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The Forked Stick

Sep 24, 2015

Show 13 – ‘Men’s Spirit’


“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one!”

Marcus Aurelius; Roman Soldier


Following on from the ‘Women’s Spirit’ show, Jeff & John-Luke continue the journey of discovering Spirit in all it’s chosen manifestations, and in this show look to Men’s Spirit; how is it a presence in this world at this time, and how does it serve that world whilst still serving the men it resides in. Is it a blazing fiery beacon or a dim spark in an overwhelming darkness?


Tad Seymour is a 36-year-old biochemistry student who lived in Kelowna, and has now taken up residence in Vancouver BC. His background in sales and customer service gives him an almost mercenary sense of what will appeal and what will fail. His hobbies include golf, soccer, camping, reading, mead making and brewing, a glass of good scotch, and sharing a love of quality tobaccos with his friends, above all Tad is an environmentalist and a seeker of the Wild heart of male spirituality. Tad is also the co-founder of the Okanagan Pipe & Cigar Club. Tad has been involved in Paganism and Earth Based Spirituality for 15 years, exploring Ceremonial Magick to Shamanism. He is an Initiand Ceann-Iuil of the Sagh’ic Tradition taking his Initiation vows in May 2016. Tad speaks from the actual and visceral experience of a 7 month journey to recover his Wild Heart in traditional Sagh’ic Quest, Ritual & Ceremony.


Dean Addams is a MBACP accredited Gestalt Practitioner in Earls Court, Central London (SW5 9JT).  In addition to working with clients on an individual basis, he works with couples and facilitates both experiential and support groups, also offering supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors.

As a Psychotherapeutic counsellor he has completed both a diploma in counselling and a Masters Degree in Gestalt Theory and Practice and is working towards UKCP Psychotherapy accreditation.

He also holds both training and practical experience in working with adult survivors of child hood sexual abuse and dealing with associated issues including shame, self-harm, addiction, anger, sexuality and self-esteem

Dean runs the London Gay Men’s Shamanic Circle in London England, which is a group of male shamanic practitioners, based in London. We gather to create sacred space for men who identify as queer, gay, or men who love men. We perform shamanic journey work for the purpose of healing on many levels: including ourselves, our communities, and Mother Earth. Our core beliefs focus on shamanism and the role of gay people.


Chris Park  is of Welsh, English and Scottish ancestry. He was born in Henley-on-Thames and grew up in The Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire.

He currently lives on an organic farm in South Oxfordshire, England and is a father and step-father, dog owner and cat host.

As a degree student of Fine Art, Music & Contemporary Religion, Chris spent most of his life I have exploring British/European wisdom traditions, folklore and customs, arts and crafts, flora and fauna, stories and stars, stones and sacred places, songs and societies etcetera.

He is self employed and his work varies from week to week: artist; tutor; lecturer; ancient technician; eco-builder; beekeeper; storyteller; musician; mentor; guide; celebrant/druid; craftsman.

He has been an active member of The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids for nearly 19 years and his life and work are greatly informed by Druidry. 

Chris says, “It's certainly a wonderful way to accept and celebrate one's greying head of hair.” And he enjoys walking, talking, making music, gardening and eating well amongst many other pastimes.


“Templar Chant” by Ensemble Organum is a group performing early music, co-founded in 1982 by Marcel Pérès and is based in France. Its members have changed, but have included at one time or another, Josep Cabré, Josep Benet, Gérard Lesne, Antoine Sicot, Malcolm Bothwell. They have often collaborated with Lycourgos Angelopoulos and are influenced by Orthodox music.

The group mainly focuses on the performance of music from the Middle Ages, including Beneventan, Old Roman, Gallican, Carolingian and Mozarabic chants. However, the repertoire includes renaissance polyphony as well as more recent works.

The ensemble was formerly based at Sénanque Abbey and Royaumont Abbey. Since 2001 it has shared facilities in the precinct of Moissac Abbey with the Centre itinérant de recherche sur les musiques anciennes (Centre for Itinerant Research of Medieval and Early Music). In addition to musical performance, the ensemble also works with musicologists and historians on musical research from this period.


"Superman (It's Not Easy)" is a song written and recorded by American recording artist Five for Fighting (stage name of American singer-songwriter John Ondrasik). The lyrics focus on the iconic hero Superman, specifically how despite his infinite power his life as a hero is surprisingly dramatic. It was released in April 2001 as the second single from his album America Town. The song was first released in 2000, and entered the Hot 100 charts at number 38 on October 27, 2001. It peaked in the number 14 position. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002.


“I’m still a Guy.” is a song written by Lee Thomas Miller, and co-written and recorded by American country music singer Brad Paisley. It was released in March 2008 as the fourth single from his album 5th Gear. As with the other three singles from that album, "I'm Still a Guy" reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. In the song, the narrator explains to his female companion that he is "still a guy" despite his companion's attempts to correct his stereotypical behavior and society's attempts to apply feminine traits to men. Paisley said that his intention was to "capture this struggle a little bit between men and women in a playful way"


“We are the Champions!” by Phil Maher. Phil has been working in Music for over 10 years, releasing 2 albums (available from HMV iTunes) and touring the UK and Europe. Bringing that wealth of experience to your event ensuring the best possible performance! Phil is a professional working musician from Colchester, Essex. With over 10 years of experience performing, touring, recording and teaching within the industry.