Personal Development Bio

William Ayot began leading men’s and mixed workshops in rehab and prisons during the early nineties. He later joined Wild Dance Events, organising and hosting large-scale men’s events for teachers like Robert Bly, Michael Meade, James Hillman, Malidoma Somé, Martín Prechtel and others, while leading initiatory Rites of Passageretreats in Snowdonia. As a co-founding director of Olivier Mythodrama, he worked around the world for ten years, teaching leadership through story, theatre practice and ritual. He currently teaches on the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at INSEAD and is Poet-in-Residence at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. William is the founder of NaCOT- The National Centre for the Oral Tradition, and hosts the poetry series On the Border.

William leads workshops and seminars on personal development topics and creates and conducts private rituals and ceremonies.

Writing includes the play Bengal Lancer and three collections of poetry: Small Things that Matter,  The Inheritance, and  E-mail from the Soul: New & Selected Leadership Poems; Other writing includes articles and contributions on personal development and men’s issues for numerous newspapers and magazines including, The Times (London)Achilles Heel,  Recovery Times and The Journal for Holistic Healthcare.

William is a Member of the Welsh Academi, an FRSA, and a Fellow of the Guild of Mythodrama Practitioners. He lives with his wife, Juliet Grayson, in a restored Monmouthshire gentry house in South East Wales.