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

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


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

“Non-stop delightful discovery and endless conversation.”

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

“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.


2021 – 1978


Location: Horsley Park, East Horsley.

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


Location: 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



Location: 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


Location: 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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