Companions Trust; and of presentations and trainings specifically developed for organisations and conferences.
At the moment he is rolling out a new training programme called ‘Everyone Cares’ for the St Margaret’s Hospice group in Somerset.
He has featured in many radio and television programmes including The Moral Maze, The Soul of Britain and as a judge on The God List. He had the honour of addressing the UN Oslo Conference on Religion and Belief (August 1998) where the Holistic approach to spirituality was given equal status alongside the traditional faiths.
After giving the annual Founders Day Lecture at The Abbey Sutton Courtenay, June 2014, on integrating spirituality, personal development and social activism:
"I want to thank you again for a great evening. I enjoyed the way you engaged with people and helped them to be participants and have their minds more engaged in the event rather than just 'listeners' ...The conversation afterwards in the hall and in the dinning room was also engaged and for the most part rose above the normal trivia. Thank you." — Brad Strachan, The Abbey organiser
After a keynote presentation at the Heart of Medicine Conference, Dillington, June 2014, on integrating spirituality and healthcare:
"We are delighted you have been able to contribute and bring so much experience to this conference. We are so grateful for your wonderful contribution." — Dr Patricia Saintley of Heartfelt Consulting
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Watch a 2-minute video of William at the Happinez Conference in Holland 2012
Yoga Magazine wrote:
William Bloom is a modern western mystic and considered by many to be Britain’s leading and most experienced mind-body-spirit teacher. The heart of his modernising approach and inspiring courses is to help people discover their own best way to connect with the wonder and energy of life, and then support them in developing a regular spiritual practice. more
The essence of my life is simple: In my early childhood I had several powerful experiences or instincts that have remained with me and inspired me. The first was a very powerful sense of the beauty and wonder of life; just looking at the blue of the sky was enough to make me experience and know that there was a power and goodness behind everything.
The second was that I kept noticing that there was more to me than just the child, the personality, I presented to the world. Within me there was another identity— watchful, strong, loving.
The third was an instinctive outrage at and sense of compassion towards injustice and suffering.
My life has been about developing and integrating those three influences. I teach what I too am learning and deepening.
For all my book writing, teaching and intellectual pursuits, I love rough and tumbling with children, motorbikes, dogs and friendly adults. I am happiest meditating, being in landscape and participating in group situations where there is a creative, vital and educational process. I also love movement and dance (all sorts), work out at the gym regularly, and practice chi gung and yoga. I like watching movies and am grateful for the stimulation, challenges and love of my family.
William Bloom Ph.D., B.Sc. (Econ), Cert. Ed.
Born in 1948, William Bloom grew up in central London. His mother was a New York journalist who spent the war years in the notorious Changi Gaol; after the war she founded the National deaf Childrens Society and was one of the first people to have her life done on This Is Your Life. His father was a psychiatrist specialising in psycho-sexual problems.
William Bloom attended St. Pauls School, London, but dropped out to become a full-time participant in swinging London, flower power and counter-culture. At the age of 22 he became the youngest ever commissioning editor in publishing at Macmillans where he founded the Open Gate imprint to promote counter-culture books. He was the first person in the UK to publish Lenny Bruce and gave Macmillans their first number one bestseller in many years with a biography of Elvis Presley.
He also co-founded Advise, the first 24-hour immigrant advisory service in the UK and published International Times for a short period. He rode with and was an honorary member of the All England Chapter of the Hells Angels.
His writing in the early 70s included three novels, one novella (all published before he was 25) and four thrillers (under a pseudonym.) His novels received lead reviews and he was considered an important writer of his generation. At the same time, he was in psychoanalysis with Dr Edward Glover, one of the founders of psychoanalysis, for three years.
He then undertook a two year retreat living amid the Saharan Berbers in the High Atlas Mountains of southern Morocco, a spiritual quest which changed his life. His diary of this period was published as The Sacred Magician and is considered a classic work of its kind. In 1976 he founded a small community and meditation group in Glastonbury and brought up his first child, James, with his first wife, Frances Howard-Gordon.
William then studied International Relations as a mature student at the London School of Economics, where he also taught and gained a doctorate in political psychology. This was published by Cambridge University Press as Personal Identity, National Identity and International Relations. (1989, 1992.) He lectured at the LSE on Psychological Problems in International Politics.
During the same period he gained a Certificate in Education at Garnet College, specialising in communication skills, counselling and special needs. He turned away from an academic career to work as a tutor with special needs adolescents and adults for ten years in an inner city community college, Southwark College; he also helped pioneer a certificated course in community group management.
Since the late 1970s Williams writing and teaching have reflected his interest in new approaches to exploring consciousness and spirituality. In 1988, with his wife Sabrina Dearborn and friend Malcolm Stern, he co-founded and directed the popular Alternatives Programme at St. Jamess Church, Piccadilly. This is London's major platform for new age and holistic perspectives and includes weekly lectures, workshops and classes covering a wide range of alternative perspectives including tribal religions, new psychology, new science, spiritual ecology, meditation, metaphysics and chanting. The programme is deliberately accessible and attracts over fifteen thousand people every year.
He has also been on the faculty of the Findhorn Foundation, considered by many people to be the home of holistic education and the major New Age community in Europe, for over twenty years. He teaches and runs workshops internationally and has regular bases in Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria and Slovenia. He has featured in many radio and television programmes including The Moral Maze, The Soul of Britain and as a judge on The God List.
He had the honour of addressing the UN Oslo Conference on Religion and Belief (August 1998) where the New Age and Holistic approach to spirituality was given equal status alongside the traditional faiths.
In 2007 he co-founded the Foundation for Holistic Spirituality and the Spiritual Companions project.
- The Power of Modern Spirituality, Piatkus, 2011
- Soulution: The Holistic Manifesto, Hay House, 2004.
- Feeling Safe, Piatkus, 2002.
- The Endorphin Effect, Piatkus, 2001.
- The Penguin Book of New Age and Holistic Writing, (ed), Penguin, 2001.
- The Holistic Revolution (ed), Penguin, 2000,
- Working With Angels, Fairies and Nature Spirits, Piatkus, 1999.
- Money, Heart and Mind: Financial Well-Being for People and Planet, Penguin, 1996.
- Psychic Protection, Piatkus, 1996.
- Personal Identity, National Identity and International Relations, Cambridge University Press, 1989; paperback 1993.
- Meditation in a Changing World, Gothic Image,1987; revised editon 1993.
- Ley Lines & Ecology with Marko Pogacnik, Gothic Image,1978.
- Devas, Fairies & Angels, Gothic Image,1988
- Sacred Times: A New Approach to Festivals, Findhorn Press, 1989
- The New Age, (ed), Channel 4 TV/Random House, 1991.
- The Seekers Guide, (ed with John Button), HarperCollins, 1993.
- First Steps - An Introduction to Spiritual Practice, Findhorn Press, 1993
- The Sacred Magician, Gothic Image, 1993.
- The Christ Sparks, Findhorn Press, 1995.
William stopped writing fiction when he was twenty-six.
His published books were
Three novels: Softly Children Im Coming, A Canterbury Tale and Getting There
A novella: The Philosophers Stone
Four thrillers under the pseudonym of W.W.: The Taming Power, The Riches, White Fire and The Prophets of Evil