Sir Isaac Newton, father of modern science, referred to eternal knowledge as "prisca sapientia", and others, such as Aldous Huxley, as the 'perennial philosophy'. They believed that there are certain kinds of spiritual and scientific knowledge that have always existed. Bronze Age city cultures were the first we know of who built their societies on this knowledge.
Characteristic of those ancient cultures was the use of copper and its alloys. Was this choice of metal deliberate? Did they know how to exploit its electrical conductivity? Does that explain its use in agriculture? Did they know about other subtle forces, such as magnetism, or the piezo-electric properties of quartz crystal? Ancient texts suggest that Egyptians and others were aware of the importance of the fundamental vibrations that shape the physical world; and were familiar with the concept of sympathetic resonance.
From agriculture to architecture, metaphysics to physics, harmony and healing, the Bronze Age ancients knew how to address the needs of the city dweller and still have with respect for the Earth and the natural world. So, as we look for ideas about how to go forward, now is the time to look back and reconnect, because much of what they knew has been lost or forgotten.
Eternal Knowledge Festival has grown out of a local interest in ancient knowledge in East Anglia.
Many of us have been inspired by the late Sir John Agnew and the biennial event that he ran at Rougham near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk - the Stars and Stones Forum. When John sadly died in June 2011, those of us who knew him decided to carry on his work. John worked tirelessly at finding interesting speakers who were prepared cross boundaries and challenge conventional thinking on the ancient past.
With our event in April 2012, we would like to think that his vision carries on. Not only have we invitied unusual and fascinating speakers, but we are also continuing John's tradition of having everyone eat together - an important feature of the Stars and Stones Forum which encouraged a much greater exchange of views and ideas.
Above all, this inquiry into the past stays in Suffolk.
Our new host, Lucy Wyatt, is familiar to many on the independent research circuit as the author of 'Approaching Chaos - could an ancient archetype save C21st civlisation?' and since publication in January 2010, she has given many talks at festivals and other venues around the UK. Lucy is delighted to be able to provide the festival site on land which forms part of the family farm in Suffolk. This part of the farm is called 'Holly Hills', next to woodland of the same name.
The farm is in attractive location next to the heritage coast in Suffolk, near the popular seaside resorts of Southwold, Walberswick and Dunwich. The beautiful church of Blythburgh, known as "the Angel of the Marshes" is just to the north and the farm is also about 10 miles away from the Michael & Mary energy lines that run from Suffolk to Michael's Mount in Cornwall via many key sacred sites. The farm has been described as "land that time itself forgot" with its thick hedgerows, old field patterns and 600 year old oak trees. It was restored from dereliction in 2000 and has been an opportunity to an explore an eco-project that now includes rainwater capturing, biofuel processing for the tractor and a Steiner-inspired 3-pond domestic sewage system - a genuine example of working in harmony with Nature.
Listen to Lucy's recent interviews about her book on Red Ice Radio http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/2012/03/RIR-120329.php
Wu Wei Cafe,
and Type-1 Radio Lounge from Brighton hhttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/t1lounge/2012/04/14/type-1-radio-lounge-with-lucy-wyatt
and read David Mathisen's blog
Price - £75
Basic camping or a choice of local accommodation
nb Price = not include food or optional extras