Mark Vernon


I am a psychotherapist and writer, with a keen interest in the vitality of inner life. I have a PhD in ancient philosophy, as well as degrees in physics and in theology. My next book is on Owen Barfield's ideas about Christianity and consciousness.

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The healing chair


Many of life's troubles are rooted in parts of ourselves of which we're largely unconscious. Like an iceberg, we are aware of difficulties only insofar as they break the surface, which is why it's possible to struggle with problems for years.

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Christianity & Consciousness

The evolution of consciousness according to Owen Barfield.

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Philosophy & Spirituality

Talks on seeing spiritually and philosophy as awakening.

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Upcoming Events

Imagination and Spiritual Perception
9th March, 2019 St Albans’ Study Centre, St Albans

Philosophy and Idling
4th April, 2019 - 7th April, 2019 Gladstone Library, Hawarden

Psychotherapy and Christianity
11th May, 2019 WPF Therapy, London

The Idler Festival 2019
12th July, 2019 - 14th July, 2019 Fenton House, London

Port Eliot Festival
27th July, 2019 - 28th July, 2019 Port Eliot, Saltash

The Idler Retreat in Umbria
13th October, 2019 - 20th October, 2019 The Idler, Lippiano