About Sean

Sean M. Madden is an American writer, educator and photographer who has lived in the South East of England since 2005. However, in May 2012, he and his partner Mufidah Kassalias embarked upon a slow traveling tour of Europe which continues with no end in sight.

Last spring and summer they traveled around the UK as part of their Spring/Summer 2013 Writing Workshop Tour. This brought them through France and the South East of England, to St Albans, the Lake District, and then to Scotland, North Cornwall and back through the South East.

Since late August, through to year-end 2013, they've been living in the Midi-Pyrénées of South West France, and are fully ensconced in their new venture, Creative Thunder — founded while in Scotland last summer — helping creative individuals and small businesses to fire up their online presence and prowess.

You can follow their day-to-day goings-on via Sean’s and Mufidah’s Instagram galleries. During their seven-month stay in Burgos, Spain (2012-13) these photographs came to the attention of a Diario de Burgos journalist who profiled Sean and Mufidah in the newspaper.

You can learn more here (Nov '12) and here (Dec '13).

But to make a long story short, these acclaimed Instagram photographs of Burgos now comprise a likewise acclaimed fine art photography book called Burgos². You can preview the whole of the hardcover book — all 144 pages and 367 images, plus the full dustcover — via the book's dedicated website, Burgos2.com.

Sean is also the creator of Mindful Living Guide, founded in 2006, a website focused on creative writing and mindful living. In 2013, he also founded SeanMMadden.com, a website developed to further showcase his creative writing, photography and travel writing.

 
Sean in Vichy, France (July 2012) 

Since 2002, Sean has developed and led creative workshops and tutored widely in the humanities, guiding folk of all ages. The programs he creates incorporate an exploration of language, literature, art and spirituality (through mindful awareness).

He holds two Master of Arts degrees in Western and Eastern (India, China, Japan) thought from the Graduate Institute at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland and Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA). As part of these unusually intensive post-graduate programs — completed between 2002 and 2005 — Sean studied literature, philosophy, and political and social thought, as well as ancient Greek and Sanskrit, and translated sizable swaths of Homer's Iliad and the Bhagavad Gita.

Sean subsequently received formal journalism training in London from both the Centre for Investigative Journalism at City University and the National Union of Journalists.

He holds both US and UK citizenship.

Sean is also an entrepreneur and former principal management consultant — having founded, in 1995, a unique executive-level consulting firm recognized by The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Success Magazine, HR Magazine, the Harvard and Columbia business school newsletters, and many other publications. He began his professional career as an analyst for American Airlines, where he held three successively higher management positions in five years, including in the corporate Financial Planning & Analysis and Marketing Performance groups.

Sean earned a BBA in Finance in 1989, immediately after which he taught English at a private summer school in Tarragona, Spain, a school he returned to in both 2007 and 2008.

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For those who wonder, "What is your lineage?" 

My mindful living lineage is the Massachusetts forest-dwelling tradition of Henry David Thoreauji, my primary philosophical school that of hard knocks and soft whispers, and my practice an abundance of personal experience and places, great books — East and West — sweet dreams, great teachers, long walks and lonely winters, the woods and the waters, mountains and valleys, the glorious sun and just-fallen snow, stillness and silence, and, perhaps most importantly, great trust in the wisdom within and without, whispered by the greatest teachers of all — the breath and the ten thousand things — such that only the subtlest of listeners can hear their truth.