Peter Dawkins
Peter Dawkins


Peter Dawkins

Peter Dawkins, MA (Cantab), Dip.Arch.

Peter is a philosopher, historian, author, lecturer, teacher and leader of workshops, seminars and special events in many countries of the world. His specialist interest is in the Western wisdom traditions and mysteries, mythology, sacred architecture and landscape, and the English Renaissance. He is a recognised authority on the history and wisdom of the 16th/17th century Rosicrucians, Francis Bacon and Shakespeare, and their effect on the world. He teaches mostly through seminars, workshops, mystery school events and pilgrimages to sacred sites of the world.

Peter is the founder-principal of the Francis Bacon Research Trust, which specialises in research and education concerning Shakespeare, Bacon, the Rosicrucians and other philosophers and artists of the European Renaissance.Together with his wife and partner Sarah, Peter also runs the Zoence Academy and Mystery School, which is particularly involved in the Western wisdom traditions and the wisdom of the land.

The Baconian work, which is likewise involved with knowledge of the landscape as well as history, philosophy, culture and consciousness, concerns one of the great doorways into the otherwise esoteric Western Wisdom Tradition. Shakespeare and the Rosicrucians are part of this story.

Peter’s book, The Shakespeare Enigma, presents the treasure trail that leads to (and is) this ‘doorway’, whilst its complementary book, Building Paradise, describes what the Baconian-Rosicrucian method and work actually is. A panoramic summary of this wisdom knowledge is given in his book, Core Truths.

Peter has given Wisdom of Shakespeare lectures, seminars, master-classes and summer schools since the mid-1980s, including at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London, where he led Wisdom of Shakespeare events with the actor Mark Rylance, then Artistic Director of the Globe, and Mystery of Shakespeare events in Italy and Sicily, also with Mark Rylance. In 2008 he received an award for distinguished scholarship in Shakespeare authorship studies from Concordia University, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Peter’s many publications include a series on the ‘Wisdom of Shakespeare’ in various Shakespeare plays, and The Shakespeare Enigma, which acts as a 'doorway' to the hidden history and mysteries of the 'Shakespeare Circle' and Rosicrucians. A panoramic summary of the Western wisdom teachings is given in Peter's book, Core Truths.

“We know Shakespeare is entertaining, and his work a phenomenon amongst mankind’s achievements, but what is he actually saying to us? There are many interpretations. I find Peter’s one of the most beautiful and one that is beneficial to my life, enriching my ability to live intimately with myself, others, and the world around me, seen and unseen.”
Mark Rylance, multi-award-winning actor, theatre director and playwright (first Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 1995-2005).

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