THE SANCTUARY

Resurrect the Lost Virtue of Humanitas

Crafting music, poetry, art, and writings that unveil the human and the Divine in each of us.

ABOUT The Sanctuary

Home to the complete and emerging works of Australian poet, musician and philosopher Simon Drew, The Sanctuary is a space to explore what it means to be a whole human being – part man, part divine. 

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SIMON J. E. DREW

POET | MUSICIAN | PHILOSOPHER​

Simon is an Australian poet, musician and philosopher now based in Orange County, California. He is widely known as a populariser of the Stoic school of philosophy, though toward the beginning of 2020, Simon was led to explore his artistic and mystical nature. What ensued is captured most beautifully in the co-founding of The Walled Garden Philosophical Society, and even more so within the works featured in The Sanctuary Grove.

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A Message to Discerning Students

Through my years of working one-on-one with students with diverse life experiences and from over 15 countries, I’ve learned that what people need—if they want to make meaningful progress—is a sparring partner. They need someone to help them to think about how they think; to serve as a mirror to their words (which are no less than […]

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A Father’s Wisdom

We're both growing up together. Something my Dad told me recently. "We were all growing up together when we were raising you." Funny, it's not until this moment that I realised why they say we "raise" a child. It's perhaps the most simple and important thing you could do....

Oh Mountain

Oh mountain, you please my soul greatly. Oh wildflowers of the rocky mountain edges, you awaken my eyes from their deepest slumber. Oh snail on the rock, you have taught me to have patience on my own path. Oh towering mountain tree, great wisdom is yours....

Come As You Are

4. Herein lies the hidden beauty of Lady Philosophy; She requires no permit, no degree, no admission, no fee, 5. No need to have found, no need to have seen, simply you and simply me like crane and cow, like flower and bee....

Pairidaēza Suite

The musician, like the poet, looks within and without, and tells the story of what he sees. The musician, like the seer, reveals unto the masses the secrets which were once hidden. The musician, like the philosopher, discovers the commonalities which flow through all things, and sees to it that these commonalities are not lost. The musician, like the explorer, journeys beyond the safety of the garden walls, later to return with bounty to share with those who inhabit the garden....

Exhausted

Night after night, I came to you in prayer, Begging that you might give unto me A poem, or an insight, or a wise whisper. Night after night, You guided me, And you gave me what I asked for, Even though I knew in my heart of hearts That you had already given me all I needed....

Our Home on the Sand

I am the eye that looks out on THE ONE....