John Capper

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John Capper

John Henry Capper Born on 1 August 1951 in Stoke-on-Trent

Early Life and Education

John Henry Capper was born into a working class family in Stoke-on-Trent on the 1st August 1951. Many of his immediate family worked in the pottery industry or the coal mines. He attended a local primary school and after passing the 11 plus examination moved to Stanfield Technical High School which mixed both academic and vocational studies. After completing O and A levels John was accepted by the University of Hull for a BSc degree in Economics starting in September 1969. While at University John became interested in left-wing politics, becoming increasingly aware of the social and economic injustices of the capitalist system and the oppression of the working classes. He was particularly influenced by the economic theories of Karl Marx as expounded in The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Das Kapital (1867), and also the work of Marxist economic historian E. J. Hobsbawn.

John believed that education would provide the awakening which would eventually result in the overthrow of capitalism and so it was not surprising that after university he qualified as a teacher, in an institution specialising in training teachers for the Further Education sector (1972-3).


In 1973 John took up a post as Lecturer in Economics at what was then Croydon Technical College. He was to stay there for 27 years obtaining a series of lecturing and management posts and finishing his career there as Assistant Principal in 2000. During the years at Croydon John completed a part time master Degree in Economics at Brunel University in 1979 and an MBA specialising in Finance in 1986.

Also while at Croydon, John became a part time tutor for the Open University (1987) in Economics and Financial Strategy working both in the UK and also in Russia, Romania, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

From 2000 to 2009 John worked part time as a consultant for one of the “big four” accounting companies working in the further and higher education sectors mostly on issues related to the curriculum. John still has a deep love for the Further Education sector and the work that it does in providing life opportunities for those who may be disadvantaged.

Awakening Spiritually

While rejecting all religions as instruments of conformity and oppression in his teenage years, John always had a sense in his heart of “oneness” with a connected universe. In 1999 after completing a Swedish Massage course he discovered Ayurveda the traditional medicine system of India. John was impressed with the philosophy, primarily Vedic but also Buddhist, which underpinned Ayurveda, finding a deep connectivity with the feelings in his heart. In particular, he had a strong resonance with the integrative Ayurvedic approach of balance in the mind, body and underlying spiritual energies.

In 2005, John completed a degree in Ayurvedic Studies at Thames Valley University and has experienced Ayurveda in action with a number of visits both to India and Sri Lanka. John is now retired from work in the Further Education sector and is developing his Ayurvedic practice within Glastonbury.

Since 2009 John has been a student of the Ridhwan School attending at least three seven day retreats each year. This School promotes both an inner unity working with the structure of the ego, and a deep connectivity to true nature.


John first visited Glastonbury in 1992 with his future wife Lynne Sedgmore. He has always felt drawn to the deep spiritual energies of the town and the diverse spiritual realities of the people. In 1995 John and Lynne celebrated their spiritual union in the Chalice Well after a more formal ceremony at Shepton Mallet. After visiting the town for a number of years John and Lynne moved to a small village near Glastonbury in 2010.

Since 2011 John has been the Treasurer and Company Secretary of Glaston Centre Ltd which, amongst other things, runs the Glastonbury Pilgrim Reception Centre. The work of this organisation has expanded to include research, and the development of Glastopedia. John is involved in the Beckery Island Regeneration Trust (BIRT) which seeks to redevelop the old industrial buildings between Glastonbury and Street. He is also Treasurer of the Timeline Project.

External Links

Sattvica Ayurveda and Therapies

Ridhwan School

John Capper    Author: John Capper 3-Aug-15    Edited MW.3-Aug-15 / CH 26-Jul-15