I am married to Polly; father to Ayla and Asher; a follower of Jesus; passionate about justice and the environment; into exploring new expressions of community and lifestyle; enjoy being creative; thrive on being in the outdoors walking and occasionally surfing; like good food and even growing it; love camping, especially in a camper van; and enjoy travelling.
I live in east Oxford; work for the Diocese of Oxford on environmental issues, and also work freelance; I’m a member of House244 and hOME.
I’ve spent time living and working in rural and urban Africa, and rural and urban Britain. I’ve worked for a number of charities in community development, advocacy and project management, including Tearfund, Micah Challenge, Jubilee Centre Zambia and CMS, as well as in the UK Westminster Parliament.
I blog at mattfreer.wordpress.com
I’ve been enjoying the latest album from Sigur Ros, called valtari, since it was released. Yesterday we got tickets to see them live next year, which reminded me of the mystery film experiment they’ve been running. They gave a dozen film makers the same small budget, asking them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to the songs from the valtari album, the idea being to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people complete creative freedom. As you’d expect the results are a complete mix. Two stand out for me.
All about meditation and the great tool that Sigur Ros’ music can be to connecting with our deeper selves.
As the director says it is “a spiritual and meditative journey into nature”. Sums it up really…
Came across this playlist celebrating 5 years of the music label Erased Tapes yesterday – I’ve been enjoying some of their sounds they cover for a while – Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm and A Winged Victory For The Sullen – much of it contemporary classical with a twist… calming and inspiring. Worth a listen if you haven’t come across them before… Continue reading →
I’ve recently been exploring the growing gap between nature and children, and the implications for our spiritual development, and that of our children. A couple of articles and some activities have come out of it so far:
Polly and I also bought together some nature based activities for children (and adults) aimed at nurturing a sense of awe and wonder – have a look and download them at: www.aeker.com/nature-activities/