Speakers & Presenters
We welcome back Brien Foerster (by skype) and Gregory Sams. Our new speakers include Marcus Allen, Patricia Awyan, Tom Bree, Paul Devereux, Gary Evans, Adrian Gilbert, Gary Lachman, Christopher McIntosh, Karen Ralls, Diana Taylor.
The 2nd Eternal Knowledge Festival comes to Atherstone, Warwickshire, 4-6th July 2014.*
The first EKF in Suffolk in 2012 was a great success. We are now bringing this weekend of talks and workshops to Atherstone, the geomantic centre of England where we will continue to explore Bronze Age to Modern Age knowledge that is both useful and relevant to civilisation.
This time we are focussing on the links between ancient societies, like the Egyptians, and the Hermetic (eternal) wisdom that has influenced European culture through the centuries. We will have talks and workshops on ancient technology, Egypt and the stone of destiny, psychedelics and pharaohs, Medieval heresies, C17th Rosicrucianism, Carl Jung and hermeticism, concepts of the state ancient and modern, Tarot and the Hermetica, and sacred geometry. There will be a general forum discussion with speakers at the end of the weekend.
We have chosen Purley Chase centre for many reasons. It is close to the geomantic heart of England and where Boudicca had her last stand against the Roman army. This Swedenborg retreat is in a lovely peaceful setting of its own and has a welcoming atmosphere. We will be able to take our meals together and there are well-priced shared rooms available if you would like to stay on site. This informal and relaxing venue is in many ways close to the original model that John Agnew created for ‘Stars and Stones’ near Bury St Edmunds.
There is plenty of parking at Purley Chase and it is easy to get to. It is close to main roads. Nuneaton mainline railway station is a short taxi-ride away. There are over 80 campsites within a 20 mile radius of the venue, as well as B&Bs nearby.
Purley Chase offers shared on-site rooms available on a ‘first come first served’ basis, bookable only through Eternal Knowledge Festival. The price of accommodation will include all meals for the whole weekend. Please contact us directly for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org). Early bird tickets for the whole weekend conference: £75, excluding accommodation.
* Please note. If you were expecting to come Greenwich University, London, very regrettably we have had to change venues (with most but not all speakers; see below). We had hoped to reserve on-site accommodation at Greenwich but have belatedly discovered, much to our disappointment, that no rooms are available this year. So please join us in our new venue. It is only about an hour from London Euston by train.
The format will be the same as 2012, with talks and workshops, and we will continue to explore the historical background and perennial philosophy. This time we will track ‘perennial philosophy’ through the centuries with its impact on European culture.
Ancient history - a further update on Peru and his Egypt trip from Brien Foerster (by skype this time); Marcus Allen will be contributing further ideas about these great cultures with a presentation on ancient technology; Adrian Gilbert will talk about the stone of destiny and Egypt; Gregory Sams will examine the state of the State, a comparison ancient and modern cities.
History - Karen Ralls will focus on ’A fountain of heresy’: The arts, the Inquisition, and late medieval society’, and what knowledge it was that the Church was so keen to suppress. Christopher McIntosh will give us an insight into why Rosicrucianism of the C17th was a “missed opportunity”.
Sacred geometry - Tom Bree, a modern geometer, will run a workshop on the patterns that we find in our sacred sites and classical architecture that are the visual manifestation of ancient knowledge.
Metaphysics - that underpin civilisation: Paul Devereux will explore the connections between psychedelics, pharaohs and ancient city cultures; Patricia Awyan will touch on the spiritual aspects of key Egyptian places. Gary Evans will report on his experiences at powerful sacred sites and why people feel compelled to visit them. His multimedia presentation will include sound recordings from the Great pyramid; Diana Taylor will run a workshop on Tarot and the Hermetica; Gary Lachman will discuss the links between the Hermetica, archetypes and Carl Jung.
In addition there will be book and magazine stands.
Please take a look at the “presenters” page for the full details of our speakers and their lectures. If you have any questions please drop us a line via the contact form on the right hand side of this page.