IAN MOWLL – Editor and Magazine’s Co-Layout Artist
Ian Mowll is an editor, does the layout/art work for some of the magazines and is GreenSpirit’s Adminsitrator. His career started with computing in the financial markets, followed by charity/social enterprise work and now he is more and more involved in spiritual development.
Some of the things he loves to do are: playing his bass guitar, cooking, storytelling, 5 rhythms dancing and having mad ideas. He lives in Stratford, East London.
Ian has been involved in GreenSpirit since 1999 and sees it as his spiritual home. He says: “Finding GreenSpirit was the first time I found somewhere where I truly felt I could be spiritually ‘me’ without having to pretend. When joining GreenSpirit, occasionally people use the phrase ‘welcome home’ – a phrase that feels good to me.” He is also involved with the Interfaith Foundation and is an independent celebrant.
JOAN ANGUS – Magazine’s Poetry Editor
Joan Angus was brought up in Yorkshire at the foot of the Hambledon hills, went to an Anglican Convent School, and worked as an Occupational Therapist mainly in Hampshire, where she raised her family. She is now a grandmother of four. A country girl at heart, her passions are her dog, wildlife, gardening, writing and sewing. She regularly goes circle dancing, and practises Tai Chi. Joan has researched her family history, and has written novels based on this.
She says: “I became hooked on GreenSpirit at the Leicester conference in 2004 where David Abram was the speaker. The movement and all it stands for fulfils my spiritual needs, and gives me the opportunity to be with like-minded people who speak my language.”
As well as serving on the Council as Secretary, Joan helps to run GreenSpirit’s Annual Gatherings.
STEPHEN WOLLASTON (aka Santoshan) – House Style Designer and Layout Artist
Stephen Wollaston was born and lives in the east end of London, and was given the name Santoshan (contentment) by an English swami. He holds a degree in religious studies and a post-graduate certificate in religious education from King’s College London. He also studied typographic design, and transpersonal psychology for three years. In the late 70s he was the principal bass guitarist of one of London’s first punk rock bands, The Wasps. He has taught world religions and other humanities subjects, English language, and academic writing at various educational establishments in the UK and at a medical university in the Middle East.
Stephen is an author, co-author and editor of several books, including Spirituality Unveiled: Awakening to Creative Life (Earth Books, 2011), The House of Wisdom: Yoga Spirituality of the East and West (coauthored, Mantra Books, 2007), River of Green Wisdom: Exploring Christian and Yogic Earth Centred Spirituality (GreenSpirit Book Series, printed edition, 2016), and Realms of Wondrous Gifts: Psychic, Mediumistic and Miraculous Powers in the Great Mystical and Wisdom Traditions (revised edition, 2018).
Along with being a member of GreenSpirit’s Publications Team, he is also a Council member and the main typographic designer of the GreenSpirit Book Series and has compiled and edited titles in the series. See his Facebook page for further details.
MARIAN VAN EYK McCAIN – Editor
Formerly a transpersonal psychotherapist/workshop leader/health educator with an MA in East-West Psychology, Marian officially ‘retired’ in 1996 to concentrate on her writing. She is the author of two books on women and ageing, two on downshifting/simple living, one on self-theapy and two works of fiction. In 2010 she edited the anthology GreenSpirit: Path to a New Consciousness and currently she is overseeing the production of a series of ebooks on ‘applied green spirituality.’ As well as writing essays and articles on a wide range of subjects, Marian is also a blogger, a columnist for ‘Crone’ Magazine and Editor of the ‘Elderwoman Newsletter’ as well as some issues of GreenSpirit. She started an online social network for elderwomen and enjoys interacting with network members from around the world. Her other interests are Permaculture, hiking, reading, word games and travel.
Marian lives in rural North Devon with her American partner Sky and spends part of each year in Europe and the USA. They have four children and eight grandchildren. She has been a member of GreenSpirit for many years. www.marianvaneykmccain.com
PIERS WARREN – Team Member
Piers is an author, conservationist, film-maker, activist, cook and veganic veg-grower living in Norfolk UK.