Swan C. Frayne

Theatre practitioner, psychotherapist, researcher
Lives in western Europe (Barcelona, Berlin, Paris)

I seek to rediscover ordinary and popular art – art the service of life, both individual and collective, human and non-human, visible and indivible. My work focuses on reconnecting with dimensions of existence that our Western society neglects: the imaginal and the unspeakable, care and beauty. I am particularly interested in theatrical practice as both catharsis and aeshtetics of existence.

Swan C. Frayne, PhD, is a theatre practionner, researcher, and psychotherapist. Swan trained at the Jacques Lecoq school of physical theatre and wrote his thesis on individual and social transformation at the University of Cambridge after having studied philosophy and theology in Melbourne, Chicago, and Oxford. He is also an accredited yoga, tantra, and pranayama instructor as well as a certified hypnotherapist.

As the echo of breath and the instrument of language, Swan regards the voice as one of the most intimate ways to discover Self and Other. He works with various traditional polyphonic registers, from Georgia to Sardinia, as well as on the space beyond speaking and singing. He is the founder of La Rencontre des REVES, a human rewilding and environemntal art collective, and the director of the Institute of Devotional Arts, which brings together creativity and contemplation.

Swan speaks English, French and Spanish.



L’Institute of Devotional Arts rassemble des artistes, thérapeutes, chercheurs et activistes explorant la relation entre créativité et contemplation.


  • The Life of Reverence: Albert Schweitzer, Virtue, and Ethical Mysticism, Animal Theologians, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2023.
  • The Anarchist Diet, Journal of Animal Ethics, 2021
  • The Flesh of Fasts and Feasts: A Study of the Monastic Diet in Theory and Practice (c. 1025–1525), Journal of Animal Ethics, 2020.
  • Animals in Christian and Muslim Thought, The Routledge Handbook of Animal Ethics, London, Routledge, 2018.
  • Animal Manifesto (trans. C. Pelluchon), Paris, Alma Éditeur, 2018.
  • On Imitating the Regimen of Immortality or Facing the Diet of Mortal Reality: A Brief History of Abstinence from Flesh-Eating in Christianity, Journal of Animal Ethics, 2016.
  • Données quantitatives du journal de voyage de Montaigne (with P. Desan), Montaigne à l’étranger, Paris, Éditions classiques garnier, 2016.
  • Publishing History of the Essays (trans. J. Balsamo), Oxford Handbook of Montaigne, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Environmental Ethics: Human Stewardship and the Peaceable Kingdom, Aedificamus, 2013.