DR BOB WOODWARD was born in 1947 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. Having studied at state and Steiner schools, he became a co-worker at the Sheiling School in Thornbury, a centre of the Camphill Community, based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). He remained within the Camphill Movement, living with and teaching children with special educational needs, for some forty years, retiring in 2012. He took a special interest in understanding autism in children and young people.
At the age of 46, Bob received an M.Ed degree from Bristol University, followed by an M.Phil at the age of 50 and a Ph.D from the University of the West of England at the age of 64. As well as being a qualified educator, he is a spiritual healer and the author of several books. He has been married for forty-two years and has five grown-up children and many grandchildren.