1980 the poet and scholar Kathleen Raine, together with Keith Critchlow,
Brian Keeble and Philip Sherrard, launched Temenos, a journal devoted
to the Arts of the Imagination. The journal sought to give space to poets,
artists, writers and thinkers who subscribed to the belief that man is
firstly a spiritual creature with spiritual needs which have to be nourished
if we are to fulfil our potential and be happy.
From these early beginnings the Temenos Academy was launched in 1990 as
a teaching organisation dedicated to the same central idea that had inspired
the Journal. Scholars and teachers, committed to what is known as 'the
perennial philosophy' - the learning of the Imagination - were invited
to lecture and hold study groups to teach an ever-growing number of students.
The Academy was originally housed in His Royal Highness the Prince of
Wales's Institute of Architecture in Regents' Park. Now it holds its meetings
in a variety of venues in London.
The Temenos Academy Registered Charity no. 1043015