SIMON J. E. DREW

POET | MUSICIAN | PHILOSOPHER

It’s an honour to spend time building meaningful relationships with other individuals in the spirit of mutual improvement and flourishing.

I hope we’ll meet soon!

PODCASTS

Vital messages for our time.

GROVES

Poetry that should be read. Music that should be heard. Scenes that should be seen.

PHILOSOPHICAL MENTORING

To the desert we go, with philosophy by our side.

CREATIVE MENTORING

For the love of beauty, generation, and seeing.

PODCASTS

“The greatest benefit is to be derived from conversation, for it creeps by degrees into the soul.” 

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca 

THE WALLED GARDEN

An ongoing investigation into human and divine matters.

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SOUL SEARCHING WITH SENECA

An ongoing conversation with Seneca hosted by Judith Stove & Simon Drew.

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THE SANCTUARY PODCAST

Join Simon Drew on a profound journey through his own poetic, musical, and philosophical explorations into the nature of reality, consciousness, and the Divine.

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GROVES

For the good of my soul, I have returned to the instruments of my youth.
For the love of Wisdom and Beauty, I have written what I hear, and what I know.
For the love of seeing, I have photographed the places that inspire me.

Join me now in prayer for the generation of peace and harmony in the world.

THE SANCTUARY

A genuine pleas for sanity and wisdom in the midst of a dark night.

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THE SANCTUARY ACADEMY

Together we gather on our way, even that we might harmonise, and even that we might become as caretakers of the Cosmos…

 

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Philosophical Mentoring

“I am not so shameless as to undertake to cure my fellow-men when I am ill myself. I am, however, discussing with you troubles which concern us both, and sharing the remedy with you, just as if we were lying ill in the same hospital.” 

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

As a philosopher grounded in the Stoic tradition, I consider it my civic duty to be a true seeker of wisdom, and a champion of the examined life.

I share the path of personal transformation with my students, and as such, we find ourselves not uncommon to one another. We learn, grow, and are transformed together, for it is in this mutually travelled journey of philosophical exploration that the character is purified, and the soul restored to balance and harmony.

STUDENT REVIEWS

Scott Armstrong
Scott ArmstrongPilot
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I've found Simon's coaching to be invaluable during a transitional period in my life. Whether you're looking for life guidance from a Stoic perspective or simply some deep and interesting philosophical conversations, Simon is always able to provide, and I've walked away from each conversation feeling refreshed and with some good advice to chew on. I can't recommend him enough.
Jack Reeves
Jack ReevesEntrepreneur
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If you are looking for a plainspoken, philosophical and deeply practical guide — Simon is your man. Our time together has created an immense amount of clarity about my goals, and the insight and motivation to effectively pursue them. All with a foundation in philosophical virtue, not ego and materialism. I have referred several friends to Simon and will continue to do so.
Shammi Sheth
Shammi ShethDoctor
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Simon has all the traits of an excellent life coach; he is an active listener and gives me the time and space to say what I needed during our sessions. His coaching approach is not prescriptive, but I've always left the session with a clear idea of what I need to work on afterwards.
Ben Coles
Ben Coles
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I started working with Simon at the start of this year and it has been awesome to have a dialogue with someone so dedicated to helping other people excel. It’s rare to get candid feedback on one’s direction in life and Simon has been able to provide that in a way that both prompts me to think critically and encourages me to keep striving.
Laura Fouhse
Laura FouhseMinister
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Simon is a very wise, kind and gentle soul. He is so easy to talk to. In my sessions with him I have felt inspired and challenged. He gives me practical advice and tasks to do to help me along my journey. I'm very grateful.
Jacob Bush
Jacob BushProject Manager
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I’ve been working with Simon for about a month and a half and can’t overstate how much of a positive impact it’s had on my day-to-day life and my overall well-being. Working with Simon personally I’m given practical tools, but customized and tailored for my own personal life and situations.
Ryan Kerr
Ryan KerrParamedic
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I started working with Simon at the start of this year and it has been awesome to have a dialogue with someone so dedicated to helping other people excel. It’s rare to get candid feedback on one’s direction in life and Simon has been able to provide that in a way that both prompts me to think critically and encourages me to keep striving.
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LET'S MEET

Book a free 30-minute call to get to know each another.

ONE SESSION

One 90-minute philosophical mentoring session: $100

FOUR SESSIONS

Four 90-minute philosophical mentoring sessions: $80/session

CREATIVE MENTORING

Ars longa, vita brevis

– Latin Proverb

Creativity, I have found, is at times a blessing, and at others a curse. The true artist must learn to be a master of both darkness and light, for the creative process will necessarily lead them between the worlds of extreme fragmentation on one hand, and complete unity on the other. 

As a creative mentor, I work with philosophically-minded artists of all disciplines to encourage and facilitate profound creative growth, as well as meaningful personal transformation. 

LET'S MEET

Book a free 30-minute call to get to know each another.

ONE SESSION

One 90-minute creative mentoring session: $90

 

THREE SESSIONS

Three 90-minute creative mentoring sessions: $240

TRIBUTE: LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA

“I am not so shameless as to undertake to cure my fellow-men when I am ill myself. I am, however, discussing with you troubles which concern us both, and sharing the remedy with you, just as if we were lying ill in the same hospital.” 

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Of all the teachers who have set my soul on fire, Lucius Annaeus Seneca remains nearest to my heart. An acclaimed (and at times infamous) Roman playwright, orator, philosopher, and advisor to the emperor Nero, Seneca’s writings have stood the test of time and influenced countless generations. His moral epistles were my first introduction to philosophy, and I owe much of who I am to his influence on my life and path.

Click the button below to read a poem I wrote in 2021 to commemorate my admiration of this truly exceptional human being and friend. 

SOUL SEARCHING WITH SENECA

An ongoing conversation with Seneca hosted by Judith Stove & Simon Drew.

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LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF

My name’s Simon Drew. I’m a philosopher in my heart, a poet by calling, and a musician in my being. 

As a philosopher, I’ve been influenced most profoundly by the Stoic tradition, and as such, I try to hold myself to their standard of philosophical inquiry and discourse. Philosophy is the love of wisdom, and as such, it is inherently practical. If philosophy doesn’t lead one toward personal freedom and a more enlightened existence, then it’s not philosophy but sophistry.

So kindle your flame, and be ye as beacons onto all the Cosmos. Shine your light brightly, even brighter than the Sun, and walk with me on the Golden Way which doth stretch to Heaven, even that we may play on the branches of eternity, and that we may each be Aligned.

Simon J. E. Drew (from The Poet & The Sage)

My poetry is of the mytho-mystical tradition, offering experiential proofs of our unique ability as human beings to commune with the divine spark that burns within each of us. My first published book of poetry and prose is called The Poet & The Sage: A Journey Beyond the Distant Hills. Within its pages, you’ll find an esoteric mix of poetic philosophy, theology, mysticism, mythology, deep symbolism, and prophecy.

I regard music as a sacred and vital language, and it’s one that I’ve been expressing since my earliest years. My training is in jazz trumpet and voice, though my current instruments of choice also include the piano and the didgeridoo—the sacred instrument of the indigenous Australian people.

As the CEO of The Walled Garden Philosophical Society, my role is to hold the torch of our community’s highest aspirations, lighting the way through the darkness before us. It’s an honour and a privilege to serve our members and contributors in such a position.

ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION

Depending on the assignment, you may need to upload multiple files. Most file types are accepted, but please let me know if you need assistance (email simon@simonjedrew.com)

ENROLLMENT

Join our growing community of seekers and citizens from around the world who are rediscovering their humanity and connectedness by way of the philosophical and spiritual path.

$15.95 weekly

SEEKER

Get access to regular classes, courses, workshops, and resources. Plus, get 10% off TWG store and access to member-only forums.

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JOIN TO ENTER THIS ROOM

Enroll now to enter The Sanctuary.

SEEKER

$29.95* per week to get access to all classes and  forums, and a copy of
The Poet & The Sage when you enrol.

*Members of The Walled Garden Philosophical Society get 20% off this grove.

STUDENT

All Seeker benefits, plus up to four one-on-one philosophical mentoring sessions per month, starting at $100 per session.

*Members of The Walled Garden Philosophical Society get $25 off per session.

SUNDAY SEEKER

Attend a weekly event on Sundays, exploring sacred and philosophical texts. Free for Caretakers of The Walled Garden Philosophical Society.

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