She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Growing up, she always felt a deep need to find meaning and purpose in life, loved drawing and painting as well as spending quiet time in her garden or escaping into books.
She was baptised into the Orthodox Church in 1996, while studying for an MA (Hons) in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She focused on the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East, learning Biblical Hebrew along with studying world religious traditions. She completed her Ph.D. in Bronze Age Syrian Mythology.