"Come, all ye lovers of wisdom and seekers of truth, for here we love and seek the same."

The Walled Garden is a community of individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds who have come together in search of wisdom, virtue, and deeper meaning. 

The Walled Garden was founded by Simon Drew (Australian poet, musician, and Alignment coach), Sharon Lebell (American best-selling author, speaker, and philosophical mentor), Kai Whiting (British professor, philosopher, and mentor), and Jacob Bush (American writer and producer). Together they are contributing to The Walled Garden through weekly group-mentoring sessions, podcasts, interviews, essays, poetry, music, photography, and cultural curations, all with the purpose of helping those within the community to experience a flourishing life of purpose and meaning.

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The Walled Garden Podcast

The Walled Garden Podcast is dedicated to offering space for deep learning via profound interviews and conversations that inspire and transform. The main topics include philosophy, theology, culture, art, and religion.

Group Meetups

Simon, Sharon, and Kai host weekly meetups with Walled Garden members to discuss ideas, values, and beliefs from a philosophical lens. These meetups are much like group coaching/mentoring sessions, with the aim being for us all to walk away wiser, stronger, and better.
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Personal Coaching

Simon, Sharon, and Kai all offer one-on-one coaching in their own unique style. To find out more about what each mentor offers, click the button below to view their profiles.
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The Walled Garden forum is hosted on our own Discord server and offers our members a place to communicate with our main contributors in a timely manner.
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Simon Drew offers the online and audio formats of his books (both those published and those yet to be published) to Walled Garden members.
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Poetry & Essays

Simon, Sharon, and Kai all offer their own writings to Walled Garden members, including poetry, essays, epistles, and more.
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Simon and Sharon are both musicians, and they offer their recorded compositions (including works that are yet to be published) to Walled Garden members.
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All photographs on The Walled Garden website were taken by Simon, and to Walled Garden members he offers photography collections that inspire and provoke.
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Simon J. E. Drew
Simon J. E. DrewAuthor | Musician | Poet
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Simon Drew is a poet, musician, photographer, and philosophical mentor. He has a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and is currently studying for a Master of Divinity at Trinity College. He is most well known for his work with the Practical Stoic Podcast, which has since evolved into the Walled Garden. Simon's poetry and writings often play in the realms of mysticism, prophecy, and wisdom, bringing the deepest insights of his consciousness to light in search of answers to life's most fundamental questions. His first book, The Poet & The Sage, is set to be released in late 2021.
Sharon Lebell
Sharon LebellWriter | Musician | Author
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Sharon Lebell has been an inspiring writer and speaker about philosophy, spirituality, and religion for thirty years. She is best known as the author of the international bestseller The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness, a contemporary interpretation of the Stoic teachings of Epictetus. Her primary focus is how to live a life of virtue and meaning. Central to her message is how we can use our lives to improve the lives of others and the necessity of beauty and engagement with art, music, and design as keystones of a well-lived life.
Kai Whitng
Kai WhitngPhilosopher | Author | Professor
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Kai Whiting is a Stoicism and sustainability researcher and lecturer based at UCLouvain in Belgium. He is the co-author of Being Better Stoicism for a World Worth Living in, which tells the personal stories of Zeno, Cleanthes, Epictetus, Musonious Rufus, and ancient Sparta so that we can solve some of the key challenges of the 21 st century. When Kai is not thinking and writing about Stoicism, he likes to build Lego, work out, and read books in Spanish and Portuguese.

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$ 12 Monthly
  • Access to Practical Stoic Podcast archives
  • Exclusive essays, podcasts, poetry and music
  • Read Simon's published books online


$ 18 Monthly
  • All Seeker membership benefits, plus...
  • Attend regular meetups with our contributors
  • Chat in the member-only forum
  • Attend live interviews/Q&A's with podcast guests
  • 10% discount on mentoring


$ 50 Monthly
  • All Seeker and Caretaker membership benefits, plus...
  • Access to poetry, books, and music that are not yet published to the public
  • Receive a signed copy of any new book or album by our contributors

The Walled Garden Podcast

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Social Media and The Walled Garden

In this episode, we discuss ideas for social media engagement and The Walled Garden. Wrestling with moral and practical issues with social media, we come

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What We’ve Learned So Far

In this conversation between Walled Garden contributors and members, we discuss what we’ve learned throughout the past few weeks of inspiration sessions, and together we

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Introducing The Poet & The Sage

In this episode Simon Drew introduces his first published book, The Poet & The Sage, which is now available for pre-order at thewalledgarden.store/products/copy-of-the-poet-the-sage.  About the

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Michael Tremblay | Philosophical Training with Epictetus

In this episode Simon Drew speaks to Michael Tremblay (PhD) – philosopher and contributor to the Stoa Meditation app. Website: https://www.tremblaymichael.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/_MikeTremblay Academia: https://www.queensu.ca/philosophy/people/michael-tremblay

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