The 2nd Eternal Knowledge Festival comes to London 4-6th July 2014.
The first EKF in Suffolk in 2012 was a great success. And so we are bringing this weekend of talks and workshops to London. We have invited some of the speakers who contributed to EKF 2012, as well as many new ones, so we can continue exploring 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 culture in the UK. We have deliberately chosen the old Naval College, now Greenwich University, as our venue because of its Christopher Wren-designed architecture and a C17th interpretation of ‘eternal knowledge’.
Speakers and presenters
We welcome back Brien Foerster (by skype), James North, Gregory Sams; and our new speakers include Marcus Allen, Patricia Awyan, Robert Bauval, Tom Bree, Paul Devereux, Gary Evans, Adrian Gilbert, Gary Lachman, Christopher McIntosh, Karen Ralls, Diana Taylor, James Swagger. We will cover a variety of topics from psychedelics and pharaohs, sacred geometry, ancient Egypt and Peru, ancient astronomy, Tarot and the Hermetica, Medieval heresies, C17th Rosicrucianism, Carl Jung and hermeticism, concepts of the State both ancient and modern. We will conclude the weekend with a general forum discussion with speakers and attendees.
Greenwich University is easily accessible – by public transport or even come by river boat – and next to all the attractions of the historic Greenwich village including its market, restaurants and cafes. The old Naval College, which now houses the University, is in a delightful park setting right by the river, within sight of the Cutty Sark and just below the internationally famous Royal Observatory, home of the world’s Prime Meridian. There is limited on-site accommodation available on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Early bird tickets for the whole weekend: £75.”
More details coming soon, including, speaker biographies and talk descriptions. In the meantime please drop us a line via the contact form on the right hand side of this page with any questions.
In 2012, in our search for Bronze Age knowledge useful and relevant, we focussed on the historical background to the city cultures; agriculture and architecture, including sacred geometry; harmonies and healing; physics and metaphysics. In 2014, however, we are no longer in a Suffolk field where it made sense to discuss agriculture, but in the heart of architecture directly inspired by some of the knowledge we seek. And so we will be taking a more ‘city-based’ view this time….
The format will be the same as 2012, with talks and workshops, and we will continue to explore the historical background and perennial philosophy.
Ancient history, Robert Bauval will talk about the ancient Egyptian site of Saqqara; a further update on Peru and his Egypt trip from Brien Foerster (by skype this time); Marcus Allen will be contributing further insights into these great cultures; and James Swagger will take us to highly sophisticated outposts created thousands of years ago in Ireland. ’Karen Ralls will talk about ‘A fountain of heresy’: The arts, the Inquisition, and late medieval society’.
Architecture that encodes an ancient symbolism with a talk from Anthony Thorley on the re-building of the City of London in the C17th; and a workshop from Tom Bree, a modern geometer; as well as James North discussing Bligh Bond’s ‘gematria’, sacred geometry in action; and the state of the State, a comparison of ancient and modern cities by Gregory Sams.
Metaphysics that underpins civilisation. Peter Gandy has agreed to give more readings from ‘the Hermetica’, the critical ancient Egyptian texts. Paul Devereux is going to explore psychedelics and pharaohs; Patricia Awyan will touch on the spiritual aspects of key Egyptian sites. Gary Lachman will explore the links between the Hermetica, archetypes and Carl Jung. Gary Evans will discuss his experiences at powerful sacred sites. Including: why people feel compelled to visit them. His multimedia presentation will include sound recordings from the Great pyramid.
In addition we will have book and magazine stands.