Hugh's Biography

"The final mystery is oneself.

When one has weighed the sun in the balance,

and measured the steps of the moon,

and mapped out the seven heavens star by star,

there still remains oneself.

Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?"

-Oscar Wilde

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I grew up in Africa. I was born in 1964 in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. My grandparents emigrated there with my father soon after the Second World War, as did my mother and her parents. At that time, families in Britain were encouraged to 'colonise the colonies', and many did just that. My father ran a cotton ginnery, a factory that received cotton from the farmers, and turned it into lint, ready for clothing manufacturers.

 

We lived surrounded by virgin African bush, part of a close community of farmers. I had an exceptionally wild, adventurous early childhood. I would spend my days outside playing and exploring the natural world, which I grew to love with every fibre of my being.

Soon after I was born, the British government started dismantling its empire and returning its colonies to self-rule. In Rhodesia, with about 100,000 Europeans and 10 million Africans, the Europeans did not want to give up what they saw as their country. They held on to power, and so a civil war started as members of the African population fought for their right to vote and rule their country.

 

The Rhodesian War reached our area when I was nine years old. My father fortified our home against attack and armed and trained me and my brother to protect our family and fight back if we were attacked. At times my life felt like a great adventure, and at times it was extremely frightening. Several people in my community, including a girl I sat next to at school, and all her family, were killed. We lived under constant threat of violence and death until we left Rhodesia when I was 14 in 1978 and moved to Wales.

In my mid 30’s it became clear to me that I needed to find a way to attend to the many symptoms of my distress. In 1997 I joined the New Warrior Training Adventure and embarked on the long journey into myself.

 

Over the last 20 years I have journeyed a long path to my Sovereign. I have been very fortunate to be part of a number of great organisations within which I have evolved myself. These include The Mankind Project, Shadow Work, Celebration of Being and A Band of Brothers.

 

I am a co-leader within the Mankind Project. I have trained as a Shadow Work group facilitator and coach. I work for A Band of Brothers as head of programs and training.

Following my deep love for Africa I built an eco-tourist guest house on the coast of Ghana, called Meet Me There: www.ghanameetmethere.com

I donated this beautiful African home lodge to Dream Big Ghana, a fantastic NGO that does great work in the Volta Region in Ghana: www.dreambigghana.com

For the past 15 years I have worked to protect nesting turtles on the coast of Ghana:

www.ghanaturtles.com