At Quest Festival in Devon, Life Arts Media’s contributing editor Will Gethin interviews Peter Owen Jones – the maverick 21st century priest, spiritual explorer, TV presenter and author – whose philosophy is that spirituality can be found anywhere, not just in a church.
A pioneering ecological thinker and champion of ethics – as a BBC TV presenter, Peter has explored the world’s vast pantheon of religious and spiritual ideas and distilled essential wisdom for contemporary modern life.
In recent years, Peter has presented some award winning TV documentaries for the BBC, including Extreme Pilgrim (nominated best religious programme ever made by the Daily Telegraph), Around the World in 80 Faiths and How to Live a Simple Life. He has also written four highly acclaimed books, the most recent being Letters from an Extreme Pilgrim.
After an early career in advertising, he left the material rat race to join the clergy in his late 20s, becoming ordained in 1992. He is now a house for duty priest on the Sussex Downs.
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Since 2004, Will Gethin has worked as a holistic explorer and travel writer, writing articles for the Independent, the Evening Standard and various lifestyle, wellbeing and environmental magazines, including Tatler, Harpers Bazaar, Resurgence, Kindred Spirit and Yoga Magazine. In February 2012, he set up Conscious Frontiers, a leading edge communications, speakers and events agency giving voice to the growing movement of people working to propel a shift in consciousness. Inspirational speakers represented by Conscious Frontiers include Peter Owen Jones, Graham Hancock, Dr David Hamilton, Tim Freke, Dr Jude Currivan and Sarah Rozenthuler. Prior to founding Conscious Frontiers, Will also worked as a communications consultant, promoting humanitarian and intercultural organisations like The Isbourne Foundation, IT Schools Africa, The Makhad Trust, Tribe of Doris and Afrika Eye Film Festival. And he founded a Guest Speaker programme at the Isbourne Holistic Centre in 2008, bringing leading edge conscious living authors and presenters like Byron Katie, Graham Hancock, Dr Masaru Emoto and Brandon Bays to Cheltenham to present educational talks and workshops. From 1993-2003, Will worked in music, consumer and arts PR for London agencies, ultimately working as Account Director for Virgin Megastore at Borkowski PR. Will is also a Contributing Editor to Life Arts Media.
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