Eternal Knowledge Festival 2014

Speaker biographies and lecture details

bullet_flower_1 The format will be the same as 2012, with talks and workshops, and we will continue to explore the historical background and perennial philosophy.

Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen

After a career with a major motor manufacturer, Marcus changed jobs completely to become the UK publisher of NEXUS Magazine, which he and his wife first introduced to this country in 1994. Since then, he has appeared on many TV and radio programmes and given numerous presentations both here and abroad, discussing subjects sometimes considered controversial. These include the Apollo Moon Landings. He also promotes NEXUS Magazine. The continually increasing number of readers evidently like what they read – they have made NEXUS the world’s best selling alternative news magazine. He has found that selling a good magazine is very similar to selling a good car – both should have the ‘Wow!’ factor. https://www.nexusmagazine.com

Lecture overview – Technology of Ancient Egypt


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Patricia Awyan

Patricia Awyan

 

As a long time student in metaphysical, spiritual and esoteric subjects and traditions, Patricia’s eclectic spiritual background serves as a strong foundation to support to her work. She became of student of Khemitology after meeting world renowned, indigenous Wisdom Keeper, Abd’el  Hakim Awyan (1926-2008), on her first trip to Egypt in 2005. It was during her third journey to Egypt that she would meet, and fall in love with her husband, Yousef Awyan. Together, she and Yousef created The Khemit School of Ancient Mysticism. Patricia’s focus has been on relating the secrets, symbolism and mysteries of the ancients to the shifting energies of our current reality. She lectures and has created online lessons that speak of our eternal cycling through golden and dark ages, and how the evidence left behind, by the very ancient Khemitians (Egyptians), portrays a civilization that far surpassed our own both technologically and spiritually.

News of their activities can be found at: http://www.khemitology.com and on their very active Facebook group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/Khemitology/.

Lecture overview – The Pantheon of Egyptian Neteru (gods and goddesses)


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Tom Bree

Tom Bree

Tom Bree is a geometer/artist, musician, teacher and writer. He studied geometry at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London, under Professor Keith Critchlow and Paul Marchant. Tom teaches for the Prince’s School in the UK and abroad, as well as his own teaching projects. He lives in the City of Wells in Somerset with his wife Helen who is a stained glass conservator.

Lecture overview – The Revelation of Heavenly Forms


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Paul Devereux

Paul Devereux

Research affiliate at the Royal College of Art; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts;

Senior Research Fellow, International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL) group,
Princeton; an Honorary Member of the Scientific and Medical Network.

Paul started out as a painter, having a degree in Fine Art. He participated in numerous group exhibitions in Britain such as John Moores, Liverpool, and the Royal Academy Schools, plus travelling shows under the auspices of the Arts Council. He also exhibited in Germany. His painting became increasingly inspired by the geometry and numinosity of ancient monuments and this began to lead him deeper into an interest in archaeology. This resulted in him turning more toward writing and research with the consequence that he slowly shifted from painting and gradually relinquished his formal teaching of painting, drawing and photography.

Lecture overview – coming soon

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Brien Foerster (by skype) [**cancelled. Tobias Churton to talk instead]

Very sadly we have decided to cancel Brien’s talk due to uncertainty over the Skype connection. Brien is currently away on his travels in South Africa and we had hoped to be able to hook up with him there to hear the latest on his researches. So it is regrettable that, at the last minute, we have had to change plans.

Fortunately, Tobias Churton, renown author and researcher into the British esoteric tradition, has kindly agreed to talk instead and we are delighted that he can come. Tobias is a scholar of Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Gnosticism and other esoteric movements and has published works on many aspects of the British esoteric tradition, from Freemasonry to John Dee.

He has lectured at Exeter University and is author of Gnostic Philosophy, The Magus of Freemasonry, Freemasonry – The Reality and other enlightening works.

Lecture overview – The Sexual/Spiritual Revolution in William Blake, Andrew Marvell and the British Rosicrucians.


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Gary Evans

Gary Evans

Gary Evans has been investigating earth mysteries for more than twenty years. From studying sound acoustics inside the Great Pyramid to exploring Moray, an ancient site high up in the Andes mountains of Peru, his work has taken him to some of the world’s most fascinating and mysterious places. Gary is working on a new TV show treatment with a working title of, “ Power Places – Unlocking The Mystery Of The Planets Most Sacred Sites”.

When not exploring, Gary helps to promote greater awareness of ancient mysteries by working as a PR agent for a number of best-selling alternative science authors. Since 2010, he has been coordinating and leading tours to Egypt, Malta, Ireland, England, Scotland, India, Peru, and Bolivia. Gary also works to promote conferences in the US and Europe such as CPAK, Awake and Aware, Megalithomania, Paradigm Symposium, and the Eternal Knowledge Festival.

Over the last 5 years Gary has been studying a variety of yoga forms, his favorite form is Yin & Yang yoga, which is a meditative practice with sequences of long held floor poses inspired by Taoist Yoga.

His websites are http://infinite-connections.co.uk/ & www.atlantisevidence.com Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/InfiniteConnectionsPR/

Lecture overview – Altered States of Consciousness in the Pyramids and Temples of Ancient Egypt.


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Adrian Gilbert

 

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Adrian Gilbert was born in 1949. From 1968-71 he was at the University of Kent at Canterbury ostensibly reading for an Honours degree in Chemistry. While there, he practised yoga and once, whilst sitting on a beach in Moonlight, he experienced an extraordinary awakening of a type described in the Upanishads. Unexpectedly, he became suddenly aware that the whole universe: the sand beneath him, the air he was breathing, the stars and moon in the sky and above all himself, were all particles of the same great being which we call God.

This mystical experience sharpened his appetite for the ultimate knowledge: to know who we are, where we come from and what is our purpose in life. In quest of the answers to these burning questions, he became more and more interested in philosophy.The period of his twenties was spent living in two worlds: an inner, mystical world and an outer world of travel, jobs and relationships. This career move was done with forethought as he wanted to reconnect with the world of books before launching his own imprint. This he did in 1991 when Solos Press was born, its first title published being his own first work: The Cosmic Wisdom Beyond Astrology.

The intention behind the writing of The Cosmic Wisdom was that it should bring together scientific reasoning and mystical insight. As things have turned out this has continued to be the hallmark of Adrian’s writing and explains why his books have achieved wide recognition.  You can follow Adrian on Twitter https://twitter.com/AdrianGGilbert

Lecture overview - Stone of Destiny: the Egyptian connection


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Gary Lachman

Gary Lachman

Gary Lachman is the author of more than a dozen books on consciousness, culture, and the western inner tradition, including Jung the Mystic, The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus, A Secret History of Consciousness and many others. He writes regularly for journals in the UK, US, and Europe, lectures internationally on his work, and his books have been translated into several languages. In a previous life he was a founding member of the rock group Blondie and in 2006 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His website is http://garylachman.co.uk/

Lecture overview – Jung, Hermes and the Eternal Mind


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Christopher McIntosh

Christopher Macintosh

Christopher McIntosh was born in England in 1943 and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford and German at London University, later returning to Oxford to take a doctorate in history with a dissertation on the Rosicrucian revival in the context of the German Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment. After working in London in journalism and publishing he spent four years in New York as an information officer with the United Nations Development Programme, then moved to Germany to work for UNESCO. In parallel he has pursued a career as a writer and researcher specialising in the esoteric traditions.
His books include The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria (latest edition 2003); and Gardens of the Gods (2005). His fictional work includes the occult novel Return of the Tetrad published in Czech as Navrat Tetradi (1998). He also has a long-standing interest in nature-oriented belief systems. He has lectured widely and is on the faculty of the distance M.A. programme in Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter, England.

Lecture overview – “A perfect development of all the arts”: Rosicrucianism and the Reform of Knowledge


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Karen Ralls

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Dr. Karen Ralls, medieval historian, Celtic, and world spiritualities scholar, obtained her PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She relocated to Oxford, England, where she continues with her specialized research at Oxford University, UCL, and other archives. Noted for her groundbreaking 12th-14th c. medieval research in particular, Dr Ralls is a specialist in the High Middle Ages period.

An international lecturer/conference speaker, noted author, historical sites tour guide, and workshop/events presenter, Dr Ralls’ recent books include Medieval Mysteries: History, Places, and Symbolism. Forthcoming books in 2015/6 are Gothic Wonders: A Guide to the History, Places, Art and Symbolism of Gothic cathedrals and Beyond Gateways: Music and the Otherworld, a healing for our time.

A former Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, Dr Ralls serves as professional Historical Consultant and Advisor for film / TV / media projects and documentaries (Discovery, The History Channel, National Geographic, BBC, etc), and for travel, charity and heritage-related projects. A medievalist originally from the US and based in Britain for over twenty years, Karen is also on Facebook and Linked In, and her website is
http://www.ancientquest.com/aq-home/aboutus.html

Lecture overview – ‘A fountain of heresy’: The arts, the Inquisition, and late medieval society’

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Diana Taylor

Diana Taylor

Diana’s interest in Tarot was sparked at the age of 15, when she received a deck as a birthday present from friends.  Her interest in esoteric subjects and comparative religion grew over the next decade, following travels in Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Malaysia, China, and the Philippines, and living and studying in Europe.  Diana’s professional life developed in multinational corporate roles in international relations, luxury goods, software, biofuels, and finance.  From 1995 she studied Tarot in London and occasionally read for the public in Covent Garden Market.  For the next ten years or so, while carrying out her corporate work life, Diana continued to study intensively, and gradually became an acknowledged expert at the art. Her website is http://www.dianataylortarot.com

Lecture overview – coming soon


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Gregory Sams

Gregory Sams

Gregory Sams has been bringing novel concepts to the culture since the age of 19, when, in 1967, he and brother Craig introduced organic and natural foods to the UK marketplace. After 15 years of catering, Seed magazine, Ceres Grain Store & Bakery, Harmony & Whole Earth Foods, in 1982 Gregory conceived and christened the original VegeBurger, creating a marketplace for vegetarian food. Leaving food for fractals in 1990, he opened Strange Attractions, the world’s only shop dedicated to chaos theory. This new science underpinned his first book, Uncommon Sense, the State is Out of Date, which is not about politics, but about not politics. His last book, Sun of gOd, Discover the Self-Organizing Principle that Underlies Everything, re-introduces us to our local star, the most revered deity in history.

Gregory’s new book “The State Is Out of Date – We can do it better” will be available from September 2013 as an E-book, the print copy will be publishing in April 2014.

For more information, please visit: http://thestateisoutofdate.com/, http://www.gregorysams.com and http://www.sunofgod.net/

Lecture overview – The State Is Out Of Date

bullet_flower_5In addition we will have book and magazine stands.