Reading Essential Texts Seminars


The study of key texts in small seminar groups


Afternoon seminars


The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Leader           Dr Joseph Milne

Text              the Arden edition

26 January – 30 March   Wednesdays, 10 weekly sessions

Time             2.30 – 4pm. Please arrive promptly.

Venue           The School of Philosophy and Economic Science

Shakespeare’s The Tempest presents a pastoral drama in which the realms of Nature and Art are brought into opposition through Caliban and Prospero respectively. Caliban embodies a rough and savage Nature, while Prospero embodies a cultivated and benevolent Art. This opposition ultimately turns into a redemptive or purging conflict bringing a new order into being. A question hovers over the drama as to how far Nature should act by its own rule, and how far the Art of human government by law and institutions should order Nature? And how far do Providence, Grace and Fortune govern either?

JOSEPH MILNE is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Kent where he taught on the MA course in Mysticism and Religious Experience until retiring in 2013. He is the editor of Land and Liberty, the journal of the Henry George Foundation, and the author of several Temenos Academy Papers, including The Lost Vision of Nature (2018). He is a Fellow of the Temenos Academy and a member of its Academic Board. He teaches the ‘Mysticism’ module of the Foundation Course in the Perennial Philosophy.

Course cost

£100 or £75 Members of the Temenos Academy/Concessions. Full-time students and Temenos Academy Young Scholars, £40.

Those attending must be aged 18 or over.


Evening Seminars


Inanna: The Goddess Before Abraham

Leader           Dr Susanne Sklar

Texts             Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth edited by Diane Wolkstein and Samuel

Noah Kramer (Harper Collins, 1983; ISBN: 978-0-06-090854-6)

27 January – 24 February     Thursdays, 5 weekly sessions

Time             6.30pm for 6.45 – 8.30pm. Please arrive promptly.

Venue           Rudolf Steiner House (First Floor Conference Room)

Inanna, a great Sumerian goddess, predates (and influenced) Abraham; she is older than the Greek Titans; her epic may be the oldest on earth. Feminine-divine, she creates civilisation (with the help of her best friend and advisor), loves unashamedly, and bravely explores the underworld. Six thousand years ago she shone in the eastern star.

SUSANNE SKLAR, originally from Chicago, lectures and tutors in Oxford and in London.  Her critical and creative work explores the relation of the feminine and the divine: in ancient Sumeria, in the life and legends of Mary Magdalen, and in the visionary illuminated works of William Blake.

Course cost

Please book in advance.

£50 or £40 Members of the Temenos Academy / Concessions.

Those attending must be aged 18 or over.

Limited to a maximum of 12 participants.


Please contact  or telephone  (01233) 813663  to book a place on the courses.