Mr. Ben Cherry was born in the United Kingdom in 1947 and has an MA in Law from Cambridge University, the first part of a medical degree from Birmingham University and a Diploma of Education from Bathurst University in Australia. He first taught, in Vietnam, in 1971and subsequently covered the Vietnam War as a correspondent for the Hong-Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review. Here began his immersion in Eastern religions and philosophies.
After teaching in Rome and travelling and working in many countries in Europe, he and his Vietnamese-born wife Thanh ran a Reception Centre for Vietnamese Boat People in the UK. They first encountered Anthroposophy in 1977 at a community for children with special needs in Southern England, where Ben worked as gardener and relief teacher. After journeying overland through Africa with their six-year-old son in 1981, he and his wife settled in Australia, where they founded a Rudolf Steiner School in Bowral, NSW.
Ben has travelled extensively overland through Asia and Eastern Europe twice, also crossing Africa. His journey with his family in 1994 - 5 is partially recorded in their book of Pandas and Wandering Geese, A Journey through Shadow and Light in Vietnam, China and Tibet. The book has been described in one review as a "travelogue, an inner diary, a history of Asia, a journal of a spiritual path and a picture of a family in relationship."
He now involves in teacher training in many Asian countries in particular Taiwan and Mainland as well as mentoring a government sponsored Waldorf School in Ilan, Taiwan and the first Waldorf School in Mainland China.