Video On The Esoteric Quest in Iceland
Ralph White introducing the next Esoteric Quest conference being held in Iceland, August 24-29th , with post conference tours.
Iceland is one of the most beautiful and mystical countries on earth. It offers an endless spectrum of natural wonders in the form of glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, volcanoes, thermal pools, and ocean side villages, all within a vast setting of silence and grandeur.
This August, the twelfth in the Open Center’s series of conferences on the Esoteric Quest will take place on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the West of Iceland, a place long held sacred in Norse Mythology.
While Norse mythology itself is filled with fascination and spiritual depth, there also was much more to the Vikings than the familiar stereotype of plunder and mayhem. They were not only warriors and raiders, but also adventurers, artists and shamans who deeply valued the Völvas, seeresses capable of peering into the future.
The Icelandic sagas, a major source of inspiration for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, are filled, in the words of Seamus Heaney, with “the poetry of the North Atlantic … testimony to the spirit’s ability not only to endure what fate may send it but to be renewed by the experience.”
Once again, we invite you to join leading scholars, writers, artists and adventurers as together we enter the great Mysteries of the North in one of the most magical realms on earth.
An Esoteric Quest for the Mysteries of the North in Iceland:
An Introductory Webinar (4/2/16)
with Leonard George, PhD, Haraldur Erlendsson, MD, and Ralph White
In this webinar, a prelude to our Esoteric Quest taking place on the Snaefellsness Peninsula of Iceland this late August, long-time Quest presenter Leonard George, PhD, sets Norse spirituality and mythology within a larger esoteric context, and examines the ways in which it has both influenced and been influenced by other spiritual streams.
He is followed by Haraldur Erlendsson, MD, a deep student of Icelandic history and spirituality, and another one of our presenters at this year’s Quest, who discusses Northern esoteric culture as it emerged from its meager beginnings in Norway, through the founding of Iceland, to its flourishing in the spiritual and literary flowering of the 12th and 13th centuries. He also addresses the Viking presence in the Byzantine Empire.