Simon Buxton is Founder/Director of The Sacred Trust and has worked and trained within shamanic traditions for over three decades. For fifteen years he served as a member of the teaching faculty of The Foundation For Shamanic Studies, and also undertook a formal thirteen year apprenticeship, as detailed within his book The Shamanic Way of the Bee which was the recipient of the Canizares Book Award for non-fiction. He is the co-author of Darkness Visible, and his next two books are in preparation.
Simon is an elected Fellow of The Royal Anthropological Institute, the world’s longest-established scholarly association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology and he is a life member of the Oxford University Anthropological Society. His work has been profiled within several books including Travelling Between the Worlds and Soul Companions, and he has contributed a chapter to the anthology Shamanism in the New Millennium as well as being featured in the documentary film Vanishing of the Bees. In 2007, as part of the ongoing development of The Sacred Trust, Simon Buxton and his partner Naomi Lewis opened the only residential teaching centre in the UK dedicated to the study of shamanism. It is here that they live with their son and conduct their writing, research and teaching work.