Presenters

Christopher Bamford is editorial director of Lindisfarne/Steiner books and the author of An Endless Trace: The Passionate Pursuit of Wisdom in the West. Two of his essays have been recognized in Best Spiritual Writing (2000 and 2005).

Paul Bembridge, M.Phil., a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has a life-long interest in the alternative spiritual traditions of the West developed over a long career teaching literature in UK universities.

Pablo Beneito, Ph.D., is professor in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Seville. He has been visiting professor at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne), and the Escuela de Traductores de Toledo. He has edited and translated several of Ibn 'Arabi’s works and recently published the anthology La Taberna de Las Luces on Sufi poetry. He is director of the research group El Saber en Al-Andalus.

Robert Bly is one of America’s best-known poets and the author of many books, including: My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy, Eating the Honey of Words and The Light Around the Body, for which he won the National Book Award. He is also the author of Iron John and The Sibling Society.
www.robertbly.com

Catherine Braslavsky is a former member of the Harmonic Choir, with whom she performed all over the world. Since 1995 she has recorded five albums, including Alma Anima, and performed in major concerts throughout Europe. Based in Paris, she also directs the musical group Credo, representing Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions.
www.naturalchant.com

Brian Cotnoir, is an independent researcher. He has been studying and experimenting with alchemical procedures for 35 years. He is author of “The Weiser’s Concise Guide to Alchemy.”

Paul Fenton, Ph.D.,
is professor of Hebrew Language and Literature at the Sorbonne. He has published extensively on Jewish civilization in the Islamic world, especially on the mystical tradition. His recent publications include work on the Golden Age of Spain and on Maimonides.

Ellen Goldberg, M.A., is a psychotherapist, artist and mystic working within the Hermetic Tradition. She has been teaching Tarot at the New York Open Center for twenty years, is the director of the ‘School of Oracles,’ and writes on both these subjects. She has taught at four previous Open Center esoteric conferences.

Clare Goodrick-Clarke, M.A., is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Exeter where she teaches The Hermetic Art of Alchemy in the master’s course in Western Esotericism.  Her book examining the Gnostic inspiration of many of C.G. Jung’s most powerful ideas, G.R.S. Mead & the Gnostic Quest, was published last year by North Atlantic Books.
http://www.wellspringhomeopathy.co.uk/

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, D.Phil., is professor of western esotericism at the University of Exeter and the author of many books on the Western esoteric tradition including works on the visionary savant, Emanuel Swedenborg; Paracelsus: Essential Readings; and “The Rosicrucian Prelude: John Dee's Mission in Central Europe" in The Rosicrucian Enlightenment Revisited, edited by Ralph White.

Stephen Hirtenstein, M.A., is the author of The Unlimited Mercifier, a spiritual biography of Ibn ‘Arabi, and co-translator of two treatises by Ibn ‘Arabi, Divine Sayings and The Seven Days of the Heart. He has been the editor of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society’s Journal since its inception in 1982 and is a co-founder of Anqa Publishing.

Luce López-Baralt, Ph.D., is professor of Spanish and Comparative Literatures at the University of Puerto Rico. The author of over twenty books, she has lectured worldwide on Spanish and Arabic literature and mysticism. She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and Yale and a recipient of Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, and is currently finishing La Literatura Secreta de los Ultimos Musulmanes de España.

Leigh J. McCloskey is an author, visual philosopher and actor. His first book, Tarot Revisited, has been reviewed as one of the most important books on the Tarot in many years. He is currently working with Stanislas Kosslowski De Rola on a television program dealing with esoteric themes.
www.leighmccloskey.com

Antonio Orihuela, Ph.D.,is aresearcher and head of the department of the School of Arabic Studies (Granada). He holds a doctorate in Islamic Architecture. He has directed the restoration projects of twenty historical buildings (palaces, houses, castles and city walls) and is the author of four books, including Casas y Palacios Nazaríes and En Busca de la Granada Andalusí.

Joseph Rowe studied Middle Eastern music with the late Nubian Sufi musician and world-music pioneer Hamza El Din. After years of playing classical and flamenco guitar, he turned to the oud (the Arab ancestor of the lute) and to traditional percussion. He has appeared in numerous major festivals with Catherine Braslavsky, and also composes music for theater, television and film.
www.naturalchant.com

Mario Satz is a poet, novelist, essayist and translator who teaches seminars on kabbala internationally. His novel-essay, Azahar, portrays the city of Granada in the fourteenth century. A recipient of the Italian government’s Fellowship Award for his work on Pico della Mirandola’s approach to Kabbalah, his books include Pathways in the Garden of the Heart and The Most Splendid Fruit of the Tree of Kabala.

Mirabai Starr is an adjunct professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of New Mexico-Taos. She is the author of several critically acclaimed translations of the Spanish mystics, John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, including Dark Night of the Soul, The Interior Castle and Teresa of Avila: Book of My Life.
www.mirabaistarr.com

Ralph White, Conference Director, is co-founder and creative director of the New York Open Center, one of America's leading institutions of holistic learning, and editor of Lapis magazine on-line. He has directed and organized a series of six international conferences on Western Esotericism, of which this is the latest. He edited and introduced The Rosicrucian Enlightenment Revisited and writes on holistic, social and spiritual topics.
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