Born in Forest Gate, London with the nickname “Oak”, sylvanian links were signalled from the start–though it took a while to understand this!
I studied AI at Edinburgh University and psychology at Birmingham University, where I broke from the constraints of the computational metaphor thanks to the writings of Carlos Castaneda.
Practising Castaneda's Magical Passes led me to the Concord Institute in London, where I took journeys in yoga, macrobiotic cooking and transformational group work.
I have worked with plant medicines since 2007, when I attended Howard Lawler's legendary SpiritQuest retreat in various locations across Peru. I was initiated into Amazonian shamanism by Huitoto maestro Rober Acho Jurama, and made my first pilgrimage to the ancient medicine centre at Chavin de Huantar.
The work continued in England, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia, returning to Peru in 2010, where I took several dietas with Shipibo maestros Mateo Arevalo and Walter Ramiro Lopez.