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Our Thinkers


The Heart Sense Research Institute is nourished not only by our researchers and supporters, but also by numerous, heart-led, leading thinkers in their field of enquiry who give their time, expertise and passion to engage in heart-felt, heart-full enquiry with us in relation to contemporary issues. Please find further details about each of our valued co-explorers below.


You can find communications with our co-explorers by checking out our videocast/podcast page and our dialogues page.

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Mary Attwood

Mary is an art historian, author, lecturer and teacher and was the founding Chairman of the Victoria branch of The Arts Society, London, a membership charity dedicated to enriching lives through the arts. Mary holds an MA with distinction in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred where her thesis, Rebirthing a Lost Vision of Renaissance Art, researched quattrocento Florentine Renaissance art from a broad context of ancient Greek philosophy, the neuroscientific approach of Dr Iain McGilchrist’s groundbreaking research on the different modes of attention of left and right hemispheres of the brain, archetypal psychology and Renaissance artistic approaches. This is currently being transcribed into a book. 

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Mary's website can be accessed by clicking on the following text or logo:
Dani Hawkyard (Merry Moonhawk)

Dani (Merry) is a full-time freelance artist residing and creating in Bedfordshire, England. She is also a student on the MA Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred that runs at Canterbury Christ Church University. Dani's creativity is inspired by nature - wildlife, trees, plants, the changing seasons, the elements, and everything else that goes with them. Dani is also fascinated by mythology, folklore and ancient wisdom traditions, as well as ideas of magick and mysticism; weaving these ideas into her artwork, writing and her overall philosophy of life.

Dani's website can be accessed by clicking on the following text or logo:
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Philip Franses

Philip was the Senior lecturer on the MSc Holistic Science at the Schumacher College for many years. He holds a mathematics degree from Oxford University and a Masters in Holistic Science from the Schumacher College. He is the founding editor of the Holistic Science Journal, works with participatory methods of education, and applies holistic thinking to water and landscape restoration projects - in particular with The Flow Partnership. He is always open to new meanings, and his book Time, Light and the Dice of Creation: Through Paradox in Physics to a New Order was published by Floris Books in 2015.

Dr Angela Voss

Angela is the Founder of the MA Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred at Canterbury Christ Church University - a programme which aims to unite critical, creative and reflexive modes of knowing based on Iain McGilchrist's study of the complementarity of the brain hemispheres, and Jeffrey Kripal's notion of 'the third classroom'. For many years Angela was deeply involved in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque music, and she completed an MA in Music Performance studies at the City University, London. Angela then went on to write a PhD on the astrological music therapy of the Renaissance magus Marsilio Ficino. Angela's academic passion is the marriage of scholarship with spiritual wisdom, and to that end, she researches and writes about the power of symbolism and symbolic imterpretation (particularly in forms of divination), the revival of neoplatonic thought, and the imagination as a tool for reflexive methodologies. In 2017, she became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Angela's research papers can be accessed by clicking on the following text or picture:
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