Welcome to The Temenos Academy


Against the nihil

One candle-flame, one blade of grass

One thought suffices

To affirm all.




It is with regret that we have to inform you that all events at the Temenos Academy have been postponed for the forseeable future due to the current Covid-19 crisis.

Please go to the PROGRAMME tab above and/or sign up to our email newsletter here (or email us) if you would like to be kept informed of our activities at this time.

Thank you.


It is also with sadness that we relay the news of the passing of Professor Keith Critchlow, President Emeritus and co-founder of the Temenos Academy, on 8th April 2020 (the night of the Paschal supermoon).

May he rest in peace.




Professor Critchlow’s last film, The Art Of The Ever True, may be viewed on the

ARCHIVE – OTHER tab above.



The Temenos Academy is an educational charity which offers education in philosophy and the arts in the light of the sacred traditions of East and West. The word temenos means ‘a sacred precinct’.

Each year the Academy hosts up to 100 lectures and seminars, occasional film screenings and readings. These range from large public events to small study groups. It also promotes the Temenos Academy Young Scholars (for people aged 18-35) and offers a part-time diploma course – the Foundation Course in the Perennial Philosophy. The perennial philosophy is an expression of the wisdom that is common to the world’s major religious and spiritual traditions. It runs like a golden thread through history and offers each generation contact with the values that nourish all civilizations.

Our activities are based mainly in London and are open to all.

The Academy publishes a journal, Temenos Academy Review, and other publications in the Temenos Academy Papers series. Recordings of many lectures are available to listen to in the Lecture Archive.