Exploring the complementary roles of scientific and mystical approaches to reality for over 40 years.

Mystics & Scientists 2024

Love, Forgiveness and Compassion: Where Spirituality Meets Science

Online ~ Friday 12 – Sunday 14 April

“Love brings life, wisdom brings light and knowledge, while truth brings freedom. Love is fundamental to life, while light, knowledge and freedom are conditions for the manifestation of love.”
Peter Deunov, 1940

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Risking Light

Pre-conference Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Online ~ Thursday 11 April

Is it possible to forgive the unforgivable?

A film on forgiveness and compassion by Dawn Mikkelson, followed by a live panel discussion.

Come and share in this provocative cinematic journey as part of your overall Mystics and Scientists conference experience.

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For over 40 years since 1978 the annual Mystics and Scientists conferences have been dedicated to forging a creative understanding of the complementary roles of scientific and mystical approaches to reality. These conferences provide a highly engaging and creative opportunity to come together with like-minded people in a spirit of exploration and dialogue leading to new contacts and friendships to continue the conversation.


The first Mystics and Scientists conference was held in 1978 as ’The May Lectures’  in conjunction with Wrekin Trust. The event was so successful that it became an annual event run by Malcolm Lazarus and Sir George Trevelyan and has featured well over 150 distinguished speakers in the 42 conferences held so far.

The Network took over the running of the conferences in the early 1990s.

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“A wonderful, stimulating, through provoking and warm-hearted weekend”

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“Non-stop delightful discovery and endless conversation.”

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“I value the people and connections as much as the subject and speakers.”

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“My second event. It gets better and better. I feel isolated in London. Here I get a sense of ‘group’. Fabulous talks.”

Notable scientists who have spoken include:

Sir John Eccles FRS
Sir Fred Hoyle FRS
Prof Richard Gregory FRS
Prof David Bohm FRS
James Lovelock FRS
Prof John Barrow FRS
Prof Paul Davies
Dr Fritjof Capra
Dr Larry Dossey
Dr Rupert Sheldrake
Prof Ervin Laszlo
Prof Karl Pribram
Prof Chris Clarke

SMN Presidents

Dr Peter Fenwick
Prof Bernard Carr

SMN Vice-Presidents

Prof Arthur Ellison
Prof Brian Goodwin
Prof Marilyn Monk

Prominent mystics have included:

Fr Bede Griffiths
Anne Baring
Thetis Blacker
Dr Kathleen Raine
Prof Ravi Ravindra
Fr Matthew Fox
Ven Sumhedo
Douglas Harding
William Anderson
Satish Kumar
Irene Tweedie
Bronwen Astor
Fr William Johnston
Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz


2023 – 1978



The Healing Power of Sound and Light


  • Peter Mark Adams
  • Phyllida Anam-Áire
  • Githa Ben-David
  • Chloë Goodchild
  • David Lorimer
  • Lars Muhl
  • John Stuart Reid
  • Dr Glen Rein
  • Therese Schroeder-Sheker
  • Anders Holte
  • Cacina Meadu
  • Anna Maria Matziorinis
  • Prof Elvira Brattico



Music, Order and Beauty


  • David Lorimer
  • Dr Edi Bilimoria
  • Nicola Graves-Gregory
  • Prof Joscelyn Godwin
  • Prof John Butt, FBA
  • Painton Cowen
  • Tom Bree
  • Dr Kayleen Asbo



Re-Enchanting the World


  • Dr Rupert Sheldrake
  • Pea Horsley
  • Heidi Hermann
  • Judith Prager
  • Fred Hageneder
  • Dr Peter Fenwick
  • Shakti Caterina Maggi
  • Anna Breytenbach
  • Prof Paco Calvo


University of Greenwich

Technology, Spirituality and Wellbeing


  • Dr Jeffery Martin
  • Dr Julia Mossbridge (videolink)
  • Dr Iain McGilchrist (videolink)
  • Jules Evans
  • Dr Ben Marder
  • Charlotte Lorimer & Georgia Parkin
  • Heather Mason
  • Jose Montemayor
  • Katherine Ormerod
  • Dr Alexander Stell


Latimer Place, Chesham

Eastern & Western Perspectives on Science and Spirit


  • Dr Bhakti Niskama Shanta
  • Dr Bhakti Vijnana Muni
  • Catherine Thom
  • Prof Keith Ward FBA
  • Prof Ursula King
  • Dr Joan Walton
  • Prof Max Velmans


Horsley Park, East Horsley

The Continuing Quest for Unity and Integration


  • Dr Fritjtof Capra
  • Dr Jude Currivan
  • Prof Marilyn Monk
  • Prof Ravi Ravindra
  • Dr Merlin Sheldrake

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