The Shepheard Walwyn Podcast

John Butler (Part I) - The Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment

May 10, 2022

This week we continue our conversation with John Butler, 84 year old YouTube sensation and author of Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment.

In this conversation, we explore the experiences he writes about in the first part of Wonders. We explore his relationship with nature, his time as one of the first organic farmers in the 1960s and collaborated with people like EF Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful and Lady Balfour, co-founder of the Soil Association.

We also get into how he sees his spiritual work as an evolution of his farming work.

This conversation follows on from our meet the author interview that took place in his favourite church in Bakewell. To continue we made our way to the top of John’s favourite hill just outside Bakewell. This gave us some wind and insect noise so apologies in advance for that. The place has held a special meaning for john since he was a boy so I begin the interview by asking where he’s taken us and what the place means to him.


Here’s a summary of what we discussed.

00.00             Welcome and Introduction

01.50             Nature as John’s first Church – seeking space.

05.00             John in Africa – Space, Freedom and Spiritual Connection. 

11.00      Organic Farming, TLC and raising soil consciousness to raising human consciousness.

14.00            Always knowing he wanted to be a farmer

19.00            Travelling to South America and making friends with people who want to kill you.

24.30       Inheriting Three Acres at Bicker Fen, Lincolnshire – Can you farm without destruction?

27.30             Expressing your love for the earth through organic farming.

31.00             How to align intention and purpose.

36.00             Thank you.


For previous episodes please go to:

John Butler (Meet The Author) - The Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment

John Butler (Part I) - The Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment

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