Sam has been committed to spiritual work over the last 30 years and since her early twenties has run retreat houses, led workshops, facilitated groups, given guided meditations, hosted many gatherings and made many cups of tea…
She was brought up in a liberal, christian family and spent her childhood in their Kentish apple orchards and riding horses on the Eridge Estate. She learnt much from her mother's skill as a professional craftswoman and adult educator. From her father she inherited a love of ideas and literature, which she studied at Sussex University. Organic gardening and time in nature and wilderness have remained central throughout her life.
From her late teens she has deeply explored other faiths, especially Buddhism, Druidry and Jewish Kabbalah. In 2000 she became a tutor with The Kabbalah Society and in 2003 was ordained at The Interfaith Foundation. After ordination she went on to complete four years professional development with the Scottish Episcopal Church, including studying theology at Aberdeen University. She worked as a pioneer minister to collaboratively create Future Church in her local community in the Highlands of Scotland.
Sam is the founder of the spiritual, social enterprise Living Spirit which includes Wood Sisters and The Tree of Life School. Alongside her spiritual work she has raised a family, including home schooling and created several eco homes and organic gardens. She now lives in Dartington.